Hurricane Irene – Perry Check-in It’s not Goodnight Irene Yet

It’s been raining here in beautiful Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, for a few hours now, but it isn’t a hard rain. My darling bride (of 32 years, 3 months and 8 days) just got home from work and she said it was just like driving through a regular rain storm.
Three homes in Perry’s hometown of Lewes, Delaware, were damaged by a tornado spawned by Irene, but there were no injuries. York still had power and internet service as of 2026, but he’s closer to the hurricane than I am, so he might see more severe weather. And our friend Johannes Magnus lives in Virginia Beach; he’s already been hit, but we don’t have any word on how he fared. I’m sure he doesn’t have power or internet right now.
NWS Philadelphia, PA
Point Forecast: Jim Thorpe PA
40.89°N 75.74°W
Mobile Weather Information | En Español
Last Update: 6:32 pm EDT Aug 27, 2011
Forecast Valid: 9pm EDT Aug 27, 2011-6pm EDT Sep 3, 2011
Forecast at a Glance
Tonight

Trop. Storm Conditions Possible
Trop. Storm
Conditions
Possible
Lo 68 °F
Sunday

Trop. Storm Conditions Possible
Trop. Storm
Conditions
Possible
Hi 71 °F
Sunday
Night

Decreasing Clouds
Decreasing
Clouds
Lo 51 °F
Monday

Sunny
Sunny

Hi 75 °F
Monday
Night

Mostly Clear
Mostly
Clear
Lo 54 °F
Tuesday

Sunny
Sunny

Hi 78 °F
Tuesday
Night

Partly Cloudy
Partly
Cloudy
Lo 55 °F
Wednesday

Mostly Sunny
Mostly
Sunny
Hi 78 °F
Wednesday
Night

Partly Cloudy
Partly
Cloudy
Lo 56 °F
I brought in the umbrella for the back porch table, and the chairs that might blow away; I used a bungee cord to fasten the garbage cans to the fence. While it’s always possible we could get some damage here, it’s not terribly likely. I’m just concerned that I might have to go through Sunday with no electricity, no internet or no cable. That would be horrible!

26 Comments

  1. My house has a metal roof on the front porch, and that is just beneath the computer room and our bedroom windows. So far, it isn’t raining hard enough that I need to close those windows, which is great, because there’s nothing more soothing than the sound of rain on a metal roof at night.

  2. We’re good here in Shrewsbury. Off and On heavy rain, but the wind is gentle. We’re suppose to have rain all night, and the wind may kick in later.

  3. Right, Dana, that tornado struck less than a mile from here. We were unaware of any tornadoes, although we were warned on the TV that there was a threat of same on the northeast side of the storm.

    As I write, the eye of the storm is over us, so there is neither wind nor rain. Up to this point, we have experienced moderate wind, in the 50-70 mph range, much less than we expected, and bands of rain but not excessive. So we are feeling pretty fortunate up to this point. According to the news, the back side of the storm, which will come through next, is less strong than the front side.

    About three hours ago the power went out, so we have been on the generator since. Having the generator, plus the storm weakening upon landfall in NC, made us decide not to evacuate. Our lot/home is also 12 whole feet above sea level and a couple of miles inland from the Delaware Bay, which is adequate. Historically, Lewes is protected by the Cape, a curved piece of land which juts out into the bay, so when a hurricane comes up this way, they tell me, we usually luck out.

    So far, so good!

    Incidentally, we have nor’easters here which have been worse than this one is, like one several years ago which gave us 80 mph winds and flooding conditions from the rain, from which we had nothing more than a willow tree that bent over a little. Since then, that tree has righted itself. Amazing, nature is!

  4. It’s morning now, and the Fox News babe is wearing a really nice short skirt! :)

    We have power and we have cable and we have internet, so the day is looking good! We’ve had a lot of rain, and the county is under a flash flood watch, but I can’t imagine I’d have to worry about that at my house: I’m half way up the side of a hill, and that’s in two directions, not just one.

    In heavy rain storms, I get a little water in my basement — I have a stone foundation, not concrete — but it is only a few little streams, ¼ inch deep, and I’ve never seen the entire basement floor covered. There’s as much water down there now as I’ve ever seen, but the floor is still not completely covered. Our furnace is elevated, so that’s protected.

