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Hurricane part 6

Power went out briefly at about 10:40 PM, Saturday. Came back on before we could get the candles lit, then went right back off. 5 minutes later and the power comes back. At this point we’ve been okay for 20 minutes or so.

The wind is getting pretty crazy. Erin just grabbed me and asked if I felt the room shake. I did but this house is as sturdy as they come. At least we can finish the movie tonight. This is how Brice Campbell would want it.

11:11 PM, Saturday: Rain – 1. Wind damage – 2

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Hurricane part 5

The rain started getting crazy about 9 PM. Sheets were coming down, and the wind gusts were getting noticeable.

The news has been conflicting. It looks like there’s been damage, but nothing catastrophic. That is keeping out spirits up. It’s the timeline that worries me. Before they were saying Irene would be hitting us mostly over night. Starting really about now and peaking about 2 AM tomorrow. But now we’re learning the eye is expected to get to us about 9 am. Meaning we’ve got about 24 hours of this left. A lot can happen in that amount of time. A town, the people, have a breaking point somewhere. I’m not afraid of wind or rain, but I’m a little nervous about about their stamina.

In the mean time, were drinking Port wine and watching the Evil Dead movies (Erin’s never seen them before!).

Saturday, 10 PM: Rain – 1. Wind damage – 2

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Hurricane Part 4

The rains begin in earnest. The ground is saturated and even this little bit of rain we’ve gotten so far has no place to go. From my apartment I can already see little streams forming in the roadway.

Saturday, 6:30 PM. Flooding-1. Wind damage-0

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Hurricane Part 3

The wind and rain have died down. Everything is back to a dead stop. I hear my neighbors outside arguing about, well, something, but it got pretty heated.

My windows are now mostly taped up. Dinner is on the stove. Now it’s time to just hang out, watch some Netflix while the Internet still works, and relax.

Saturday, 4 PM: Flooding-0. Wind damage-0.

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Hurricane part 2

Okay, so I guess I might as well live blog the Hurricane.

The morning was overcast but calm. The beach seemed quiet. The humidity is about 700%. You stick to everything.

The air had been completely still. At 2 pm, a slight wind started. Really just enough to rustle the trees a bit. We got a little rain about that time as well.

Tally as of Saturday, 2:45: Flooding – 0. Wind damage -.

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Preparing for Irene

Preparations for Irene. First off, supplies. Canned beans, soups, tuna. Bread and pasta. Frozen vegetarian buffalo bites. I know they’re perishable and were probably not a great idea but THEY’RE SO FUCKING GOOD. If the power goes out, I will eat them all in one sitting.

Today I plan on going out to find some ice. I have a cooler. When we lose power (and I’m assuming that we will lose power) anything perishable can go in the cooler with the ice. That should last a day or two. I’m just wondering who will be open. Where can I get the ice that hasn’t closed up shop and got outta town themselves? You have to be one dedicated bodega owner to lash yourself to the mainsail like that.

Candles and books. Cat food and litter. Tons of water. Duct tape. And wine. Probably way more wine than we need.

Checked the news this morning. The hurricane is expected to stay about a Cat 1 the whole time as it makes its way from the Carolinas up to New England. It will likely just have been downgraded as it’s hitting Maine. It’s sustained, slow, and driving, but not earth shattering. Winds should be less than 100 mph. It’s the rain that worries. Hours of rain. Think 40 days and 40 nights type of rain.

This means you had better pick your company carefully, as you’ll be with these people for a long time. The water will come in, and it’s going to take some time to recede. If you’re in a low lying area, get to higher ground.

I’m planning on sticking it out here. My apartment is less than a kilometer from the beach, but I’m high up off the ground, on the second floor of a building with high ceilings. I’m sure any self respecting survivalist is laughing at me for even thinking of leaving. Still, looking around, if you gotta have a place to lie low for a while, this seems as good as any.

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