Saturday, October 7, 2017

Hurricane Nate


I really didn't think this storm would get here.  After all, we've had four hurricanes in the Atlantic and Caribbean in the last six weeks, one of which hit us dead center in the mountains with its' unwanted remnants.  Harvey did a lot of damage in  Texas but didn't bother us much in the Blue Ridge.   Irma came along about a week later and really trashed us up here.  Then Maria, which went along off shore along the east coast and didn't have any real impact on us except some wind and a little r.  Now Nate, and it's being tracked with a prediction that it will pass right over us, with North Georgia in the Northwest sector, which is the worst.  NOAA says the winds and rain may be as bad as Irma.


I've tested the generator,  cleaned the diversion ditches , cleaned out the gutters on the buildings, completely filled the tanks on the vehicles, and that's about all I can do.  We went into town, and bought some odds and ends. Our store of animal feed got a bit depleted over this past month, so we replenished that. Didn't buy much for ourselves, as we really didn't need much.  This time around my wife got two big bags of ice and put them in the deep freezer, and we have moved most of what was in the refrigerator freezer into the deep freezer.

People in town just seemed burnt out with it all.  They were filling up their vehicles with gasoline, and buying whatever they needed,but there wasn't any excitement this time around.  My wife pointed out to me that it's the weekend between payday on the 1st and payday on the 15th for most people who work hourly jobs here, and lots of folks will not have a great deal of disposable income for hurricane supplies. They will make do with what they have.  They are good at doing that, some of these families have been living here since the 1840's.

We went by the library and my wife got some books to read, in case the power does go out.  I have a three volume fictional series which takes place in New Mexico from 1866 until present day, so that should keep me gainfully employed. One of the worst things about the power going out for a long time is keeping yourself busy while you wait for it come back on.

The new Off Grid is out, but I haven't had a chance to read it yet. Just got my copy today.


Just skimming it, the look at the fellow's survival retreat might be interesting, and the gas mask article should be useful. I have enough Finnish gas masks with extra filters for the family. Most people buy the German Drager's, those seem to be the mask of choice for the well heeled, but my Finnish masks are good quality. You have to use an adapter with them to use NATO filters, but that's not a big deal.

Other than that, I haven't done a thing. Just waiting for the storm to come now.



33 comments:

  1. Crowofthedead says:
    Hey Harry...tired of hurricane hooplah myself...just an fyi that a lot of the off grid articles and more are available online at their site https://www.offgridweb.com/

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    1. I think I could do with some normal time. We are glad of the rain, but to a point, but we don't need inches at a time. Especially since the forest fires in the summer of 2016 left large swaths of the mountains particularly vulnerable to erosion and flash flooding.

      Off Grid and American Survival Guide have fairly decent web pages. I get the magazines in both digital and print, as they form a part of my personal reference library. Quite aside from the utilitarian aspect, I enjoy just looking at old copies. It surprises me how much the survivalist magazines have changed since the days of the old American Survival Guide. In the 80's and 90's, survivalists were almost exclusively male, and the magazines were oriented towards weapons, four wheel drive vehicles, and living in the bush. Today, they seem to be a lot more concerned with the young and affluent demographic. They're also concerned with attracting a female readership and the articles reflect that. Much more emphasis on technology, too. I like the format of the magazines,but it really is different. Before Survivalist magazine went under, I enjoyed it and that one was more like the old magazines. They don't even do a digital magazine any more as far as I can tell, although they do still have a web page.

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  2. These storms must be getting old for most of the south by now. Keep your powder dry! --Troy

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    1. Troy, it really is getting old. This warm, moist air from the gulf means I have to run all the air conditioners and the dehumidifiers if nothing else. If the power goes out, then all the buildings get sodden from the humidity and it takes days to dry them out.

      There's also the very real and unpleasant prospect of long power outages. I can deal with that, but I sure don't enjoy it.

      It's Sunday about noon here now. Lots of rain coming down, but not much wind. The Atlanta television stations are saying the wind will get up to 50 mile an hour gusts here by three this afternoon, and then I expect the power to go out and stay out.

      It's all part and parcel of living in the boondocks, but we do seem to have had more than our share of it.

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  3. So sorry to hear that you guys are in the direct path of Nate. I was hoping it would miss you. Sounds as though you have your hurricane prep all completed. Stay safe and I am praying for your safety. Jana

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    1. Thanks, Jana. Unless an oak tree or a poplar falls on us, we should escape unscathed other than some inconvenience if the power fails for a lengthy period . I can think of a lot of things I'd rather do on a Sunday than fort up and wait for the trees to start crashing down, but that's how it is. Unlike Irma, this storm is moving pretty fast and will have cleared our area by midnight. So that's a positive aspect of it.

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  4. I saw a similar magazine on the rack today, though a lot of the pieces were more rooted in the old ways. I'd have liked to have it, but $10 for a magazine is too pricey for me anymore.

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    1. That may have been "Modern Pioneer" Gorges. I have looked at it many times, and I like it. However, as you say, a lot of it is field craft and primitive living, something I'm not all that attuned to. I can't just buy every magazine I see that has an interesting article either. I think I might see if Amazon offers a digital version of the Modern Pioneer, though. Digital magazines cost only a fraction of the paper version. Most publishers don't release the digital edition under the paper edition has been out on news stands for a couple of days, but that's ok with me.

