Saturday, August 27, 2011

Hurricane Irene on the way


Thanks to everyone who has expressed wishes of safety and concern with the approach of Hurricane Irene. A few of you know, but most of you don't, that I used to live in Florida, and we had an awful lot of hurricanes down there in the 3 years I lived there. Our house flooded in Hurricane Wilma in 2005, a category 5 direct hit, and we were inside the house while it happened. It was a terrifying experience just 2 months after Hurricane Katrina did so much damage elsewhere, but I digress.

I've been through a fair number of hurricanes. It's hard to get too worried about a category 1, though I grant you things aren't built quite as hurricane-proof in Rhode Island as they are in Florida. I do live a quarter of a mile from the coastline now, but up high on a hill, and we have our fingers crossed and hope for the best. My superstitious side won't allow me to say "it probably won't be that bad," but optimism is good.

But anyhoo, apologies for a non-letter-writing post, but I've been getting so many emails and comments that I thought I'd better just send the word out that we're fine, we're not evacuating our little island, and maybe send your concern to NC and NYC and all the other areas that look like they may be hit harder.


We just took our usual neighborhood walk, but I took my camera along this time. The waves are starting! I can't believe how many people were surfing. See that tiny little dot in the photo? That's a surfer WAY out. (The beach is behind him.)


More photos of the ocean by our house in my Hurricane Irene Flickr set.

Stay safe this weekend, everyone, wherever you are!


  1. I really hope you're safe, dear Ilona!!!

  2. We know how it is from past experiences on the gulfcoast of Florida...stay safe!

  3. I've got fingers and toes crossed that my third grandchild, who is now about a week overdue, won't decided that Sunday afternoon, at the height of the storm, is a good time to be born. My daughter and her family live on the South Shore of Massachusetts. They do live very, very close to the hospital, though, and inland enough to not have storm surge worries.

  4. Oh my goodness, PostMuse - my fingers and toes are crossed that your grandchild-to-be stays put until the storm is over, too!

  5. I hope that you'll be safe! We're currently going through the tropical storm winds and rains from Irene. There have been reports of a lot of downed trees and flooding. So far we still have electricity. Hope everyone out there will be safe who's affected by the storm!

  6. Stay safe. I cant fathom the one shot today I saw from VA beach of a sailboat that had been out. The people on it had to be rescued. I have been wearing a hole in my carpet worrying for friends out there.

  7. Good to hear that for the most part the hurricane will not be too bad for you. Stay safe.

    Best, and keep on blogging.

  8. Glad you were safe. It looked scary. My prayers adn thoughts are with the victims of the storm!

  9. So glad you're safe. Like the post-hurricane shots of the ocean... kind of reminds me of the upcoming Edward Hooper stamps... well, without the lighthouse and the sailboat...!!

    (finally figured out how to post a comment without so much hassle - yay!!)