Sunday, October 28, 2012

Storm - Monday Evening Update

Queens Creek as of Saturday afternoon

Scroll to the bottom for Monday evening's update to this post.

Dock and boat house as of Saturday afternoon.  Nothing unusual here.

Queens Creek as of Sunday afternoon, inching its way into my yard.

Sunday morning the tide was well over the dock.

This is pretty standard whenever we get a good storm.

As of Sunday, the storm called Sandy has caused the standard high water levels and flooding associated with most major storms. The wind hasn't really been an issue thus far, however as of this moment it's picked up substantially. So far we've not lost current (aka power), but it's pretty safe to assume we will at some point. Residents in low lying areas of the county have been asked to evacuate.

(This makes me laugh just a little because the very definition of Mathews County is "low lying," barely above sea level. Relatively speaking, though, some areas are lower than others. Thankfully my house in Hudgins is on a patch of slightly higher ground. Even so, we never assume we're safe from high water. We just keep an eye on it.)

For now, we're fine. If you don't hear from me it's only because we have lost either internet or power or both.

I'll post more when I can.  In the mean time I hope everyone in the path of the storm stays safe.


Monday Evening Update:  


So, yes, my place of employment was open on Monday.  The kids stayed home from school and will be home Tuesday as well. This morning I waited until daylight to make the hour long commute in because of the possibility of standing water and tree limbs.  However, neither was an issue.

Although the winds whipped and the rain continued, I stayed at work until 4:00 p.m.  My commute home was entirely uneventful.  Since I was the only idiot who had to work Since most everyone else stayed home, the drive up the Route 17 corridor was the fastest ever.  There were so few cars on the road I wondered if I hadn't entered some parallel universe.  I think I only hit two red lights the entire ride.

When I arrived home, the tide was down, and I could see the dock.  Most importantly we haven't lost power (yet?). The wind is still blowing (very hard) and the rain is still coming down. It's not over yet and things can change, but so far so good, at least from my vantage point.

I am thinking of my friends up north and hoping everyone is safe.


Dghawk said...

You and your family have been on my mind and wondered if you were safe. Of course, the brunt of the storm hasn't arrived yet.

At the plant where i work, we worked both yesterday and today so we can shut down for tomorrow. Tuesday is still up in the air and the decision to start up on Tuesday will be made Tuesday morning. And that depends on whether we have power.

I left the house for Isabelle and Irene, but I don't feel the urgency with this storm like I did them, so I'm staying home.....I think. A shelter is just a mile up the road at the high school if I get too panicy.

I'll be thinking of you and hope you are staying safe.

Deltaville Jamie said...

Stay safe! The wind is picking up here but no rain yet. There aren't any C or D cell batteries anywhere. I'll be thinking of everyone down that way, hope you don't lose current

deborah said...

Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers - please do keep us updated as you are able.
Hope you don't have to work today and can stay home and safe!

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you posted. I've been thinking of you. They say the surge is supposed to be 1-4 feet, hope that means you stay dry and safe. Betsy

Maria_NJ said...

we are expecting some bad weather here, but we are not leaving, my sisters up North are having a fit, they want me to come up there, my one sister had to evacuate, she lives in Springfield by the Passaic River. This is no fun, yesterday when I left work the bay along Rt 30 was already up to the road, and some roads were closed due to flooding and that was yesterday B4 the storm even hit. They are saying by midnight tonight that we should expect Sandi landing...this is no fun, I'm going to miss my beloved internet!! Stay safe everyone. God speed...

Meg McCormick said...

Stay safe! The entire DC region has ground to a halt. EVERYTHING is closed, including Metro (rail and bus) and the regional commuter trains. The Federal Gov't and most schools have closed for Monday AND Tuesday. No need to be a hero; they want us at home to keep our selves and our families safe. This morning we have rain, yes, but not much wind. YET...

Mental P Mama said...

So hoping you are okay this morning.

Sooska said...

Hoping you all down there are OK and not getting a repeat of Isabel. Stay safe!

Dghawk said...

To Maria in NJ:

If by chance you check in here before you loose power and internet, stay safe my friend. Having been through a few, they are nothing to take lightly, and remember...Mother Nature ALWAYS wins. Sending you thoughts and lots of prayers.

Daryl said...

so far just plain old rain and some wind .. la la la la

deborah said...

so glad you had a safe trip to and from work.
Thanks so much for the update...had I known that you had to work, I would have doubled my worrying:)
Keep us updated, please!

Dghawk said...

I'm glad you made it home safe today, but sorry you had to work, I didn't, and won't know about tomorrow until 5AM. I still have power also. They are saying the worst winds will be tonight between 7P and 3A.

Stay safe.

Anonymous said...

Worrying about all you east coasters and hope you won't be driving to work on deserted streets in the morning--isn't a Monster Storm a reason to stay home from your job??

maria in NJ, Dghawk and Daryl, the reports coming in tonight are worrisome. I hope everyone keeps power on and no damage at your homes.
Thoughts & prayers with you all--

Country Girl said...

I cannot believe you had to work. Going back in after having four days off, and actually I'm looking forward to it. Take care - love your photos.