Sunday, August 28, 2011

And thar she blows ....

Well, we survived Hurricane Irene.

The sun finally came out around 7 Sunday evening and was I ever so glad.  It started raining Saturday at noon and did not stop until Sunday noon.  That's a lot of rain for ground that is already saturated. We currently don't have any electricity.  Went off in the night and now we are going on 16 hours without.  No idea when it may come back, we are told.  I'm sitting in our local Panera as I write this.  They soon are going to kick me out.  So this is going to be brief and quick!

Reason for no power is due to a lot of trees down on power lines in our neighborhood.  We took a drive out this morning and captured a few.






This is the mighty Schuylkill River out of its banks causing other types of problems.



Our local train service, Septa, is shut down.  Many businesses were closed simply because employees could not get to work.  Here you can see the train line under water.


Some of our family members were unconcerned with what was going on in the world. 



And then there were others who were a bit shaken up and confused as to where their feeders were, like this little chickadee.


Of course, he was set straight right away by the little hummer!



Some of us are still a little bit roughed up from lack of sleep and showers.



But at least we are seeing the light at the end of the road.  



The only thing is, though, we're just not sure when that light is going to be turned back on.

Hope all my east coast friends have fared well.  I'll try to visit you as power permits!

Until tomorrow, maybe,


55 comments:

Ashley Sisk said...

Oh goodness - that's a lot of damage but I'm glad to hear you're okay.

Kjell T. Evensen said...

Mother nature can be pretty rough sometimes, both on land and sea. Great documentation.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Good to hear you're ok and hope the power is soon restored. Quite some drama but not as bad as it could have been, thankfully. I love your last photo.

Cheryl said...

Glad you're all okay. I know the western part of NH is flooding. Not sure about mid-state. The risk remains high for all of NE through the night.

Michaele said...

Glad to hear you are safe. Take care of those little birds now : ) You can tell your cat all about it when he/she wakes up.

Jillsy Girl said...

Glad to hear your house fared well with no significant damage. Have restful night and go to bed early (what else is there to do?)!

Sylvia K said...

I was so glad to see your blog, Reena, and know that you and your family are okay -- in spite of the mess and lack of electricity. Your photos are incredible! Hope you get some rest and have a good day tomorrow!

Sylvia

Country Girl said...

Oh, no power! Ours was out 26 hours. Maybe you will be back up soon. Cannot believe all the water in your photos. Thanks for showing them.

Barb said...

Glad you are OK - thanks for showing us what's going on.

Debi@7Gates said...

Thinking about you all up there. I was so glad for Irene to leave N.C. We had good winds and a little rain with leaf and small limb debris to get up. I have stayed glued to the TV to see what would happen up your way. Thanks for the photos and keeping us posted. Hope the power comes back on really soon.

Saun said...

Glad your ok.... hope your power comes back on soon. Nice to see you still have your sense of humor. Thanks for sharing and letting us know what's going on. Great shots take care

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I was wondering about you and am glad that you're safe and didn't have any damage to your home! I hope your power is quickly restored and life gets back to it's regularly scheduled program very soon!!

Ginny said...

I'm so glad you are alright! It is bad losing power, but at least you and your house are alright! Oh my gosh to those trees and the flooding!!!!

Evelyn S. said...

Wow...that's an impressive "newsreel" of your area, Reena! I so hope the power gets restored soon; I get really cranky when we lose it for 2 hours! Hang in there!

TexWisGirl said...

hate to see the damage and to hear that you're still without power. i hope they're able to restore you soon. glad all is relatively well though!

Deanna said...

glad to hear that you are safe, so sorry to see so many trees down.

Florida Farm Girl said...

Glad to know you and the Prof are okay. Looks like the neighborhood lost some old sentinels. But, could have been so much worse. Hope the river goes down soon.

Lois Evensen said...

It's good to know you are OK. Hope that power is back soon.

faye said...

The flooding is amazing.
Hurricanes aren't much fun..
especially the after when the power is out for a week... (sigh )..
sorry you had to endure Irene.

Kathy said...

Dramatic pictures. Glad you're safe. The power will eventually be restored. Hang in there!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I watched the Weather Channel a lot during all of this and was glad to see Irene downrated to a tropical storm this morning, so things were not as bad as they could have been. Good you are okay and the only thing you have to deal with is the food that went bad in the refrigerator?

Kamana said...

glad to know you are well.

Michael Offutt said...

Happy to see you are doing okay. Everything looks so lush and green now.

jennyfreckles said...

So glad to get your bulletin and know you're OK and it wasn't as devastating as feared. But your photos give us a flavour of the damage and flooding - it looks quite bad to me. Hope all is soon back to normal.

Ann said...

So glad to hear that you made it through the storm. That sure is a lot of water. Hope you don't have to go without power for too long

Friko said...

