Sunday, June 24, 2012
It's a dark, gloomy day here, with a steady rain that I have been watching for five hours (since 6:00) and which isn't going to quit. The only good news is that the tropical storm will probably miss us, and the winds are only at 35 MPH now. That still makes the trees toss around but it's not bad. I checked the spot where the garage makes a corner that catches the runoff from a thunderstorm and we get a little lake, but there isn't any standing water, so it's coming down slow enough to sink into the sand. I really like that part.
We were here when a tropical storm did hit, and it's like having a thunderstorm that lasts six or eight hours - a lot of water and wind for a long time. The runoff is brutal (four to eight inches in one day) and the low lying places tend to get flooded a little. Fortunately we're 43 feet above mean high tide and in a bit of a valley to hide from the wind. We're not in a hole, so there's not much chance of having water in the house, no matter what happens, but the winds can still mess up anything left outside.
When the hurricane warnings go out, I do collect everything outside, lock the shed doors and tighten the anchor cables, and cross my fingers. This is just a dark day, and the dogs wouldn't go out the back so I had to take them out with me to get the paper. We didn't go for a walk today.
Recount - for the last hour it has been raining like a thunderstorm, but you can still see across the street. The water is backing up in the corner between the garage and the house, but the wind doesn't seem to be much worse.