Waiting Out Matthew

The cold front that’s pushing Hurricane Matthew off our coast is both a blessing and a curse.

A blessing for keeping a hurricane away.

A curse for the side effects.

The battle of the pressures is wreaking havoc on my back.

The meeting of the fronts has brought two days of rain – before any sign of Matthew even appears.

As such, our neighborhood began flooding Thursday night. Now, this is no big deal: our neighborhood is low-lying and our streets flood even in the smallest of storms. Interestingly, it’s gotten worse since the city “refurbished” it’s storm drain system. Namely, we don’t have storm drains in our neighborhood, but we did have a large field. So, the city built a levee around the field and now pumps the storm runoff from other parts of the town into this retention pond. So, we lost our buffer and flood more. Hurray for progress.

What this means in practicality is that we might not be able to get out of our neighborhood until the storm is over. Again, normal. We’ve stocked up on storm supplies, charged our phones and are praying the power doesn’t go out.

The last report I heard told us to expect tropical storm conditions, with rain between nine and fifteen inches and a storm surge of up to 3 feet. Glorious.

I guess it’s a good thing it’s a long weekend; I’ll have plenty of time to write blog posts, read, and do some podcast research. I’m sure Smokey will “help” by sitting on the keyboard.

If you’re in the path of the storm, stay safe. And, wherever you are, have a good weekend.

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