So this one's over.
Hope all his destruction will be cleared away soon and you get your life back to normal.

No power sure makes life difficult.

Jill said...

Thrilled to know you are safe! What a fright.

Hope your power returns soon!

Corker2 said...

I am sorry to read that you have no power down there. Lets hope that they get power to you ASAP.

Up here we didn't get that much damage at all. It's hard to believe that 60 or so miles can make that much of a difference. There are some trees down and power is out for some of the area, but we have been fortunate. Lots of leaves and branches in the yard, but no damage to our Home that I can see. Now, I have a job of cleaning up.

The Schuylkill River is just down the street from us. It's up much higher than normal, but did not go over River Road. I'm glad for that. The Homes along the River have gotten flooded out too many times in the past.

Be Safe, there.
Les

Hartwood Roses said...

You guys took quite a hit! It's great to hear that you're okay. Please tell me you did NOT drive under that tree hanging on the power lines.

Dyche Designs said...

Wow, you definitely got hit. We had heavy rain and storms pass through North VA but thankfully had no damage. Hope you're electricity comes back on soon, we've had power outtages way too many times and I know how much that can suck. Hopefully you'll be able to grab a hot shower soon.

Stay warm and safe, thinking of you.

Deborah L. Tisch said...

Glad to hear you and your family are okay. Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Liza said...

Hope your power comes back soon and stay away from those raging rivers. My sister, (central MA) has been told her power may be out for a week. Ours is back after only a few hours, thank goodness...but it is eerily quiet on our street this morning...which is usually a busy commuter cut-through.

Daryl said...

Yikes .. thats a lot of water .. I Googled Water Damage Lower Manhattan and looked at the images .. WOW .. and here we are uptown all safe and dry except for the occasional downed tree limb/branch.

I hope your power comes back soon! xo

Amish Stories said...

You guys recieved more damage than we did in the Lancaster area, but i knew you would because of Irene's path. Glad your doing ok though. Richard from Amish Stories.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It's good to hear from you and know you are alright! I'm so sorry about all of the devastation though and hope by now you have your power back on! My thoughts and prayers are for you and everyone in your area! Stay safe and God bless you! ♥♥♥

CherryPie said...

Glad you are all safe. I hope you get your power back soon

Louise said...

Glad to hear that you are OK, and that all your feathered neighbors are too, even if they are a little shook up. Hope your power comes back soon, and life gets back to normal.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

So glad to know that you guys are okay! Thanks for updating us. Hope you get your electricity back soon. When Katrina hit, my mom was out of electricity for over a week and it was hot as all get out. Hopefully things work faster in your state. Take care, Reena!

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

Ohhhh flooding... what a mess. Trees down are horrible, but flooding! I hope I never experience it.
Glad your house was okay.

Here's hoping your power gets back on quickly. Although eating out at Panera does have it's positive aspects!

ladyfi said...

That IS a lot of water! So glad to see you and that lovely hummer are okay.

justine said...

so glad you are ok, that must have been terrifying! hope you get back to normal soon,

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

I was hoping you all would be spared. Hope your power gets back on line soonest! :)

Bob Bushell said...

A wonderful blog, I'm happy that your alright.

Barbara Shallue said...

I'm so glad you and all your yard characters made it through okay!

Kanelstrand said...

The light will eventually shine on you! It is good that you are safe. The fallen trees on the road and the river in town look so scary.

To make you feel better, I will tell you that without a hurricane we spent the last 3 days almost underwater - the rain has been merciless...

Rosemary Aubut said...

So glad you are Ok. We never lost our power some rain as we were on the east side of the storm. Lots of wind gusts however. A couple of trees down here but many more as I drove around today! Hope you get your power back soon!

Jennifer Richardson said...

hope your power is on soon
(I'm OH so fond of electricity!)
and the waters seep in
and make for the most beautiful
lushness you've known
....just around the bend.
sending you brightness,
Jennifer

Steve said...

Gosh, we were spared living in South Carolina, thank you for sharing images. I wish you well.

Hilary said...

Glad to know that you and yours are okay.. though that's a lot of damage. I hope your power is back soon.

bobbybegood1 said...

Wow! Take care reena. Please be careful about food spoilage. Cheers!!

rebecca said...

in the end it really is all about the light. thank you for always shining yours so generously in mine.

xoxoxoxox

Marilyn said...

Sad that you had to experience this. However, that said, The pictures are really quite good. You've personalized the disaster for many of us who did not have to endure it.

Sandra said...

i am playing catch up, can't wait to show these shots to my husband, he is from Perkasi PA.. hope all is well and dry by now and power comes back soon.

bon bon said...

glad to hear! also that kitty was unaffected. ;o)

Oliag said...

RI was hit pretty bad with the trees down and power outages...we had no power for 5 days!...but we escaped any flooding which is devastating.