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"About as much fun as a bag of weasels"...when I first saw this Irish adage, it made me think of the life of a writer: sometimes perilous, sometimes painful, certainly interesting. My paper journal has always been called "The Bag of Weasels." This is the Bag of Weasels' online home.

We're Through!

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We've made it through the storm unscathed. Here in Carroll County, we again dodged the bullet, just like with Irene, and never reached hurricane-force winds. We had tropical storm winds last night, but here on the hilltop, aside from some lost branches and the damned roof leaks, it appears that we didn't suffer any damage. The sump pump ran all night, and the French drain that caused last year's Great Flood filled up a few times, and Bobby had to wet-vac it. (We have flood alarms and, in the middle of the night, Bobby accidentally sucked one of them into the wet vac, so I woke up to the sound of the flood alarm singing "Für Elise" from inside the wet vac.) Had we not had the post-Great Flood repairs done last year, we probably would have flooded again this year, so we were thankful for the sump pump (which I just heard grind into life in the laundry room). We've had seven inches (18 cm) of rain so far, according to the measurements Bobby takes for CoCoRaHS. I was just upstairs, and it's still raining, but the wind is gone.

Baltimore, apparently, took more damage, being in the path of the hurricane winds. BWI airport reported a top gust at 86 mph (138 kph); the Bay Bridge reported a 94 mph (151 kph) gust. It's crazy how narrowly we missed that. To give a point of comparison, we worked in the Baltimore suburbs; it's about a 40-minute drive for us. It's about an hour to BWI.

To the east of us, especially on the coasts, were not so lucky. I'm already hearing stories of severe damage in places like the Jersey shore. I hope everyone affected by this is safe and well.

This post was originally posted on Dreamwidth and, using my Felagundish Elf magic, crossposted to LiveJournal. You can comment here or there!

  • I'm so relieved to hear this, Dawn. My friend in Baltimore also escaped serious damage so I consider myself fortunate that my friends are relatively unscathed. My own DH has done many hours manning a wet vac so my sympathies to Bobby.

    - Erulisse (one L)
  • Glad you're okay, sweetie! *Hugs*
  • I'm so glad you survived with minimal damage!
  • I am so glad you are okay! HUgs to you both. I do hope others came through this monster okay.

    The reports I have seen of the Jersey Shore are dreadful.
  • So happy you are all unscathed and semi-dry. Yay! For the sump pump and the wet vac. It is not raining seriously here at the moment. I have no idea what to expect beyond our block. Manhattan sounds disaster-movie scary to me at the moment. I need to look for more and better news. It's very hard to get good news around this hourse, because everyone but me uses the TV as their self-soothing mechanism and will only stay on the News channels a few minutes.

    I saw somewhere last night that Netflix's use was up over 20% yesterday in New York and DC. So everyone is not locked on the news channels like I would be. I knew Laura was like that--cannot bear to watch disaster news.

    We have electricity--in the minority of people we have talked to this morning.
  • I'm glad to hear that it is behind you now. *hugs*
  • Glad to hear you're all okay! I'm surprised you didn't lose power out there in the boonies.

    What is a flood alarm and why does it play "Für Elise"?
    • When we first moved out here, we lost power every week, whether it rained or not. Bob called and complained, and it turned out that the power grid was overloaded, thanks to the Bob Ward Homes. After Bob complained, I can probably count on one hand the number of times we've lost power! Our lines are underground, so we really shouldn't be at high risk, I wouldn't think, and we really skirted the worst of the storm. Carroll County ended up with the least power outages of any of the counties affected; the storm apparently hit central Maryland, then sort of ducked down and came back up to hit Frederick and Hagerstown, missing us on both sides. I'm not complaining. :)

      More miraculously, Bobby's parents didn't lose power, and even more miraculously, neither did Mom-Mom. We haven't been able to get in touch with Mom and Dad, so we're assuming they're without power; apparently 70% of Harford County is without power right now. The eye of the hurricane basically traveled up 95.

      A flood alarm detects when there's water. We installed several at floor-level after the Great Flood last year. It basically alerts us when the sump pump isn't working, or if that French drain is overflowing. Ours normally doesn't play "Für Elise"; it just makes a boring beeping sound. I guess "Für Elise" is a setting on it that got triggered when it got sucked into the wet vac! :D

      ETA: Bobby just told me that Old Fort Schoolhouse Road is closed due to downed powerlines (that's the road we're off of), so I'm extra grateful for our underground lines. :)

      Edited at 2012-10-30 05:14 pm (UTC)
  • Glad everything is alright! :) *hugs*
  • Glad to hear good news!
  • (Anonymous)
    Because hurricanes in the northern hemisphere aren't good enough for us, we had to have our very own awful storm on Monday night, especially bad between 5 and 6 in the morning. We good flooded not from the ground but from above: the drain (what's a French drain?) couldn't cope with the amount of rain and flooded the attic and that cascaded down the house!!! Luckily it wasn't as bad as your Big Flood but it was pretty grueling to have to dry everything and wash load after load of wet clothes! (still at it). Crazy weather.
  • Glad you've passed virtually unscathed through the storm, though I imagine Bobby's had quite enough of wet vacs for a while.

    (Such a musically talented flood alarm...)
  • I am SO relieved that you are doing OK, and that your family seems OK too!

    But, good heavens, you should have heard me LOL! when you mentioned your musical flood alarm!
  • Welcome back, so good to hear you're safe. :)
  • I'm so glad to hear you and Oshun came through all right. I hope everyone on my f-list had similar positive outcomes.

    Happy Halloween!
    • A happy Halloween to you too, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY! :D
      • Thank you! Do you think I'm too old for trick or treating? :-)
        • Never! I went trick-or-treating till I was 19. I know you're a little older than that. ;) But hey, I'd still be going, if I lived in a bigger neighborhood and thought I could get away with it!
  • I'm late, but I'm so glad you all got through okay! *hugs*
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