Happy Birthday Beth M, Calypso, E0win, Gothworld, Jennejenn, Loup-Garou, MrGellar, and shamelessly!
wolfguard - I would classify staying home to tend to home and business as "keeping the home fires burning", even if it's not the little woman doing it. But you could call it careful judgement or necessity if it pleases you, and I can't say you would be wrong. ;-) I gather that your brother has weathered the storm, since you've not said otherwise, and I see that people are being allowed back to the outer banks. That may depend on people's ability to get past the trees, sand, and sinkholes on the roads, of course.
Many years ago some hurricane was aiming for the Gulf Coast, maybe around Corpus Christi. It made it, for that matter. Anyway, a lot of people flew their private planes up to the airport in Austin to keep them safe. Austin didn't get the heavy rains or hurricane winds, but the hurricane spawned several tornadoes that hit in pretty much one place - the Austin private airport.
Dogmeat - *Flo* who? ;-)
Christopher Marlowe - We had rain off and on all day. Even after an unusually wet September, it hasn't lost its charms. Also, the Longhorns won a game, and it seemed as though they deserved it by being good. I feel hope that I haven't felt for a long time. There are several generations (in University terms) of students who have no idea what it feels like!