In these quiet days, hours really, before Florence roars inland from North Carolina’s coastal region (or maybe South Carolina’s) there’s this holding of one’s breath, that breathless anticipation of what’s to come. The not knowing that’s as terrifying as the reality once it’s here for what it could bring and does bring.
I live in the center of North Carolina, affectionately known as Piedmont, not to be confused with the Triad, which is where my daughter lives and beyond where my sons live. Durham, precisely. We are the epicenter for top-notch healthcare, among the best in the nation (as well as the most costly) for those times when it’s truly, often desperately needed like it was last November through January for my husband. Given that fact of proximity, our infrastructure is a strong one, except for perhaps the streets. Many are awful! When the power goes out during fierce storms or from downs trees/limbs, it’s the one saving grace to living in the city to have power restored quickly. Sometimes even within minutes,
Such will not be the case with Florence. The very size, power, and potential for devastation will be a game changer for many in our area. The wind speeds as of noon today were climbing back up from the drop to 140 mph. Our governor has declared a state of emergency and asked for disaster relief from Washington already because as North Carolinians/South Carolinians, we know from past experiences what these storms can do both during and after, particularly if they are expected to stall over the state as this one is expected to do.
Rainfall amounts are being measured in feet rather than inches. Flood zones will be underwater for days or even weeks. Businesses, homes, and cars will be ruined. The high winds with this storm will bring down trees in full leaf due to the already saturated ground from our wetter than normal spring and summer. This can kill people, crush cars, smash into homes, shooting costs to homeowners through the roof – literally.
To add insult to injury, there are several others in a track across the Atlantic behind Florence – Isaac and Helene lurking nearby, just waiting for their turn. The imagery is scary when you’re looking down the belly of this beast and know her cousins are waiting to take a swing at you in just a few days, kicking you when you’re down.
This hurricane season is stacking up to live up to the expectations of the forecasting agencies near and far, local and national and what we need to do most is stay calm, stay informed, listen for alerts on evacuations or changes in direction, prep for the worst while you continue to hope for the best.
- Plastic Ziploc bags will be your friends.
- Store valuables in them and keep them in a safe, secure location, including important documents.
- Put your cherished items in a safe place as well. Cook up perishable meats in your freezer and store them in foil for reheating on warmers or grills when power isn’t available.
- Keep both drinking water and non-potable water available for toilet flushing, even if you have to resort to sparkling water for drinking. It’s still water.
- Avoid salty snacks as they will increase your thirst, making your water supply run out faster.
- Get canned goods with pull-tab tops that can be eaten straight out of the can.
- Use granola bars, Slim-Fast or Breakfast Essentials – premade forms – for meal replacements in a pinch. SlimFast has sugar free versions.
- Puddings and Jellos, premade are available for snacking.
- Most veggies can be eaten straight from the can without issues though they might not be as tasty. Still, it’s sustenance in times that require only to survive.