East Coast Uppityites, please report in when you can and let us know
1) What’s going on and
2) How you are.
So far I continue to see the most eerie calm ever. It’s been that way all day today (Sunday). Areas about to be affected seem to have grown since yesterday. My cats are restless. Joe is caterwauling and bringing me odd gifts from upstairs. A plastic bag, a chewed paper towel roll, a slipper. I suppose this is his way of “Helping Out”. Cats are, in case you don’t know, attuned to the earth’s magnetic field, so pay attention to what they are telling you. Do you remember that one EQ in California where the cat freaked in the car, forcing the owner to pull over before crossing a bridge that collapsed in front of him? Just so you know.
If you haven’t already done so, remove anything from your land that can become a weapon in 50 mph winds. All furniture, trash cans, anything not securely nailed down. Lay in some water in case the water goes south. If you have a freezer full of goodies, get some dry ice if you can. I hope you’ve all done your provisions shopping, if not, be sure to do it early in the AM (Monday). Tomorrow I will make some food that will carry us so that I won’t have to cook in the dark. This is probably even more important for people who do not have gas cooktops. I’ll be making a meatloaf the size of Brooklyn so at least we can eat some sandwiches containing comfort food.
Stay away from windows and don’t go out there for anything less than a trip to the emergency room. Seriously. This is no time to be cavorting in the rain. The gusts are unpredictable and the direction of the wind will be ever-changing. Power lines will go down. Trees will block roads. So will floods. Stay put and learn to like Scrabble by the light of a lantern. If there is to be any upside, it’s that events such as these bring family members closer. I remember reading a story about that about how a family was living without heat and light in a huge winter storm, and they spent a week getting to know each other, playing games and “camping” out in sleeping bags on the floor. When it was over, the kids wanted it to go on longer. I wish I had a link to that story.
Chances are, the lights will go out. I have several very cool lanterns that I have never regretted purchasing. They look like this and, despite its smarmy CEO, GE’s lanterns have never let me down. I also have one of those combo lanterns with AM radio, alarm and a kind of flood light, contraptions that are so popular with Tin Foil Hat people. It’s the one I talk about in my You Are Under Arrest For Mollusk Abuse thread. If you don’t own any of these things, you might want to consider purchasing them in the very near future. You can never tell when you will need them and it’s very comforting to have them handy even if you gratefully never have to employ them. They do take like a thousand D batteries, though.
I am interested in the preparations the rest of you are making. Our areas and living arrangements are all different, so it’s always interesting to know what you do in preparation for things like Himmicanes.
Here’s how the NOAA chart rolls out as of 6 PM Sunday (today). You can check your state and area, updated regularly, via NOAA here. Type in your city and state in upper right box.
(NOTE: UPDATES OF BELOW CHART WILL APPEAR IN COMMENT SECTION OF THIS POST)
I will update this chart if I have power as the next few days roll out. Like I said, my main concerns are my huge trees. As you know I have already had 2 downed trees since I started this blog, and I had a third Box Elder proactively taken down this summer. There are trees and there are trees. And I have trees, including those very tall pines that sometimes can wave in the wind.
Let’s look out for each other if we can!
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