Thursday, September 16, 2004

Jeanne, Pt. 3

Jeanne's a bitch. Our really bad weather didn't begin until after she had already crossed over Puerto Rico (killing two in the process). Yesterday we had a day filled with heavy rain showers and some (occasionally gusty) wind. But around 8:00 last night the thunderstorms, and fun, began.

I heard the loudest thunderclap of my life last night. It had to be about a 12 on a scale of 1 to 10. Jesus. We had a lot of lightning--a couple of bolts looked like they were right in front of us--and the rain switched from heavy to torrential. We'd been noshing all day, so we didn't start dinner until around 9:00. It was kind of weird to be eating dinner while watching Hurricane Ivan coverage on Larry King while experiencing the effects of the next storm in the pipeline. CNN's meterologist on-site in Mobile, AL, Rob Marciano, used to be one of our local weather guys in Portland. So we were watching CNN, but looking at an old familiar face.

I was awakened at 3:30 this morning but some particularly loud thunder, and then the rain went from torrential to...I don't know what. It sounded like some kind of celestial fire hose had been turned on. Our poor little narrow, windy, hilly island roads can't handle this much rain. As a result, we've got a lot of debris and rock slides in the roads and some of the roads are closed due to flooding. All of the government offices and schools are closed again today, as is the golf course (duh). So boyfriend's got another day off, but I have to go to work. I phoned my employer at home to warn him that I'd heard on the radio that the road he takes between his home and the office is partly closed. He said he'll take the long way around, where he's also likely to encounter flooding, but he's determined to reach the office. He told me I could come in a couple of hours late. The weather is supposed to clear by this afternoon. Of course, they said that yesterday, too. The forecasters were way off on this one--no one predicted that the worst weather would arrive long after Jeanne had passed us. And she formed very quickly. Suddenly there was a 'tropical depression 11' and the next thing we knew she was a tropical storm and headed our way. She still hasn't reached hurricane strength, but is expected to shortly.

Ivan also formed quickly. I just hope that doesn't bode badly for those who will be in Jeanne's path in the coming days.


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