Storm Watch: Hurricane Sandy
Not likely that anyone in this group needs a note of caution, but I thought I would say it: NEVER UNDERESTIMATE A HURRICANE’S POTENTIAL. I live in South Texas on the coast and we get hit all the time with hurricanes and tropical storms. When Hurricane Dolly came through (CAT 2-3) I think, I can distinctly remember laughing at the “idiots” that were boarding up their windows as the forecasts were understated. Yuck, yuck, yuck.
Once the storm came ashore after strengthening, I can distinctly remember the two oak trees in my front yard coming down as I watched them crash toward the house, windows straining against the storm’s wind pressure to the point of cracking, and large fish swimming in the flood waters that completely surrounded my house. Lots of lessons there in the 5 days that followed, but I will never forget and I will NEVER let that happen to me or my family again. We were lucky, and I was a dumbass for not taking it more seriously.
Now, when I get a reasonable forecast for a hurricane landfall, I go 100% of the way. I ALWAYS BOARD UP MY WINDOWS. My other preparations have put us in good position since then, but you should assume that the storm will be a little worse than you think. Trust me on this one. . .
If you have any questions about hurricane defenses I will be checking till the lights go out.
After apparently feeling the Queen Charlotte Quake here on Kauai- 40 minutes after it hit QC, I checked in with my SE Alaska friends- they were prepared and dealt with it, or didn’t know about it ’till I called them! Then we got the warning for Hawaii. Drove down to the shop. Packed up the generators, pumps, chainsaws, and computers from the business- elevation 6′- and schlepped them and the boat to higher ground. Got to play with my newly aquired Ham radio on the emergency net. Appreciated having the security of my go bag already in the truck. Waited 3 hours. Undid previous preps- continuing this morning. Thanks for a non-event for us. Hope all you east-coasters fare as well. Aloha, Steve.
Barb’s and my prayers are with all effected folks. Much can be learned from this and I wish you all well..
I have a question for those near this beast. I hear that the land fall is to be later on Monday, with high tide time and a full moon could be quite the mix. Is this the current track and estimated land fall or has this changed? I think your boots on the ground is better than any reports frankly. I live minutes from Lake Huron and I’m told the waters are churning pretty good and somehow is being effected by this storm. Inland we have heavy gusts, and consistant winds and is quite cold from the track of the jet stream. No big deal compared to what the east coast is experiencing.
I was in the big city today for a conference and people were joking, nervous and edgy. They are not used to losing transit service like this. It incapacitates a lot of people who don’t have cars. We are being told landfall will be tomorrow night but there will be plenty of rain starting tonite into tomorrow with the winds picking up speed tomorrow night and Tuesday. I cleared off my terrace and brought my garden indoors. I know lots of people with vastly overgrown trees thanks to the abundance of rain and warmth we had this year. It looks great until they start falling and they certainly will. I hope everyone is safe and sound.
I guess it’s too late to go to the grocery store. Darn, I probably should have gotten a loaf of bread. Maybe I will get to try out my dutch oven.
I did pick up an extra 15 gallons of gasoline. The first gas station was sold out and the second one was down to 500 gallons as I was pumping.
Even the sheeple at work were talking about looking for D batteries as early as last Thursday.
Our governor says that the last time we had a storm this bad was NEVER. Looks like a fun ride ahead tomorrow.
I never got around to sharpening the chain on my chain saw since last year’s storms. Luckily I have a couple of spares to put on if I continue to be lazy.
Prayers for everyone, especially the power repair crews and emergency responders.
or anyone else, PM me if you might need anything. we’re prepped for any of “MaMa’s” efforts. The solar freezers w/batteryb/u keep ice for my scotch and the milch coos enjoy the rain. the robinsons
Best wishes and batten down the hatches for all those along the east coast, including much of my own family.
For those wanting to keep track of storm surge potential and other factors, here is an interactive site at NOAA’s National Hurricane Center (site).
Although not specific to the storm, an excellent way of seeing the population, number of homes and area affected by 1-10ft of storm surge is the interactive tool Surging Seas (site), You can see which areas will flood for differing levels of storm surge and get statistics by state, county or city. You can zoom in and perhaps even pick out your own house.
Lastly, spare a thought or say a prayer for those mariners caught at sea during this storm. I’ve ridden out a hurricane with 40+ft seas, Sandy is forecast to produce 50+ft waves. My sympathies to all involved.
I rigged up power cables in my car today to feed a 1KW inverter for backup power, and tested it on my largest critical load: a small chest freezer. Running off my Prius should minimize fuel consumption since the Prius engine will cycle on and off automatically to keep the battery charged and not have to continuously idle. Other than refrigeration I’m pretty resilient without electricity, but it’s nice not be worrying about losing a bunch of frozen food.
The other prep today was to harvest the fall beet and carrot crops before the garden got a soaking. A hard frost could hit anyday now anway.
Hey gang —
Topped off the hi-test stored gas. Checked genny. Plenty of food (and, ehrm…martini fixins) and water set aside (can bust out the Berkey if need be). Teaching one client at in-apartment Pilates studio, then free to face what comes. Good opp to see where my preps and resilience are.
All in all, I don’t think it’s going to be too hairy where I am (near Danbury, CT). If you check storm path maps, Sandy is courteously screwballing all over the NE but cutting CT out of her path. Attagirl. Having said that, my good thoughts will go out to any/all who are going to feel the full brunt (incl my bro & his fam, just W of Philly).
Sorry about your Tigers, Bob. But the Giants morphed into an utter juggernaut starting in Game 3 of the NLDS…
Good luck to all of us!
Magnify — Sager
I’m looking forward to a little bit of a challenge to see how comprehensive our preparations are.
Believe it or not, a power outage is a good test for your resiliency. I lost power during last year’s freak October snowstorm for a week and I learned a lot of lessons/tips/tricks from it: Charge up all of your rechargeable batteries/cellphone beforehand; fire up your generator to make sure it is running fine – this turned to be an issue for me as the generator battery had discharged; stock up on candles for light; have plenty of extra dry firewood around; try walking around your house in the dark so you know where everything is; or you can get one of these solar powered cap lights. My neighbors thought I looked a miner wearing one of these last year.
I have a gas generator, which I didn’t quite fill up all the way this time. My thinking is the leaves are off the trees and we are not getting flooding rain, hardly any rain in fact, so I’m expecting much less power loss than last year. I was sharing my generator with my neighbor last year so I had him get some gas too, just in case.