Friday, August 10, 2007
If you live in the Pennsylvania - West Virginia region, you are well aware of the severe storms that went through yesterday. Pittsburgh is in a state of emergency from all the flash flooding and wind damage. (I can't take credit for this incredible photo, it's from NASA.)
Yesterday morning I was at work and suddenly realized it was black outside. The cute UPS guy showed up (yes, I'm married but I still have eyes) and told me there were 70 mph winds in a nearby town and sightings of potential funnel clouds.
Being me, I panicked: I turned off and unplugged all non-essential office equipment, rushed to complete all the tasks I needed electricity for, as well as called my mom, who was keeping Mabel, and told them to hang out in her basement/den until the storm passed. Ten years ago I never would have worried about tornadoes in our area, but after the tragedy in Salisbury, Pa., not far from us, I'm not so confident anymore.
That storm passed us, then I went home and cleaned up all the water in the house (too bad Hubby wasn't home to shut the windows!), then finished packing, tidying up the house, and hit the road.
We didn't escape the rain in Morgantown. At 5 p.m. the heavens opened up again, and when we went out to shop after the worst of it, we were sloshing through water-filled streets (thank goodness we were in Hubby's SUV). We did a little clothes shopping for Mabel, then we headed to my favorite pizza joint. The sky filled with another show of lightning and the heavy rains started again.
It's a little bit of a bummer to have all this rain, but according to the weather report it should be nice (but still hot) for the rest of the weekend. Mabel's in love with our hotel (one of her favorite shows is "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody"), so it's not upsetting her too much.
She's still sleeping, and I'm relaxing in our air conditioned room. Hubby called last night and said the good news was that they all caught Halibut on their chartered fishing trip. The bad news was his wedding ring slipped off and fell into the ocean. Oops.
I'm going to go get ready for my day and see if I can rouse my daughter from her slumber. Hope everyone has a good weekend.