Thursday, August 25, 2011

All together now ... goodbye irene

It's turning out to be an interesting week on the east coast.

First, we have a 5.8 earthquake.  By California standards, a hiccup.  I imagine their newspaper cartoons have been making quite fun of us the last few days.  And now, we have Hurricane Irene marching across the Bahamas today before she begins her northerly trek along the eastern seaboard.  She's looking mighty strong and angry.

I think many of us are in for some nasty weather.

Being a midwest girl, I never had to worry about hurricanes.  Tornadoes, yes.  But not hurricanes.  Besides, at least with a hurricane, you have plenty of notice to take cover .... or not.

Back in the 90's, I lived in a beach town in Florida.  Whenever there became a threat of a hurricane, you would see signs popping up here and there promoting Hurricane Parties.  I may have attended one or two.  My memory is a bit hazy ... I think alcohol may have been involved.  ~smile~


The one party I will never forget was in August '92.  While on vacation in Key West,  Hurricane Andrew came flying through.  A mandatory evacuation was ordered but I couldn't get a flight out.   So I joined the hotel's 20 or so other guests at the bar for some hurricane drinks (yes, alcohol was involved again) and watched as the hotel's lower glass windows were boarded up.   We were all moved to safer inside rooms, told to fill our tubs with water and handed several large candles. 

I watched the news until midnight, peeked out my window into the stormy night to watch violently swaying palm trees and then turned out the lights and went to sleep.  When I woke the next morning, yep, I slept right through it, the sun was shining and the storm had passed.  We all had survived.  Except we had no electricity, no phones, nothing.  The power lines had been destroyed.

Later I learned that the Coast Guard had sent body bags down in belief that the Keys had been hit as hard as Homestead with a 17 foot surge.  (This was all before cell phones and fancy schmancy satellite tracking systems that we have today.  No one could get in touch with us.)

But Key West was spared.    Homestead was not so lucky. 

Days later when I was able to return home, we flew over the devastation.  Tornadoes can do just the same damage, but with a hurricane comes flooding.  Adding insult to injury.

 

Let's hope Irene will not be too harsh on our coastal friends.  Between the tornadoes, flooding and severe heat this year, I think we are all pretty tired of Mother Nature and her moods.

~ ~ ~


43 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

oh, indeed. such a fickle and fierce woman she's been this entire year - from harsh winters for some to harsh summers for others and everything in betwee.

lovely little damp goldfinch you have there!

Michaele said...

If mother nature would just keep this one out in the middle of the ocean, so we can all ignore it, it would be appreciated. Too bad she never takes advice. Hang on everyone!

Debbie said...

it's not looking so good for us here in ocean county, new jersey!! but as you kno, we have prepared ;)

the weathemen are almost always wrong....let's hope they keep their track record!!

awesome pictures today....i am seeing zillions of goldfinches right now and have prob taken 200 pictures!!!

Ginny said...

Good night Irene, good night Irene, I'll see you in my dreams....Good Night Irene is the name of an old song recorded in 1933. Homestead Florida??? Phil's brother and family lived there for over 40 years! Andrew did some serious damage to their house. I never heard about the hurricane parties. I am more scared of tornadoes, they can carry a whole house from Kansas to parts unknown. That is one soggy goldfinch!!! I hope he has a strong nest! Our weather has been saying we will just get some rain Saturday afternoon, and a 40% chance of that. The worst will pass us by. That is nice, because we are still getting aftershocks from the earthquake.

Snappy Di said...

Oh yes... with tornadoes no time at all to prepare, Just get your butt down to the basement NOW! I'm an old Iowa gal so know THAT drill inside out. This earthquake was totally sneaky. No warning at all, was there?

Wishing everyone who is nearer the coast than we are much luck with Irene. We are prepared but no way will we get what may be coming your way. Wishing you all the best, sweetie!

Country Girl said...

We've had some strange weather this week. This evening the skies held such an eerie glow before sunset. The only thing to do is batten down the hatches and stock up on necessities.

