I guess Earl is headed our way. We won’t really know how close he is going to get until Thursday night. I know they are already pulling boats out of the water. It seems the summer is going to end early around here. Tourists would normally stay through Labor Day but it seems many are going to leave early.
The last hurricane to give us a lot of damage was Hurricane Bob in 1991. I was divorced at the time and Sarah and Damon were 12 and 10 years old. It was just the three of us. I thought about leaving and going to my sister’s house one street over but decided to wait it out at home. Just as well she had a tree land on her house and I didn’t. I could hear the tall skinny white pines falling down all over the street. There were a lot of them. I guess that’s why they called my street White Pine Lane. One also fell on the house across the street from us.
At one point it got so bad that we went in the basement. Damon fell asleep. He would always fall asleep when he was scared. When the eye of the storm was over us we stepped outside for a few minutes. Most of the neighbors came out too. A tree across the street fell even though there wasn’t any wind. Everyone started running to their respective homes.
By evening it was over with and we decided to take a ride into town to make sure my store was still standing.. Wow, we were dumbfounded at all the trees and wires that were down. We finally had to go back home because so many streets were blocked with trees and branches.
We lost our electricity for a full week. Without electricity we had no water ( we had an electric water pump), and no stove. I had filled up the bathtub so we could use the water to flush the toilet. We cooked on a camp stove and at night I had kerosene lanterns. Every night the three of us would play cards and games. We had a cooler that we had to fill every day with ice that was 10 times the normal price. We lost all of our food in the fridge. Fortunately, I had my health food store so we had all the water and dry goods we could possibly want.
PATH OF EARL
Well, It is what it is.