On Friday, October 7, my school held it’s annual fall mile run event on the boardwalk. A front was moving in from the west, coinciding with winds from Hurricane Matthew, which was curving east and heading out into the Atlantic. At least, that was what the National Hurricane Center and our local weathermen were predicting. The skies looked ominous, but not atypical of local frontal storms. The students ran their mile with the wind slowing their times.
blowing sand forming ridges
This “non-event” with a “maximum of two inches of rain” left part of our region with over 17 inches of rain, rivers cresting, hundreds of felled trees, hundreds of cars submerged, thousands without power for days, and business and school closures. Some are still dealing with cleanup. As I write this, there are 120 homeless people in Virginia Beach, alone, as their homes were condemned due to flooding.
source: pilotonline/bill tiernan
source: wtkr.com/e. angeles
Personally, my own neighborhood streets flooded, we cleared one felled part of a tree, pumped out our overflowing pool, were without power for two days, and tossed hundreds of dollars of perishable food. I am thankful that we were the lucky ones. Undoubtedly, North Carolina and Georgia, as well as other neighborhoods in Virginia Beach were hit much harder.
On a lighter note, little Tolly is now 6 months old, mischievous, learning a few commands, and turning out to be such a jolly little fellow.😀 This short video shows how much he loves to be playing outside, even in the windy, wet cleanup.
Thankful that November 1st marks the end of hurricane season – – Joanne