Thursday, September 18, 2003

HURRICANE ISABEL 9.18.2003
isabel

I am going to post periodic updates to my website throughout the day. Last night at 7pm the federal government decided to shut down due to the upcoming hurricane Isabel, which was predicted to run straight through the region dumping 6-12 inches of rain and blasting with consistent winds of 40+ Mph. I will be posting periodic updates to the weblog during this hurricane day. Also, since the federal government shut down I get the day off. Woohoo!

7:30AM -- Blissful sleep. Sweet blissful sleep. Then the phone, ringing. I answer.
"Did the hurricane hit yet?" "Hi Mike." My brother. "Sorry, did I wake you up?" "Yes" "Is it windy?" "No." "Okay, bye." "Bye Mike." Grumble grumble. Went to get the paper.

11:00AM -- Some spitting rainfall. Very quiet. We are stocked up on Pokemon movies, toilet paper, and flashlights. Little gusts of wind. We clear out the last bits of lawn furniture. The house is oddly quiet, and the lawn is rather neat looking with anything that could possibly blow away having been locked down and stowed away. I am enjoying the day off.

1:46 PM -- Isabel has landed in North Carolina. Anna is looking over my shoulder as we type this. Kathleen went to the store in what will no doubt be a humorous attempt to get some coffee milk and a few bags of junk food. I spent the last few hours doing what many people did. I took an old computer that I bought on ebay and set it up in the basement as a headless print server in my running windows NT and remotely administering it using RealVNC. Now we are waiting, hanging out, and watching the wind grow.

5:05 PM -- Kathleen got back from the store. The power went out around four. Back on just now.

11:00 PM -- Power went out again around 8PM. Time for bed kids! More wind, rain, nothing scary. We sat on the porch and watched the rain fall. The neighbors powered up a generator, which made a noise that marred an otherwise peaceful silence. Kathleen drank a bottle of wine (three buck chuck!), and called several of her friends on my cell phone and engaged them in loud, boisterous conversation. Power came back on around 10:30PM

Frdiay Morning 8:04 AM -- Federal Government is closed again today, but the storm has passed. We missed the brunt of it. Lots of leaves in our lawn, but our basement is dry, I have the day off, and internet connectivity to boot (thank the lord :^)). Life is good!

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