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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hurricane!

Well, it looks like we're going to be starting October off with a bang--a great big hurricane is headed our way. It came as a surprise to me, since I haven't been following the local weather forecast very closely.

My husband called me in to look at the storm track projections tonight and there it was: hurricane Joachim, growing bigger by the minute and headed our way. They're saying it might end up as a category 3 storm by the time it makes landfall, and believe me, that's no joke. A category 3 hurricane can have sustained winds of over 120mph, and my area is expecting anywhere from 12 to 18 inches of rain no matter where the storm comes ashore....that's going to mean serious flooding.

So the next day or two will be spent going through emergency supplies and preparing. We have plenty of non perishable food, bottled water, and the like, but we need to stock up on batteries and candles, gas up the cars, remove any unsecured items from the yard, and make sure that we have everything we'll need if we're stuck at home (possibly without power and/or water) for a few days.

We're old hands at this stuff. You can't grow up on the East Coast and not know how to handle a hurricane.

If we don't blow away first, I'll keep you all updated!

9 comments:

  1. Jeez, that sounds dreadful. The one thing that really worries me is very strong wind. I shall follow Joachim's progress on line..... Good luck. x

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    1. Thank you, Cro. It looks as if the storm may be on track to land a bit north of us, but you never can tell until the last minute. Hurricanes are notorious for changing direction constantly. We shall see.

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  2. That sounds like a strange mixture of exciting and terrifying. Hold onto your hats.

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    1. It is kind of exciting, I must admit. If we end up getting hit I'll try to film some of it to share.

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  3. Stay safe. like Cro the one thing that terrify me is wind...i shall follow too.(what a biblical name for a storm..)

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    1. The strong winds are bad, but the really big problem with wind is that when you combine it with flooding, giant trees often get uprooted. It's always a real mess afterwards.

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  4. Sounds like you are one of the well prepared ones. I would be like that too. Good luck.

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    1. Thanks, Rachel. Gregg and I have been building a pantry stockpile of non perishable food, first aid supplies, and household supplies like toilet paper for quite a while now. Then when a hurricane, ice storm, or other emergency strikes, we're ready. It gives us peace of mind.

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  5. I shall pretend it doesn't happen. That always saves me.

    Love,
    Janie

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