In Valdese, Hurricane Irene consisted of some high thin clouds, sunshine, humidity and a warm breeze. We made no special preparations (other than mowing the grass - the same as I did for Hurricane Hanna a few years ago). I suppose we live far enough west that a gigantic storm going up the coast is not quite gigantic enough to cause us any inconvenience. I think for us to be bothered it would have to make landfall somewhere in South Carolina then head north west.
My only experience with hurricanes are the ones that passed by when I was living in Maryland, and there I was used to hours and hours of torrential rain - I'm sure Irene soaked most if not all of Maryland. I'm pretty sure rain from a hurricane going up the east coast is the most rain I've ever seen at one time in my life. But here, at the foot of some rather good sized mountains, that's not the case.
So for us, yesterday was just a warmish, humid day. Today it's a little cooler, not as much haze in the air & I got a good view of the mountains from the cemetery when I walked Pickles this morning.
In the eastern part of the state, a completely different story. What a difference a little distance makes.