After Hurricane Irene…

Many throughout the eastern states have encountered issues from Hurricane Irene.  Some had their houses flooded, trees fell on many houses and cars, and even in some very sad cases people lost their lives.  I guess I can consider our problem of no power as a small issue compared to others.

The morning of the storm, we heard a loud crack, pop,  and then silence.  It was 7:40am and power was already out.  We were hoping this would be a problem for only a couple of hours, but when we went outside to look around the neighborhood we saw power lines snapped and laying in the street just s couple doors down from us.  We knew then we were in the “no power” stage for a while.  I called National Grid to report the incident.  They said they were unsure of when they could get out to fix it.  It could be days they said.







We decided to go and check in to a hotel just one exit down on the highway from our house.  They had power!  People were checking in like crazy!  Almost all the plates on cars in the parking lot were from our state.  We found out that almost 300,000 people were without power overnight, and for some power may be out for a week.

We are going back home today to clean out the refrigerator and freezer.  We probably lost about $400 or more worth of groceries.  I will learn not to “stock-up” before a storm with cold items next time!  There is also the cost of the hotel at over $100 a night (so far booked for three nights, but could be more)!  This is still a small price to pay looking at what some are dealing with.

My kids are finding Hurricane Irene to be a fun vacation!  They have been playing in the indoor pool, jumping on beds, and enjoying the “breakfast feast” as my daughter calls it.  Now we will have to see how the rest of the week turns out.  School was supposed to start on Wednesday, but since the school does not have power the school start has been moved to Thursday.  The Superintendent is taking it day-to-day and make decisions as power comes back.  I think we are looking at a tough start of the school year.  In fact, National Grid just called again and said, “Due to the extensive damage in areas people may not have power restored well into the weekend.”  School may start a few days late, and we are looking at a week stay here at the hotel!

How have you  dealt with the power issues and effects of Hurricane Irene?

Kristin Wheeler

Preparing for Hurricane Irene

I think by now everyone is fully aware a hurricane is coming right up the Eastern Seaboard.  The 95 corridor could be in some trouble.  Things are still unclear as to what the impact will be with power outages predicted, flooding, damage to houses and roads, and issues with oil refineries.  As a precaution, I prepared tonight the best I could.

First of all, my family had plans to see our friends from Peoria, IL that we had not seen in three years!  Our kids are the same ages and same genders.  Our families just seem to line up perfectly.  We had been excited for the past few weeks to meet up with them in Long Island where they are vacationing.  We ended up being very lucky that we had booked the Long Island ferry out of New London, CT on Friday instead of on Saturday or Sunday.  We were JUST able to make our trip in to meet with them.  It was a great day of catching up, and we almost forgot about the looming storm.  Then reality hit once again as the streets of the small quaint town of Greenport, Long Island began to become more vacant, and t-shirts saying “Hurricane Irene Go Away” were hanging in the windows.  We tried to take the kids to the Maritime Museum, but no such luck.  It was closed for Hurricane Irene.  We also learned parking bans and possibly evacuations were taking place just hours after we were planning on leaving.  Luckily, we were able to get our ferry ride back to RI with moderate tides in time to plan for ourselves here in Rhode Island.  Ferry schedules are already being cancelled for this weekend.

So, home and preparing…….  I found Stop-N-Shop to be out of water completely, and I got the last decent loaf of bread.  I also went to Shell to fill up just to find signs on the pumps saying “OUT OF GAS!”  I guess people were here getting ready as we were having fun in Long Island.  We are prepared enough though.  We have food, water, and hopefully I can dig up a flashlight or two.  Two good things to remember: Fill up your tub with water (you can use it for the toilet for flushing if need be and cleaning things), and turn your refrigerator up to the highest level to help keep food longer when the power goes out.

Be safe everyone!  Prepare!  Evacuate if need be!  Take things seriously.


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Kristin Wheeler