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Suzy, I'm glad you weathered the storm as did your house and cars. My flights to Europe went across Canada but either the winds were still coming or they had passed by and the flight was smooth.
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Hurricane Irene started making herself known here at my home on Friday afternoon and by the evening the rain was constant. Early Saturday morning she was screeching around my home with winds at 80 mph and driving rain. I lost power at 9:30 AM and finally got it restored at 10:10 PM which I am very thankful for since I was worried about losing the food in our refrigerator and upright freezer. I was preparing to get our generator started and hooked up by the morning if need be. Me, my son, and our pets stayed safely inside except for the few times the dogs insisted on going out to use the bathroom. By 4 PM the winds at the back of the storm were still INTENSE but eventually died down enough along with the rain so I could get outside and access damage plus start the yard cleanup. I was hauling HUGE tree limbs and doing my best to rake up all the debris in my front yard last night while I had daylight since its going to take a few days to get everything in order.
No damage to the house or vehicles- THANK GOODNESS. Just a lot of yardwork-so you know how I and the family will be getting our exercise in. School is cancelled for tomorrow due to still people being without power and the condition of secondary roads. Best news beyond the power returning was the return of my husband last night at midnight- he had been locked down at work on Camp Lejuene Marine Corps Base since Friday morning.
Today, has seen me and the guys outside doing major clean up. I have personally put in 7 1/2 hours of dragging limbs, raking the yard, and hauling wheelbarrow loads of debris and dumping it our front ditches. I do not know if there will be county mulching/ hauling clean up available. Otherwise we will have to burn small parts at a time to get ride of all the debris. Plus I got my 11 year old son to help scrub all our cars that got blasted by the winds and tree debris.
I am very thankful for how we weathered the storm. Last night Daniel and I dined by candlelight, burned one of his incense burners, and listened to his ipod by small battery powered speakers. Dinner- chicken salad sandwiches with yogurt and fruit. Then for dessert we had to try and eat the melting vanilla ice cream from the inside freezer. We shared with our dogs.
I now live in Florida so I am glad that we didn't get it but have family in Maryland NJ and NY still I watch my home town flood out live on tv the life guard station floated away right smack into the boardwalk all caught on live TV I heard from the reports bay & ocean met so I'm not sure how much damaged done to my home town Amazing footage of the storm Hope everyone went for the high grounds for safety
Linda (Florida - Eastern Standard Time )
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We are in north central MD. It has been more like a tropical storm. A good excuse to stay inside and read. I hope everyone else is safe and sound.
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Praying that everyone faced with this is ok....
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My family in Florida fared okay. They had locked, bolted, and otherwise anchored everything they could and got through it with minimal damage/loss. They've been through this before and weren't as concerned as we were for their safety. They reminded us of our lackadaisical attitude about earth wakes and our great fear of big winds and heavy storms' we'd have the earth wakes. According to our family in Florida 100mph winds aren't that bad cause they've been through worse; I freak at 20mph winds when we have them and this kind of "heavy" winds combined with rain leaves me shaking until the storm is over. Thank you for your concern and care.
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Sister is battening down the hatches in Philly, friends in Maine and Boston shore, Cape Cod. taking precautions. In VT we are preparing for flooding. Prayers with those in those areas in the the direct path.
Hope and pray that you will be safe and well and that the hurricane doesn't do too much damage.
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I am on the west coast, praying for all the people on the east coast in her pathway.
Right in her path -- due to make landfall after midnight. All we can do is wait and hope there is not too much damage.
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Be safe everyone and I hope there is very little damage!
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I'm in Central Virginia, far enough inland that we are only expecting tropical storm force rain/winds ... still enough to bring branches down and generally make a mess out there. Hoping for the best for our coastal neighbors and for family in Long Island!
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Hi, I am in New York and praying for the best. I was out walking this morning, because I missed two days this week and of course tomorrow. While thirty minutes into my walk on a bike path, the skies opened up with a drenching downpour. Of course, it ended when I reached my car 30 minutes later. Although I was soaked, I still enjoyed it. However, I am not looking forward to this evening or tomorrow's weather.
Our apt already leaks so we are NOT looking forward to Irene.
I live in Miami and originally we were in the cone of the hurricane. I am blessed that the hurricane did not come our way (I went through 4 in 2004 and one of the doubled back). I am sad that Florida's lucky break, this time,will cause so much damage to states that do not normally see hurricanes. I hope everyone listens and follows the directions of the news and state officials. Mother Nature is nothing to play with.
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Hi, I am in Tidewater area, VA about 50 miles inland and we have had rain since ~6am. Still expecting the worst of it in the next 2-8 hours. We are hunkered down and have a natural gas generator in the event we lose power. At least 10k without power already with many roads and bridges closed for flooding. Praying for my family in VA Beach.
Stay safe when Irene comes your way.
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Hello, everyone. I live in Maryland, close to DC. So far today it has just been very dark and cloudy. They have downgraded the "hurricane" in our area to a "tropical storm". Supposed to hit sometime later today. I have everything secured outside for the anticipated heavy winds.
Our power co. sent everyone a taped phone message saying that they are "ready" but if the power goes out (which it probably will) it could take "days" to restore it. DH & I went down to the store yesterday - along with everyone else in our town it seems - and bought a few foods that don't need to be cooked. Just in case!!
I hope the people who are really being slammed by Irene are okay and have taken the proper precautions.
What a week. An earthquake on Tues. and now a Hurricane.
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We are well out of the path but hope to get some rain from it. I'm praying for all my Sparkfriends on the east coast - stay prepared and safe, everyone!!
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I am flying to Africa via Europe tomorrow. I will be flying through Chicago. I'm so glad that I was not scheduled to fly through New York!
Are any of you living in the path of Hurricane Irene? Have you had to evacuate to higher ground?
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