On the surface, it does not look as if the brunt will hit my friends, they’re just a few miles across from the hard edge of the hurricane but it’s still going to be breezy [this was some hours ago]:
An announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are expected somewhere within the specified coastal area within 36 hours. …TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT…
Having always been one preferring to write from a personal point of view, with the official news just as a backdrop, it’s greatly appreciated to be getting bulletins out of the area itself and so, to set the scene, the river scene in calmer days is at the top of this post.
Now, to convert that to the night scene:
It’s a tidal river connected to a bay, which is connected to the ocean, so they get surges and high tides. To illustrate this, the next pic was taken a short time ago by our intrepid correspondent tiptoeing out to the wire screen:
And remember that that was well before the storm was even due to arrive.
Compare the water level there to that of the pic at the top. And there is also the ornery heron they call Ole Igor splashing about out there with ne’er a care. If a human appears on the verandah [house is on stilts], Igor apparently does not like it and starts cawing possessively or whatever herons do:
I’m told the water is currently lapping under the house itself.
Finally, if all goes pear-shaped before the night’s out [it’s 2.30 a.m. there now] or during the following daylight, then there is always the escape route:
Now, I’m hoping to return the favour when our Michael Fish moment comes in the next few months and to get shots of this top floor being carried away by the elemental forces of nature.
As for flooding, hardly probable here as, though I gaze down on the Manchester Shipping Canal, I’m in a big building high on a hill and I myself am on the fourth floor of that. So wind will be more the issue in my case, plus the delightful way it rains inside the place.