    It’s fairly windy outside, but I’ve seen worse, and it’s not really raining very hard now; I could hear heavier rain overnight. The tree limbs are blowing around, but I don’t see anything that looks like it’s going to topple.

    Mrs Pico had to go to work this morning; hospitals don’t close just because it’s the weekend. She called me to let me know she arrived safely.

  5. It turns out that 17 homes in Lewes were struck by tornadoes, with one completely destroyed. Here is the house about a mile from us:

    I’ve not been out on the road yet to survey my surroundings, because only emergency vehicles are allowed on our roads. On my own property, you could hardly tell that we had a storm, except for a couple of crepe myrtle flower clusters in the driveway. We also experienced no flooding.

    The power just came back on, having been off for about 15 hours, so we are happy we had the generator. The next development over had power throughout, so ours was a very local outage.

  6. Our first winter here, we had 14 inches of a very heavy, wet snow on Christmas Day, and the power went out at 1137. We didn’t regain electricity until 1830 on the 26th. I suggested to Mrs Pico that we ought to get a generator, but she wouldn’t hear of it — so to speak — because she said that they make too much noise!

    It got down to 55º F in the house before the electricity came on, but my darling bride still didn’t want to get a generator to prepare for the next storm. But we’ve never lost power for more than a couple of hours since 2002.

  7. Hope everyone up there is staying safe. Remember not to let your guard down after the storm. The cleanup can be worse, when people without chainsaw experience, and fat old men like me, attempt to do things they shouldn’t.

  8. So, if a combination of a Tropical Storm and high tides hits lower Manhattan, the tunnels that house power lines can be compromised? Yep, sure sounds like “everyone’s” prepared for “a real storm”. NOT. MSNBC’s really disappointed because the storm’s been downgraded to a tropical storm—the anchor-ette at the news desk wanted to desperately make the claim that New York survived a “hurricane”. Of course, the sensationalism of the news media over the past few days can be qualified as a CAT-3 or higher. Bottom line, the northeast had a storm pass through, while North Carolina received the brunt of “a Cat-1 hurricane”. The 2011 Great Storm Surge was just that: a storm with minimal fatalities and power outages in some areas. Now if only we could get the media to report a real Cat-5 nation-wide economic disaster with the same enthusiasm, but alas, the silence is deafening.

  9. Irene left us an old game we played as kids, “Pick up Stix.” The back yard has small tree limbs knocked off the trees and that’s about it. I heard a chainsaw about an hour ago, so I guess someone lost a tree or big limb and that’s about it.

  10. Good one, Avenger! I can definitely relate to the second one.

    Given his ‘net, I suspect that an in-home temperature of 55 degrees would not even be noticed by Dana, nor by me! :)

  11. BTW – here, David Silverman of the American Atheists absolutely pwns Fox News commentators over Hurricane Irene.

  12. “It’s morning now, and the Fox News babe is wearing a really nice short skirt! :)

    Now I know why you watch Fox News, Dana! :)

  13. Ouch, Hube. I lost power at 4 PM Saturday and got it back about 8 PM Sunday. No flooding or damage here, just a couple of downed trees. Though considering Raleigh has had a tornado, an earthquake, and a hurricane this year, I’m really wondering about my choice of locales…

  14. We had nothing on this little patch of land and the house. Little leak around chimney and a few branches down. We had trees down and minor damage all around us, but for some little miracle, we’re untouched.

  15. Well, the power did go out for almost two seconds here yesterday, causing my cable and internet and computer to all have to take time to restart/reset. It was rough, I tell you, rough!

  16. Perry wrote:

    Now I know why you watch Fox News, Dana!

    The weekends are the only chance I really get to, but, really: CNN has some ugly guy on, and the Weather Channel has idiots standing out in raincoats, while Fox had Juliet Huddy. Why would any heterosexual man not choose Fox & Friends?

  17. Making a Great personal ad – Be honest – As I stated above what’s the point of misleading an individual, it’s going to only result in disappointment for each of you. If somebody says they’re looking for an athletic type it really is unlikely they are going to alter their mind on a initial date and they are also not most likely to trust anything else about you.

  18. Why would any heterosexual man not choose Fox & Friends?

    Because sane people don’t allow the information they receive to be determined by their d1cks, maybe?

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