This post is going up a day early due to that big ol’ mother Sandy headed towards the East Coast.
I’m writing this on Sunday Oct. 28, 2012 and there’s a storm headed our way. They’re saying it has potential to be a billion dollar storm, so I guess I’ll sit up and take notice. it’s predicted that the winds where I live will blow anywhere from 40 to 65 mph. The last time the winds blew like that we lost power for three days and trees went down all over the place, so here are the things I’ll be checking on today:
- House safety – things battened down.
- Tree branches
- Batteries and candles
Other things they tell you to have on hand – especially if you have to evacuate – are any medicines you might take and to make sure you have a plan to take care of your pets.
My vehicles are fueled up, there’s plenty of gas for the gennie if I need it, and we’re ok on food and water. The only area that I worry about is a big oak tree in my yard that still has most of its leaves. Most of the maples in the area have already lost theirs, but the oaks are stubbornly hanging on. This acts like a big sail and causes trees to fall over much more readily than if the they didn’t have them.
Two weekends ago I did a generator test. I took my house off the grid and hooked the gennie up and let it run everything inside for an hour, so as long as nothing falls on it I’m fairly confident that it will hold up ok.
Other than that the only thing to worry about is the unknown.
To everybody else out there in the crosshairs of this storm: get prepped and take care!
Please feel free to post here with any storm updates in your area or ideas on what to do to get ready for this storm as we ride it. Hopefully it won’t amount to much, but it’s always best to prepare for the worst.
Just for kicks I’ll try to post an update every hour or so as the storm progresses about what’s happening here in the Midcoast Maine area.
Monday 10-29-2012 0840 hours
The winds are picking up a bit – probably blowing around 20 mph right now with slightly higher gusts. There’s a light rain/mist falling, but so far it’s not really affecting anything here at the coast. If I can I’ll walk down to the ocean later and get a picture and post it here so you landlocked types can see what an ocean storm looks like.
If you’re in the path of the storm please post your observations and experience here as well. Be safe. -js
No changes. I looked out at the ocean and there’s some pretty good whitecaps, but I’ve been diving in worse. It’s not really going to ramp up until 2:00 pm according to WCSH6 News in Portland, Maine. -js
Wind is still about 15 to 20 mph and the rain has stopped. -js
The wind is starting to pick up now. I’d guess it probably blowing around 30-35 mph. Here’s a short video. As you can see it’s not blowing that hard yet, but it’s starting to ramp up a bit…