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  5. Stay Safe Harry. I pray you don't have too many downed trees / branches.

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    1. Me too, Rob. I'm getting sick of piling up branches, although it will be fun to burn them later this winter.

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  6. Hold tight and ride it out. Hope you don't any damage from it.

    Here in NH we could use some rain. It's been unseasonably warm and dry. Wells are getting low. Even my well, always a good producer is recovering more slowly from drawdowns. We got just enough rain to tease us yesterday, but might get significant rain today. Maybe Nate will draw some moisture into New England.

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    1. I think Nate is bringing some rain to your area. The weather radar projections show it heading up through Virginia , on up the coast into New England. We can use the water too, I just wish it was spaced out some and not dumped on us all at once.

      So far, noon on Sunday, it's just been rain. Heavy at times, steady always. The winds are supposed to get here around three this afternoon and last til around midnight. That's when things will get interesting.

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  7. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    I think we are all burned out on hurricanes.

    One thing about this hurricane season is all the stuff the preppers were saying came to fruition.
    Here in Texas we were well prepared compared to Puerto Rico and other islands. All the stuff about prepping has gone mainstream and a great many Texans have taken that too heart and were better off for it doing Hurricane Harvey.

    In coming years being a prepper will be of geat importance as our society decay's and many more Americans are left behind in favor or minorities and immigrants.

    One other item of note. On Styxhexamhammer666's YouTube channel he recently talked about how more people in the coming years will move from cities to smaller towns, rural area's etc, seeking refuge from what cities have become.
    I think Detroit's 'Great White Flight' of white people leaving the Detroit area in the 70's and 80's as a precursor. Styxhexenhammer's theory is based politics and identity politics. Not race, but mankinds basic instinct to be around 'like minded' individuals.

    I personally think that a great many people that are white will no longer be able to survive because racial hatred because they are white in big cities such as Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, etc.

    This is where the 'balkenization' of America begins.

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    1. It does seem like there are more people these days who are giving thought to "what if" scenarios, and being more proactive about it. I think that attitude is more prevalent in the South and the Western states like Montana, the Dakota's, Colorado, Wyoming, and the Southwest than it is on the left coast and the Great Blue States. Still, there are people everywhere who realize that what happens to them is up to them and who are taking steps to "man up."

      My two grown kids are examples of the phenomenon you described. They are fleeing Cincinnati, which has declared itself a "sanctuary city" and is consequently overwhelmed with "immigrants" and illegal aliens. The quality of life there has plummeted over the last four years. They were moving to Jacksonville, Florida in October. But then Irma destroyed the offices of the company they work for , located in JAX, and they were told they would have to wait to transfer until March or April.


      There's this notion out there, fostered by limousine liberals and the main stream media, that people live in ethnic enclaves because white people are racist and exclusive. But have you ever tried being friendly to people in a Mexican neighborhood, or in an urban area that is primarily black? It's a really bad idea. Minorities are not overwhelmed with the desire to be friendly towards white people. You are a lot more likely to get the treatment I got on my sojourn to Chattanooga that time, where you are lucky to get away with a whole skin.

      What you say is true. It's just a shame more people don't understand that.

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  8. limousine liberals live in enclaves of limousine liberals where they decide how the rest of us must be forced to live while they chat at cocktail parties and in coffee bars.
    i'd like to see them plopped down in sharia territory or black lives matter territory.
    i wonder if it would shock them into reality or if their denial is so ingrained that no change in their thinking would happen.

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    1. I think that would be a very enriching experience for them. There's no substitute for experience.

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  9. Hoe the weather is better than predicted for you Harry. Best wishes

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    1. Randy, it's Tuesday afternoon here now. We actually had more problems up here on the mountain with Nate than we did with Irma. The rain was just too heavy for my diversion ditches, we had about 6 inches in just one period of two hours. So much rain came down that everything is still soaking wet outside and the humidity is nearly 90%. I hope this is the last one of these this year. >:-(

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  10. Hi Harry :) I love that last photo, that's how I feel about storms lol...maybe I need more respect for them, but I don't live in a bad storm area so I guess I can be that cocky lol. It's fall here, beautiful. We had a bit of rain, but now it's sunny again. I have to get the garden cleaned up and the garlic planted before it snows! We had snow this time last year. We have lots of books to read too when the power goes out, which happens way too often around here for no apparent reason.

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    1. Rain, I was over at your place yesterday, and saw how you were taking care of the abandoned dogs. I really admire that in a person, that they will put themselves out and pick up the slack to help animals. You would like Lisa's block at "Two Bears Farm and the Three Cubs" because she is exactly like that. My daughter is the same kind of person. I am always aggravated by all the bad people floating around out there, and it makes me feel better to know some good people. I think the main reason I keep on with the blog is that I meet so many good people through it.

