We lost power, phones, and of course the internet on Monday afternoon. Today is Friday, and for the moment at least, the power and the internet have been restored. The phones will take a lot longer, if past experience is anything to go on.
When the hurricane remnants came through here, North Georgia took a real beating. We had been told to expect 55 mph winds, which would have been bad enough, but in fact wind gusts hit 75 miles an hour. The counties like Lumpkin and White, which are at the foot of the mountains, were harder hit than Towns, Union, Fannin, and Rabun, which are actually in the mountains.
The wind came on like waves. You could hear it coming, just like an ocean wave roaring into the beach. Just before it actually hit us, things would start banging against the buildings and the roofs, branches and such that the wind had picked up or broken off. This went on from about six in the evening through most of the next day.
We had some roof damage on two buildings, including the main house. We did not have any flooding. The people who live down at the foot of the mountain, on the paved road, were not so lucky. One of them had a big oak come down and split his house right in half. I doubt it can be fixed. The roads were trashed, mightily. I know from the scanner that a surprising number of people came out and cleared their own roads, something I had not expected this time around.
This was a hard four and a half days. We didn't lack anything, but my wife and I were just slap worn out by yesterday. We didn't have as good an attitude as we have had in the past, perhaps because once the storm passed, the heat and humidity were very bad. The house and outbuildings got up to 71 percent humidity inside. It will take a while to get everything dried out, and a lot of things like blankets, sheets, etc that were on the shelves will have to be laundered and run through the drier.
We used virtually none of the extra supplies we bought, but we can use them later. Neither my wife or I felt like cooking, so we didn't eat much and that probably accounts for how worn down we both feel. The property is a mess. I had a lot of pine trees fall, and I will just let them lay where they fell if they are in the forest. But some will have to be cut up and I'll have to dump them in the woods to rot. That wont' be fun.
We got pretty by well except that physically and mentally, it was rough. I'm not sure why, as we have been through worse. Part of it was lack of information. Once we lost the satellite tv and couldn't see the Atlanta stations, we had no way of finding out what was coming. The NOAA weather transmitters on Brass Town Bald mountain went down almost immediately. No internet. Nothing of any help on shortwave. I can get one FM station here reliably, it's a hill billy station and in four days, the only thing I heard of any interest was when they put our county commissioner on. He said "be patient, the power is out everywhere." We knew that, so it wasn't all that helpful.
We're still catching up on our rest and our breath, so this is just a short post to say we are quite well and had little damage. I'll sit down and write an "after action" report here this weekend, but it won't be much help to old time survivalists as it was all pretty routine. Might be of use to people new to the mind set,though..
While I'm waiting for my 9mm MP-40, I think I will get me one of these!
These guys are funny.