We live in south central PA - far from the coast. Yet we are facing down what they are calling the storm of the century. One of historical proportions. Weren't we just facing the same last Sept 2011?
In Sept 2011 our area received 15 inches of rain in 24 hours. We had massive flooding and damage. Almost a week without power - some areas more than a week. There are many people still cleaning up from the damage of a year ago - as it took forever to navigate the FEMA and insurance issues.
Exactly a year ago we had 10" of heavy, wet snow - yes snow - in October. It was crazy weather. Trees were donwed and again we lost power.
Now we are bracing for Hurricane Sandy - a HUGE storm that will wreck havoc over the Eastern coast. Pair this with a major snowstorm from the west and some areas will be hit with the combo of the two.
They are calling for 8" of rain and sustained winds of 40 MPH with gusts up to 75 MPH. We have never had wind like that so we don't know what to expect. We are nowhere near the river or any of the creeks that flood...but last year we still had to deal with a flooded basement as storm waters backed up into our house and the sump pump couldn't keep up. this year we have a generator - one that will keep the sump pumps running as well as run the fridge and at least one room powered. so we are as prepared as we can be.
We are both working from home today...my offices are closed as they declared the downtown Harrisburg area an emergency so people are supposed to be off the roads. This takes the pressure off of getting into work and then trying to get home on bad weather.
Both of the boys are in the path of this storm as well...so of course the mom in me is worried.