Living in Troubled Times.
"A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within."
Not sure exactly where you are but it looks like you'll at least get strong wind and heavy rain. You might have a lot of trees to clear to get down your mountain. My dad's in Florida. Not sure what he's going to do as he's fighting cancer right now and not well. He's stubborn enough to stay in his trailer, but my stepmom could get him to seek better shelter.
I'm near where the borders of Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia all come together. We are inland, but the worst damage we've ever had in the time I've been living up here , not including one ice storm, has been hurricane remnants coming through. This time, we have already had a lot of rain over a long period, the ground is saturated. It's red clay here, and when it gets really wet and there's wind, trees start coming down in huge numbers. We have two dump trucks and five men to keep the roads open in the county. The population was largely middle aged in the 90's and now it's mostly seniors,the demographics have changed, so clearing the roads takes a lot longer. The trees destroy our 1930's era above ground wood pole power grid. The EMC spends lavishly on their big building, plush carpets and mahogany furniture for their big wigs, but almost nothing on improving our grid except in town and out at the lake where the rich people live.I spent two weeks in August living in hellish humidity with just one air conditioner running off the generator once when a big hurricane remnant came through.If your dad is living in a trailer, he needs to bail. The people who live in trailers here and stay in them during big storms often get killed by trees blowing down on the trailer, or the wind blows the trailers right off the cinder block foundations. I hope he and your step mom get through it OK.
I hope things stay dry and less windy up there. I thought they were predicting this one would die as a tropical storm, minimal hurricane.
We've never had a hurricane here because we are so far inland. But the heavy winds and rain that go inland after a hurricane makes landfall are really dangerous in terrain like this. Big forests, in red clay soil, on mountain sides. That's a bad combination. I am hoping this thing dissipates before it gets here.
Oh, no.....That storm is pretty much headed right toward you, isn't it. Batten down the hatches and stay safe!
Their track shows it coming here right now. But I am hoping it will veer off towards the East. They usually do when the storm comes ashore in South Florida. The ones that have really hit us hard usually came up out of the Gulf. I'm watching it, there's not much to do to get ready if it does come, just have to ride it out and hope I don't have a big oak or poplar come down on one of the buildings.
Stay safe up there. If it makes a direct hit on Miami, you can expect round 2 of Katrina. But it's the retired folks that will hurt the most.Yesterday we had a hailstorm blow through. Quarter sized. Never seen anything like it in my life. It destroyed my corn and the pumpkin patch. --Troy
I's just after seven in the morning here now, Troy. Got up, put on the coffee, and turned on the weather channel. Their graphics show this storm still projected to hit North Georgia dead center. About all I can do is go out today and clean out the upslope drainage ditches. We will probably drive into town and pick up a few things, because if it does hit us with a lot of wind and rain, we won't be going anywhere for awhile. I will fire up the generator and run it for half an hour today as a precautionary check.Sorry about the corn and the pumpkins. It's tough to work hard on a garden and lose it. I had a beautiful batch of Indian corn growing a few years back, and wild hogs got into it and totally destroyed it. All that work, for nothing.`
Harry,Be safe with weather heading your way. Even if you don't get the eye, those outer bands are a pain to deal with. I hope you don't get the heavy winds and water. Be safe and take care of yourself and your sweet wife.
Sandy, I don't know what's going on now. Our NOAA weather station on the mountain top is still calling for rain but I don't see any here!Miriam and I are forted up. We have done all there is to do, so now it's just a matter of waiting to see what happens.