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In the waiting days

We're right in Isabel's path at the moment... Sigh. I have lived through Florence, Erin, and Andrew, all in Louisiana. I begin now to appreciate the fact that so many houses are built on blocks and that basements are a thing unheard of.

Battening down the hatches here in littleTown, NC, because if Isabel does decide to hit, it looks like we're smack on its path here in this northeastern corner of NC right near the VA border. If I disappear Weds night, it's because we've run for the hills. I am *so* not going to 'tough it out' for two weeks as we did last winter in the ice storms that ravaged the town. Folks said the local damage from that reminded them of Fran, which was a baby in comparison to this behemoth. And it's hot as hell. The basement will be a pit of bacteria and mold within 3 days if the water gets in and stands. So that's my plan: stock up for a 3-4 day camping session, and head for the hills if it gets worse.

They say this storm has winds coming from the NE, which would be bad here. The property is largish, and the thick forest is back away from the house a good piece. But there five or six tall oak and sourgum trees well within striking distance of the house itself, just in the wrong spot. And some of them were weakened by the ice storms last year. I'd say if the winds don't drop down significantly, and if they're blowing in a northeasterly direction, the roof is toast.

I'll keep in touch with Kim and Mint by cell if we go down...

Off to read the pump owners' manual, find the tarps, fix up the chain saw, and start freezing blocks of ice.

Sigh. Florence was fun, we had a party in the tradition of all New Orleans 'Hurricane' parties. The roof sprung a leak; we used buckets. It wasn't so bad, but we thought we were really toughing it out. Erin was a little pipsqueak. They didn't even talk about evacuation for that baby. Andrew, now, that one had me ready to run for the hills, but the water didn't even get to the top step on the back porch. So why does Isabel scare the beejeezus out of me? I suppose that I am now responsible for two small boys, a geriatric, blind, deaf basset hound with a bad back, and a small black devil kitty who pukes at the sight of the car might have something to do with it.

Doesn't hurt that I know hubby isn't going to head for the hills or be home to help with whatever needs help: he's part of the local media and has a responsbility to the community. He'll be on 20-hour days just as he was during the ice storms, the war, the terrorist attacks, the Columbia explosion... It's part of life. I'm a pretty capable woman, all in all, but in the waiting days, I find that knowing I'll be alone in it is the hardest part.

(don't mind me, I'm just rambling.)


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Sep. 15th, 2003 10:38 am (UTC)
Oh, man, my thoughts are with you. I have lived through the outskirts of hurricanes, and they really bother me -- because of the oak trees on my property, and because of all the damn waiting.

Sep. 15th, 2003 02:45 pm (UTC)
Yep, you hit the nail on the head. The waiting and the trees... Ah well, perhaps the fates will shine on us all and keep this puppy out at sea.
Sep. 15th, 2003 10:50 am (UTC)
Hang in there,Chris. and don't hesitate to head west with the boys if it looks like the weather is turning ugly. Will be thinking about you!
Sep. 15th, 2003 02:47 pm (UTC)
The weather all by itself isn't such an issue. I kinda like big storms, myself. But the trees worry me, and the effect of flooding if the power is out and the temps are still in the mid/high 80s. Fingers crossed and GirlScoutChris to the fore (no, I wasn't -- got kicked out of Brownies)
Sep. 15th, 2003 03:19 pm (UTC)
Batteries for the flashlight, some drinking water, duct tape. And they now make a battery-powered version of that old Coleman lattern. Believe me, it rocks for prolonged power outtages
Sep. 16th, 2003 08:43 am (UTC)

Your list looks amazingly like mine. We've got the lantern, too, with extra bulbs. They do the fluorescents now, so they last longer. Also have a nice emergency radio handy. My biggest worry is the dog. He's not so mobile...
Sep. 15th, 2003 10:53 am (UTC)
You always have a place to run to, no notice needed. It's a little *far*, but hey, you are still welcome, and we don't have hurricanes. Just earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, little things like that ;-).
Sep. 15th, 2003 02:49 pm (UTC)
LOL! I'm thinking we'll probably hit dry land somewhere before we get to Seattle, but it's a fun thought...


Sep. 15th, 2003 11:30 am (UTC)
I've never experienced a hurricane - but my bil is in DC, so I'm a bit worried about him, too.

And I'm sure you're right - it's the mom in you that has you worried, now. If you end up heading out, check in when you can and let us know you're ok. I'll be thinking about you.
Sep. 15th, 2003 02:51 pm (UTC)
I'll be thinking of him as the storm does whatever the heck it does, then! Fingers crossed for everybody.
Sep. 15th, 2003 01:17 pm (UTC)
I feel your pain, Chris! I'm getting ready too, but I have no plans to evacuate. I'd say you and your family could come visit me, but I don't know how much good it would do since we're relatively close! But you're welcome nonetheless :-)

I really, really hope we don't get hit, but the way my luck has been running lately...well, you get my drift.
Sep. 15th, 2003 02:28 pm (UTC)
Nods. I get the drift alright. Tell you what, if Murphy strikes, we'll pick you up on the way West. It's only about 1.5 hrs to your house, if that.

This afternoon's forecast bits sound a little better though. Fingers crossed.
Sep. 15th, 2003 05:18 pm (UTC)
Maybe it's because I speed :-) but everytime I've driven to your city, it only takes me an hour - and most of that is getting from where I am past Durham - I hate 15/501!
Sep. 15th, 2003 05:25 pm (UTC)
LOL!! You must *really* speed. It's a good 45 miles from 15/501 and 85 to my house...

Sep. 15th, 2003 03:13 pm (UTC)
That sounds very scary. Take care of yourselves first and foremost.
::Hugs:: Chris, and feels very grateful for the British weather.
Sep. 15th, 2003 03:35 pm (UTC)
We're in the path of a hurricane?? I've got to start watching the news. It's sad when you find out you might be blown away by reading LJ.

Thanks for the heads up Chris - I'm going to batten the hatches.
Sep. 16th, 2003 08:43 am (UTC)
Hang in there!
Sep. 15th, 2003 03:55 pm (UTC)
Go you! You will be strong and invincible! OK, tired, but strong and invincible!

Eh. I suck at pep talks. I'll be thinking about you and yours while I sit safe here, knowing I dodged a bullet this time.
Sep. 16th, 2003 08:44 am (UTC)
I am woman, hear me roar *grins*. Thanks for the thoughts...maybe they're helping. This thing seems to be still making a serious beeline for home, but is losing some of it's teeth at the same time. Yay!
Sep. 15th, 2003 04:09 pm (UTC)
I'm sending good, non-hurricaney thoughts your way...
Sep. 16th, 2003 08:45 am (UTC)
Thank you, ma'am. It looks like they're helping. It's still on a direct path here, but it's losing some of it's oomph. Another day, who knows? Maybe it'll die way down.
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