Friday, August 27
7:37 p.m. – A pinkish blue sky, with a white streak of clouds, grows darker as I write these words.
No rain or wind yet but I fear the entire sky will soon turn black. Is this a foreshadowing of things to come?
The phone rings at approximately 8p.m., a robo-call from the First Selectman, a.k.a. dah Mayor. It’s an election year, but the call is not blatantly political.
Just letting us know he’s not on vacation.
The First Selectman advises me (and others like me) what the town has done to prepare for the storm.
“There will be shelters available for the displaced.”
I’m always displaced.
“We will advise you of the locations at a later time.”
Before or after cell towers become airborne projectiles?
Saturday, August 28
9 a.m. – Rain falls from the colorless sky and then slaps the ground. No wind yet in real-time. Just blowhards spewing doomsday warnings on TV.
“Stock up on canned food, water, and batteries!”
For vibrators or flashlights?
“Stay off the roads after midnight!”
Just a typical Saturday night.
9:21 a.m. – Another robo-call. This time from Connecticut Light and Power.
“We are doing everything possible to prepare for the storm.”
Making hotel reservations for the CEO?
“Assume all downed wires are live.”
I never considered an inanimate object a living creature before.
“Crews will work round the clock to restore power after the storm. But power may be out for days or longer.”
We’re going to need a bigger generator.
TV news continues to report on the hurricane as if the storm has already blown the east coast to smithereens. Panic reaches a new high as the news reaches a new low. They love to stoke the fear and incite chaos thus creating more news to fill the 24-hour cycle.
More hurricane news later.
Unless Connecticut Light and Power pulls the plug.
- Hurricane Irene Disrupts Irene’s Wedding In Connecticut (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- Connecticut Continues Preparations As Hurricane Irene Approaches (newyork.cbslocal.com)