Thank goodness this week is over. Before the storm hit, we stocked up on water, batteries, and non-perishable food. Even though I knew we wouldn't be evacuating, I also filled the gas tank because I knew gas would be hard to procure after the storm. We did some last minute banking, and then, we came home and boarded up the windows.
We lost our electricity late Friday night. The storm winds started striking the house about 1 in the morning when we temporarily lost water. The winds were so strong! Then, the eye came, and it was eerily quiet for a couple of hours. Then, the back part of the storm came with even stronger winds. It was frightening hearing the fierce winds repeatedly striking the house.
Our water was restored Saturday morning, so that was a blessing. Several tree limbs and branches broke off the tree in the front yard, but none of them hit the house or vehicles.
We got our electricitical power back Friday afternoon. Many street lights still aren't functioning. Some stores were open Sunday with generator power, and now many stores have electricity; but they still are closing early.
The first few days the lines for gas were very long, so I was glad I didn't need to get gas.
Many fast food places and restaurants are now open for business. Our first hot meal after the storm was on Monday from McDonald's. :)
We are very fortunate. I saw the damage in a nearby town, and it was heartbreaking. I saw several people taking their furniture and other belongings to the curb because they were ruined by the flood waters. Many of those people are living in tents in their front yards. It will be a long time before life returns to normal for those poor people.
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