Friday, September 12, 2008

Hunker Down

Hunker: to hide, hide out, or take shelter (usually fol. by down)

And that is exactly what we are doing.

The wind is blowing pretty consistently outside. It sounds a lot scarier than it really is.

Henry is in "bed", on a pallet in our safe room, playing a lit bit on his Leapster before drifting off to sleep. He is a little concerned, but overall, I don't sense that he is stressed. My sincere hope is that he will sleep through the worst of this.

Earlier this evening, we were outside watching the wind. He expressed concern for his buddy Jack. So we came inside and called him. It was funny to hear two 5-year-olds discussing their plans for riding out a hurricane.

As we sat outside, we saw shingles blowing off the roof of a house on the next street. Our power has blipped a couple of times, but just for a split second. Galveston has totally lost power and is starting to feel the hurricane force winds.

The updates are still regarding Ike as a category 2, but the winds are at the upper limit. 1 more mph and it moves to a category 3. They instigated a curfew for our town calling for folks to be home from 8 p.m. Friday until 10 a.m. Saturday...uh, not a problem for us.

The safe room is stocked and ready to go. We've got our flashlights, a tv (for as long as we have power), water, and tons of other stuff.

Since Henry is in bed, we've got the news on now. It is almost irritating to watch, but it's like a train wreck. I hate hearing the stories of the stupid people who didn't leave when they were supposed to. 40% of the people in Galveston...under mandatory evacuation orders, chose to stay. If we had been under evacuation orders...voluntary or mandatory, we'd be so out of here. I so don't understand people thinking they know better than officials.

No comments:

Post a Comment