I did all my proper preparations, to the best of my ability. I’ve done all I could to make sure the boat would ride out the storm, and being that she’s in a (hopefully) sturdy shed at the highest point in the yard, I’m hoping she’ll be alright. I can only wonder how the river is handling the surge and flood waters flowing down. And I did all I could to prep the house. But there is only so much that can be done. The news coming in over A.M. radio is troubling and the roar of the storm outside is truly terrifying. They just remarked that this is a night people will remember for years to come and I’m inclined to agree.
It’s 10:30 at night, and we still have power, for the moment at least, which seems ironic considering I have a tree through the middle of my house. Yes, one of those lovely massive oaks came down, there’s a trunk in my kitchen, and rain is pouring in. The ceiling fan dangles sideways from what ceiling remains, and the floor is covered with a sodden mix of plaster, insulation, rafters, sheathing, shingles, broken cabinet contents, leaves and branches. Paintings were knocked from the wall, (consider the force it took to accomplish that,) there are cracks in the hallway ceiling, down the walls, except for my office, where a good portion of the wall is simply gone, along with the roof over my desk, and, I fear, much of my outlines, notes, and non-digital documents. Thankfully my laptop wasn’t on the desk at the time, or it would currently be buried, and likely destroyed. I’m just grateful no one was hurt, and all people and animals are safely bunkered down in the basement, and come daylight we’ll see just how bad the damage is. The police advised us to leave, but there’s nowhere to go. Every road is blocked, powerlines are dropping, trees crashing down, and after seeing what one can do to a house, I’m not so confident that venturing out in a VW is prudent. The basement seems the safest place, and that’s where we’re staying until this passes. But the lights are flickering, so I suspect I should sign off. I hope all of you out there are well and morning comes to find all well. Or as well as can be hoped for.