August 22, 2011

Rain Rain Go Away

Today was just... crazy.

Hurricane Irene is in the Atlantic, still not having charted a course we're sure of. One minute she's coming our way, the next she's heading to the SC/NC coast. All I know is she is going to be a BITCH of a storm and I'm genuinely worried for ANYONE who is going to take that hit.

I have a very bad feeling about her.

If I have to take a hit, I'll take a Cat 1. We'll have some damage, but nothing structural. I put up my shutters only because I'm concerned it will really hit as a 2. The gusts are a concern.

Cat 2's start to put me on edge. We definitely shutter up. The wind in a Cat 2 will make me pace my house at night looking at the ceiling worrying as I hear roof tiles come loose and rake across the top of my roof line.

Cat 3's I'm in a quiet controlled freak. And it's because, as I told my Mom today, when you get a Cat 3, you don't just get a Cat 3. You're GOING to get Cat 4 gusts in there. It is a dang given. Every Cat 3 we've had, we've sustained some sort of structural damage to the house. Cat 3 puts us in our safe room, something we've not used since the boys were small... seven years ago. Now we're five adult sized peeps and that safe room is going to SUCK if we have to use it.

Cat 4's freak me the hell out. They are OH MY GOD storms. They're "Someone is going to die and I'm not ready." I may have my funeral planned, but that doesn't mean I WANT to die. NO. They're 'big damage to the house' storms. Trees falling, parts of roofs coming off, big bad bad stuff.

Cat 5's... plain and simple, kiss your a$$ goodbye. Nothing good can come from a Cat 5, so I don't even go there mentally. I can't. Even if I could wrap my mind around MY own death, I cannot of that of my children. So we... don't go there. The catastrophic damage from a 5 is inconceivable.

To put it in perspective, Katrina was a strong 3 with heavy 4 tendencies.

I fear that Irene is going to be Katrina's bitchy twin sister. Maybe stronger.

I don't want her at my house. She's not welcome.

But with that, I did my shopping today. I have most of my food with my spare list at the ready. When I awaken, I will decide if my secondary list must take effect, which is get cash, fill my freezer with fresh meat that we can defrost day by day and grill, fresh bread, etc.

Meanwhile... Today was the first day of school for my eldest and youngest. At the high school my two older boys go to, the first day of school is for 10th-12th grade. The freshman go alone on Tuesday and then the whole school on Wednesday.

I like that they do that.

I like that on the second day of school the freshmen can meander the halls, getting lost, holding maps, without the crowding of the halls and upper classmen acting like they're stupid.

First Bones... the bus driver flippin' NEVER SHOWED up. Seems they forgot to assign the entire route to anyone. I'm not kidding. Fifteen kids stood out there waiting until finally, after an hour, parents started hauling them to school. What a mess.

However, he SWEARS this is going to be the best school year ever. He has eight classes, four core subjects, two vocal ensembles, music theory and he got picked up by the drama department. Surprise! So he is psyched.

Ringo... is not so much. He's a junior and is just going to have to step up to the plate. Bonus is this year he's playing the Quads on the drumline and there is that...

I wasn't dreading school beginning this year. I don't know why. I think perhaps it's because I've been so stressed this summer... I'm just moving into the new stress. It wasn't like I relaxed and now jumped back into it.

It's... status quo. But I'm hopeful.

Hoping Irene goes away...

Posted by Boudicca at August 22, 2011 03:23 PM

Since it's a given Irene will land somewhere, we'll hope it's with the least possible damage to all concerned.

And here's to a successful school year for all the boys and a break for you for a bit.

Posted by: Teresa at August 22, 2011 10:13 PM

She needs to loop around and putter in the Atlantic and not hit any of us. It's not going to be a good situation for someone... she needs to just... hit a cold spot and dissipate. Right.

Posted by: Bou at August 22, 2011 10:16 PM

Judging from the last look at, it looks like the track of Irene is moving further out into the Atlantic, meaning so far places like NC and Charleston, SC is at ground zero. Right now it looks like FL and most of the Atlantic Seaboard is in for a nasty sideswipe, at worst, and not from the dirty side of the storm. Hope you get nothing more at your house than a stormy adventure and some good stories to tell.

Posted by: diamond dave at August 23, 2011 06:59 AM

I am happy to see that it is not heading towards you guys much anymore, but my sister lives in costal NC, and it is headed right at them....

Posted by: Web at August 23, 2011 07:17 AM

She's moving further away today, but of course we stay vigilant.
I thought of you yesterday, almost emailed to see how you felt about her... I had a bad feeling and usually your 'feelings' are right on... Good to know I wasn't alone.

Hope she drifts out to sea.

Posted by: pam at August 23, 2011 08:21 AM

I'm heading to the beach ...and blowing as hard as I can eastward.

Posted by: Jean at August 23, 2011 11:31 AM

It just really needs to make that turn east and then go SHARPER so nobody takes this one. This hurricane is going to be on that people talk about for years, if it hits. No good can come of that...

Posted by: Bou at August 23, 2011 04:27 PM

May be a stupid question, but when do you just decide to get the heck outta dodge?

Posted by: Jilly at August 23, 2011 05:38 PM

Jilly, That is not stupid... AT ALL. We were discussing this at work. I should probably do a post on it...

But it depends on the strength. I'll sit out a 1, 2 or 3. I'll probably sit out a 4. The problem becomes... do you sit out a 5? And really, the answer is no. But when you live on a peninsula, you kind of need to make that decision early on or you'll be stuck in traffic. Do you sit out a Cat 5 at your house or do you sit it out in the I-95 Parking lot.

If you google the population of all the big cities in S. Fl, thats Tampa, West Palm Beach, Miami, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, and then all the adjoining counties that contain Naples, Ft. Myers, all up and down the east and gulf coasts of FL, those are MILLIONS OF PEOPLE. You don't have a lot of escape routes on a peninsula. You have I-95, the turnpike and I-75. That's it. And it's a real mess...

So... it's not a stupid question because it's not a simple question to answer. I have never bugged out... and it scares the hell out of me to think of it because that means something very very bad is coming and if I make it back home... is there anything left?

To leave, for me to bug out considering how safe MY house is, means that when I come back, my husband's business will be gone or damaged and if it's not nobody will be doing business with him... so we'll go bankrupt. My house will be severely damaged or gone as with my children's schools. The infrastructure of our city would be demolished. I'd have to go live with my parents. (They're reading this and saying, *blink*) It would be a mess. Like you saw from NOLA. But they were TOLD to ALL leave... they were TOLD TO LEAVE and many did not.

Posted by: Bou at August 23, 2011 06:27 PM

My Sister, whos husband is stationed at Cherry Point, NC - has already booked a room in Raleigh, and if it does not change paths to go far off shore, she will be leaving Friday AM. She has a 8 month old son. No Chances.

Posted by: Web at August 24, 2011 06:44 AM

My MIL lives basically at the NC/SC boarder basically on the ocean.

She moved there just after Hugo so she hasn't had a "bad" hurricane yet. Cat 1 or 2 that is all.

She never prepares, or even thinks about it until the last possible moment. (yes, she's one of those people).

As of this morning it looks to hit right where she is. I fear what is going to happen because she won't do anything until the last minute and then it will be to late. And hubby is no help, he suggests things but doesn't get forceful with her.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at August 24, 2011 09:11 AM