We are hunkered down in our house in an area that is said to be in direct line of what is either a category one hurricane, a category two tropical storm or merely some nasty weather.

WEATHERING THE STORM

Aug 27, 2011by tracey Comments

We are hunkered down in our house in an area that is said to be in direct line of what is either a category one hurricane, a category two tropical storm or merely some nasty weather.

For some reason, we decided to tough it out. Which is odd as I’m not the bravest person when it comes to these things.

We had a dinner party last night and it was a fifty-fifty split between those who left and those who stayed.
Around eleven the phone rang, I saw the words “Emergency C”
Glenn took the call, I asked who it was, he said he couldn’t hear them.
I then emailed my friend Lizanne as she has the closest temperament to me of anyone I know – a combination of practical and hysterical. We sometimes compare who carries more medicines in their purse. She wins, this week she showed me her Benadryl that dissolves on the tongue as someone who is actually in anaphylactic shock can’t swallow. Anyway, she was weighing it out at that point. She said that they had called and told them to evacuate.
“Lizanne was told to evacuate.” I said to Glenn.
“We were too, that was that call a few minutes ago. “
“And you didn’t tell me?”
I have never gotten a call that said to evacuate. I am historically the kind of person who would be out before the call came.

It gets down to where would you rather be in a storm, the city or the country. It’s a hard choice, stuck in an elevator or faced with flying trees? There will be power outages either way.
I have the news on the TV; I keep hearing the words “Storm Surge.”
I don’t know what that means, and I don’t think I want to. OK, I’m playing dumb. I know.
Taylor just said it’s getting really windy. Which is not good as Irene is still in Virginia.
We have tons of candles and flashlights; I scored the last transistor radio on the East End.
Storm surge, they just said it again, and added historical storm after it, and thirty-six hours of rain and wind.
Well, it is what it is. Without power, two to three million just came over the TV; Glenn said to change the channel. Lucy wants the Kardashians, I want CNN.
A woman on TV is standing on the beach and saying, “It won’t be a problem.”
I wonder if she knows Glenn.
Today things felt like they usually do – though a little less crowded.
We went to the gym, we went to Jack’s for coffee, a fairly normal day, except by two all the stores were boarded up and  closed.
Well, not much to do now, I just heard the words – fast flood, Oh, that was Philadelphia.
I think I’m going to go pour a glass of wine and look at my garden, while it’s still in one piece.
I just heard Atlantic City could go, that might not be such a loss, as long as they get the people out.
Some women on TV just said IRENE IS A MONSTER.
NYC just evacuated five hospitals. Wolf Blitzer just said “this is grave.” I do trust Wolf Blitzer.
New York City Hospital had to evacuate, if that is the case, not sure where we should have gone.
We shall see…….Storm Surge, dammit they just said it again, I think I’m going to watch The Kardashians.

Sylvester's In Amagansett, LI - two pm August 27th

 

As usual we stopped at Jack's Brew - open and without plywood
We filled up yesterday. Though there was gas at most of the other stations.
The usually heavily populated Highway 27 by Taylor Templeton
Main Street East Hampton, NY getting dressed to meet Irene.

Irene Survival Kit

 

Last transistor radio to be had on the East End.
Our street tonight. Will see what it looks like tomorrow night at this time.