Hurricane Irene is here. It is about 7:45am now and I just captured this picture in Brooklyn, New York. Irene is not playing with us – she is serious. In about 1hr she will hit Brooklyn. The picture above was taken by my camera phone. Be safe everybody. I’ll see if I can get more photographs later. Be careful how you travel today. Even if it looks like all is well- be careful. In the area of Brooklyn closest to Jamaica Bay and Kennedy airport, the rain is really pounding on the windows right now. A few branches have been broken off and I saw one power line dangling. One of the good things is we can see a little daylight, so we can check for leaks and make sure we charge up phones and so on. Be safe!