Monday, September 5, 2016

Make Up Your Mind, Hermine

Late last week, Hurricane Hermine ripped through a portion of Florida and moved up the east coast. I made sure to keep updated on the projected path and if and when it would hit us. It simmered down to a Tropical Storm and than a post-tropical storm. Regardless of what type of storm Hermine had turned into, there would be coastal flooding and strong winds. After the power issues we experienced the week Lisa was on vacation, during the massive, record breaking heatwave and storms, I wasn't taking any chances.

By Saturday evening, it appeared Hermine was going to shift east. I know storms can shift direction at the last minute and throw meteorologists for a loop, but this was looking hopeful. Yesterday, they were more confident the storm was going to leave us unscathed. However, there was something strange about this particular storm.

A jet stream south of us was stalling the storm. Hermine was kind of just sitting there. I don't think they really knew what was going to happen once Hermine regained momentum and was free to do what she wanted to do.

This morning, the weather channel said Hermine was trapped and moving at a snail's pace. The storm also changed direction. Instead of going east, it had shifted west.

As of now, the winds are picking up. They increased the wind predictions. We should see the wrath of Hermine later today, on the overnight and into tomorrow.

I don't know what that means exactly. Due to the amount of uncertainty, I'm guessing the weather people don't know much either. What I do know is that I'm not prepared.

When Hurricane Sandy hit our area in 2012, I prepped the entire day before.

Hurricane Irene blasted Connecticut the year prior and some people were without power for over a week. 

The day before Hurricane Sandy hit, I baked, made sure Coco had enough food prepped for a few days, and I made egg and chicken salad for Lisa and I. The perishable items would last for a few days in the cooler.

We stocked up on drinking water and filled our trash bins with water to pail flush the toilet.

Sandy knocked our power out for about 6 hours. At night. We were lucky. Like with Hurricane Irene, people nearby and on the coast of Connecticut didn't have power for a week or more.

What all of this boils down to is I like to be prepared for storms that are accompanied with high winds. That includes hurricanes, tropical storms, a Nor'easter, and blizzards.

We have 3 kids. Although I don't consider myself one of those people who run to the store in a fit of panic to clear the shelves when there's a storm coming, I do take steps to ensure we're prepared for a few days if we should lose power.

Right now, we're almost finished baking homemade dog treats for the kids and Bodacious Biscuit Love. I've already started the process of prepping a few day's worth of food for the kids.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed we don't lose power.

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