At 845 am the wind is moderate with higher gusts; the rain is steady but the intensity varies. NECN reports that Hurricane Irene has now cleared New York City and is heading into Connecticut. The expected track will take it north-northeast through that state and then on into Central Massachusetts. Supposedly the impact on us will be more wind than rain, but probably a lot of both. NECN also reported that parts of Tyngsborough and Tewksbury are without power. Since I expect we also will lose electricity soon, I wanted to get this up and invite all readers to send us your observations and experiences (especially links to photos and video) of the storm, either by comment or by sending an email to DickHoweJr[at]gmail.com. As time and resources permit, I’ll post everything here.