YIKES

Well, it’s not looking so good for Long Island right now.  Come Sunday, Irene’s wrath looks to hit us head on – not something to look forward to.  Things have begun to get a bit scary here, between this weeks extraordinary earthquake and now all the doom and gloom media coverage of this deadly hurricane.  All the computer generated storm trackings are showing us right smack in the middle of her path – and they can’t all be wrong.  We’ve been lucky for a long time here, missing a lot of storms, but I think with Irene our luck may have finally run out. 

This picture may look extreme, but a storm of this magnitude makes this all too possible.  I am very concerned that the fragile barrier beaches on Fire Island that hold back the ocean will be torn to shreds, obliterated by the sea – and if that happens, this is probably how my home will look come Sunday night.  If Fire Island goes, or if the sea cuts a new inlet through it, the Great South Bay will flood the south shore.   I live on the south shore of LI, and there is water a block away.  I’ve seen that water rise and flood the adjacent road, but it’s never come near the house.  I am praying all this does not happen.  I’m hoping and praying to God that the jet stream will take a different track and in doing so steer Irene away from us. 

Here we are busy preparing – bottling up water, stocking up on charcoal for the grill, getting gas, taping windows, clearing the basement, dusting off pet carriers and getting together essential papers and cash.  I am not looking forward to the inevitable loss of electric for days and days – this is a definite given if we are hit as hard as they are saying. 

When Gloria struck back in 1985 we were without electric for 8 days.  Life was so much simpler then – no where near as dependant on electronic media as we are today.  So, if you aren’t getting a response from me at the shop come Monday, you know why.  If we are hit hard it may be awhile until I have an internet connection again – and I do not have satellite – it’s too unsafe data-wise.   So I just want all of you to know my situation here, and to ask for your patience if your orders are late getting to you.

I will not be making a blog entry Saturday – there is still so much to be done to get ready.  I’m sure we’ll be shutting down the water and the electricity at their sources when the time comes.  I don’t know how we’ll come out of this one, and that’s the worst part – not knowing.  I am desperately afraid the house will either flood and float away or collapse under the downfall of some of the seven 40 foot trees that are growing around the perimeter of the back yard and south side of the house.  If any of them falls the wrong way, well, there goes my upstairs abode.  Not to mention the cars and the garage.  *sigh*  I am even more afraid of loss of life or injury – this storm means business and the houses in this area are not built to withstand 135mph winds – so I’m not even going to speculate on that. 

This is not fun.  I keep hoping I’ll wake up to realize this is all just a bad dream…..

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. JEAN
    Aug 27, 2011 @ 00:34:59

    I ORDERED SOME BEADS FROM YOU ABOUT 5 WEEKS AGO. i READ YOUR BLOG. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU. i WAS BORN IN BAYSHORE HOSPITAL. i HAVE FAMILY AND FRIENDS ON THE ISLAND AND IN THE CITY. WE LIVE IN FLORIDA WHERE HURRICANE FRANCES, JEANNE AND WILMA HIT US. i WAS SO GLAD TO HEAR THAT HELP IS ALREADY ON THE WAY.WE ROAD OUT THE STORMS, LIVED WITHOUT ELECTRIC FOR MANY DAYS. WE KEPT POSITIVE WHILE CLEANING UP AND WAITING ON LINES FOR SUPPLIES IT WAS NICE TO LIVE MORE SIMPLE WE HELPED EACH OTHER AND COMMUNITIES PULLED TOGETHER.STAY SAFE.WE WILL WAIT FOR YOUR SHOP TO REOPEN.

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  2. MH
    Aug 27, 2011 @ 18:23:30

    Wow, that photo reminds me of a dream I once had long ago (when there was trouble in waking life). Will pray for you.

    Be safe.

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