Lisa RedWillow said...

I cant even imagine going though anything like that. I have been though one tornado and that was enough.
I have a friend who is staying in her home and braving it out four miles from the ocean and Im worried about her.
Love the Birds.

lisa said...

It surely has been a strange year weather-wise. Here in NY, we are setting sights on Saturday and or Sunday for the arrival of Irene. Let's hope she just miraculously disappears.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

When we lived in Alaska we always worried about earthquakes. when we moved to Virginia, I never thought I'd have to worry about hurricanes, but each year we do. Irene is supposed to dump about 3 inches of rain on us--We'll see...Stay tuned!!

Be safe and stay dry!!

Barb said...

Stay safe everyone! Beautiful finches you shared with us today, Reena.

Gail said...

Great photography.

May you ride out the storm in complete comfort. Stay safe.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm praying that it will not do damage here...and pass us by! Take care, my friend! ♥

Jillsy Girl said...

slept through it...well that's a feat in itself!

Dianna said...

Here in southeast Virginia, we're battening down the hatches. (and yes, I also felt the earthquake on Wednesday). We also own a beach house in the Outer Banks of NC, so that's something else to worry about... check my blog tomorrow for pictures from Hurricane Isabel in 2003.

Sharkbytes said...

A good friend of mine, really named Irene, is in the hospital- very ill. I think her insides must feel like the hurricane, ironically named Irene.

faye said...

I agree Mother Nature has not been
very kind this year. I don't want to even think of a hurricane ripping through Gainesville again.. that is
a rare phenom, but I still get crazy
remembering the two in one month
back in 2005

Ashley Sisk said...

In NC we've been rather lucky the past few years - I hope that Irene and any future hurricanes spare us all. Be safe.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Hoping and praying that Irene spares the coastline and veers in the opposite directions. I've lived through a few hurricanes in Louisiana and well remember the hurricane parties. They are legendary there. :) Be safe!!

elizabeth said...

Stay safe - thinking of you today
Spending labor day at Anna Marie
Any chance you'll be down then?

beth said...

sending prayers to the east coast.....with tiny little rain coats on each one of them so they have a better chance of keeping everyone safe.

like you used to be, i only know the damage that tornados can do....hurricanes i have never experienced.

i guess the only good thing about irene is the days of advanced warnings they've been able to give to everyone that she's coming......

xoxo

Michael Offutt said...

That's one really yellow bird you got there and I like the really artsy photoshop thing you did with it near the bottom.

I guess the earthquake damaged the Washington monument. I thought that was interesting. But yeah...nothing like California.

Lois Evensen said...

Yes, let's hope it isn't bad. Hopefully, Irene will decide to go out to sea.

Key West is surely the place to party so hard you don't notice a hurricane. ;)

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

That was an interesting story. I've never experienced a hurricane but have "enjoyed" many an earthquake. Think I'll keep our earthquakes. The rest of the country can have their tornados and hurricanes. Be safe.

Oliag said...

We are pulling the sailboat out of the water tomorrow in preparation for the storm but it sounds like RI will miss the worst of it fortunately. They can be nasty but I still would rather have a hurricane than a tornado! Stay safe!

Sylvia K said...

I have to admit that I'm grateful I don't live on the East Coast! I am holding good thoughts for you all and hope the old girl loses her strength, although it doesn't sound likely. It has been an incredibly stormy year and yet here in the northwest it's been one of the tamest, uneventful years on record????? I'm glad I'm here though!
Take care, stay safe, Reena!

Sylvia

lisleman said...

I survived a hurricane in Mississippi once. I heard of many dumb people testing the strength of these storms - they typical lose.
The hurricane in MS had tornadoes with it - you got the best/worst of both.
I don't think Irene will be any where near the level of Andrew.

Henrietta said...

I really don't know what you are going through there. In Finland we don't have hurricanes, tornados or earthquakes. Irene is in our news now everyday so I know something what's going on there. I hope you will be safe and it will go away.

ladyfi said...

