Fires and Earthquakes and Hurricanes, Oh My! « Shoot Me Now

Shoot Me NowFires and Earthquakes and Hurricanes, Oh My!

Fires and Earthquakes and Hurricanes, Oh My!
Published on Monday, August 29, 2011 by

In the last two weeks, I have experienced:

  • Headaches from swamp fire smoke that has come and gone for months.
  • Tremor Envy, because gosh darnit, I didn’t feel it!
  • My server was hacked. AGAIN.  Sorry, everyone.
  • The beginning of school, and the slow breaking of my summer loving heart.
  • And of course, Irene.

Hurricane Irene was not quite as bad as some of the regular Nor’Easters we see.  The children and I stayed at my mother’s house, which doesn’t have old pine trees surrounding it like my own house does.

During the hurricane, we experienced typical rain and gusts of wind, all things we’ve seen before.  What I have not seen before that truly frightened me was the onslaught of tornado warnings blaring throughout  Saturday morning.

We just do not get tornadoes.  Not like some of you do.  Hearing warning signals from the television that were completely foreign to me caused sickening shivers to roll down my spine.  “This is a tornado warning.  If you are in the following areas, take cover immediately.”  This is the stuff of my nightmares.

Fortunately, we all made it through safely.

For those who did not experience Hurricane Irene, here is a quick video I made of a typical category one hurricane:

What did I learn from Hurricane Irene?

That a single tree can bring down the power of an entire neighborhood:

hurricane isabel damage

That our own local Andy Fox playing Superman can brighten even the scariest of days:

andy fox hurricane

That my camping stove and coffee pot will always make things right:

camping stove coffee

That there is a bottom to my freezer, and to my refrigerator too.  Indeed, both are now completely empty.  <Note to self: Before the next hurricane, throw away your “already suspicious” food.  Because food that has warmed in a box for two days will ultimately make you wretch.  The older, the wretchier.  Today, I made that word truly happen.):

empty freezer

And that even the smallest of creatures need rescuing after a hurricane.

tiny frog picture

Did all of you East Coasties make it though OK?  And if you didn’t get to meet Irene, what natural disasters have you experienced in your life?

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  • We got a lot of rain and wind, but not nearly as bad as it was in NC, VA, NY and VT. I’ve got branches strewn around my yard and roof, but no felled trees and we didn’t have any flooding either, thank goodness!! Glad you all are safe and dry!

    • They evacuated my neighborhood, stating it could flood but it didn’t. I don’t know that it has in at least 50 years. GOOD news!

  • Ron

    OMG, Katherine, how ironic….you and I came up with the SAME post title for our topic on Irene!!!!

    Sooooo glad to hear you made it through safely.

    We here in Philly, just got a lot of wind and rain. No power outages (thank god), and mimimal tree damage.

    Having lived in Florida for 20 years, I’m use to hurricanes. However, it was the earthquake that really frazzled me a bit.

    GREAT video!

    Have an awesome week, dear lady!

    P.S. love that last photo of little frog!

    • Ha ha!!!! Like I put on your post about it all – GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE! You are such an amazing writer – the fact that I got anywhere close to even a LINE of yours makes me puff out my chest with pride!

  • Yikes and double yikes.  I’m just glad everyone is okay.  That’s the most important.  As for the refrigerator?  That made my stomach roll just a bit.

    Have a terrific day.  🙂

    • I just put a few things in the freezer and bought some mayo and milk for the fridge. It was actually nice to get rid of some of that stuff…. nice to have a “new” fridge!!!

  • I am SOOOOO happy you made it through the hurricane. The tornado watches scared the SHIT out of me too. And I also did NOT feel the earthquake.  I just can’t get over how bad the weather has been.

    • I know, makes you wonder, right??? 🙂 I was in a diesel truck at the time and didn’t feel ANYTHING… I was bumming!

  • It’s the waiting for things like that to hit that’s the worst part for me and not really knowing how bad it’s going to get. So glad you made it through unscathed. Also really glad the froggie was OK!

  • That post, more than anything else, made me realise just what it was really like for the ordinary person!  And I love the frog!

  • 1stumptowngirl

    You are a great writer! Felt like I was right there experiencing this too!

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