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The Storm so Far

October 15th, 2016 at 11:04 pm

On Thursday night we got hit hard enough that it ripped the corrugated roofing off the butcher station, but the turkey coop, chicken coop, duck coop, and rabbit shed survived with no damages.

On Friday we had to staple down the greenhouse plastic on the raised beds, because the clamps weren't strong enough to keep the wind from tearing it free. There was a pretty good lull in the afternoon so we were able to do this.

We ran out to get more bottled water. The first store we went to the power was out and it took a while to get away from there as the stop lights were out, too. We went across town to the other Fred Meyer and halfway through our shopping trip the power went out there. Backup generators came on and then about 5 minutes later the power was on. We finished up and hurried back home. A few more stoplights were out. We beat the rain home, but only just.

The wind died down around ten this morning. Several neighbors had lost shingles, but we didn't. The house, the garage and the rabbit shed roof were all intact. We let the birds out for a few hours, but cooped them early when the winds started to pick up again. We gave them extra food and water in case they can't be let out tomorrow.

The wind has been pretty ferocious for the last four hours. It sounds like a freight train at times. The rain is lashing pretty hard. So far we've not had any power flickers at all, though. It's supposed to go on like this all night and then drop down to winds of about 16 to 18 miles per hour at around 8 a.m. and through the day with lots of rain.

I think flooding is going to be more of an issue than anything unless some trees come down on the power lines. We won't get flooded out, we're on top of a hill and far enough from the major creek or the river or the bay or the lake, but the basement will flood as it does in every major storm so we'll have to have the sump pump going.

I am thinking we might not get hit as hard as they have been predicting, but you never know. I saw that a couple of tornadoes touched down in Oregon briefly yesterday, F2's. That is incredibly rare for this part of the country. It devastated Manzanita. I always wanted to visit this incredible bed and breakfast they have there. I don't think I'd even know the name of the town otherwise.

I really hope all the storm hype has been (pardon the pun) overblown. So far, at least for our area, it doesn't seem any worse than the bad fall blows we usually get. Just have to wait and see if it floods any worse. Right now there is just water over roadways, nothing unnavigable in some of the county. But more rain is on the way so it could get worse.

8 Responses to “The Storm so Far”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I'm glad to hear you are fairing well. We found with the hurricane that the amount of rain resulted in major flooding near us and has definitely been the bigger issue. I'm glad you are high on a hill.

  2. livingalmostlarge Says:

    Good luck and stay safe.

  3. CB in the City Says:

    Thanks for keeping us in the loop. Glad that it has not been as bad as expected so far.

  4. debtfreeme Says:

    Glad you are all safe!

  5. rob62521 Says:

    Hope you continue to have power and your sump pump can do its job. Glad you are safe. Hope you remain that way.

  6. PNW Mom Says:

    Other than the tornado at the coast, it was really pretty mild....way overblown in my opinion....everyone around here is calling it the non storm.....I think we have had more rain today than yesterday. Of course it's always good to be prepared, but they were acting like the world was ending.

  7. PatientSaver Says:

    Glad you're okay. Storms like that do scare me.

  8. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Glad you're alright!

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