Friday, September 5, 2008

Rain Rain Go Away

Just a quick post to say if for some reason I disappear for a few days it might be due to power outages. We are expecting a lot of rain and winds here from the tropical storm that is expected to come in off the cost of North Carolina and Virginia. They are already predicting that we may be without power. Just peachy huh. Of course everyone here is in the usual "oh my gosh we might get a hurricane/storm panic" and the grocery stores are empty of bottled water and snack food. I never give these warnings much thought (however I do go get a few things at the store and make sure I have either batteries or candles...this time I have both since I have recently bought new flash lights for our trip to Gettysburg)
Anyway the bad weather is suppose to come in here sometime late tomorrow and last until at lest sometime Saturday night before it moves on up the coast.
I wouldn't mind so bad if it wasn't that I was scheduled to work on Saturday from 2-11 pm. (Don't you just love retail stores). It is our big One Day Sale and the store manager has already informed us that we will be open. Our store is one of the large anchor stores in the mall and we are the last to close in any type of emergency. (Stupid people)
Sooooo like I said if you don't see me for a few days, don't worry. I will be back ASAP
(and of course if this is another false alarm, which 99% of the time they are..I will be on line over the weekend)

TROPICAL STORM WATCH
Issue Date: 1110 PM EDT THU SEP 04 2008
Expiration: 1115 PM EDT FRI SEP 05 2008

