We hear of storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and blizzards all the time – on the news, the internet, the Weather Channel. But it’s different when you’re in it’s “crosshairs.” It’s actually quite eerie.
Strange though it sounds to us, a hurricane is headed our way. The Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions aren’t exactly known for their hurricane activity, or for that matter, their hurricane preparedness, so it’s weird when you hear and see the things happening here right now.
We went to the beach yesterday on a planned trip, and were surprised to see this:
The landscape and feeling was eerie. Doesn’t it look desolate and other-worldy?
They were also pumping water out of two man-made lakes in communities just off the beach, and dumping it in a cut-out part of the beach that led to the ocean. They had part of the road blocked off in order to run the pipes across it. Very strange. We saw a few houses boarded up, fences being put up partway down the beach, two TV crews, and a man in a suit being interviewed on the boardwalk.
On our way home we passed our local grocery store, and there was a line to get into the parking lot. My dad couldn’t find any batteries or lamp oil at Walmart today.
Anyway, this post is mostly to ask you all to pray for us and the people of these areas. It’s personal and more immediate when you know someone who is affected by it, and most people here just aren’t used to this. We also have a lot of trees with leaves still on them, making them a wind risk, and likely to take out power lines. We’ve been doing some preparing – we’ll have to bring our rabbits in again, be ready to do without power for a day or two… or 3, or 4… or sometime within the 1-10 days the power company is quoting (we’ve never been without power here for more than a few hours), cover up an area of our old wood-clapboard house that leaked during Irene last year, bolster our freezer with bags of frozen water, and things like that. While not particularly hazardous to life or our personal property, this storm will just be different than what we’re used to (you know, Nor’easters and snow and stuff), and therefore difficult. We do of course trust God, and don’t fear anything, but we’d appreciate your prayers.
Hope you all have a lovely weekend!