Pic of the day: Travelers Surprised by a Sudden Rain, by Hiroshige Utagawa
As far as I could ken thy chalky cliffs,
When from thy shore the tempest beat us back,
I stood upon the hatches in the storm.
William Shakespeare, Henry VI Part ii, act iii, scene ii
Thar be a storm a’coming. The press is hyping the bejesus out of it, but what it looks like is this. From Sunday night to Tuesday morning the area I live in will get about 10 inches of rain, with the bulk of it falling on Monday. The winds during the height of the storm will be somewhere in the 70 to 80 MPH range and that will happen Monday afternoon and evening.
It’ll shake the house, no doubt about it.
My wife is concerned about the tree in the back of the house falling on the apartment. I at this point am not. The tree if it falls even close to the direction in which it is leaning now will fall on the street.
Of course if it does it’ll take out the wires to the house and we’ll be dark. But I’m not all that worried about that either, as only a few weeks ago we had no power and we have everything that we need to make it for several days without power. Batteries, food, candles. Ya know, the important stuff. All the stuff that is electronic is fully charged and will be plugged and charging continuously.
The absolute worst case scenario is the tree damaging the house and leaving a gaping hole in the kitchen during the height of the storm. And I am going to keep garbage bags and tape near the entrance to the kitchen so I can cover the entrance quick should anything happen.
I’m not worried, but at the same time, I am prepared.
For those of you looking to keep an eye out for storm news, go to: http://www.noaa.gov/stormcentral
If you are interested in power outages in New York City go to: apps.coned.com/stormcenter_external/default.html
It’s not the end of the world or anything, it’s just weather, but it’s nasty weather.
All this crappy weather will give me extra time to get to writing. I am going to get a lot of writing done between now and Wednesday, when things are supposed to start clearing up. I already have 12 chapters outlined for my Nanowrimo novel, and it looks like I’ll get the remainder of the outlining done during this storm.
I wonder what effect if any the storm will have on voting. Some reports out are already saying that power in some places could be out up to 10 days, saw it on the crawl on local TV during Mike Bloomberg’s presser talking about storm prep. Ten days would put voting in jeopardy in those places where power is still out, as the election is 8 days away from Monday. Hope the people who put that out are wrong.
That’s it from here, America. G’night.