Non-Event in Virginia

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.

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something’s brewing

 

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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.

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source: pilotonline/bill tiernan

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source: facebook

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source: facebook

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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

 

 

 

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Non-Event in Virginia

  1. This is a stone-cold drag. All of your lovely trees and landscaping ruined. Tolly doesn’t seem to be worried in the cute video, but then, of course, Tolly doesn’t have to take care of everything. He is too cute to have to worry about one single thing!

    • Ginene, It was a pain, but we were the lucky ones. I’m not sure many towns would survive wind and copious amount of rain in such a short span of time. Our dated infrastructure couldn’t handle the runoff. My daughter lives 1 hour inland and had it worse than we did; with the Franklin Black River cresting for a week. But, Mr. Tolly had a blast. Kept finding sticks in the house for two weeks! 🙂

  2. It was alarming to see our street begin to flood. The water never reached our house but did come halfway up across our yard. We have learned over the years to pull the cars up as high as we can. We were very lucky.

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