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One of the things I like about hurricanes (like? not sure if that’s the right word, but a moment I pause to watch I guess?) Is the days before it hits. There’s this kind of silent tension that’s everywhere. The grocery store shelves become selectively barren, everyone says “stay safe” “take care”.
There’s a kind of comradery that comes from everyone preparing. I made a comment about buying canned food not too miserable to eat cold, and the woman standing just down the isle smiled and nodded, knowing exactly what I meant.
Then there’s the watching of the weather channel. Waiting to see if it’s really coming our way, or if it’ll make some turn in another direction and leave us be. Will it stay a Category 1 when it hits? Will it drop down to a tropical storm? Who knows. When will it hit? Sunday? Tuesday? Will it slow down, speed up? I don’t think there’s any other natural disaster that allows this kind of reaction time.
And then finally, it starts to move in. You can tell. The clouds roll in, the wind picks up. It’s time to settle in, and play the game of “when will the power cut out?” if it does at all. I was really lucky to not lose power last year with Irene. In my old house you would have to listen to the windows rattle, the rain beat on the side of the house, and watch trees bend further than you thought was safe. Here in Richmond, I actually don’t hear much in my building. I just watch for leaks, and sit on the computer.
Hopefully Sandy is uneventful. I worry it’ll linger longer than we’d like, considering it’s swinging out, and coming back in. The Outer Banks won’t save us this time. Ah well. I have a kindle, a DS, tangible books, paper and pencil. I’ll manage. :P