Well, we are prepared about as good as we can be. Earl is nearly upon us. We are under mandatory evacuation orders, but we are staying put. It is 6pm and we've been told to expect the worst between 7pm tonight and noon tomorrow. So far we have only light wind gusts, but the surf is really kicked up! We've drilled anchors into the ground on each side of our big coop and used ratcheting straps across the top to tie the coop to the ground. Thankfully it's up off the ground about 3 feet. We are going to leave the 16 chickens we have in there where they are unless it gets really bad. We've prepared the garage and will move the 5 older girls in there after they go back into their little coop. The little coop is made from pallets sided with cedar shakes. They are only put on with shot nails so we don't expect it to fair too well. We could be pleasantly suprised... Will update the conditions after the storm is past--and after our power and internet are restored. Hope it doesn't take as long as with Hurricane Isabel. We were without power for 11 days and since we are on a well that meant no water as well... QUESTION????? Does the Weather Channel show what's going on here on your cable channel??? It has been the only thing reported on here for the entire day.