Really we didn’t have much of a storm. From about 10-12, there were some decent gusts and sheets of rain, but after that it barely reared it’s head again. We had a 90 minute power outage which is incredibly short for around here (we go 24 hours with just a decent thunderstorm). The waves mellowed and the bulk of the flooding was East of here (surprisingly) in the Virginia suburbs of DC.
I’ll probably dump our backup water supplies on the lawn tomorrow to help the new grass I planted. We did have a few leaks in the ceiling which we’ve been trying to track for the last couple of storms know. We think it gets windy enough that the siding gets lifted up and water pushed underneath, but we’re not sure.
<![CDATA[iPhone update as power is now out. Winds not much worse but enough to keep power crews indoors for now. Will start generator in an hour or so for refridge and maybe get one computer back online.
Just had our first power spike. Came back quickly but I suspect some grids are down nearby.
Winds and Rain are now steady, but occasionally ’sheeting’ and gusting quite a bit stronger.
Waves have not crashed over the seawall just yet, but heavy rain amounts means most of the area down there is underwater (including the sandbox). With an additional 4-6 inches of rain anticipated I hope it doesn’t get too supersaturated and we have another landslide like situation.
Woke this morning to see ‘Red Skies at Morning, Sailors take Warning’. It was really really red, but I was too tired to get to my camera.
Picked up all the junk in my yard
Tied my canoe up about 15 feet above sea level
Filled coolers and pots with drinking water.
Filled trash can, buckets and bathtub with water for toilets (joy of a well pump w/ no power)
Filled generator with gas
Bought more gas
Bought milk, bread, water, soda, chips, and eggs.
Mowed the lawn and put down new seed (free rain)
Here are some pics on the Bay and of my water factory.
I’ve let the lawn grow out this week. It was one of the lessons I had from Isabel–the longer the grass and other foliage, the more water that will be trapped / kept out of the soil when these big storms come (and thus, the less change of landslides).
I’ve also got the generator set up in the garage. 5,000 watts of power for the house when (if) the power goes out.
But for Hanna, it looks like it won’t be passing over us. But Ike and Josephine are coming soon enough.
These wind speed projections show it’s going to basically suck in a few days over the house. We’ve had four power outages this year > 6 hours and I’m fed up (one was 36 hours). I suspect this weekend is going to mega-suck which means it is time for a generator.
Now I just have to figure a way to get it home from the hardware store.
It’s going to be a crazy week for Hurricane hunters. While Gustav is turning into rain clouds, Hanna is spinning around and will be quickly followed by Hurricane Ike and then what is currently known as Tropical Depression 10. We could see some machine gun hurricanes striking the US over the next few weeks.