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Posted at 08:15 AM ET, 08/25/2011

A.M. Buzz: Aftershocks, hurricane warnings

Good morning. Aftershocks, infrastructure cracks, approaching hurricane ... Did you feel that? Did you see that? Did you hear this? Didn’t we see this movie already?

Yes indeed, that was an aftershock of 4.5 magnitude that you felt at 1:07 a.m. We also have today’s school and landmark closings at that link. More cracks were found in the Washington Monument, and further exploration of that tantalizing information that the animals at the National Zoo felt the quake before we humans did. Also, damage at the National Cathedral will cost millions to fix, as reporter Michelle Boorstein describes in this video.

In an image provided by NOAA and made by the GOES East satellite, Hurricane Irene is shown as it moves over the Bahamas on Thursday. Irene could hit North Carolina's Outer Banks on Saturday afternoon with winds around 115 mph, and it's predicted to go up the East Coast, dumping rain from Virginia to New York City. (AP)
Then there’s Hurricane Irene, which may or may not strike anywhere near us but the red-and-black flag is flying. We’re likely to see a lot of rain, perhaps wind, no matter where the storm tracks. You still have a bit of time to prepare, so check your batteries and icepacks (for coolers, in case the power goes out), clear overhanging tree branches now (so they don’t come through your roof) and fill lots of empty gallon jugs with tap water (because you’ll need to drink, cook and flush if the water goes out). Those are just my suggestions: Here’s an official list.

In other news: A Wheaton-based rabbi who called himself the Jewish Indiana Jones for daring rescues of Torahs supposed lost during the Holocaust was indicted on two counts of mail and wire fraud. A teenager was sentenced to life plus 40 years for a vicious and spur-of the-moment beating of a middle-aged couple as they were out for an early-morning walk in 2009.

Bit of good news: How three families merged tiny back yards and now share a great urban oasis. There’s lot more on our Local Living page.

There’s always more but there’s never enough time. Explore PostLocal at your leisure.

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