Well, I have live-blogged election nights, WikiLeaks (for six months), MurdochGate and numerous other serious topics, so why not one of the most serious of all (for me, at this moment, if briefly), the approaching and fearsome Hurricane Irene? Man, you’d think that after a month of writing about nuclear issues related to my new Atomic Cover-Up book, that would have been enough doom and gloom for a while. But Mom Nature had other ideas.
I’ll do it here at least until the lights (inevitably) go out, with latest items added at the top with a time stamp (ET). This is meant to be one man’s saga, not a newsy blog with links. For the record: I live just outside a small village right on the Hudson, just a few miles north of New York City. The latest “tracking” of Irene’s path takes the center—I kid you not—directly over my town (see red line above). My home is on a hillside so the river does not threaten us the way it does many friends in the “river towns” below, but we get plenty of water coming down the hill and many tall and old trees overhead promise to do us harm. Also, the ground in the Northeast is already soaking from heavy rains. And the lights often go out here on my hillside even in casual rain and wind events.
So, away we go (but not literally, I hope). As Dylan put it, “Here comes the story of the hurricane…”
* SUNDAY *
11:00 am Okay, the morning report. Up most of night, power still on, no water yet in basement, wind not too bad, sandbagging working. Slept from 4:30 to 7. Up to find still dry, wind not terrible, power on. Hour later water starts appearing in basement and keeps coming as rain continues. Get out the large wet/dry vac, only because power still on. Doesn’t work very well. Wife finds manual revealing we had let the filter in for dry use! Removed, now working well. Rain stopped completely right now, though large band could still swing around on the backside.
About 9 am when weather service announced that NYC got hit with only tropical storm not hurricane, as it had been downgraded just minutes before, a Weather Channel co-host actually said he felt a little let down, as now history would not note that NYC met hurricane.
No trees down that I can see but power out at least three towns in area, so maybe we got lucky (for once). Sigh of relief, although a tree could still knock out power any time. More later if that does not happen.
12:05 am Rain really picking up, wind not too bad twenty miles north of NYC. My son went out to help a friend sandbag. Cat loves all the new obstacles and arrangements downstairs. Jack and Coke on hand. Geraldo covering storm on Fox, and Ray Nagin guesting on MSNBC. What more could you want? See my song selection videos for the storm below.