So now we wait...... Go away Sandy!!!
Monday, October 29, 2012
As this huge storm lumbers toward us they keep changing the forecast. But always the same ominous warning - we are in the direct path of the projected land fall. All that changes is when exactly it will hit us. It will be sometime in the next 24 hours. The storm is still about 500 miles away and NJ has 22 ft waves offshore and 13 ft waves breaking onshore. We're waiting for high tide in the morning hours and we have a full moon. The tide cycle will cause back bay flooding. There is already flooding in the southern shore towns like Cape May, Atlantic City etc. All told, the predictions are dire.
We've done all we can physically. We've brought in anything from outside, and tonight, the bird and squirrel feeders as well. Dad and I keep both our properties well trimmed so normally we wouldn't have any danger from trees and the like. However, with an anticipated 6-10" of rain and 70+ mph winds even the best attended trees could simply give in to the pressure. I am praying our neighbors trees are as well looked after. We have plenty of water, peanut butter, portable radios, flashlights and fresh spare batteries.
The officials have done all they can as well. They've shut down the casinos, evacuated the barrier islands, shut down public transportation, schools and universities, malls and stores. They've moved people to inland shelters and closed roads. Now they have a curfew. Our governor has declared New Jersey a state of emergency. Only essential personnel will be allowed on the roads to go to work and only if required to report to work.
Dad and I are actually in a good place with regard to flooding. We are at 52' elevation (which sounds crazy after living in New Mexico at a mile high elevation and higher). We're about 38 or 40 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean, 20 or 25 miles from the Delaware Bay and about 15 from the Delaware River. Although we're surrounded by small creeks and lakes the elevation should protect us again from the flooding. The wind will be another story. It's already about 40 mph gusts.
We sandbagged our church this morning after services since we took such a beating when Irene hit last year. When I was a child my Grandparents had their kitchen severed from the rest of the house during a hurricane. Of course then we lived only about 5 miles inland.
So what are doing now? We're waiting. And while we're waiting we pray for the safety of all the people and animals in the path of the storm. We also pray the damages to property will not be as devastating as they are predicting.
I never used to be too afraid in a storm until we took a direct hit of lightening a few years ago. We got hit in the night and it was so intense it shook my bed and woke me. I had a small 10" laptop that I used for email etc when traveling. That was plugged in to charge at the time. The inside was melted after the lightening hit us! (I now never leave anything plugged in like that. - Lesson learned!)
They are calling Sandy "Frankenstorm". Supposedly this monstrous storm is some freak aberration making it a "perfect storm" and even more dangerous because of that fact. That's frightening. Especially because I've seen things like horizontal rain and tree limbs flying like they were toothpicks in apparently lesser storms. The reality is that you can not live on the coast and not see at least one storm that scares you. When I'm afraid I always think of the disciples in the boat and how afraid they were during the storm. Jesus was there to calm their fears and quell the storm. You just have to trust the Lord. He will keep us safe.
We have to prepare and wait it out. As long as we have power I'll be making hot meals for Dad and I. I listen to the radio a lot and I'm sure the TV will go out. I'm hoping the internet will stay up - I have a streak of over a year of logging in continuously. I'd hate to break my streak over a storm! :) Other than that I plan to knit. I'm working on a shawl for the prayer shawl ministry we have at church. It helps to keep your hands busy!
Please add your prayers for everyone in the path of the storm. And if you are also in danger because of the storm, please know we are praying for your safety.