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In the Crosshairs of Hurricane Sandy

This is a big one coming, folks.  Not that the actual storm is above a Category 1 Hurricane (74-95 mph), but the combination of storm elements will prove to be a whopper.  Don’t. be. lulled.

The factors add up to what’s being called a megastorm:  hurricane winds and rains from the south, colliding with a cold front from the west, even more freezing air heading south from Canada, and a full moon causing record high tides, storm surges, and anticipated flooding.  Whereas the “Perfect Storm” of 1991 resulted in about $200 million in damage, Hurricane Sandy is estimated to cause around $1 billion in damages due to the more populated areas in its path.  Let’s pray it isn’t so.

Keep in mind that not just the coastal areas will be in harm’s way.  Everyone in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast parts of the United States needs to prepare for very high winds, rain,  flooding, and loss of electricity.

What to do now?  Gather supplies:  drinking water, canned foods, crackers or granola bars, extra ice to keep the freezer and refrigerator items okay.  Also fill pots and teakettles with water in order to flush toilets or to wash.  Charge the cell phones, get extra batteries and flashlights, candles, a battery-operated radio, and fill the car with gas.  Make sure that family documents and photos, computers, and business papers are in a safe, high place, away from windows and floors.

Bring in outside, lightweight items under 100 pounds which could become airborne projectiles.  These include flowerpots, garden hoses, lawn furniture, bird feeders, children’s toys, gas grills, trashcans, a dog house or bicycle.  Gather all pets and keep them inside, or allow outside on a leash for short periods.  At times like this, if trees, street signs and roofs can go flying through the air, a little preparation goes a long way.

Plan to take refuge in a room without windows, where you might be comfortable during the most severe winds which can occur both before and after the actual storm.  Remember that the eye of the storm will also pass, but then there is the other side of the storm yet to come—stay put, place the car in the garage if possible, and don’t go out on the roads where fallen trees and downed power lines may prove even more dangerous.

Be safe, my friends.  We’re staying in our dacha in the south—no sense to move into the crosshairs of a crisis.  We’ve had enough excitement lately.

May you have time to connect with family, to pray, to read a good book, write in your journal, and maybe sit by the fire as the temperatures drop.  Let us know what’s happening in your part of the country.  You’re in our thoughts and prayers!



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  1. avatar Shelley says:

    This is not looking good. I hope everyone stays safe. Our stores have been out of basics for a few days. Pray is right!

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