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.
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