If you're in the path, please be safe. Additionally, please check in when you're able.
Thanks. I am, although I'm far inland, and by the time the hurricane reaches us, probably around the middle of tomorrow morning, I expect it to have diminished to a tropical storm. There's sure to be flash flooding, and there'll be sporadic outages and damage from high winds, but nothing like what awaits the coastal communities south of me.
Wæs se grimma gæst Grendel haten,mære mearcstapa, se þe moras heold
Well, that sucked pungent donkey cock.
The lights went out for us at around 10:00 AM on Thursday. They came on again roughly two and a half hours ago, as of my writing this.
My home is undamaged. One of my neighbors was not so lucky; he had a tree fall on his house. It's repairable, and he's insured. And the damage is such that he can still live in the house while it's being repaired. So this was a pretty benign storm, at least in terms of its impact on me. On Friday, it became clear that about 95% of my town was in the dark, and would remain so for the next 3-5 days. So I drove to the nearest place that still had generators for sale, bought one along with some fuel, and came home around midnight. That was enough to run a couple of fans, a lamp, chargers for phones, and keep the fridge and freezer cold. So we didn't lose any of the contents.
Regions farther south of me are in terrible shape, so I suspect that my next project is going to be seeing whether my wife and in-laws know anyone who could benefit from the loan of a nearly-new generator.
Hurricanes are no joke. I'm really glad you came out of this unscathed. Sierra and I were worried about you and MinusInnocence being in the rough path.
We were really lucky.
If you go about 45 miles south from where I live, ~85% of the grid is still down, including power for many of the water and sewer stations. Which is actually pretty normal for a huge storm like this one was, until you consider that the place I'm talking about is roughly 180 miles inland. Things are turning a corner in my area, which gives me some hope that soon there'll be more line crews heading south to begin to pick up the pieces.
We survived Sally, although our 3 mile bridge, one of the only connectors from downtown Pensacola to the beach and the other cities didn't because Skanska, the bridge builders were idiots and left their barges untethered. Currently 22 of them are either underneath other bridges or literally in people's front yards. Idiots.