Thursday, August 25, 2011

Natural Disaster Week

It’s been quite a week, and it’s not over yet!

We’ve been dealing with the Great Dismal Swamp wildfire for a few weeks now.  Although the fire is near the Virginia/North Carolina border, we have had a few days where the wind blows the smoke up this way.  And we’re not just talking about it smelling like a great big backyard bbq, we’re talking smoke so thick that it’s like driving through moderate fog.  The smoke has been blowing away from us most of the week, so we’re happy for that.

Tuesday afternoon I was on the internet checking on my mother-in-law’s incoming flight status and checking the weather, when things started shaking.  I wasn’t sure what was going on at first.  I have been through my fair share of earthquakes in Guam (and a big one in Hawaii), but Virginia doesn’t get earthquakes.  Right???  It didn’t take long for me to figure out that yes, this was an actual earthquake.  I jumped up off the couch because a floor lamp almost fell to the floor.  The light above the kitchen table was swinging all over the place.  Bailey didn’t know what in the heck was going on, but didn’t freak out like I expected him to.  And the kids?  They napped right through all the shaking!  The epicenter of the 5.9 quake was about 110 miles from our house, so you can imagine what it felt like here if people could feel it as far away as Canada. 

Now we’ve all got an eye on Hurricane Irene.  As of this morning, the storm’s eye was expected to pass a little east of here, but the meteorologists keep going back and forth over whether the storm is going to move further east away from us, or move west and end up right in our backyard.  I’ve got both vehicles gassed up, batteries, water, and non-perishable food.  If the storm stays on the current track, we should be fine.  We’ll get moderate wind, some heavy rain, and the possibility is there for some tidal flooding.  Our house is on a pond that is overspill for a creek that runs into the bay.  As far as we know the house has never gotten any water in it though – even with Hurricane Isabel that came through in 2003.  Hopefully Irene will continue to move to the east, and won’t be an issue for us.  We’re keeping a close eye on it!

*I just went and looked in the garage at the kit that Jarrod packed: MREs, water, camo gear, pots, insect repellent, flashlights, knives, first aid kits, and all kinds of other survival gear.  We’re ready for anything!


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