Moving in a Hurricane
Many of my wonderful hub friends and "family" wanted a follow up hub - and I couldn't leave you hanging in the middle of a hurricane! All is well as I follow up THIS hub for the second and final time on Sunday afternoon at 4:15. The sun was out intermittently today and everyone is home as far as I know - although there are widespread power outages, some flooding and wind damage in our areas. The storm continues to move into New England and parts of Eastern Canada - from there it is expected to head back out to sea, I think.
Thank you for all your prayers, well wishes and concern the past couple of days.
This is the follow up hub to Hurricane Irene and my weekend move
Irene Batters East Coast Saturday Night 27 Aug 2011
This is the most current picture from the news. We're under a tornado watch now too until Sunday morning at 5 AM.
I am so happy to report to all my hub friends out there that I HAD THE MOST AWESOME CREW OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS today and we made the move in spite of having to be in the beginning of Hurricane Irene!
This hub is dedicated to my AWESOME FAMILY and FRIENDS, in no particular order: Mom, Aunt Gerda, Roni, Maggie, Evan, Lynn, Victor, Thomas, Ashley, Connor, Gus, Bryan, Steven, and Chuck. And to Dad who prayed us through :)
I can hear the wind and rain battering against the house now, but I am safe inside - its a horrible mess of course - but my things are here. Trees are swaying wildly in the wind, but all is calm (crossing my fingers) on the inside. I know we are in the middle of the storm and there are warnings of hurricanes, flooding, power outages...and everything is closed. There was a curfew imposed on the city at 8PM; only emergency vehicles or people in emergency situations are allowed out on the roads. Emergency shelters are set up everywhere.
Since all I have to do right now is ride out the storm, I'd like to take the time to thank my wonderful crew from today. I am still reeling that everyone came out for me yet again - in the beginning of this "perfect storm" - working so hard, fast, carefully, and safely to get me moved.
I want to thank everyone here - I have to add - all these people have known me practically my entire life (and came anyway :) - my heart is so full tonight knowing they were there for me - if I didn't feel like I wanted to shout my gratitude from the rooftops, I'd be speechless.
- Tracking Hurricane Irene: Up-to-the-Minute Storm Updates - TIME NewsFeed
TIME follows the eye of the potentially devastating hurricane as she makes landfall on the eastern coast of the United States. Refresh this page to see the latest on Irene's path and destruction. 10:27 p.m. EDT: New York mayor Michael Bloomberg speak
Irene, impressive storm
I have to say, today was a good day - despite all the rain and what we were doing. You just have to know the kind of people we are - from the East Coast - we've weathered a lot of storms, life isn't particularly easy for us - (take it from the queen of moving, I've lived lots of places and life here is challenging) But there are a few things about living in this area North or North East of Baltimore that will always be special to me.
1. It's home. It will always be home for me. No matter where I go, what I do - this is where I'm from and it's where all the people who know me best and have loved me for a lifetime are. I can go anywhere in this world but once I get on the north side of the Harbor Tunnel or the north east side of 695 around Baltimore, It's home.
2. Family is family and around here, people don't tend to move far from home. They travel, yet family is tight. It is not uncommon to have friends you have known since childhood your whole life long.
3. Let's talk food. Steamed Crabs and Old Bay seasoning. Silver Queen corn from the Eastern shore (although they had a lousy crop this year) French fries and gravy. Tastee Kakes. UTZ potato chips. Real cheese steak subs. Crabcakes without "filling".
OK, its starting to get nastier out there...I'm hearing the wind pick up and the rain is beating against the windows harder. Things will be fine though. They always are...maybe that's just my faith talking. But after a day like today, how can I be anything but hopeful after seeing the love that can move mountains?
I think its going to be a long night but I'm going to sleep really well. I am so tired today.Happy, but tired.
Thanks to all my wonderful hub friends who were praying for me, sending out wonderful energy or worried - I'm sure you had a hand in how well things went for me today and tomorrow, by the end of the day, I'm hoping to see some sun. Love ya!