Live Blogging Hurricane Sandy
From the Western Suburbs of Philadelphia
Why? Because I have lots of time on my hands. So if you too have nothing better to do, stop on by for the occasional update. And hopefully, all these updates will be boring, uninteresting, and without event.
Monday, 10/29, 2:00 PM
Raining consistently but not hard, just a light steady downpour. Occasional gusts of winds but nothing that would knock you over if you were silly enough to be outside right now….and I’m discovering what a miracle it is that daytime television can actually find advertisers for the abysmal programming they have the audacity to air.
Monday, 10/29, 4:30 PM
Not much has changed in the past two and a half hours, although the winds occasionally whip up and my windows rattle. Rain continues but not heavy. The big blow is expected this evening and into the wee hours of tomorrow….started re-reading an old book on Thomas Aquinas—perhaps spending some time with a medieval scholar and saint might grant me a bit of special grace….just looked out my window and saw a neighbor up on a ladder with a broom handle attempting to clear his gutters of all the falling leaves. His wife is standing at the foot of the ladder supposedly as a source of safety and security. The two of them are wearing jeans and windbreakers and they’re soaked. I can only shake my head in disbelief.
Monday, 10/29, 7:00 PM
The winds picked up for about a half hour and my lights flickered several times as if the power was on the verge of dying. Considering that I live in an all-electric house, having no power is a big deal. For now, however, the winds have calmed down and the rain has let up. But the storm has just made landfall at Sea Isle City along the coast of south Jersey, so the worst of this mess is on its way.
Monday, 10/29, 9:15 PM
The winds are really ripping now, although it’s only drizzling at this point. The high wind gusts have turned into almost non-stop window-rattling, house-shaking full force blows. The worst is supposed to be over at 2 AM when the wind calms down to about 30 – 50 mile an hour gusts. Well, that can’t come soon enough….call me a sissy, but right now I’m sitting on the floor in my upstairs hallway with my laptop, cell phone, and a tray full of goodies. I’ve got the bedroom doors shut to ensure I’m away from the windows but also to minimize the stress-making wind noises….still have electricity, so I’m watching British sitcoms on Youtube and taking reassuring calls from friends and family (who, by the way, are more frightened than I).
Monday, 10/29, 9:30 PM
The electricity just went off, so out come the flashlights. And here’s hoping we get power restored soon….Since I’m now operating on laptop battery power, I’ll discontinue the live blogging until tomorrow morning. Good night everyone, stay safe.
Tuesday, 10/30, 12:30 PM
What a night! The winds really took off and were blowing like wild until about 3 AM this morning. I’m still without any power. Luckily, my home, and those of my neighbors, survived unscathed, although a satellite dish crashed to the ground in the middle of the night narrowly missing a car. Hope everyone came out of this hurricane unharmed….having no electricity means no tea, no coffee. So out of desperation, I drove to the local McDonald’s, and yes, they were open! Wawa, the convenience store chain in our area, was also open. All I can say is, thank god for the folks who work at McDonald’s and Wawa—what a great bunch of troopers!
Tuesday, 10/30, 5:00 PM
Electricity is back on track—Hooray! The experiences of the past 24 hours make me think of the lyrics to that Joni Mitchell song, you don’t know what you got till it’s gone. It’s amazing what you can’t do without electricity. Glad it’s over. Now back to political reality.