Well this past weekend I spent all my time working on dip mixes, because this week was to be our company bazaar. So I didn’t bother with the laundry or the vacuuming or anything house cleaning like, because I could do that later Monday or Tuesday night… so I thought!
Saturday it snowed… but it didn’t stay. It was pretty to watch coming down.
Then Sunday night the storm hit. About 11:40 pm we lost power and it sounded like our house was going to blow away. It was so loud outside. The wind in the trees and the sound of the ocean. My chairs on the front porch all blew to one side. The next morning I got up bright and early ready to head in to work, excited about the bazaar. I made it about 3 blocks before I encountered my first set of trees down across the road. While I stopped to thing about another route around the phone rang. It was my co-worker and dear friend Patty telling me that the roads were closed and I couldn’t make it work so I should go back home… and there was virtually no power in the county. I turned around and was back home by 6:30am and got back into my warm bed and listened to the news on the radio about all the damage that had been done. The Sheriff was saying that if you didn’t need to be on the roads you should stay home. Rick already had the generator running so he could work, so I eventually got up and moved out to the front room to do what else… knit! So what do you knit when you are listening to a storm, and your nerves are shot? Worshrags! I wanted to sell a few in the bazaar but I didn’t have very many done yet, so now was a good time to make a few more.
Monday afternoon when Rick finished working we took a little drive around our small community at the beach.
Yes, we drove under this!
This is at the park near our house.
This is the tree that I encountered Monday morning that was down and in my way.
A quick trip out to the beach for the dogs to run, or blow around.
Tuesday came around and I was heading out to work. I couldn’t believe how many trees came down on power lines. As I drove through Hoquiam and Aberdeen and then through Cosmopolis (because the highway to work is still closed) I was amazed at how many houses lost their roofs and siding. Stuff was everywhere, it was like a hurricane had hit. And according to the weather services the winds in Hoquiam were over 80 mph and then the system crashed. Out here at the beach they said gusts were between 75 & 100 mph!! I counted 4 portable potties laying on their sides in the ditches around the new home sites before I even left Ocean Shores.
This is some of the stuff I saw on my way to work. This tree was across the main highway from Ocean Shores to Hoquiam.
Tree down in a front yard in Aberdeen.
Trees down on power lines from Hoquiam to Ocean Shores.
I brought our 5 gallon gas can to work with me so I could get it filled before going home. Not a simple thing to do. The line at the gas station in Montesano was 4 or 5 blocks long, and they told me that gas would be gone before I got over there. So I drove to Elma about 8 miles from Montesano (where I work). I got in line there only to find out 4 cars before me, that they were running out of gas and the pumps were super slow. So back on the highway and down the road to McCleary, about another 15 miles (I think). I jumped into line with only 4 cars in front of me! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I left the pumps… the line was now 2 blocks long! I guess everyone left Elma and came here. Another good thing about getting gas in McCleary was that they had power and that meant that I could get a latte! I was dieing for a coffee drink. Then I zipped back down the road to work and tried to stay focused to get some work done so I could get out of there early enough to be home before dark. I didn’t want to drive home in the dark and I wanted to get to the store before they closed at 4 pm. I made it with 5 minutes to spare. They had limited items available because they were using generator power only. I was just so thankful that they were open and I appreciate the fact that these people were not working under ideal conditions and I know that their families were probably sitting at home in the cold and dark too.
Today those great people at IGA in Ocean Shores were taken to the Hospital in Aberdeen because the generators were not venting correctly and 19 people were treated for CO poisoning. They are going to be alright but my prayers are with them and their families.
We still do not have power and they are saying maybe by Friday, but more likely by Monday. My fingers are crossed that it will be the sooner of the two.
Rick is saying it’s time to turn off the generator for the night, and I’m not ready to give up the lights and heat yet! So I need to go negotiate now. 🙂