We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Not. Hurricane forecasters are not wolf-crying boys. It's always better to be relieved that Nature's fickleness caused the storm to unpredictably fizzle, than to curse them for being lulled into a maelstrom. For every storm that fades, there's one that explodes into fury just before landfall. When they tell you to run: Run!
I prefer hard lessons. The municipalities should make it a policy, that no extraordinary rescue efforts will be provided to those in an evacuation area. And if they have to rescue you afterwards, they will bill you for it. We're not gonna cry for the fools who stay behind.
I went through Hurricane Bob in 1991 - in a 32' Contender CC at Point Judith, RI. Bob was headed for Block Island where my boat was at the time, so I rode out on the last ferry to get the boat and run back to Fall River.
As I cleared Block Island light the marine forecast had Bob headed smack dab for Newport - I was never going to get through East Passage as the waves at that point where running 4 to 6 - fortunately, short cycle, but at East Passage that meant 8 to 10 and that was before the storm. West Passage was closed.
So that meant Port Judith. The ferry stayed on on the lee side of Block Island as they weren't going to make it back in time. And I was running hell bent for leather. By the time I got to the Harbor of Refuge, the waves started to really get rolling and, as luck would have it, I couldn't make the entrance to the HoR on the first approach. On the second approach huge roller picked the Contender up and took me and the boat right over the West Wall between the two day markers. :>)
Quite beyond the fact that it was probably the most insane thing I've ever done, I survived and lived to see a sight that to this day I was totally amazed at - a 60' trawler go through the entrance to the HoR - backwards. :>)
It was worth every harrowing second of my ride to see that. And you don't get to see things like that by staying home. :>)
Bird Dog, glad to hear you are safe and sound, Down here in Florida they do talk about every hurricane alot but the weather guys get to be very important for a little while and it is a relief when a big one goes by. I think today is the anniversary of Katrina so they do come by and you only need one to mess up your day.
That's pretty much consistent with our view here in Tidewater Virginia. Category 1? No big deal. More than that, well, the water might be a problem as many of us are in low-lying areas. It is a relief to make it through another one where losses were mostly limited to uprooted trees.
Glad that you were correct in your predictions and that you are all safe and well. The videos on the 'Net of the rivers wildly in spate had me worried for a bit. Foxnews has finally given up on the "we'll all be killed" routine and begun to show some images where the sun is out even though the rivers are high.
Now i can relax, and wish that you could send some of that rain our way. We've had nothing but ridiculously high temps every day since May, and my garden is burning up, landscape water is rationed and water pressure is down to a dribble. I don't dare wish for a storm, because then the Weather Lady overdoes it in the other direction. The nasty electrical provider is threatening brown-outs. We, however, can smile at that, since we have a whole house generator.
Well, this knucklehead prepared for the worst and hoped for the best and, as happens whenever I am prepared, luck favored me and gave me the best.
While I had power I used power to make ice and to cool the hacienda as low as possible. Stuffed freezers and refrigerators with bottles of water and bags of ice and turned them to max.
Been talking about getting a small generator for a long while and finally did it. Nice little machine. Laid in 15 gallons of gas and some oil for it. Also got a siphon that will work with these new-fangled automobile gas tank filler pipes. If the worst happened I had a couple pretty large gas tanks I could tap right out there in the driveway.
Got some fun food, put away or tied down anything that might blow around.
When all was done, popped a cork. It'll be a while before it all gets undone again. But I won't wait until then to pop more corks.
I'm OK with doing more prep than needed. Most everything I got will be useful soon enough.