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Here She Comes!
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Question:  If we call the hurricane "Sandy" rather than "Frankenstorm", will she play nice?
Probable Answer:  Get real!

Which is a problem for this fantasy-writer. ;-) Much as I wish otherwise, NOAA predictions still show the Mid-Atlantic's unwelcome guest heading right toward the southern Jersey shore--including my beloved Ocean City--shortly followed by hitting Philly & NYC. And, oh yeah, our neighborhood. She's a bit eager to arrive--Traditional "Mischief Night" isn't until Tuesday. But then Sandy seems unlikely to settle for soaping car windows. Papering trees on the other hand...

Borrowing heavily from NOAA, here: 
1100 PM EDT SUN OCT 28 2012
...SANDY ABOUT TO START ITS NORTHWARD TURN...EXPECTED TO BRING
LIFE-THREATENING STORM SURGE...COASTAL HURRICANE WINDS AND HEAVY
APPALACHIAN SNOWS...
HURRICANE-FORCE WINDS ARE EXPECTED ALONG PORTIONS OF
THE COAST BETWEEN CHINCOTEAGUE VIRGINIA AND CHATHAM MASSACHUSETTS.
THIS INCLUDES THE TIDAL POTOMAC FROM COBB ISLAND TO SMITH POINT...
THE MIDDLE AND UPPER CHESAPEAKE BAY...DELAWARE BAY...AND THE COASTS
OF THE NORTHERN DELMARVA PENINSULA...NEW JERSEY...THE NEW YORK CITY
AREA...LONG ISLAND...CONNECTICUT...AND RHODE ISLAND.
DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
WIND......GALE FORCE WINDS ARE
EXPECTED TO ARRIVE ALONG PORTIONS OF THE MID-ATLANTIC COAST LATER
TONIGHT...
STORM SURGE... THE WATER COULD REACH THE FOLLOWING
DEPTHS ABOVE GROUND IF THE PEAK SURGE OCCURS AT THE TIME OF HIGH
TIDE...SE VA AND DELMARVA INCLUDING LOWER CHESAPEAKE BAY...2 TO 4 FT
RAINFALL... RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES ARE EXPECTED
OVER PORTIONS OF THE MID ATLANTIC STATES...INCLUDING THE DELMARVA
PENINSULA...WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF 12 INCHES POSSIBLE.

Look for the light orange in the following NOAA graphic of predicted rainfall. That curvy bit at the top of Delaware is home to me and many of my friends. See the "9.23" a bit lower? That's what I call a "Not Good". Obviously lots of people around here would agree.



At this point, I am as ready as I can be. New Castle County DE is at Stage 1 emergency level. Gov Markell will switch that to Stage 2 at something like 5AM, at which time only emergency & maintenance will be allowed on DE roads. The last I heard, people who live within 3/4 mile of the S Jersey or Delaware coastlines were given mandatory evacuation orders for this afternoon. Virtually all transit systems in the area have been shut down. Naturally schools are closed & shelters have been opened.

My dear friends Brandon Zinnato and his bride Karen took me emergency food/supply shopping in KB's stead last night. Food, water and so on but it was already far too late for D batteries for my small "boombox" type radio. Earlier today, I looked through my filk-taping equipment & found a recorder that has a radio and uses AA batteries, So updates re weather is settled. Both the laptop & cell phone are tethered to outlets & will stay like that until I need them. I fully expect to need them. Expecting a long power outage seems more realistic than Doomsday thinking. (Funny how we throw around that term about events so very short of the reality.)

My apartment is on the second floor of a fairly typical 3 floor apt bldg so I don't anticipate threats from ground flooding or a roof leak. There's a stream--really a culvert--maybe 30 yards (?) away from my building, between my end of the complex and Limestone Road (a divided highway of the smaller variety). It's (the culvert that is) pretty deep but I suppose it will flood before this is over. Hopefully excess water will head off along the culvert in the direction of the small bridge in the highway rather than this way and passing the side of the building. I have no idea--I've only been here since early spring & we haven't had heavy rains in these past months. I hope the deer in the woods and all the wild & stray animals survive okay.



I'm worried about my friends and praying that they will all get through this without injury or property damage: Demaris & John, KB & Bodge, Brandon & Karen, Lorena & Judy. So many others! If you're inclined to pray, please say a few words to our Lord for them.

I wonder what things will look like in the morning. Right now, I feel I should shut the balcony door entirely but I also would like a last bit of fresh air before being shut up tight. Oh, I tried to settle the chairs, plants, shell boxes & other balcony stuff as soon as I got home from church.

If my cats, Khiva & Vartha, get anxious during the storm, I've planned a catnip party for them--vintage "Chat Noir" from their catnip bottle.  A dry cab for me, thank you.

Last minute addition:
Whoa! It's about 2AM, and a big gust came in from the balcony, making poor Vartha jump. She was getting a massage on "the special flat place" (the hastily-emptied TV tray near my desktop) when wind came through the screened door. Earlier, Khiva was in my lap  taking a half-nap while getting her ears rubbed. I do love how cats (and dogs) want patting while humans like to rub soft warm fur. Neat! Like someone planned it that way.

Updates as long as there's power.

My thoughts are with you

(Anonymous)

2012-10-29 07:20 am (UTC)

Sherry, this is Rick Copple.

Along with you, my wife's brother and family live in Maryland, close to DC, and are in the path of this storm. Sounds like you are taking the needed precautions. Be assured, I'm praying for you, them, and the many other people who will be affected by this storm. Take care. And check in when you're able.

Good morning Sherry;

We get so wound up with "our" hurricanes and tornadoes down here that we seldom think that they can strike elsewhere. Praying for you this morning and hoping you don't wriggle your way out of God's protective right hand.

Bless Brandon and Karen for their thoughtfulness!

Stay safe and let us know how things are going as long as the Internet is working :-)

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Prayers with you, Sherry! Glad to know you are prepared, and that you have awesome friends like Brandon and Karen to help you out. And that you have your sweet little furballs to keep you company:).

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