Calm before the Storm
Irene is getting close, winds increasing and rain has been pelting us hard since mid-afternoon. From what I can make out there is some damage already in the area as well as local flooding. e lost main power at the hospital and have been on diesel backup for a couple of hours now. A tornado warning was just lifted. Most computers are shut down I have my laptop and mobile hot spot and am shooting this out before I shut it down since I am on battery power.
Prelude: The Dunes
I have been out and about the hospital most of the day after I secured the Island Hermitage the best that I could this morning. A decent number of our essential personnel and duty personnel with families have them here in empty patient rooms or on cots in offices. Morale and people’s spirits are pretty good. I have been in every area that is operating visiting our folks, patients, families and staff.
One cool thing is that we converted our gym to the Pet Hotel for our people that have to be here. We have a lot of dogs a couple of cats and a rabbit. The service members or families have to see after them with a few of our staff assisting with the help of the Army Veterinarian and his techs. The Army is the only serve with Vets and provides them to the rest of us.
We turned our chapel into a movie theater for the kids until we lost main power, hopefully power will be restored by morning.
The rain in our area will probably be in the 7-10 inch range by the time Irene bows out but some places north of us will get in excess of 20 inches. I went through Floyd in 1999 and he caused major flooding throughout the area. I expect Irene to do the same.
For those that have never experienced a hurricane they are something. The incredible calm before the storm and topical weather makes you think you are in paradise, but within hours the sea begins to boil, the rain begins to fall and the winds begin to howl like a demon on steroids.
Irene has lost some of her punch but she is a huge storm. She should be past us by this time tomorrow on her way north. I do not envy the people in the Northeast who never have been through something like this. For places like New York this could be really bad. But Glenn Beck says that Irene is a “blessing.” Maybe he should hang out in one for a while.
Pray for all of those impacted by Irene.