Friday, November 06, 2009

Time To Get Started

When I heard yesterday that IDA was going to be a tropical storm or depression, not a hurricane, when she passes by, I stopped worrying a bit. Silly me.

Most, if not all of, the forecasts I have been following show the eye passing us within 20 miles. That means that it might as well be passing right over us. Whether it be TS intensity winds or Hurricane winds, we will get the full force of them. I woke up this morning to a reminder of just what that means.

I woke up at 6 am to driving rain and thundering winds sweeping past the house. Before I could get to all the windows, the furniture and floors near the windows were soaked. Because of the direction of the wind, I could leave the back windows facing the patio open. I watched as a gust came through and picked up my plastic patio furniture and sent it sliding across the cement floor. Potted plants tipped over. And this is only the leading edge. The main winds and rains have yet to reach us.

Once this wave passed, I was able to actually see out the front windows and door. I was shocked by the change in the ocean. What had been large swells yesterday are now furious waves. Maybe only 3-4 feet at this point, but crashing with a warning of what is yet to come. And we are experiencing storm surge. Nothing to be concerned about yet but another indication that one better take this event seriously.

I guess I know what this day holds in store for me. Getting two houses ready to take the upcoming onslaught. Now if I could just find the cats, I would be happy.


Jamqueen said...

Hope IDA passes with little discomfort...will be saying prayers that everybody fares well on the island.

Arizona (Isla) Kelly said...

Looking at the same view as you this morning (give or take about 500 feet south) you nailed that description of what it looks like out there today! Holy crap. We've used almost every towel in the casa trying to keep the living room from flooding. Wow. Wish we weren't leaving today so we could hang out through the storm together :(

I'll miss you amigo. Stay dry. Now go find Simon.

Isla Deb said...

Hunker down and stay safe, Wayne! I'll keep my fingers crossed that it will pass without getting any worse.

Sue said...

I arrive back on Sunday, unless flights are cancelled due to the storm. Wish I was there to help Miguel with the mess.

I hope your cats turn up! Poor things are probably terrified and won't come out until it stops raining.

Calypso said...

I missed all the excitement down there - 'have been away for a few days.

Loved the macro photos - stay safe Amigo.

Life's a Beach! said...

I'm supposed to leave on Sunday. Hmmmmm. Let's hope it fizzles out somewhere down there. And I'm wondering if I'll need to switch hotels. Too much stress!!!

KfromMichigan said...

I'm saying a prayer for all of you!

Mary said...

stay safe and dry!