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Hurricane Irene and my weekend move...

Updated on August 28, 2011

Hurricane Irene: Ready or Not - Here She Comes!

Well, this weekend is my big move, as most of you was supposed to be Sunday. That was until Sunday was predicted to be the day we would be smack dab in the middle of a hurricane. So I was up late last night on the phone with my best friends, rearranging all of the details to make it work one day earlier.

Do you know what its like to pull off a move one day earlier? One day less to do last minute things. One day less to clean. Finding a truck at the last minute when you know half of the state is evacuating their homes and trying to take all of their valuables inland? Its a disaster before its even begun. But we are the kind of people who still think we can do anything regardless of the odds stacked against us. We'll be moving in rain, but hopefully not torrential downpours, flooding, and 150 mile and hour winds!

Roni and I drove straight through from Kansas to Maryland in 24 hours two different vehicles. Running on pure adrenaline, caffeine and a host of other emotions that just wouldn't let us stop. Stubbornness was probably in there as well. What's a little hurricane?

I am stopping right now because I have been up since five o'clock this morning trying to pack. I have two rooms that still have to be done. I tried to take a nap this afternoon but couldn't fall asleep - too much anxiety, but I really needed to be off my feet. I'm just not capable of doing this packing stuff. But I'm doing it anyway.

Enough Mother Nature, We get it.

This week, A big part of the East Coast experienced our first ever earthquake. Now, hold on, all you Californians, stop laughing...yes, it was only a 5.9...but we just don't feel earthquakes here. It just doesn't happen. All I've got to say to the Californians making jokes about our reaction to our earthquake is, remember that when you have 6 ft of snow to deal with in one of your cities. Not that we handle snow all that well anymore, but you get the gist of it...its all about your environment.

I certainly never experienced an earthquake, until this week. Everyone I talked to said it felt like a huge truck was going by...only it got stronger and it wasn't stopping and the ground started shaking...and the rumble. I was outside on my deck. I first noticed that the birds flew away. There are a lot of birds in these woods so it got very quiet.Then everything began moving. It took me about two seconds to realize it was an earthquake, but I didn't move. I figured I was already in the safest place I could be so I just rode it out. I didn't start watching the news until about ten minutes later, and then I watched it most of the afternoon. The epicenter was all the way down in Mineral, VA and they felt it as far north as Canada and as far south as South Carolina.

I'm impressed Mother Nature, and grateful for the experience. No deaths, only some minor injuries as far as I know...and some structural damage. I say that this area needed a wake up call - they forget that we are just tenants, and that Mother Earth is far bigger and far stronger.

Bracing for the Storm

So here we are, in the calm before the storm. The sun's been shining most of the day, but I haven't heard the birds. You know the animals know what's going on. The humans that aren't evacuating the coasts (I'm close to the top of the Chesapeake Bay so our County is on alert as well) are cleaning out the grocery stores for batteries, candles, bottled drinks and canned goods. I sit here taking a break from packing and writing all about it on hub pages.

I needed the mental break. The physical one as well. The sky is starting to get cloudy... In 48 hours, this will all be nothing but a memory and I can breathe easy again.


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    • Erin LeFey profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin LeFey 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      Tina, I know exactly what you mean - now through hubpages I've connected with so many people all over, I pay attention more to what's happening all over the globe. You are so right, I think more and more people are awakening to the fact that we are tenants and there are more variables to be considered. You hit the nail on the head, my friend. the follow up is already out...I should link them, thanks for the reminder!

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      Christina Lornemark 

      7 years ago from Sweden

      Every time I hear about the hurricane in your part of the world on the news it feels more real since I "know" some people who actually live there and is affected directly by this hurricane. Glad to know that you finished your journey and thanks for a great hub! We really are tenants on this planet!

      Look forward to the follow up hub!


    • Erin LeFey profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin LeFey 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      Sunnie Day, Martie, and Ruby - We finished about 4 hours but I was still unpacking things and I had to eat and then I fell on my bed and passed out. We did it! I have the best friends and family - I feel so loved. Follow up hub on the way...Love ya!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Erin, It looks like you are going on a real adventure, YEA. Be safe, be good, have fun, like Martie says, " A follow up Hub please. " I miss you already. Take care my friend.....

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      Martie Coetser 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Erin, I am so curious to know how you are now and what the results of the hurricane were. We have earthquakes down here in Northwest Province, SA, reaching 1-6 on the Richter scale. We call them ‘bumps’, because it is the results of the (gold) mining activities in our region. We had some serious mine-accidents because of this – people had died underground. Structural damage to our buildings is the order of the day, but fortunately no collapsing of walls. A magnitude of 6 on the Richter scale is terrifying – it roars and shudders as if a giant snake is moving from point A to Z underground... and then we wait for the news to hear how many people had died deep down in the mines. I’m looking forward to a follow-UP hub.

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      Sunnie Day 

      7 years ago

      Be safe Erin..Great hub with all the graphs...Take care..I doubt Texas will see any parts of this storm..Prayng for safety of all.

    • Erin LeFey profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin LeFey 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      Saddlerider, thank you my friend for your concern and your sweet sentiments. We'll all be safe - I have a great group of friends and family helping me so we should be fast and able to outrun the storm. Its supposed to make landfall here in the late afternoon and we're starting early. We used to get just the odd hurricane that would lose most of its might by the time it reached us...and a few good dumps of snow (but after living in Colorado, I'm immune) - the strange thing was the earthquake!

      I love to study the charts and graphs, I'm glad you enjoyed them! Take care my sweet friend.

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      7 years ago

      My sweet Erin nice to read that your on the move, because I know there is Gypsy in you;-) but please be very careful with your driving. If it gets really bad pull over safely somewhere. To many serious accidents are caused in rainstorms and wind.

      I'm sure you will be cautious and ride out the storm if you have to. Be safe my friend and thank you for sharing all those charts, very interesting indeed. Up north in Canada so far we are not having any major storms, earthquakes or tornados although we get the odd tornado now and then. I will be thinking of you, be safe sweet lady.


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