The Calm Before The Storm

A view of Williamsport from our lookout on Rt 15 from South Williamsport.

As you are all aware, Hurricane Sandy has turned into the biggest storm in app 150 years.  As I sit here typing, we are getting some rain from this storm front and she has yet to make landfall.  The scope of this storm as it converges with two other fronts is beyond anyone’s imagination. 

We are on the path of the storm, here in North Central PA.  As a matter of fact last I heard the center is heading right for us.  So although we do not live in a flood area we are only minutes from the Susquehanna River.  The city of Williamsport was prone to flooding in the past.  Today we have a dike system that has held up in the worse of storms and floods from years past.  Last year at this time we had the rain effects from Hurricane Irene and there was concern that the dike would not hold and it did.  As Hurricane Sandy moves up and leaves disasters in her wake, we pray that again our dike system holds up.

Pennsylvania has already been declared an State of Emergency, along with 8 other states.  And tomorrow into Tuesday we are on alert for high winds, power outages and flash flooding from the rivers and creeks.  Once Loyalsock Creek overflows her banks I will have only one way into work.  If we get the amount rain they are forecasting we are likely to get flooding from backed up storm sewers that will surely overflow as the rain comes down faster than they can drain. But for now, my office is closed and I am able to wait out the storm at home.

This may be my last post for a few days if we lose power.  So for now we are battening down the hatches as we prepare for the worse and hope for the best.

As bad as it will get here in PA, the folks along the New England and Canadian coasts are going to get the brunt of it.  Our prayers are for everyone that is in this storms path, from North Carolina to New Jersey and New York City, through Pennsylvania and right on up to Maine and into parts of Canada.

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33 thoughts on “The Calm Before The Storm

      1. What a simply lovely message, it warms my heart… Thank you so much…I haven’t yet replied to your other message, am a bit flat stick these days with a rather sick 83 year old husband, but am getting there! Life is a balancing act!!!!

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      2. Thank you so much… I’m afraid it’s an ongoing situation, some days better than others… we just struggle on…today a bit better, thank you! I really appreciate your kindness.

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  1. I grew up in Florida. Hurricanes were the norm down there. It’s so strange to see my friends in MD and PA preparing for a storm. Here’s the key: If the local government tells you to leave, leave. Don’t chance it. Make sure you have a family you can go stay with “just in case.” Life is more important than stuff. 🙂 Love you bunches blogging friend!! Be safe!

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    1. You are right – We lived in FL for a few years and had to evacuate, trust me they told me to go I went… as soon hubby left to evacuate his equipment (he was in the army then) I left soon after to safer ground. The sad part is my family – that I could go to, one lives along the coast in NJ about 7 miles in and another in the middle of nowhere (about an hr north of here) where if it floods they are stranded. Those are the only two left with no power or phone, so they may be coming here! Shelters were opened though so I would have left if we had to.

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