storm surge

We were not permitted to drive down to the beach because it is still flooded, even at low tide. So we got as close as we could get, a bit north of the beach on the Thames River. No one playing golf today! Notice the white caps on the Thames River, from the tropical storm winds.

8.28.11 ~ Thames River
8.28.11 ~ Thames River

Other families had the same idea – gathering on a little strip of land between the golf course and the Thames River. The wind was still very strong, in fact I had trouble pushing my car door open!

8.28.11 ~ Thames River
8.28.11 ~ Thames River

It’s hard to comprehend that this is the low tide!

8.28.11 ~ Thames River
8.28.11 ~ Thames River

This gull was gliding in place, kind of floating in the wind…

8.28.11 ~ Thames River
8.28.11 ~ Thames River

In this picture you can see a line of seaweed on the lawn, marking where the storm surge reached at high tide, and this home is on the Thames River. I hope I can get to the beach tomorrow as I can only wonder how things are down there with the houses right on the ocean!

8.28.11 ~ Thames River
8.28.11 ~ Thames River

22 thoughts on “storm surge”

  1. I like the seagull and crashing wave, caught in a moment. The debris line on the lawn says it all. We had hard rain in waves and are expecting lots of wind. Jane

    1. Thank you! Yup, the little house on rocks and stilts still stands – amazing! Not too far from here several houses on the shore had to be condemned and torn down after the storm – they were too damaged to be salvaged.

    1. I’m with you, Sybil. I’m glad we’re a mile inland, although that wouldn’t be far enough for a Category 3 or above hurricane! Thank goodness they are rarely that strong by the time they get this far north!

    1. Thank you, Mags! It’s hard for me to imagine stronger winds. We had hurricane force winds in 1985 with Hurricane Gloria. We evacuated to my parents’ house 50 miles inland and trees and branches were falling down all around us. Thankfully this storm wasn’t quite as bad, but still, not one to be ignored!

  2. Barbara, I just saw on the television, the terrific storm at Irene that has covered around 8 regions. Its scary, I heard many people had to evacuate from certain places. I hope you are safe and taking care. May god save the place and the people from the mighty storm. your pictures are magnificent, but, do take care!!

    1. Thank you for your concern, Sonali! We were careful and are safe and sound. The huge amount of rain did cause some historic flooding of rivers and streams north and west of here – Vermont lost some of its very old covered bridges, carried away by the raging waters. It was shocking to see the destruction on TV.

  3. I’m glad you’re safe. I’ve just been looking at this and your last few posts as I’ve been a bit ‘out of the loop’ lately, and they’re impressive. Hugs.

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