Post Hurricane Earl Report - 9/2/10
Thursday, September 02, 2010
Well, we survived. We still don't have power at our house, though our landlord rented a generator which he runs part of the time - so we have one fan, our computers/modem, and the fridge plugged in. Plus he has the pump plugged in so we have running water part of the time.
Our island didn't get a direct hit, although Earl went from a category 3 to a 4 while passing over us - the winds got crazy after dark on Monday, and howled all night. Our bedroom window was bowing in a bit, and rain was coming in all night long - we used about 10 towels to sop up rain all night. And obviously didn't get much sleep.
Tuesday we cleaned up around the house after about 10 AM - it was too windy before that - we lost one palm tree and lots of branches, and there were leaves and just general debris, so I put myself in charge of that and raked, swept, picked up, and just made things look better. We also fired up the grill that night and cooked up the meat in the freezer, since we were without power about 30 hours by then. (Wed. morning we cleaned out anything "iffy" and tossed it - not worth food poisoning!) DH and I went out for a while, and had to zigzag down the road to avoid all the trees that were down - wow, the island lost a lot more trees than I'd have expected! But not much damage to houses, so that's really good!
Wed. teachers were called back to school for clean up - some water in my room, but mostly I schlepped boxes of supplies from my room to the other art teacher's room - she's recuperating from a medical problem - so that meant 3 loads on the cart to my car, drive up to the music building, unload and take them to her room, put them on her counters. Whew! I'm burning calories this week! We had a few trees down around school, but did not lose a single tile from my two mosaic murals - YAY!!!!!
Thursday - our first day of school, three days late. Not everyone has power, but everyone looked clean and presentable. Everyone without power is charging phones, computers, MP3s, etc. in their classrooms - me included! But no internet at school, and our cell phones aren't working in that area either. At least we have lights and AC, so no one is complaining.
That's the update - we made it through, it wasn't too horrendous, and we're eating no-cook meals, going to the coffee cart, and playing Scrabble by battery lantern at night. Plus lots of cleaning and putting furniture and plants back in place, so burning lots of calories.
And thank you all for your well wishes!!!!!