By Brad Friedman on 8/26/2011, 7:23pm PT  

Be sure to click the "Layers" button on the map below and check some of the other boxes like "Cloud Imagery - East Coast". Yeesh. Or, if you live in the path of the storm, check the "Storm Surge" layer and then zoom in to where you live to see if you may be in for some serious flooding.

I've also created a public Twitter list for essential Irene news if you'd like to follow it. If you have any essential follows I should add to it, please tweet 'em to me @TheBradBlog.

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And for our friends on the East Coast who are staying put this weekend, a bit of musical inspiration below to help you through. Stay safe, people!...