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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Winter Storms



(before the storm)

We live at the far end of the contiguous United States, right by Cape Blanco, Oregon, USA. Here is where all Pacific storms land and gather force before heading east. We are addicted to weather news, and we heed their warnings each time.

A couple of days ago we got the first admonition:
Gale force winds anticipated at Cape Blanco Wednesday eve and Thursday morning.
Yes, indeed, I can assure everyone that the weather channel was correct.

Yesterday afternoon we did the last minute repairs.


At our age, just inserting a tube is a big deal.
Good thing. We have a flat roof, and if water piles at the top, the whole house will suffer.
We went to bed last night knowing we were safe.

Throughout the night, all that wind and creaking of trees and roof and windows kept us awake.
This is what's it like at nine in the morning on Thursday. We're still under a storm watch, remaining indoors and hoping our electricity doesn't go out. We use electricity for cooking and heating as well as communication and entertainment. Without electricity, we're back to the cave age.

(toward the end of the storm)

At this point, it's a dry storm, still able to disrupt utilities and down trees.)
In the next few hours we'll know what the damage is around the neighborhood.

16 comments:

joeh said...

My mom used to say, "Close the windows, and hunker on down."

Stay safe!

Hilary said...

Wow.. I hope it doesn't gather too much force. Stay safe, Rosaria.

Becky Jerdee said...

Thanks for the report...we've been wondering how it's going...

Retired English Teacher said...

Stay safe. That storm is terrible. Electricity is more than a luxury when you depend on it for everything.

Munir said...

Please stay safe. Storms are getting worse and wore these days. Every one, not just older people need to be safe. Age does not matter, still it will be nice to have some telephone numbers handy.

kj said...

rosaria, as long as you and the property are safe, this looks like a bit of an adventure. i love nor'easters here in new england for that reason.

but losing electricity. anything longer than an hour or so is a calamity.

ps thanks for your very kind comments on my blog

love
kj

Suz said...

Thanks for telling us...I was wondering about you
fingers crossed for your electric staying on

yaya said...

We have an all electric home and I always worry when storms come that the electric will go! I talked to my kids who live in Portland and they had the wind storm too..hope you stay safe, dry, and no damage or outages...

Linda Myers said...

I love weather when I am sure we are safe. We were in Ocean Park, Washington in October, and it was windy and stormy and beautiful.

ellen abbott said...

we get hurricanes here. my old house in the city was so solidly built that we weathered three direct hits from hurricanes over the years with nary of creak or leak while watching the trees outside whipsaw back and forth. now that we have sold that house, and live in a younger one (though not new by any means) we will see how it fares. I would not live in a new construction house in hurricane country if you paid me.

rosaria williams said...

postscript:
the storm has passed with no casualties here. Just like Ellen's old house, our old house is strong and proven herself many times.

p.p.s.
our kitty didn't believe us when we told her it was too windy to wander out but learned quickly when, with a window opened a crack, she dashed out back into her sleeping space.

Grandmother (Mary) said...

No wonder yo're addicted to the weather station- what a gale. Stay safe, Rosaria.

Rob-bear said...

I've been watching the stories of "inclement weather" in your part of the world. Seems you are holding up well and wisely. This is good.

Blessings and Bear hugs!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Rosaria .. I hope you escaped the worst .. and well done being prepared for the oncoming onslaught - nature is both incredible and unpredictable .. take care - Hilary

the walking man said...

I near hate to admit--no not really--I love big blows, always have since i went to sea with the USN.

Brian Miller said...

i hope all was well through the storm...and that you did not lose power....good thing you got those quick fixes in place....