riding out the storm

I’m not going to mince words. This is the most catastrophic event that we have faced and been able to plan for in any of our lifetimes.
~ Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy
(Emergency Operations Center, October 29, 2012)

Looking at the map above one might wonder why our governor is broadcasting such dire predictions. It’s because tropical storm force winds extend 485 miles from the hurricane’s eye. And because of the wind direction, a massive amount of water is being pushed into Long Island Sound which will likely result in an unprecedented storm surge of 4 to 8 feet here on the eastern shore of the sound, where we are, and 6 to 11 feet on the western shore and down into New York Harbor. There is a full moon today, meaning the high tides are higher than normal, even without the storm surge.

We’re about 20 feet above sea level and have not been given an evacuation order, so we’re going to ride out the storm. According to the City of Groton Government Facebook page, the roads by Eastern Point Beach are now impassable, from this morning’s high tide, and have been closed. The worst high tide is supposed to be overnight tonight.

Thank you every one for your prayers and well wishes! I’m sure we’ll lose power sooner or later, but I will have an update when possible.   City of Groton

8 thoughts on “riding out the storm”

  1. Keeping you and the folks in my prayers/thoughts. You know what is best! we are getting wet and a bit windy but nothing major here yet. The coast is getting kicked though!

    1. Thinking of you, too, Jeff! We’re getting so much local coverage on TV here that I have no idea how things are going elsewhere along the east coast. Maybe I should switch to CNN for a little while…

    1. Thank you so much, Rosie. I’m getting a little more nervous as evening approaches – the winds are HOWLING!!! Most of the neighbors are still here although we are close to the line where evacuations were ordered. It’s nice to know others are around.

  2. Will be thinking of you. Stay safe, Barbara.

    My family (father, brothers, sister, etc. — I’m the only one who moved away) is in New Jersey, and I’m trying not to worry. Too much. I’m sure they’ll be fine as they’re not near the shore. We’re preparing for high winds here, but it won’t be nearly as bad since we’re on the outer fringes.

    1. I will add your family in New Jersey to my thoughts and prayers, Robin. It’s so hard not to worry! My daughter lives in New York City but she and her fiancé left Saturday for their vacation so I have two less people to worry about. I hope Sandy fizzles considerably before her winds reach you in Ohio!

  3. I’m little late for coming by. How have you been? I so hope the storm has not caused much of a problem to you, though I see on television that this has been really devastating in some places. Are the weather conditions still bad ?

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Sonali. I’m a little late, too, trying to catch up with all the comments here lately! We were very lucky considering what many of our neighbors have been going through as a result of the super-storm. One never knows just what Mother Nature will do next…

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