I finally decided to talk to the fictional spirit guide, Dar, who sometimes teaches DUmmie scare tactics to cabbages. Dar has some sort of loose ties to Thor the mythical Norse thunder god. Thor agreed to nudge the storm a bit IF I would take over one of Dar's chores for a week in return. Dar is one of the undercover fictional spirit guides at DU. Naturally, that's the chore he wanted me to take over. I reluctantly agreed.
Then just a day or two later nadin began posting her hurricane help tips. Damn her hide. If she would have just posted a little sooner I could have avoided DU duty, but I realize that she was busy saving the east coast from the earthquake at the time so I guess I'll give her a break.