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Friday, August 26, 2011

Preparing to Batten Down the Hatches

This weekend it looks like we may be encountering a pretty direct hit from a hurricane. That is not something that we deal with up here very often. The weather forecasters up here love stuff like this – finally! big news and they are the “go to” guys for the latest and best info to be had. So it’s hard to know how much we can really expect, because they love to expound on all of the worst case scenarios. In love However, that being said, according to the forecaster this morning, many of the computer projections have Irene heading straight up the coast, over Long Island, and then pretty much straight up to the capital region. He said that we could get 4 to 6 inches of heavy rain, with some local areas receiving up to 12 inches of rain, and experience wind gusts possibly in the 60 to 70 mph region.

So its definitely time for some storm prep….Harry already went this morning and got some gas for the generator, just in case our power goes out. I went to the store and picked up the few things that we were low on foodwise. We have enough food in our freezer to eat well for quite a while, so that’s not too much of a worry. We’re also going to fill up some gallon containers with water, and fill up the tubs, again in case of a power outage. But really, we are more concerned about the fiver than we are about the house at this point. We’re not in a flood area, so the wind is more of an issue for the rv in the driveway. So, we are going to close ‘er up, bring in the slides, and lower her down so the jacks aren’t extended so much. Plus we have the car and the truck in the driveway, so I am hoping they will act as a sort of windbreak. Then it’s time to just hunker down and hope that Irene packs less of a punch than the forecasters are predicting.

Keeping our fingers crossed! Fingers crossed

11 comments:

  1. That is exactly why we moved inland. Afraid of whatever damage might occur to our home. Keep yourselves safe. Sounds like you have a plan.

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  2. You guys take care and hopefully you will only get some rain and not so much wind but you never know. You are doing all the right stuff. I grew up in Daytona Beach, Florida so I know these storms can get ugly. Stay safe!!

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  3. Good luck! Hope the storm doesn't hit you guys too hard. Sounds like you're all prepared though.

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  4. good luck..stay safe!..and we can only hope that Irene is just a big ole bag of wind!!

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  5. Best to be prepared. Hope you don't take a direct hit. Stay safe.

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  6. I'm bettin it will be pretty much played out by the time it gets to you folks.....But of not, there will be a whole lot of people that will be in worse shape than upstaters...

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  7. Won't break my heart if she's lost her punch before she gets to us, but you'd never know it to listen to our news people. I can't quite imagine what 6 - 8 inches of rain might be like though. That a lot of rain.

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  8. Battening down the hatches here in NJ. Thankfully we are inland quite a ways but still supposed to get wind and lots of rain. Be safe, you guys!

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  9. I hope all will go well for you. I bet you wish you could bring the fiver into the garage just about now! I'm sure it will be fine, but I'm thinking you are glad you don't have to sit out the storm inside!

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  10. I hope all will go well for you. I bet you wish you could bring the fiver into the garage just about now! I'm sure it will be fine, but I'm thinking you are glad you don't have to sit out the storm inside!

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  11. Will be thinking of you this weekend. Hope all goes well and Irene downgrades to a tropical splash.

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