...TROPICAL STORM HANNA HEADING TOWARD THE SOUTHEAST UNITED STATES
COAST...
.AT 1100 PM EDT...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM HANNA WAS
ESTIMATED NEAR LATITUDE 26.5 NORTH...LONGITUDE 76.3 WEST OR ABOUT
50 MILES EAST OF GREAT ABACO ISLAND AND ABOUT 540 MILES SOUTH OF
WILMINGTON NORTH CAROLINA.
HANNA IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHWEST NEAR 14 MPH. A GRADUAL TURN
TO THE NORTH WITH A GRADUAL INCREASE IN FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED
ON FRIDAY. ON THE FORECAST TRACK...THE CENTER OF HANNA WILL CLEAR
THE NORTHWESTERN BAHAMAS EARLY FRIDAY...AND WILL BE APPROACHING
THE SOUTHEAST COAST OF THE UNITED STATES BY LATE FRIDAY.
HOWEVER...RAINS AND WINDS ASSOCIATED WITH HANNA WILL REACH THE
COAST WELL IN ADVANCE OF THE CENTER.
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 65 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS. ONLY
SLIGHT STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST PRIOR TO LANDFALL... ALTHOUGH IT
IS STILL POSSIBLE FOR HANNA TO BECOME A HURRICANE.
TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 315 MILES...
MAINLY TO THE NORTH AND EAST OF THE CENTER.
ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 987 MB...29.15 INCHES.
ANZ630>632-650-652-654-656-MDZ021>025-VAZ075-077-078-084>086-
089>091-093>100-060315-
/O.CON.KAKQ.TR.A.1008.000000T0000Z-000000T0000Z/
CHESAPEAKE BAY FROM SMITH POINT TO WINDMILL POINT VA-
CHESAPEAKE BAY FROM WINDMILL POINT TO NEW POINT COMFORT VA-
CHESAPEAKE BAY FROM NEW POINT COMFORT TO CAPE HENRY VA-
COASTAL WATERS FROM FENWICK ISLAND DE TO CHINCOTEAGUE VA OUT
20 NM-
COASTAL WATERS FROM CHINCOTEAGUE TO PARRAMORE ISLAND VA OUT 20 NM-
COASTAL WATERS FROM PARRAMORE ISLAND TO CAPE CHARLES LIGHT VA OUT
20 NM-
COASTAL WATERS FROM CAPE CHARLES LIGHT VA TO NC VA BORDER OUT
20 NM-DORCHESTER-WICOMICO-SOMERSET-INLAND WORCESTER-
MARYLAND BEACHES-WESTMORELAND-NORTHUMBERLAND-LANCASTER-GLOUCESTER-
MIDDLESEX-MATHEWS-SURRY-JAMES CITY-YORK-ISLE OF WIGHT-
NEWPORT NEWS/HAMPTON-NORFOLK/PORTSMOUTH-SUFFOLK-CHESAPEAKE-
VIRGINIA BEACH-ACCOMACK-NORTHAMPTON VA-
1110 PM EDT THU SEP 4 2008
...TROPICAL STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT...
...NEW INFORMATION...
UPDATED CURRENT POSITION OF STORM.
...AREAS AFFECTED...
THIS STATEMENT RECOMMENDS ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN BY PERSONS IN...
THE CENTRAL CHESAPEAKE BAY...THE SOUTHERN CHESAPEAKE BAY...THE
MID ATLANTIC COASTAL WATERS...THE LOWER EASTERN SHORE OF
MARYLAND...INTERIOR SOUTHEAST VIRGINIA...SOUTH HAMPTON ROADS
VIRGINIA...THE EASTERN SHORE OF VIRGINIA...THE MIDDLE PENINSULA
OF VIRGINIA...THE NORTHERN NECK OF VIRGINIA AND THE PENINSULA OF
SOUTHEAST VIRGINIA.
...WATCHES/WARNINGS...
A TROPICAL STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THE NORTH CAROLINA
AND VIRGINIA BORDER NORTHWARD TO GREAT EGG INLET NEW
JERSEY...INCLUDING THE CHESAPEAKE BAY.
...PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
WHEN MAKING YOUR TROPICAL STORM PLAN...GIVE FULL CONSIDERATION TO
WHETHER YOU SHOULD LEAVE OR STAY IF A WARNING IS ISSUED FOR YOUR
LOCATION. HEED THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
OFFICIALS IF ASKED TO EVACUATE.
FILL AUTOMOBILE GAS TANKS...AS POWER MAY BE LOST AND GAS STATIONS
MAY NOT BE ABLE TO DISPENSE FUEL. FILL CLEAN CONTAINERS WITH
WATER. PLAN ON AT LEAST ONE GALLON OF CLEAN WATER PER PERSON PER
DAY FOR DRINKING...IN ADDITION TO WATER NECESSARY FOR
COOKING...CLEANING...AND FLUSHING TOILETS.
STOCK UP ON CANNED FOOD...ESPECIALLY FOOD THAT CAN BE EATEN
WITHOUT COOKING OR HEATING. CHECK FOR ADEQUATE SUPPLIES OF
PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS.
HAVE WORKABLE FLASHLIGHTS OR PORTABLE LANTERNS AND A BATTERY-
POWERED RADIO. HAVE A SUPPLY OF SPARE BATTERIES. USE BATTERY-
POWERED LIGHTS INSTEAD OF CANDLES SINCE FIRE FIGHTERS AND
EMERGENCY PERSONNEL MAY NOT BE ABLE TO REACH YOU DURING THE
HURRICANE.
PREPARE TO BOARD UP WINDOWS IF NECESSARY. STORE OR SECURE LAWN
FURNITURE...BARBECUE GRILLS...GARBAGE CANS...AND OTHER LOOSE
OUTDOOR OBJECTS.
...STORM SURGE AND STORM TIDE...
STORM SURGE FLOODING OF 2 TO 4 FEET ABOVE NORMAL TIDE
LEVELS...ALONG WITH LARGE AND DANGEROUS BATTERING WAVES...CAN BE
EXPECTED ON SATURDAY ALONG THE BEACHES OF VIRGINIA AND MARYLAND.
COASTAL FLOODING WILL BE GREATEST AROUND THE TIMES OF HIGH TIDE
WHICH WILL OCCUR FROM AROUND NOON UNTIL THE EARLY AFTERNOON HOURS
ON SATURDAY.
...WINDS...
SUSTAINED TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS OR GUSTS ARE EXPECTED TO
AFFECT EASTERN VIRGINIA AND THE EASTERN SHORE OF MARYLAND
SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING...MAINLY IN LOCATIONS
ALONG THE IMMEDIATE COAST.
...INLAND FLOODING...
RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 5 INCHES ARE EXPECTED ACROSS PORTIONS OF
THE LOWER MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE AND EASTERN PORTIONS OF
VIRGINIA...WITH ISOLATED HEAVIER AMOUNTS.
...NEXT UPDATE...
THE NEXT TROPICAL STORM HANNA LOCAL STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED BY
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WAKEFIELD VA BETWEEN 5 AM AND 6 AM
EDT.

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5 Comments:

Blogger Nydia said...

Wow, Patty! Came here to say there's something for you at my page, and see what I find!! Hope it's nothing really to worry about, but do take care and let us know how things are doing!

Kisses & bright blessings from Nydia.

September 5, 2008 at 10:17 AM  
OpenID Jaspenelle said...

I know you aren't too worried but I just wanted to say I am going to be keeping you in my thoughts anyways!

I'll be away camping this weekend - only 16 more days till your getaway!

September 5, 2008 at 11:12 AM  
Blogger solsticedreamer said...

our news reports here keep us up to date with the tropical storms~thinking of you...keep safe if/when it arrives

September 5, 2008 at 5:15 PM  
Blogger Carrie said...

I've been thinking about you and waiting to see what hapens.

I have my fingers crossed.

September 5, 2008 at 6:33 PM  
Blogger Dorothy Thompson said...

Stay safe, Patty! I've battened down the hatches and am going to ride it out. Yeehaw, cowboy.

Coming to you from the beautiful and about to be soaked island of Chincoteague, Virginia!

September 5, 2008 at 11:05 PM  

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