Google- it’s not just for searches anymore. Now, it issues public service announcements to the people who can’t get out of the way of Frankenstorm. Like, you don’t already know the storm of the millenium is bearing down on you and gaining strength, now you have your search engine saying, “sucks to be you”. This is actually a first for me. I don’t remember seeing a PSA like this when I googled Irene in 2011. Alas, I am in the affected region and should expect damage to my property from sustained winds of over 40 mph. The National Hurricane Center says I have a 30-40% probability of winds at 50 knots, which in non-sailory units is 57.5 mph. Did I mention the gigantic tree that is perilously close to my house? No? I’m sure I mentioned it to the townhouse association- three times. Maybe a notification relayed through my lawyer would get its attention, though probably not before the wind begins to pick up. The good thing is that the tree is most likely to topple into the street or take out my neighbors’ units if it does fall. I have mixed feelings about such a possibility…
I would have to hop in my car and drive to Indiana to avoid what’s coming. Governor Christie issued a state of emergency yesterday. I was picking the kid up from a movie and stopped at an intersection when a convoy of cherry pickers rolled by headed south on Route 206 towards Princeton. Not sure what that’s all about but they weren’t the utility company’s trucks. I’ll keep my eyes peeled for more Hurricane Sandy related activities.
Outside, the weather is overcast for the 4th day in a row, temperature a mild 57°F. The leaves on the trees outside are barely stirring. It is the calm before the storm. The latest projected landfall map is even more disturbing than yesterday. It looks like Frankenstorm is rolling into Central New Jersey as a true hurricane and not just a tropical storm like it was yesterday. Lovely. And it’s hard to not take it personally when the storm seems to be perfectly curved to hit you dead on.
Will someone please tell Susie Madrak to save her 5 gallon container for drinking water? To flush your toilets, make sure to fill your bathtub with water before the storm strikes. Then use a large pot with handle to ladle it out of the tub into your toilet. It’s a handy tip I got from some Floridians when I rode out Hurricane Charlie in 2004. Also, get one of these if you can. It’s a crankable, solar flashlight radio so it never needs batteries. It’s invaluable during storms. Also highly recommended is a headlamp.
Annnnd my basement is still threatened. For those of you who are just catching up with the Saga of RDs basement, it has only flooded once since I moved here 12 years ago. That was last year during Hurricane Irene when the power went out. I didn’t think it would happen again so soon so I didn’t buy a backup battery powered sump pump or a generator. And now, there’s not a backup battery sump pump or generator to be found in the entire state of NJ…or PA….or NY. I scoured my local Home Depot, Lowes, etc, two days ago and they were already sold out. But there is a plumbing supplier in Princeton that is making a trip to another state tomorrow to pick up some generators and I was lucky enough to reserve one. Unfortunately, I am not lucky enough to have a full time job anymore so this investment (it’s $840.00 plus 7% sales tax) is exceedingly painful. I hate to ask for contributions but if you’ve “enjoyed” my blogging for the past several years, you can help me defray the expense of the generator with a donation. The recommended donation amount is $10.30 for the date of Sandy’s landfall. Here is the paypal donation button for my “Save the Basement” fund:
Thank you for helping me weather Sandy!