So earlier in the week we had an earthquake, and now a hurricane! What next?
The warnings began the other day. Everyone in the area began to wonder if we would see something of this hurricane. It happens every few years that we feel the effects of one, with high winds and rain. I had a pretty good idea what to expect and didn’t feel too concerned.
The night before last the tone began to change. Urgent weather alerts began appearing, speaking of uprooted trees and major damage. We should expect to lose power said the news. As the storm drew closer, the panic really began to escalate. The mayor declared a state of emergency, the first time since 1986. He also said that we could see power outages from ten days to two weeks. Now I felt freaked out. Two weeks? People would riot!
With these thoughts I finished some programming and ate some soup as the rain and wind picked up. I had the windows closed and things more or less ready. I also fully charged everything which could take a charge. This included my iPhone, iPad, MacBook Air, and even my HT (portable amateur radio and scanner). Of course, I also chose that time to put some more music on my iPad. Come on iTunes, sync damn you! With that done, I felt as ready as possible.
I put some music on the stereo and turned my portable radio to KYW News Radio 1060. Their app sucks, by the way. Like the Coast to Coast AM app, it doesn’t have background play or other modern iOS features. These companies must figure they can write an app once then just let it go. I don’t like it when things fail me in an emergency. My SW Pocket radio almost failed as well, it bothers me, too digital. It worked well enough for this purpose though. I figured I’d keep the tunes going as long as possible, especially if we would not have power for two weeks!
The radio kept playing warnings. A friend sent me a Heytell and told me that we might get a tornado, and to get away from windows. This proved an impossible task for me – my basement had already flooded as expected, and every room of my house has windows. Great, another thing to feel freaked out about. Still I welcomed the safety info and the radio confirmed it of course.
I began using an awesome energy technique which I came up with and which I really need to publish in some preliminary form. When dealing with forces larger than man, what else can you do but pray? Fortunately, this technique allows for proper and powerful prayer, and I do believe it helped me. The tornado headed for a nearby town. I continued my technique. The tornado just missed me! I felt a little terrified, and unusually for me, lonely. My cat also felt scared, hiding under chairs and acting on edge.
Then it happened. The power went out. Oh shit! I rushed upstairs, shut everything down, and turned off my battery backup. This would allow me to have a power reserve for charging my iPhone should we really lose power for two weeks. I also made a crude power alarm by turning on a good old fashioned analog radio to AM, so it would make a loud buzzing sound as soon as power returned.
I felt a little scared. How would I eat? How would anyone eat? What will we do? Will we have to gather? Why, we would all have the same situation. I tried to just keep calm. And for some reason, the conditions had become totally calm. Too calm. I took the moment to enjoy the calm, amplifying it as much as possible, trying to build up a reserve of calm kind of like my battery backup. More meditation. What else could I do? The power had gone out. I wondered if I would spend the next two weeks in meditation, keeping a humble journal on braille paper and living alone with my thoughts.
I went back downstairs to my little electronic campout area and listened to the stupid radio more. The inane sports broadcast which bothered me before now actually felt comforting, as did news of the GOP race. At least other things happen in the world. The hurricane would soon hit and I could do nothing but prepare, wait, and hope, as the radio kept saying. This gave me an idea for a heavy metal song: Prepare! Wait! Hope! Die! When would I hear my music again? I figured I’d use my iPad for entertainment, without the net it could do little else, but even that had limited power.
It had gotten on to around 02:00 in the morning, and the hurricane began hitting. Before I felt like I wanted to stay up and make sure nothing bad happened, but now I began to feel drowsy, probably from the valerian I had taken a few hours earlier. Natural valium as some call it sounded just about right. Winds had picked up, thumping objects around. Occasionally I would hear a thud against the house. Rain resounded relentlessly against a ground long over-saturated. Nothing could stop this storm. I decided to take my chances and go to my bedroom to sleep. I put the Orb on my iPad and, feeling slightly terrified, managed to get to sleep rather quickly.
I awoke. Sunlight. The next day. Morning. Good. I survived? Good. Nothing seems apparently wrong with the house? Good. I turned on the radio and lay around, my head hurting slightly. Suddenly around eleven, my crude power alarm came on! So much for ten days to two weeks. Try twelve hours. I had heard PECO trucks outside as soon as the power went out the night before, so had a good feeling. I sent good vibes to those hard workers who risked their safety to give me back electricity. Things still felt sort of out of the ordinary, but I got up and began my day. I haven’t dared to explore my property, but a sighted friend drove by and said it looked fine.
Now conditions have calmed, and crickets sound in the cool night air. In all, I think we didn’t have as bad of a hurricane as some predicted. We certainly didn’t lose power for two weeks. I guess after Katrina they don’t want to look bad should something actually happen. At least they could then say that they told us that we would lose power for two weeks…the night before when we couldn’t do anything about it. A conspiratorial person would say that they purposefully trumped it up to panic the population. It certainly did me. I don’t know about that theory, but wonder what would have happened had I not even listened to the radio. I think knowledge gives power though, and I’d rather know. Knowing is half the battle! I can only hope I don’t experience a truly intense natural disaster. A minor earthquake and record setting hurricane in one week have me feeling enough on edge. What next, aliens?