      I tell you the truth, I felt like that ant eater in the picture BEFORE Nate came through here, but I felt pretty beat up after the storm blew through. We didn't make out so well this time as we did during Irma. When I can sit down and think for a minute I'll do a post and tell our sad tale. Not a lot of damage, but this was a case of Murphy's Law rearing it's ugly head.

      It is hellish here right now, thanks to all the warm, wet gulf air NATE dumped off. There is supposed to be cool, dry air behind a front coming in tonight. I am anxious for it to get here. Right now, it's in the eighties outside and the humidity is almost 95% on the porch , just checked it, pretty bad.

      I used to play chess with my son during power outages, but he is gone now and my wife doesn't play. So it's either read or just sit there like a bump on a log, or listen to shortwave....

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    2. There are a lot of bad people floating out there Harry, and I feel the same as you. I think, for the most part, our particular Blogging community is full of really wonderful down to earth people whose online company I really enjoy. Candidly...that "friend" of ours moved back to his homeland Morocco. Am I not all that surprised of the act of self-centered-ness? He's the one I've mentioned before that seemed to be different from the rest of his 'people'. More "Canadian-ized" but in the end, just interested in himself and his dogs were disposable. I guess I'm still slightly angry at the situation. Despite whatever stereotype exists, I (used to anyway) give people the benefit of the doubt when I met them and they seemed decent. But in the end I'm usually disappointed. Is it culturally-related? Who knows, but my view is jaded again.

      But really, those dogs are so sweet...I'm still in shock that anyone could abandon their pets...he's also abandoning his LEASE. Canada offers immigrants wonderful opportunities...look what happens.

      Oh gosh, I'm sorry for what you went through during the storm, I hope I didn't sound flippant with my comments. I hope all is well with you and your wife! I really don't like when Murphy's Law comes into play, and that HAS happened to me.

      We have lots of board games ready. We are actually right now eyeing a vintage "Three Stooges" Monopoly game! Usually it's rummy or Trivial Pursuit though when the power goes out!

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    3. Rain,it really is culturally related. Third world Moslems have a completely different ethic than Westerners. I got a very good cultural immersion in Islamic ethics during the time I spent in Lebanon, during the Marine intervention there in the early 1980's. They have an entirely different perspective on things like personal integrity and moral values. Did you ever wonder, watching the flood tide of young male "immigrants" rolling into Europe why they didn't care about leaving their wives and kids in the hell holes they came from? Different views on what's right and what's wrong.

      No, not at all. Your comments are always well intentioned, and I always enjoy them. I complain about the storms and all, but I can deal with whatever comes down the pike, don't worry๐Ÿ˜‰

      Board games would be good to have if the power is out, I never really thought of those. I actually have some war games you play on a board from the 1970's, before all that changed to computers. I don't think my wife would play"Luftwaffe" or "Eastern Front Armored Warfare" with me though.๐Ÿ˜’

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  11. More hurricanes! :( We don't have those here. We do however have tornadoes. Every place has something.

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    1. Alissa, I'm about to the point where I'd take a tornado over another hurricane. The sad thing is that we have tornadoes here too, although my county has been lucky and we haven't had a bad one in many years while several of the neighboring counties have been really trashed in years past.

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  12. Hope I didn't insult you by calling your place "Rocky Top".
    - Charlie

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    1. Not at all. Actually, that's a very apt description, it's all red clay, granite and flint up here. I always think of that old song, Rocky Top, when I hear the name.

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    2. Charlie, I couldn't remember that comment, and I went back to make sure it posted, but I can't find it. Do you remember what post it was? I just want to be sure I didn't miss it.

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  13. Harry,

    I'm glad to hear you and your wife picked up critter foods, and gasoline to keep you going throughout the next storm. Having something to do while the storm is passing is a requirement.....reading, playing games, knitting, cleaning guns....anything!!!

    Be careful and safe up there!!!

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    1. Sandy, we sure did. I hauled so many feed sacks from the truck to the barn that my knees were killing me that night.Even NyQuil didn't make them feel better. NyQuil is my panacea for every ill. They call it Baptist bourbon here.

      My wife can fort up with a stack of murder mysteries like Agatha Christie and be entertained for hours. I read some too, but I still get bored if I can't get out. I don't mind snow because I can get outside but these hurricanes trap you in the house.

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  14. Nate dumped another two inches of rain on us. Actually I needed the indoor time. I have a deadline to write for and I feel like I'm getting behind!

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    1. We got unlucky and got flooded with rain, but it didn't do us any real harm. One of those "bands" just settled over us and stayed there for hours. I'm glad you didn't have any damage on your farm.

      One nice thing about my retirement is I don't really have to deal with deadlines anymore. I don't miss them. Between your writing and your farm, I expect you do get to feeling pressure sometimes.

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  15. We have been glad to get some rain. It had been weeks. The grass was crunchy. It's dreadfully humid and hot and muggy though. Doesn't feel like fall at all.

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    1. Lisa, we needed some rain too but I think it was overdone a bit ;-).

      We are having that same horrible humid, hot weather. It was nice and fall like before the storm, but now it's hellish. I watched the weather on tv this morning with my wife, and it looks like the next week or so might have a bit drier air here in Georgia, but the temps are still going to be in the mid eighties during the day.

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