Fingers crossed for all coastal friends!

Love the pic - such a delightful fellow.

Jessica Vescera said...

Yup...we just got batteries and H2O. I hope it just quickly runs it's course as quietly as possible. You captured my son's favorite kind of little bird. You do a great job of bringing out a personality in your subjects.

Claudia said...

I'm about to go off and stock up with the necessities. Yikes. This looks like a really powerful hurricane - I'm crossing my fingers for everyone in its path - including us!

xo
Claudia

Corker2 said...

I'm thinking that when Irene finally get's up to us, she won't be really all that bad. The coastal area's will get it worse than we will here in Reading. Since we are a good 100 miles inland we might get some wind and heavy rain, but that remains to be seen.

I've been in heavy weather while in the US Navy, but no hurricane. Guess that I should "batten down the hatches, over-all gun covers, stay off all weather decks, and set condition Zebra". I'm just hoping that it won't be all that bad.

As far as that quake we had, I never felt a thing here, but others did. Don't know why that is. Wish I would get as many comments as you do. Probably never will.

Les

Daryl said...

What a sweet little bird .. apparently he has the whole feeder all to himself .. sort of the way some of us in NYC feel on holiday weekends when everyone leaves town and we get dibs on all the hard to get into places .. I keep saying I think Irene will fly by and not stop .. and each time I say that someone else says 'thats what they said in New Orleans' ...

Catherine said...

Sending out good thoughts to anyone that is going through terrible weather right now ~ stay safe! Including all the critters!!
xo Catherine

Sandra said...

I am thinking you might get a good bit of rain where you are from Irene, but you should be safe. THEY are saying 13 to 20 inches of rain is what will flood the NE coast, even NYC, i pray they have miss d the call on that. and I hope people are paying attention and planning for the worst. we are in FL and when they say plan, plan we do.

Judy said...

With all the extreme weather we have been having...Someone must have pissed Mother Nature off pretty bad :)
Love the finch shots.
Be safe..

Louise said...

I hope that little goldfinch is telling all of his friends to fly inland to safety, well before the hurricane hits.

Kanelstrand said...

I remember when I was a kid how fascinated I was watching movies about hurricanes and tornadoes but I am thankful we don't have to deal with them here. Hopefully Irene goes to sleep in a timely manner.

My Journey With Candida said...

We just cancelled our trip to Atlantic City. Hopefully it will miss them, but whatever happens I hope everyone takes care.

Madi and Mom said...

MOL...I'm an East Coast girl and have experiened way too many hurricanes.. I think the best way to experience one would be like you did with Andrew!!!
Stay safe and dry!!

We are requesting Purrs for the east coast. My sis and her hubby live in Morehead City...they have all their hurricane window protections up and will hunker down at home with their kitty, parrot and fishes. They are always welcomed here but have decided to stay home. They understand hurricane's better than we do so we just have to accept their decision....but it is HARD.
Hugs Madi and Mom

bon bon said...

scary stuff! and if tornadoes can have a plus side (i know, i'm putting a positive spin on tornadoes), they usually just cut a strip out of the land. your house can be devastated, but your neighbor may go untouched. luck of the draw.

hope luck is on the side of east coast this time...

holdingmoments said...

I can't begin to imagine how that must be right now. Terrifying I think.

Anika said...

What a cutie pants this little guy is!

I just now heard about these Hurricane Parties...I don't know, for me it seems like the time I want to have my wits about me! Glass of wine maybe...ok, maybe 2...definitly not more than 4...

Barbara Shallue said...

Living near Houston most of my life, I've experienced a few hurricanes and even more threats. There's not much you can do but get some sleep after awhile, once the power is out and the windows are boarded up so you can't see. My brother-in-law and his wife got married in Homestead the next year after Andrew and we couldn't believe how much devastation there was, even that many months later. I'm really surprised (and grateful!) that Key West was spared that kind of impact!