Is it just another storm? For those within the path, I can tell you it is not. We always worry this might be the big one. Perhaps those who have survived a big one are a bit more apprehensive. Personally, I’d rather be prepared and not need supplies than to be caught off guard.
Here in Virginia Beach, we stocked up on supplies such as canned goods, water, and batteries. We removed garden flags, wind chimes, and other small outdoor items and secured our trashcans. We sought refuge inside and prayed our tall pines would not fail us.
Compared to Isabelle and Irene, Sandy has been much gentler with us. Rain and wind have come in bands. Winds escalated from mere whispers to occasional screeching howls through the night. Rain has been a constant pitter patter with some downright downpours. Tree debris scatters across the yard and water threatens to take over the road and yard, but we remain safe. Other areas have not been as fortunate.
Today we have the resources to track these storms better than we did forty plus years ago. I was barely six when hurricane Camille hit my hometown of Nelson County, Virginia. We were not prepared. But even in the lack of preparation and in the face of disaster, communities pull together. Whenever hurricanes loom in the near distance I am reminded of this. Every hurricane season I remember Camille. I am reminded that hurricanes don’t only affect coastal regions. Though I’ve made peace with storm memories I still rely on faith to get us through hurricane season.
I heard this morning a friend had to abandon ship. Thank God he has been rescued. Two of his shipmates are still missing. I ask for your prayers and positive thoughts for these individuals and others who are caught in the turmoil.
So as I ride out the storm in the safety of my home, I think of those not as fortunate and pray for those within the path.
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