Still Waiting For Sandy

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Real Estate Agent with Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc. AB95346

There is a new television show that is all about what happens when there is no more electrical power.  And I watched the last episode with Hurricane Sandy lurking a couple of hundred miles away, in all likelihood ready to turn our power off.  But that's only one issue.

I just called Cindy Jones.  She lives in a community that I'm considering moving to, and it's right on the Occoquan River.  So, is she nervous?  She didn't sound like it.  Will her basement get wet?  Probably not.

As I sit in my house, located in DC at a fairly high elevation, I am a little bit nervous.  And if my basement doesn't get some water (in spite of a bunch of sandbags) it will be a miracle. 

So far it's a little bit breezy with a light rain. But in a few hours, it's supposed to get serious enough to shut down the Federal Government, area schools, the entire public transit system and Starbucks.  Total rain will be eight inches or more.  The winds are supposed to be at 40 mph with gusts up to 70.  This is making me really glad that I took down the leaning pine tree in my front yard last year.  But the biggest nuisance could come from our power company, which has been know to take weeks to restore power after a biggish thunderstorm. 

So, like Cindy, I'll start off with everything fully charged.  Then I'll go through first the laptop, then the iPad then the iPhone.  Of course, if the power is out, so is the cable and wi fi. 

I made up the thing about Starbucks being closed.  They could be what we all consider to be an essential service! 

Now I'm going to take the advice Cindy gave in her post about the hurricane, and I'm filling the bathtub with water! 

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Janis Borgueta
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Pat - My daughter lives in Columbia Heights and is thinking that there will be no power shortly. We will get the storm here after it moves north. NO FUN.. and it is quiet and still outside.. the calm before the storm.. and yes, we wait.

Oct 28, 2012 09:01 PM #1
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Karen Anne Stone
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Pat:  I noticed you put Starbucks at the end of your list... saving the most important for last, when you rattled off the closings.  What a tragedy that would be.

I remember the Occoquan River area, and it is quite lovely.  I hope somehow this Frankenstorm ends up nowhere near as nasty as we are being told.  Stay dry.  Stay safe.

PS... no rain or flooding here in Fort Worth, but moving here you'd be living in and surrounded by "red states."  If I had a choice, I'd contend with the rain and the outages.

Oct 28, 2012 09:12 PM #2
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Teral McDowell
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Hang-in there Pat; praying for you and all of the people in the path of the storm.

Oct 28, 2012 09:14 PM #3
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Patricia,  I have not seen the T.V. show.  I'll take California earthquakes over Hurricanes any day.  I pray that you remain safe and with power. 

Oct 28, 2012 09:23 PM #4
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Erv Fleishman
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There are battery powered TVs. Also, here in an area that is used to preparing, one should have a battery powered radio as a must. Getting information is imporant. Should keep an extra battery for your cell phone.

Oct 28, 2012 09:44 PM #5
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Michelle Cooks
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Be very careful and safe Pat as it BLOWS for sure. We are praying for the folks.

Oct 28, 2012 09:47 PM #6
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Pat -- praying you and yours remain safe, warm and relatively dry over the coming week!

Oct 28, 2012 10:51 PM #7
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Ginny Gorman
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Pat, I say it is New England weather but that is not comfort to anyone here in RI either.  Everything is battened down on the coast...it still is so dark I can not tell how far the water is from my house...tonight will be worse due to storm surge, high tide & moon tide...making it through safe is all we want!

Oct 29, 2012 03:34 AM #8
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Gabe Sanders
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My thoughts and prayers are with you guys.  I hope you will fare well through this storm.

Oct 29, 2012 04:04 AM #9
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Jay Markanich
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We have everything stored we need (except power, for which we have a generator and extra fuel).  I did not even go to the store!  But still, we are gearing up!

Oct 29, 2012 04:42 AM #10
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Pat... this post of Mike's gave me such comfort and such a wonderful feeling of peace... I pass it on to you with the hope that it will do the same for you....

Mike's Post

Have a Beautiful Day...

Oct 29, 2012 05:05 AM #11
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The wind is starting to pick up here in Chesapeake but it is not very bad.  I am with Jay...we have a generator and extra fuel so even if the power goes out, all will be well.

Oct 29, 2012 05:07 AM #12
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Be safe Patricia.  Everything is shut down here in SE PA....we are just waiting it out now.

Take care,

Gloria

Oct 29, 2012 10:06 AM #13
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My bet is you will weather this weather in fine spirit. You may have some power issues but all the power companies in the U.S are on stand-by to get everyone up.. Here is hoping your personal property is spared.

 

Oct 29, 2012 01:40 PM #14
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It is a bit windy and nippy, did manage to get a hoe inspection in this a.m. Stay dry all!

Oct 29, 2012 03:04 PM #15
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I love that Janice got a Hoe inspection in . Awesome :)

Oct 29, 2012 03:08 PM #16
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Janice:  I would congratulate you for getting a Hoe Inspection... if I only had a clue as to what a Hoe is, and why you have to get it inspected.  Is that the farming tool?  Serious question, here.

ooops... it just hit me.  Do you mean a "home" inspection?  Duh... sorry, I should have guessed that.

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