Hurricane Irene

The last time we had to evacuate for a storm was for Hurricane Bob in 1991. Before that it was Hurricane Gloria in 1985. Right now it looks like we might get to stay put, unless it strengthens to a Category 3 or higher when it makes landfall here, probably Sunday morning… Stay tuned!

25 thoughts on “Hurricane Irene”

    1. Thank you. Hurricane Ike was a monster from what I could see about it on the news – much stronger and more devastating than this one was. I bet you have some stories to tell!

    1. Thank you, Sonali. I assure you that we were model citizens, obeying every command our wonderful governor gave us as regards to safety and preparation. There was a lot of property damage, but we were unscathed!

  1. If you are evacuated, do you know where you will go and have a place to stay? I would think every hotel in a 100 miles will be full. I can’t imagine coming up with a plan on such short notice. Good luck and take care.

    1. Oh yes! Our town sends us evacuation plans and routes from time to time in anticipation of situations like this one. That’s how we know our elevation and what category hurricane would require us to leave. In the past we’ve gone inland and stayed with family and friends, and the local high school on top of a big hill is opened as an evacuation center for those who don’t have anyone they can stay with. If one has special needs, like the elderly, there is a list maintained by the town so they can get special assistance to evacuate in the event that becomes necessary.

    1. Thank you, Val! Thanks to modern meteorology we could rest assured that it would be safe to stay. Even so, we were told if we felt uncomfortable in our homes for any reason that the high school was available to anyone as a safe haven.

  2. Hi,
    I was watching this on the news last night, it is one hell of a storm, it is huge, they showed what was going on by satellite, and it seemed to cover a very big area. Please stay as safe as possible, and I hope it passes without too much damage, but more importantly without anyone getting hurt.

      1. Thanks for the link, Mags. It’s always fascinating to see how people from other countries perceive Americans! We couldn’t find the batteries we needed for our radio at the store, but as it turned out we didn’t need the radio after all. 🙂

        Sending large ships out to sea to ride out the storm is a common strategy for handling hurricanes and other coastal storms. The navy also sent all the submarines based here in Groton out to sea in advance of the storm. We were very lucky that Irene was downgraded to a tropical storm by the time she got here, but still, there was extensive property damage, many downed trees, and some loss of life… Not to be taken lightly.

  3. Hoping for accurate forecasts and lots of warning. They seem to be finding their way to Nova Scotia more these days. Hope it peters out before it gets here.

    Stay safe.

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