Well – my area of Connecticut is like a ghost town. We are still without power (as is 98% of the area) from Hurricane Irene and there are still downed trees and power lines everywhere. There are more school closures than during a major winter storm. We can anticipate being without power for days and up to a week… So far there are 22 deaths along the entire east coast that are attributed to Irene. Yet – we are lucky. The fury of the storm was supposed to be much worse. There are some very dead trees from our neighbors’ that hang over our house – yet they did not come down. Everyone in our family is safe and sound. Even the dogs managed to make it through unscathed. The only real problem is the loss of all refrigerated or frozen items. We can live with that.
I hope all my followers were able to make it through Irene as safely as us. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone on the East Coast. If you are without power – enjoy the daylight and enjoy the peace that is so rare with the disconnected evenings.
UPDATE: Hurricane Irene has produced some unprecedented issues. First – this is one of the greatest power outages – all along the East Coast – ever recorded. Some communities are 100% without power, while other communities may be mostly without power. Regardless, there are few WITH power anywhere you go. Estimates all around Connecticut are for power to not be restored for up to a week. Driving can either be easy or an obstacle course. There are still many trees across roads making them impassable; power lines across roads are an additional hazard – and that is the case all over the towns and cities. Debris is still everywhere and damage assessments are still being completed. Schools were due to start school this week on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. Now – most will start on Friday (best case scenario) or Tuesday – and I am not sure if that is the worst case scenario. Who knows until we know when power starts to get restored. There are occasional patches with power – and those places are CRAZY. You can wait in line at a rare Dunkin’ Donuts or McDonalds for 45 minutes – and that is not waiting for a seat – that is waiting to place your order TO GO. The lines for gas rival the days of shortages and being assigned an odd or even day to make your purchase. So far it is a controlled chaos. People are desperate for flashlights, batteries, chain saws, generators, water, medical supplies, ice, etc… Cell phone towers have lost coverage making emergency services difficult to manage. In order to come close to having a guarantee of cell coverage you must have a phone from ATT, Verizon and Sprint. One of them will surely (you would think) allow you some sort of connectivity. Lack of any type of power or technology has only added to that problem. Crews to help restore power have come to the aid of power companies all along the East Coast. They come from everywhere – Canada, Mid West and even the deeper south.
Yet in the middle of all this drama and epic weather situation – we now have bright sunny days. The type of sunny day you dream about. The kind you are only lucky enough to even see once or twice a year! So at least for some moments you can forget all of the chaos – until you drive, walk, need something or turn on the news. Then reality reminds you that it will be a while before everything returns to normal.
And lastly – one of my pups last week managed to get herself sprayed by a skunk who must have a den in our yard. Not once or even twice – but three times. And through the worst of the storm that crazy skunk sat literally at my back door waiting for something! I swear he wants to become domesticated. Uh – NO THANKS. In the meantime I don’t have a spotlight to put on the yard so no dogs are going out after dark. Fortunately, they have been tolerant of that new ruling. And the skunk – hopefully he will just disappear after being ignored – doubt it but I can hope.