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Moving in a Hurricane

Updated on August 30, 2011

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.



Irene Batters East Coast Saturday Night 27 Aug 2011

Ocean City

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.

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!

Outer Banks, NC last night


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    • Erin LeFey profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin LeFey 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      happyboomernurse, I didn't know you were living that close to me! How wonderful to have another hub neighbor! So glad to hear that you survived the storm relatively unscathed. I did hear that a lot of DE had been evacuated. I have other friends on the Eastern shore who were also affected. So many suffered losses up the coast, my heart goes out to them too. Take care!

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      7 years ago from South Carolina

      Glad to hear you are okay. You did a great job documenting your real time experience in this hub. I live in Southern DE and evacuated to Hagerstown, MD just before Hurricane Irene hit. I also felt blessed after returning home because my house, neighborhood and the DE beaches (except for some tornado damage in Lewes) were okay. Felt bad though, for all those who suffered much flooding and damage.

    • Erin LeFey profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin LeFey 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      B., Rusty Scupper is a beautiful restaurant, I just had lunch there this spring. Its amazing what they've done with the Inner Harbor. I'm glad you survived the hurricane although y'all had to be evac'd. Friends you make here are always "forever friends". :)

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      b. Malin 

      7 years ago

      Hey Erin, I too lived in Baltimore, Pikesville, to be exact for many years. I was divorced there, and dated, and a few years later was married for 2nd time at the "Rusty Scupper" at the Inner Harbor, with many new Wonderful friends...Though I've moved to the Jersey Shore...My Baltimore Friends are always there for me, and I for them...we are like a Family. I'm so glad you're safe and sound in your new Home. Enjoy my Friend, Enjoy!

    • Erin LeFey profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin LeFey 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      Couldn't have said it better myself. It was moving in the beginning of the hurricane...trying to beat the clock, luckily it wasn't on top of us until we were finished. Perfect timing - I consider myself so blessed and loved with great friends and family, and its always been hard for me to accept - much easier to give. That was my lesson that day too.

    • funmontrealgirl profile image


      7 years ago from Montreal

      Thank god for family.

      I can't imagine moving in the rain, much less in a hurricane!

    • Erin LeFey profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin LeFey 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      mckbirdbks, thanks so much for that comment! I feel so alone in battling some of this stuff sometimes and it really helps knowing that I'm not writing to some void. I check my stats sometimes and even when people aren't leaving comments, I smile because I know they're at least reading (some part of it anyway :) and the human connection really is what its all about. Here the sun is shining again in this part of the country and its warm. People are picking up the pieces and the ones without power are eating out in restaurants with their families and sharing their stories with all the other families without power. This is Baltimore, but people here are friendly just like we lived in a small town. We say hello to each other and don't look away when we pass each other on the street. Very down to earth people who really care and sympathize with each other. I'm noticing that again - I think after all this moving around I forgot what the people who live here are like and where my personality was formed. Its starting to come back to me now :) Take care my friend.

    • Erin LeFey profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin LeFey 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      Epi, So glad to hear you are well, I was thinking of you in all this hurricane mess. Actually here the downed trees, flooding and power outages are causing more of a problem after the storm than anyone thought. Trees continue to fall, blocking small roads as well as highways, often coming down in the middle of the night. Some of my friends and family are still without power, some are hearing they won't have it again until the weekend! So many people have flooded basements, and now - even after just moving - I'm dealing with a flood...I feel like I can't catch a break this month. Trying so hard to stay positive.

      Thanks so much for your wonderful comments and I'll be popping over to read skeletons right away...I haven't been on the computer because of the latest nightmare in moving but I'm catching up a little tonight. Hugs my friend!

    • Erin LeFey profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin LeFey 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      Ruby, I know this area is HOME, its always been home but I want it to be the home I visit - I really want to live out west eventually again. That's why I've not completely settled yet. Colorado keeps calling me back - now if someone could just hit me over the head and knock that out of me, I could be satisfied...

      I could write another Swamp house story in another decade of course...but for now I'm working on a hub called "Maggie's Mirror" and should have it done this week, I think you will like it. Blessings sister :)

    • mckbirdbks profile image


      7 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      More people than you are aware of are following your hurricane adventure. I am glad that things are going well.

    • epigramman profile image


      7 years ago

      ..well actually you write like a hurricane and you are definitely one of the true forces of nature here at the Hub in terms of your writing prowess and receiving that lovely fan mail from such an esteemed colleague like yourself really made my day so I wrote a dark one especially in your honor called Skeletons in exile.

      I live 100 feet or so from the lake so I know all about high winds and storms but luckily my cottage and I are still standing in one piece .....thank you for this most stirring update of literally a work in progress ......

      lake erie time ontario canada 5:29pm

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Geez, I'm glad you are ok, sounds like you had fun in spite of the weather. It appears you are where you are meant to be, HOME. You can still be a gypsy, you must know that i love your gypsy poetry. I hope you will write another story about the beautiful old swamp house, there must be another linking episode. Love you Sister. God's speed......

