I’m currently sitting in Starbucks on Sunday evening charging all my electronics. My laptop, ipad and phone. Lucky that the kindle has power for 30 days otherwise I’d be charging that as well!
I sit here looking out of the window at perfectly clear skies, hardly a drop of wind in the air and what you would call a perfect day!
However, for those who have just experienced the last 24 hours on the east coast this is a very surreal sight!
The presence this weekend of Hurricane Irene, while not the meanest Hurricane one will ever experience, but one of the biggest, has left us without power for the last 18 hours. Trees down, restaurants closed and church services cancelled.
We made the decision to cancel our Sunday service at Generation Church. We got the word out early Saturday morning and I must admit as the night drew in it seemed that Irene was getting less intense and nothing was happening in our neck of the woods. I wondered if cancelling service would end up being a foolish decision! However, a good 24 hours later I don’t know of a church that did have service!
Irene started showing her teeth around 9pm. By 11pm we had significant wind gusts. I stepped outside to feel it and while it wasn’t the strongest wind I have ever felt, it was intense. Normally in a storm the power is felt from a few minutes to a few hours. This was very different. The intensity kept on coming, instead of dying down it just got worse. I went to bed around 1am hearing the constant sound of wind and rain beating against our windows. Normally a sound sleeper I found myself waking up on a constant basis from the noise of the storm.
Waking up this morning to find no power was not surprise. Waking up to see trees were still bent over from the constant wind was.
We felt only a small part of Irene. I couldn’t imagine what it would have felt like if we had been nearer the eye! The size of her was just insane!
So Irene came, interrupted everyone’s weekend and has now left! The aftermath is a lot of downed power lines, a few insurance claims but in all reality, by this time next week people will no longer be talking about her and life will have gone on as usual! It was nice meeting you Irene, but please tell your brothers and sisters not to come up this way for a long time!