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Update: Power Outage Hell from Tropical Storm Isaias

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Hello friends, I'm posting this quick blog to let you know what happened in the past week and why I was MIA on SparkPeople.

I live in the Northeast so was partially in the path of Tropical Storm Isaias. My area started to feel the effects of the storm a week ago last Tuesday. It actually didn't seem too bad by me... there was wind and bouts of torrential rain but I didn't think it was as bad as some other storms we've experienced. BUT my power went out last Tuesday morning on 8/4/20. It didn't come back until earlier this week.

Thank God there was no damage to my house. Since I live on a mountain, there were no problems with flooding. I do have a bit of a mess in my yards around the house. Still haven't cleaned it all up yet. The past week just drained all the energy out of me.

No mistake, last week was tough .. because I live way out in the country, everything here runs on electricity. When I have no power, I have NOTHING... no electricity so no internet, no refrigeration, no fans, no water, no toilet.

Here's pictures from the storm that day:

Rain coming down in backyard

My wet deck

More wet deck

My wet front porch

After the storm, the sun actually came out. Since there was no power and I couldn't do anything else, I walked to the nearby park for a walk. While I was able to get a walk, I found storm damage there too.

The last of the storm clouds leaving our area.

Tree down across the path in the park.

An entire corner of the park was flooded - a new pond had formed from the rain.

Another view of the park flooding.

My lunch and dinner for most days of the outage - roast chicken, veggie or baked beans, and a corn muffin or piece of bread from the market. Dranks lots of bottled water and a couple diet sodas- our market gave cases of water free to residents with no power. Breakfast was a granola or cereal bar.

One of my nearby friends did help me during the outage - they had a camping stove that we could heat some canned food in, and I had to get convenience foods like granola bars and cereal bars, and snack on cereal and peanuts, and I ate a lot of roast chicken daily from the market. I started keeping a cooler with ice where I could store the daily chicken, eating it for lunch and dinner. My friend and I kept running to a truck stop about 10 miles away a few times a day to use the toilet.

The camping stove we heated a couple things on outside. the only problem then was that we had no way to store leftovers and no way to clean the dishes.

I also checked on my sister whose power kept going on and off. Because she lives in a town, she doesn't lose her water or gas stove when the power goes out. She was otherwise ok. Here's pictures of 2 of her feral cat friends at the apartment complex she lives in. The kitties like me too.

This is Prince.. he's not sure of humans but he takes food from residents who offer it.

This is Sheba - she is super sweet and friendly.

On one of my runs to Walmart for food, I was NOT happy to see this new sign that they only accept exact change and if you don't give it, they WILL round up to the next dollar. I think that's stealing and not sure how they get away with it!

Unfortunately I did lose all my food in the refrigerator and freezer.

The saddest sight of my refrigerator. I lost a lot of frozen meat and other food supplies.

So it was a stressful week, and it was so HOT. I was drained by the end of the week. I was so happy when the power came back on the other night...we had lost power for 7 or more days. I think I took a triple shower and shampoo to clean up.

If you'd like to see some other pictures of the effect of the storm, I found more pictures on the weather site:

Hope you all had an otherwise safe and good week! When I recover myself, I will resume my 100 days blogging... I've just been so exhausted this week.

Sending out love and hugs to all my sparkfriends... emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    I am glad you are ok. I am also glad there was no property damage, however what a tough week. And to loose all your refrigerated items is horrible. I have seen the signs about exact change due to a shortage of coins. This may have been due to the storm but an experience I have had without storms. Something odd is going on. I hope this week will be better. Hugs and sending prayers too.
    68 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    Glad you are okay. Get rested.

    Some stores here will not take cash or checks at all.
    68 days ago
    OMG! I am so sorry. I can't even imagine being that long without electricity. I get frustrated when ours goes out for a couple of hours. Sounds like you kept yourself busy though. Do you have insurance that will pay for replacing some of your food? I can't believe that sign in WalMart - is it because the power is out or is this just a change in policy. Honestly, we don't have a lot of cash in our home - guess we'd starve!
    68 days ago
    WOW, what an ordeal. You are in my prayers. Stay Safe! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    68 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/14/2020 4:41:37 PM
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    Maybe you should look into getting a generator. Some of our friends have them and really like them.
    68 days ago
    Oh my goodness -- what an ordeal you have been through!! So glad that you survived, but so sorry for all the stress and worry and losses you experienced.
    68 days ago
    Wow....you have been through a LOT. Glad that you are safe!!

    68 days ago
    Oh goodness!! I was watching the news of the damage, so I knew it would not be good for you. I know your stress so sorry. When we lose power, we do keep our water and gas. Terrible for you. I am glad your home had no damage. So sorry about all the food. Your dinner did look good, but I bet you are wanting something else right now emoticon Loved the kitties, they are ok:) Happy you are ok Karen, now to try and get things back to normal, many emoticon emoticon emoticon
    69 days ago
    I'm so glad you're safe. Too bad about the food that you lost and I hope you and the communities recover ASAP.

    I lived in Louisiana and southeastern Texas and have been through my share of hurricanes and tropical storms. I've always had a portable generator for those occasions. When I moved to the mountains in rural western North Carolina, I installed a backup generator. It was expensive but I don't regret it when the power goes out.
    69 days ago
    So sorry you were impacted by the storm. Hard to lose so many refrigerated groceries. **SIGH** BUT glad you're safe and sound.

    HUGS and may this week be easier for you!!!

    69 days ago
    Wow. - that’s real country living. No camp fires for cooking? Awful to lose all that fridge and freezer food...
    69 days ago
    Oh, my gosh. That has been quite a week for you! So sorry that you lost power and all the foods in your refrigerator and freezer. I am so thankful you and your sister are okay, though, and I'm glad you have been able to stay healthy.
    Take care!

    69 days ago
    Been thinking about you and so glad you are safe and up and running with power again. I hope you get your fridge/freezer stocked again and get everything cleaned up soon.
    69 days ago
  • LORI-K
    I’m so sorry you went through all this ordeal with no power. How horrible and difficult. I hope the hard part is behind you. emoticon
    69 days ago
    what a week sorry you had to deal the storm and the virus and change shortages all at once ! two if the stores where i live that have rewards cards have figured out how to your change due on your card .
    I got a coffee at Starbucks only because i was sent a gift card. .sending prayers and hugs
    69 days ago
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