We cut our vacation short and came home today rather than trying to arrive at Dulles as the same time as Irene tomorrow. Coordinating it with limited connectivity of both internet and telephone, coupled with "an unusually high volume of calls" was rather a pain, as was getting up 04:15 on four hours of sleep, but once we were underway it was the least difficult traveling of the whole trip.
We have lost our AC, possibly to the earthquake. They are supposed to come tomorrow to check it out.
Further write ups and photos to come.