DAYBREAK DAILY: Utter isolation in Hatteras; Bachmann backtracks

Folks at the Outer Banks, specifically Hatteras, are dealing with parts of a main road that no longer exists. Meanwhile, Michele Bachmann insists she was joking about Irene being God's wrath on D.C.{ }

ABC7 TRAFFIC: Accident causing delays on Wilson Bridge leading into Virginia. Continue to use the four-way-stop drill at intersections with no functioning traffic lights. Check @DaybreakSkip on Twitter for breaking updates. Here’s the traffic flow map:

POWER PROBLEMS PERSIST: Thousands here still lack it. Per ABC7, “SMECO said power has been restored to nearly 72,000 of its more than 108,000 customers who were without power on Sunday. The company said it is working to repair more than 200 broken utility poles. Pepco said power for 75 percent of its 220,000 customers who had been cut off after Irene swept across the region was restored by Monday night.”


NO SIGHS OF RELIEF IN VERMONT: Weakened Irene rocked the state, per the AP. “The capricious storm, which veered into Vermont in its final hours, dumped up to 11 inches of rain in some places and turned placid little mountain streams into roaring brown torrents that smashed buildings, ripped homes from their foundation and washed out roads all across the state. At least three people died in Vermont, and at least 40 overall.”

AH, SHE KIDS: Michele Bachmann backtracks from eyebrow-raising remarks, per numerous reports. “The Republican presidential candidate's campaign said Monday she was only joking when she described Hurricane Irene and last week's earthquake in the eastern United States as a warning from God. The Minnesota congresswoman, who has gained media prominence for her fiery attacks on Democratic President Barack Obama, said in Florida that Irene was an act of God to get politicians' attention to the debt and deficit problem.”

SOBERING OBX UPDATE: Per the Virginian-Pilot, “Cut off from the world and without electricity or cellphone service, thousands of residents here coped with news that spread slowly Monday: Hurricane Irene had shredded sections of N.C. 12 - the only road that leads on and off the island. A special, limited ferry service commenced Monday.”

NEW JOBS CZAR: Per the Post, “The White House scrambled Monday to finalize a new jobs initiative as President Obama nominated the last member of the economic team that will be charged with carrying it out. In tapping Alan Krueger, a Princeton University professor and noted labor expert, to be chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, Obama turned to an economist who officials said was well suited to guide the White House through a jobs crisis.”

REMEMBERING NADINE WINTER: Per the City Paper, “Former Ward 6 Councilmember Nadine Winter, one of the first elected members to the D.C. Council, died Friday. This (Loose Lips) did not get to know Winter, but LL No. 1, Ken Cummins did. He recalls her 1984 justification for voting to overturn the District's no-fault auto insurance law: "My constituents tell me they want to be able to do two things in life: win the lottery and sue somebody," Winter said.”

WE CAN RELATE: Per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Mike Richardson stood Monday afternoon looking into what was once the comfortable living room of his A-frame cedar log home in Chester. "We're starting to lose our love affair with trees," he said. "One of the reasons we really liked this place when we bought it [23 years ago] was all the trees. That thinking is starting to change." A big, stately oak gets the blame for the change in sentiment.”

SPORTS STROLL: Nats idle, begin series today in Atlanta. . .Ex-Wizard Javaris Crittenton arrested on murder charge. . .Redskins face round of cuts today. . .Eagles QB Vick signs six-year deal worth $100 million.

POLITICO BLINK: “If there’s anything close to a political certainty in 2012, it’s that Barack Obama will get more than 90 percent of the African-American vote. But that doesn’t mean every black Obama supporter will vote for him happily – nor does it guarantee that turnout will approach the stratospheric levels of 2008, even though Obama needs a huge showing from his base to offset the expected loss of swing voters in states like North Carolina, Virginia and Pennsylvania.”

RAVE REVIEW: Rather, “rage” review in the Post about a certain book. “If this book were read by an intelligent person who spent the past 10 years on, say, Mars, she would have no idea that Dick Cheney was the vice president in one of the most hapless American administrations of modern times.”

ABC7 WEATHER: Lots of sunshine and comfortable readings in the low to mid 80s. Overnight lows will slip into the 60s.

--Skip Wood