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.