Has this been a weekend from H E double L!! Friday, at midnight or there about, I was awakened by the clapping of thunder and the bedroom being lighted up like midday from close lightening. The rain was falling in torrents...the trees were bending when I got out of bed to look out the window...it sounded like hail hitting against the window hurricane shutters. WE HAD A STORM! And a damaging storm at that. The whole city is reeling in clean-up. The city utility crews are clearing out trees that were uprooted and fallen onto streets...power lines are down.
About 1 a.m., the power at our house went out. We were off the grid for most of the day Saturday...no electricity, streets finally receding from flooding. And worst of all...NO INTERNET CABLE for my baby [cpu]. lol
I had been awake since midnight, listening to the water falling from the rooftop and knowing all too well, the back yard would be a virtual lake. At least a muddy mess. It was/is. I was at a loss by 7 a.m. [Today, the backyard water has receded...but now mud ponds!]
By Sunday morning, the power was back on, the internet connection was still a 'no go'. I did my website, very little, over my smartphone. I get kinda twitchy when I can't get online for that long a time. Besides, a larger, desktop keyboard is much easier for me to utilize than a smartphone keyboard and stylus pen. Then, around 8 a.m. on Sunday, the power was off again, the internet still off...I cleaned house a bit, put away St. Patrick's Day stuff and put up a few Easter decorations....scrubbed the kitchen floor. 9 a.m....still no power. I began having some cabin fever, and the skies were clearing nicely so I told Bud "I'm walking to the grocery store". I had to pick up an Rx refill. "That'll give me my 10000 steps for the day without getting wet walking on sidewalks." I left, got my prescription, a couple of bananas, a hoagie sandwich from the deli to split with Bud so we wouldn't have to open the refrigerator, etc. etc. By the time I got back, my step count was nearly 14000 steps and the electricity was back on; the refrigerator was purring again.
About 1 pm this afternoon, the cable modem showed that the cable connection was good to go....I'm online again and happy, tho the connection is still a bit sporadic.
Reported 3 inches of rain in a very short hour, winds clocked at gusts up to 80MPH [category 2 hurricane force I believe...maybe a 1....not sure]; some 20,000 are still without power and some reported losing the roof off homes. City crews are still out and about.
On the plus side, the weather is clearing, staying cooler for a few days AND THE SPRING BREAKERS are leaving today!!! We will again have the islands to ourselves [us locals!]. Yipee. A birdin' I will go....Hi ho the derry-o, a birdin' I will go!!!!
image sources from news channel website AND local newspaper.