Wednesday, October 27, 2010

We're Still Here

On Tuesday a powerful storm system

came through the midsection of the country.

Meteorologists say that the pressure dropped

to 959 millibars.

To put that in perspective,

that is comparable to a

category three hurricane.

With the news that 20 foot waves

were expected on Lake Superior and Lake Michigan,

many peoples' thoughts turned to a famous

shipwreck from nearly 35 years ago -

(Please note that the video

will play automatically.)

In fact, the Edmund Fitzgerald

was number three

on Internet searches on Tuesday.

The launching of The Big Fitz was filled

with ill omens.

It took Mrs. Fitzgerald three tries to

break the champagne bottle over the bow,

the ship was damaged when it hit the dock

as it was being launched

and one of the spectators suffered a heart attack

during the ceremony.

Bad omens all.

The Edmund Fitzgerald sank

in a storm on November 10, 1975,

taking all 29 crew members down with her.

By nightfall,

the rain had moved through our area.

A wind gust of 70 mph was recorded in

our county.

A communications tower

fell on a nearby elementary school.


no children were injured

and it is believed that damage to the school

is minimal.

We were fortunate.

Our only damage came in the form of blown-over pots.

My husband and I had taken the swing canopy

down the night before,

thus preventing it from acting like a sail
and launching the swing over the railing.

More high winds blew through today,

so I had left the plants were they fell.

No sense in picking them up

just so they could blow over again.

Fall's fury indeed.


Rosie Hawthorne said...

Welcome to the norm on the Outer Banks.

Marilyn said...

Yeah, but we're in the middle of the country. Other than tornados and spring storms, the winds are not usually that strong.