Sparky’s deluge: Ernesto cancels Fridays

Tomorrow's Fridays after 5 concert has been cancelled due to the heavy rains expected as the storm called Ernesto barrels north through Central Virginia.

The headliner was to be Sparky's Flaw, which the Hook music editor recently lauded for a "meteoric" recent rise from high school Battle of the Bands champs to UVA Battle of the Bands champs to playing with Robert Randolph and headlining at Starr Hill.

Another shocking Friday weather cancellation (let's hope it's just a postponement) is UVA's annual visit from hypnotist extraordinaire Tom Deluca. He was to perform in a free show tomorrow in the Amphitheater.

Meanwhile, FEMA director David Paulison has chatted with six East Coast governors including Mr. Tim Kaine, who has already declared a state of emergency in anticipation of Ernesto.

However, in a communique issued just an hour ago, the National Weather Service, which has issued a flood warning for the James River around Scottsville, has taken the Maury River off the warning list and downgraded its Albemarle warnings to "minor to moderate flooding" because it now appears Ernesto will track east of this area. The James, for instance, will crest at 22 feet, just two feet above flood stage, the NWS predicts.