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Rain, Rain, Go Away
By Naiesha Thobe, Teen Scribe

Editor’s note: This was written as Irene was working its way up the coast.

Unless you have been living under a secluded rock, you will know that Hurricane Irene is battering the East Coast as you read this article. Of course, the weather couldn’t be any nicer here - it’s cool for once (mildly), there’s no rain (which we need), and the winds are calm (for now). So, a lot of people are probably growing tired of hearing nothing except Irene this, Irene that, 100 MPH, New York, Obama’s statement, so on and so forth.
   
I’m one of those people - but not for the same reasons. I have family and several friends who are on that coast - who have been evacuated or given a warning already. I’m tired of hearing about Irene, only because the more I hear about it, the more worried I get for those people. Of course, worrying isn’t going to make the hurricane vanish. Worrying can’t help those people. And as Arthur Somers Roche stated, “Worry is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained”. It’s true, but does it help? Not really.

So I’ve resolved to listening to the track the storm’s taking, and how potent it is, and then tucking myself away with headphones or a book. There’s nothing to be done - Hurricane Irene is not coming, it’s here. Now it’s all up to hope, and chance, and luck, and a whole lot of Mother Nature’s will.

For the ones who have family and friends in the line of this storm, what can we do but advise them to take heed and then hope with all our might that things will be okay? Nothing, really. There may come a time in the near future were some things can be done - donating items, etc, but for now, Ohioians (and everyone else) can only watch and wait.

Please keep the ones in the path of this storm in your thoughts as the weekend moves through. I know I will be.
   

 
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