Weather is the most slippery of topics to report. Hurricane Sandy is moving up the East coast with a prediction of hitting my home state, Connecticut. The weather reports predict anything from a direct hit to a vague miss with high tides. Maybe it will be hitting on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday with the storm hovering for another four or five days.
We’ve been hammered before. Irene took out sections of the coast last year.
The October snowfall kept us without power for ten days. I learned that gas station pumps work on electricity, so do ATM machines and cash registers. My cell phone took longer to charge connected to a generator.
We’ve learned a lot about survival. We have bottled water even when no dangers threatens. We have dry goods to provide meals, our prescriptions are filled, the propane tank for the grill and gas cans for the generator.
I hate to admit I remember Hurricane Carol in the early fifties that wiped out parts of Connecticut that have never recovered. Twelve inches of rain fell, rivers flooded, dams broke and sent dirt and mud downstream. Luckily our house is on the north side of one of the highest hills in town. If Sandy turns into a Northeaster, we’ll be sheltered from the heaviest gusts. The nearest river is a block downhill so flooding isn’t a big worry. Heavy rain might do damage.
Water and wind are the biggest threats.
Batten down the hatches is an old mariners’ term. Sail ships had covers over the loading openings into the hold called hatches. In a severe storm the cover could blow off and water pour into the hold. The Captain would order them tied or battened down, a sure sign bad weather was at hand.
Be prepared. Stay safe.
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