    • Erin LeFey profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin LeFey 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      poetvix, thanks so much for following my adventure, and I'm so glad it did have a wonderful ending. I forgot in all my reporting to mention the best part of moving in that hurricane. We had a blast! We moved fast and worked hard, but everyone seemed to be having a good time. I remember hearing all kinds of jokes yesterday - somebody naming a gargoyle "Gargamel", Maggie dancing in the rain with a Halloween skeleton named Dead Freddy, lots of laughing, everyone getting along, and me being the one who was so stressed feeling bad for not having it all more organized - everyone even the kids were laughing and telling me to just stand back and chill out. It was amazing. I couldn't help but share with you all - it was a wonderful, fun, and exciting matter how scary. Maybe I had too much adrenaline, or maybe I just needed more meds... hahaha anyway, thanks for sharing my experience. Hugs.

    • Erin LeFey profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin LeFey 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      Christina, I'm glad you all made it safely through the earthquake - how did you fare through the hurricane? I have a bunch of friends who are still without power. I hear a bunch of trees are down and BGE is forecasting it may be days before power can be restored to some homes where large trees fell on wires.

      The first thing I noticed before the quake, since I was outside at the time, was the absence of bird noises. I had a lot of birds in my old neighborhood, so it was quite noisy and that seemed odd to me, right away. That's when the ground started shaking, it took me a few seconds though to register that it was an earthquake.

      Believe it or not, I have my main living area cleared of boxes already! I think if I tackle one room at a time, I'll be finished in no time. Pain is holding me back from doing too much though and that's frustrating.

      Take care!

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      7 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      I'm so happy you made it safely. Having rode out Ike, I can't imagine the added stress of moving. Thank you for sharing this adventure in real life, complete with loving family and a happy ending. How often do we get that? God bless.

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      Christina M. Castro 

      7 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      Congrats, Erin for a safe and satisfying move. I usually work on Saturdays, and somehow I knew that it would not be a problem for me, actually because my shift was cancelled. I felt strange just like something was about to happen, just like my friend shared with me his account of his dog running in circles on the ground right before the 5.8 earthquake we had a few days before.(Animals have that sixth sense about the weather). I saw that the weatherman was right on target. I wish you the best in your new home, and have fun fixing it up just the way you like it. Look forward to hearing about your good news. :)

    • Erin LeFey profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin LeFey 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      Martie, Mom, drbj, and Prasetio: thank you all for your concern and for continuing to see us through the storm...(Mom was in the middle of it too) We didn't have much damage here just a lot of noise - kind of much ado about nothing... I can't say that - that's just in this neighborhood; a few broken tree limbs, one awning ripped off and some wind that threw some yard furnishings around from what I can tell. All in all - it was a beautiful morning.

      As for the rest of the city, counties and Coast...there are power outages all over, flooding, fallen trees and more damage. Irene left her mark, I haven't been out yet - but ironically, weather speaking, today is a gorgeous day to move. I haven't been out though so I don't know the condition of the roads or if my whole wonderful crew has electricity or any other damage. I'm glad they could be home last night and all day today with their families.

      Irene is now hitting the new england coast above new york and moving into canada - I pray for those people there. Blessings everyone.

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      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I had watched the news about the hurricane in New York city. The government warn for thousands of people to evacuate from their home. I am so sad to hear this. I wish the best for them. I give my prayer for the people in New York....amen.


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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Happy you are safe and sound and relatively dry, Erin. Anyone who can move during a hurricane is a special sort of person. Now take your meds, dear. :)

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      7 years ago

      Beautifully done, sweetheart!

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      Martie Coetser 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      I'm glad you are okay, Erin. I'm watching the news. Irene is expected to hit New York in a couple of hours. Take care!

    • Erin LeFey profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin LeFey 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      Saddlerider, thanks so much for checking in again, my friend and for your prayers. I hope your sisters continue to be safe. The magnitude of this storm is astounding! I wish I could sleep, but I always need that wind down time before bed - and there was that two hour nap today when my body just collapsed when I came to my new place today...

      I won't be up too much longer. Hopefully Irene will continue to move inland here and lose some of her steam...but she hasn't lost it yet.

      I just found a link for the latest tracking map...

      I hope it helps you keep track of the storm, I'll send it to you just in case you don't come back here to see it.

      Oh and in my MOVE DIARY...not only will it say THAT lol,

      I counted today and I've moved 20 times in the last 23 years! I'm making myself sick with that one!

      Hugs my friend!

    • saddlerider1 profile image


      7 years ago

      Great pics Erin and glad to read your okay and getting through your move safely. Get a good nights sleep, hopefully the worst of it has passed, I know I have 4 sisters on the Canadian eastern seaboard and they are concerned. I am praying for your safety, enjoy the move and you can put this one down in your diary, I MOVED IN A HURRICANE.. lol...stay safe my friend.

    • Erin LeFey profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin LeFey 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      RTalloni, thanks so much for your comment and prayers. We made it right under the wire, and I am so lucky to have them in my life! Just now still listening to the buckets of rain and high winds battering the house. I have a good feeling we'll come through this just fine :)

    • RTalloni profile image


      7 years ago from the short journey

      We are praying for you folks in the storm's path!

      What an amazing story you have of your move and this hurricane--and precious family and friends. Bravo to each of them! :)


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