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First the Earthquake, Now the Hurricane

It’s been quite a week.  The earthquake hit in DC on Tuesday, the hurricane-like winds hit us in the Carolinas on Saturday morning… as it storms up the coast… toward DC and points north.

I was up most of the night.  The winds kicked up as nightfall came.  The children were already in bed when, aroung 11:00 pm, the power flickered on – off – on – off – on –off.  Must have happened about six or seven times, driving the dogs crazy.  Misha, especially climbed on the bed with me, shaking and quaking.  I held him in a bear hug by candlelight and prayed for the best.

Benedetto was in the family room, reading with his candles, true Classicist that he is, unperturbed by anything, tuning into the Weather Channel when we had power.  For the next five hours, electricity came and went approximately every half an hour, sputtering on with a flash as phones peeped and lights sprang on.  I was thankful for the intermittent airconditioning, and irritated at security alarms blaring and beeping, no matter what code was enetered on their keypads.  We finally had to remove the alarms’ battery pack.

Nothing like blaring alarms as you’re holding shaking and shivering dogs in the dark of night, the wind howling outside.

Light has dawned and debris is everywhere.  It’s too early to assess any real damage.  I could use about 12 more hours of sleep, but despite the lack of shut-eye, it was a good night.  Things could have been much worse.  I see tree branches scattered everywhere, but that’s the least of our worries.  The winds are still wailing, but nothing like it was from 11:00 pm until 4:00 am.

Thank you, God, for keeping all of us safe.  You are our peace in the midst of the storm.  As the winds, rain, storm surges and more head up the East Coast, keep everyone safe and secure.

Be safe, friends, and don’t take any chances.  We had a brief grazing, but other locations may not be so fortunate, with either landforms jutting out into the sea, or highrises funneling forceful winds.  This is a day for preparation, prayer, and hunkering down.  We’re thinking of you!




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3 Comments : Leave a Reply

  1. avatar Sybil says:

    Wow, what a storm you went through last night as evidenced by the pictures. I hope everyone that it touches remains safe as this storm passes and plays itself out.

  2. glad you made it through safely….we’re on tap for tomorrow late afternoon and evening. We’re only in the tropical storm warning, so we’ll get a bunch of rain and wind and power lines down, most likely. Have extra water, flashlights, and a radio that actually takes batteries…now we wait…

    I was flipping through tv channels this afternoon looking for a weather forecast and one of the cable channels was playing Me, Myself and Irene. Coincidence? I think not…

    • avatar admin says:

      Be safe, Wendy, you just can never tell with the wind gusts. It has lessened and I hope everyone either stays inside, or evacuates if they need to go. I was floored when Gov. Bloomberg ordered all NYC elevators to be closed down, but it’s smart before the power goes out. Even when you’re prepared, you never know quite what to expect. So far, I think only our freezer has been fried with all of the power surges, it’s been leaking water and warmish all day. We have no way to check on our DC house, if it’s only food that spoils… not a problem.

      I think of a friend in VA who recently had a huge tree fall from her neighbor’s yard across her fence. It had been struck by lightning in the middle of the night. She was so tired that she slept through the fire dept. knocking on her door, hosing down the massive (burning!) tree, a neighbor had to point it out to her the next day. I’m glad it didn’t have to come down now. I feel about that tired…. 🙂 Get some rest before things start happening.

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