Everyday Adventures in Havachon Heaven

The Good, Crazy, & Adorable Life of One Havachon Puppy

The View From My Post-Hurricane World

on August 31, 2011

The hurricane has passed! And we’re still here to tell the tale! πŸ˜€

The view from my back doors. The tape pattern is supposed to help keep the glass from shattering if something blows into it.

I can’t tell you how much all of your well wishes and prayers meant to me. It was so heartwarming read all of your messages after our power was finally restored and I could return to the blogosphere. Thank you all so much for your kindness and encouragement!

Talk about Nature’s wrath! There’s MUCH devastation here in the northeast, to the tune of billions of dollars. Undermined roads and washed-out bridges, just for a start. And even worse, personal devastation in loss of property and lives. Tons of crops have been lost. Hurricane Irene was one nasty ol’ girl. I think she was urged on by our fire department, who had a sign up before the storm reading “Bring It On Irene”. Hey, didn’t anyone ever tell these guys that you don’t spit in the face of nature’s power?!

We set high rain and flood records – as much as 24 FEET of water in flooded areas! The parking lot where DD works was flooded so deep they closed the building for two days.

You can see how deep the water is by the parking signs.











We don't even know what that is....or was....

But I’m glad to say that we were extremely blessed with nothing more than two days without power and thousands of downed branches in our yard. Those branches told the story of this storm’s strength – many branches, including huge ones, were driven almost a foot deep into the ground like huge spikes – it takes a LOT of power for a storm to do that. One huge branch left a deep skid mark over a foot long and then was embedded deep into the soil. Had the wind been blowing the opposite way, that branch would have crashed right through our sliding glass doors. Another blessing.

The hurricane started dropping tornadoes once it hit our state. We were glued to the constant storm updates on TV, and during our last half hour with electricity, they said our area was being “peppered” with quick tornadoes. Since the worst of the storm hit after dark (making matters worse), we stayed aware of the warning sounds of a tornado. I’d experienced one once in the midwest while at my aunt’s farm, so I know that horrible sound that comes with it. Well, we heard that sound twice and took shelter in the center of our house where there are no windows. We had the room prepared with cushions and had removed objects that could become projectiles. Fortunately no tornadoes dropped on us, but a house near us was completely demolished.

A bird seeks refuge from the storm against our screen. "Hey, you got an extra bed in there?"

Flooding is now one of the biggest issues in our state. Rivers are still cresting and towns are still being evacuated, while others in shore areas have lost their homes and possessions and still others won’t be allowed to return to their homes for weeks. Those poor families have no idea what’s happened to their homes. My heart goes out to them all.

Daisy taught me a lesson during the storm – she took everything in stride. She became alarmed when scary things

Daisy during a particularly rousing game of cribbage.

happened and rode out the rest of the storm cuddled up with us. And really, what’s the good of having your stomach churning when it won’t help the situation anyway? I was quite nervous during the worst of the storm, turning on the battery-operated radio sparingly for occasional updates, staying awake during the all-night tornado watch with my brow furrowed (I’m sure it was furrowed – I think I have a new wrinkle up there! lol) and my insides in an uproar. And what purpose did all that serve? None.

Daisy barked when she heard unnatural things happening, she growled when she heard something suspicious, and she just hung out with us the rest of the time. I’m sure she has no new brow wrinkles! πŸ˜‰

The storm downgraded to a tropical storm for the entire next day and evening, so we played games, chatted, ate the food we’d prepared in case of a power outage, and read. Funny how a tropical storm feels like a summer rain after a nearly 100 mph hurricane! At night we played games by candlelight and read with the battery-powered book lights we bought for the occasion. That last day and night were kind of fun!

And then came the cleanup. ‘Nuf said. We’ll be clearing out the yard for a while, though we got most of the major stuff out already. This weekend we’re expecting more thunderstorms, but in the meantime we’re having absolutely gorgeous weather – sunny warm days and cool breezy nights. Who could ask for any more of an apology from Mother Nature? πŸ˜‰

19 responses to “The View From My Post-Hurricane World

  1. 2browndawgs says:

    Glad to hear you made it through. Sounds scary.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      It was. I was concerned going into it, but until I heard the horrible sound of the constant high winds and heavy rains battering the house for so long, I never realized how completely vulnerable we can feel. And those in the Bahamas had it FAR worse!

  2. So glad to hear you made it through without many troubles! It was scary!

  3. barb19 says:

    Glad you are all ok and rode out the storm in your safe little hidey hole with no windows, and Daisy seems no worse for wear!

  4. raisingdaisy says:

    Yes, Daisy came through it all just fine! I was shocked to discover that evacuation centers don’t take dogs, so we were determined to stick it out at home to protect our little sweetie. πŸ™‚

  5. We have experienced occasional floods during monsoon season here in Singapore, but your photos of the water level almost reaching the tops of the parking signposts show how uncomparable the situation was in your locale! Dear or dear, if there had been any cars parked there they would have easily been swept away.

    It’s comforting to see that you and your family weathered the storm with bravery and a touch of humour. Daisy sure looks very intent on winning her hand (um, I mean paw) at cribbage. Let’s hope the beautiful weather you’re now having stays around for a while longer!

    • raisingdaisy says:

      I hope so too – we’re supposed to have thunderstorms all weekend and they’re watching a new hurricane now, called Katia. Depending on its track over the next few days, we could be bracing for another hit! Fingers crossed that won’t happen!

  6. The Hook says:

    Can’t keep a good dog down!
    Glad to hear everyone is all right.

  7. Hey Daisy and family,

    So, so glad you all made it through ok – we were thinking of you all!

    We know how terrifying it all must have been. Mum used to live in the caribbean, but was lucky not to have to experience a major hurricane (although her sister did).

    I hope you’re enjoying the nice sunny weather this week and that this weekends weather won’t be too bad in comparison.

    Glad you were cool about it all, you’re a brave pup!

    Your pal Snoopy πŸ™‚

  8. We are very glad to hear you all are safe and no major damage occurred! My brother lives in CT and he said it was the scariest thing he has ever been through. Let us hope there is not a repeat! Xoxo Chloe and LadyBug and the mama

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Thank you! Yes it really was scary, especially for those of us who had never experienced anything like it before. I can’t imagine how horrifying it must have been for those poor residents of the Bahamas, and I can’t believe how much damage CT and VT got. My heart goes out to everyone who has suffered such incredible losses.

  9. granny1947 says:

    I am so please you survived with minimum damage.
    Those tornadoes sound terrifying.
    Lots off love.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Thanks Granny. Yes. as scary as the hurricane was, the tornadoes were much worse; they scare me more than anything. They’re just so unpredictable and always so devastating. Glad we’re past that and I hope it’s another hundred years before another one roars through!

  10. I first have to congratulate you for braving it out! I can’t even imagine how frightening all that water and howling winds must have been. Now that it’s all behind you, there is the huge task of cleaning up, right?

    I am horrified to hear that shelters do not allow dogs! That is absolutely unthinkable, unfair and inhumane!

  11. However high our boasts about our intelligence, our power, our technology, the human race still cowers before Nature’s fury, isn’t it? What if she is getting really impatient now at the way we’re intruding into her tempo and wisdom? I’m scared of her anger…I really am.

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