I didn’t think we’d be hit so hard by Hurricane Irene. The wind was absolutely crazy. We had prepared as much as we could. The power went out at 10:00 AM and we were left to just watch.
We were watching the wind whip around threatening to take down the “mossy tree” from the back porch when I heard a loud bang. Howard tried to calm me and said, “that’s only the wind.” But I knew I felt the house shake and I heard the front windows rattle as they do when you slam the front door. I ran inside and saw this just feet from the house.
What tree is that?? I’ve never even noticed it before. It was growing outside of our stone wall on the edge of the street. It narrowly missed the house taking with it our power lines.
We were lucky that was the only tree to fall. We had some branch casualties in the back of the house but no damage.
It wasn’t anything we couldn’t clean up on Sunday before dinner. After being in the house all day without power it felt nice to get outside and do a little work even if it was still a little windy.
Oh wait, there was a little damage – we lost a shutter. Oops.
Losing a shutter was no big deal in the grand scheme of things. I’m more disappointed about all the food I had to throw out. Things could have been much worse. Our whole neighborhood has been without power since Sunday. Our street has finally opened back up after being closed due to some fallen trees and power lines.
Since then we’ve had to eat out. The nights have been strangely relaxing for the most part. We’ve played games and read books. The only really stressful thing is the lack of hot water and the occassional chainsaw at 2:00 AM in the morning.
National Grid has estimated that we’ll have power back by Sunday night. Excellent. I can’t wait!