As Hurricane Irma strengthens to a Category 5 storm, NASA is using data from a number of sources to calculate rainfall and altitude levels, as well as take incredible images of the hurricane's eye

Everyone is concerned about Irma – as they should be. At this time it appears that the Brunswick County coast will not have much to fear. However, those of us who have lived here for a long time know how unpredictable a hurricane can be. We know it can change its path on a whim. We also know to remain calm and prepare. If you do feel the necessity to leave, be sure to plan your evacuation in such a way as to not be going deeper into the hurricane.

There are some activities planned for the weekend, and, as far as I know they will be held. Please be sure to contact the event locations to ensure that they will be happening. Saturday, in Southport, NC, the Lions Club will hold their Southport Lions Car Show at the St. James Community Center. The event will run from 10 AM until 4 PM. The event is free except for those entering their car, truck or motorcycle. Check out the website for information on entering. There will be entertainment, and food and refreshments will be available. No alcoholic drinks will be allowed and awards will be given, including a People’s Choice Award. Contacts: Bob Matarazzo at: 914-310-0261, Roger Albizu at: 301-514-5393.

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Also on Saturday, you can take part in the 9/11 Memorial Bike Run in Boiling Spring Lakes. NC.  It will be held at the BSL Fire Department at George II Highway (Rt. 87) and Miller Rd. The event will begin at 9 AM and end at 2 PM. There will be special events, door prizes, a raffle and 50/50. Cost will be $20 per player and $10 per passenger and includes lunch. Contact: Michelle at: 910-367-9015.

On Sunday, the Cape Fear Yacht Club will hold a brunch with a speaker: Wilbur D. Jones, Jr., an award winning author and military historian. Reservations are required and contact is: Cost is $18 per person. The brunch begins at noon and the club is located at: 4791 Fish Factory Rd. SE, Oak Island, NC.

(Image courtesy Southport Magazine)

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