Saturday, August 27, 2011

Hurricane Irene Supplement

Hurricane Irene is still aimed right at Hartford.  She should arrive Sunday morning and stay for much of the day.  The forecast maps send Irene over Hartford, then Bradley International Airport, then Springfield, Massachusetts.  Springfield was hit by a major tornado just two months ago and doesn't deserve a second beating this year.  Earlier news reports suggested that Irene might be the worst hurricane seen in this area since 1944.  Recent reports are more hopeful.

The same majestic old maple and oak trees that contribute to the grace and beauty of this area also contribute to its vulnerability during major storms.  Fallen trees and downed power lines are inevitable.  It is only a question of how many, how bad and how long.  We might be without power for a week, as we were after Hurricane Gloria visited in 1985.  We can handle some inconvenience and some damage.  I am hoping that our region can avoid loss of life and serious injury.  Keep the utility and emergency workers in your thoughts.

I have lined up enough life-as-usual posts to keep the blog running into September.  If you see those and don't hear from me, our power is out and I have other things to worry about. 

I appreciate the many thoughtful comments from those who have extended their best wishes about Irene.

23 comments:

Farmchick said...

Stay safe Jack.

Kate said...

Thanks for the update. Keep us informed as well as you can and be mindful of your personal safety.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Lets hope the forecasts are wrong. Take care, Jack.

Winchester Daily Photos said...

Oh dear! I really hope your area doesn't get hit too badly! Take care

brattcat said...

we'll be walking this walk together, jack. hope it's not as bad as they say.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

I hope you and your twin will be safe. It seems from the news that there have been a lot of precautions taken and everyone is getting the word out to take precautions.

Cindy said...

Stay safe, Jack.

Leif Hagen said...

Jack - praying for safety and less damage than predicted! My parents-in-law's trip to Ireland was cancelled as they were to fly out of New Jersey tonight!
Be safe, buddy!

Sharon said...

Such beautiful trees. I hope they are able to survive the storm. Please stay safe. I'll be watching the news and hoping for the best.

Randy said...

Keeping positive thoughts for you. We will be happy to hear from you when this is all over. Such beautiful trees I hope they will be standing in the end.

Sylvia K said...

Holding good thoughts for you, Jack! Stay safe! Such beautiful trees! I do so hope they survive! I, too, will be watching the news and hoping all goes well!

Sylvia

Bruce Clark said...

Stay safe in Hartford, Jack. I am prepared here in the Quiet Corner but am a little concerned about all the trees that surround the house.

Regina K said...

I have been watching the weather channels and have positive thoughts for minimal impact.

Malyss said...

It takes so much time to get such beautyful tall trees, and sometimes a few minutes to destroy them.. Same with life. I'm following the news on TV. All my thoughts will be with you and other American friends during the next days!

RedPat said...

Good luck Jack - I just heard she has been downgraded to category 1 but she will still be mean. Lets pray that she veers off to the east out into the Atlantic!

Edita said...

Stay safe!
Such a beautiful street,I hope it stays the same!

cieldequimper said...

Heard today that it wouldn't be quite as terrible as expected and I hope it does mellow a bit.
Love that shot of the street, that's how I love streets. I can't wait to be in America again (less than 2 weeks to go!!!)

sheila lynch said...

I hope you do not lose power to blog and most importantly that you are safe from that bad girl Irene.

Lois said...

We have the same problem here when a storm moves through because of all of our beautiful trees. I hope it's not too bad Jack. My sister and her family are in Maryland and I am worrying about them tonight too.

Halcyon said...

Good luck to you and your family. I hope Irene will turn out to not be as bad as she's been forecasted.

T. Becque said...

Oh gosh my best goes out to you and your family Jack! Living in the desert I have no idea what that would be like to experience. Here's hoping the after shot of this street still looks as peaceful and "put together" as this does now.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Anxiously waiting in the wings hoping for good news from you. Sounds like you've prepared for the worst while we all hope for the best.

VP said...

I hope the worst is over by now...