Batten down the hatches by Barbara Edwards

October snowstorm
October snowstorm

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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14 thoughts on “Batten down the hatches by Barbara Edwards”

  1. Barbara,

    I’m thinking of you and praying for your safety. I’ve known my share of hurricanes too, growing up in the deep South. We evacauted for Hurricane Dora in the 60s but we haven’t had too much trouble since then. Sounds like you’re an old hand at hurricane prep. I always fill the bathtubs and every available bucket of water so that we can flush during the power outage…

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    1. I hope you did all the storm preps. I’m scared, too. How about I keep you in my prayers. let me know that you made it okay.

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  2. Stay safe. Due to an ice storm where ice accumulated heavy on every line, we were without electricity for a week one year and the generators were sold out everywhere. It wasn’t fun.

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    1. Hope you don’t get too much damage. We have three oaks that are hundreds of years old. If they come down it would be really sad.

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  3. Stay safe up there. I’m in Central PA and we’re already under a state of emergency. Doesn’t look good. I remember last year when Lee hit, my 20-minute commute home from work took 5.5 hours because of flash flooding. I don’t want to do that one again!

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