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One more down

August 30, 2011 Leave a comment

As if there was not enough downed trees after Irene’s visit, a guy just drove into a tree right in front of my building. The driver is safe.

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Positive things of the week

August 28, 2011 Leave a comment

1) I went on a day-trip with my new friend. We had a good time together.
2) I had lunch with Isa and her little family. I was the one who called first.
3) I went to my very first Zumba class. In the middle of the first song, I began to get tired; in the middle of the second song I got a stitch >.<; and then, after each song I was thinking “tell me the class is over!! I’m exhausted!” ..and this for a while as it was a one-hour class. At the end of the class, I was completely soaked in sweat but I had a very good time and as said my instructor “if you can’t follow the pace, just smile!”.
4) there was a tiny tiny earthquake I didn’t feel but it’s always cool to say that there was a tiny tiny earthquake, isn’t it ?
5) today the hurricane Irene crossed the state of Connecticut and even though Connecticut’s largest power utility says it has surpassed an outage record set by Hurricane Gloria in 1985 with close to half a million customers losing power, I didn’t lose power at all. To me it was just a rainy and windy storm.
6) No tree fell on my building.

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A good start!

August 27, 2011 Leave a comment

“Due to the possibility of hazardous travel conditions around the state following Hurricane Irene, classes are canceled on Monday, Aug. 29 [the first day of class]”.   ^.^

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There’s going to be a what?

August 27, 2011 Leave a comment

About 4 or 5 days ago meteorologists showed us 10 potential tracks for the hurricane Irene. Out of the 10 tracks, 6 were crossing Connecticut right in the middle, 2 were nearly missing Connecticut and 2 others were heading East, away from the American East coast and staying in the Atlantic Ocean. So we have 8 chances out of 10 to be seriously and severely hit by Irene. And sure enough that’s what is going to happen.

Tomorrow, the hurricane Irene will directly hit Connecticut. Actually, it will simply and purely cross Connecticut from south to north passing right in the middle of the state. If one looks closely to the maps provided by NOAA, the eye of the hurricane will go right towards our state capital. Since yesterday we are in state of emergency. Everybody is getting prepared to face this extraordinary hurricane [Going back to 1851, there have been only 5 hurricanes whose centers of circulation have passed within 75 miles of New York City. The last hurricane within that distance from New York City was Hurricane Gloria 26 years ago]. Since yesterday also, you can’t find in stores either bottles of water, batteries, candles or generators. All gone! Yesterday, the governor declared that both mandatory and voluntary evacuation were underway and I received two phone calls from my town to tell me that at 6pm they will open a shelter in my town – in case I want to evacuate or have to evacuate. Indeed, here we don’t have any evacuation routes and, even if we drive for 30, 40 or even 60 miles, we’ll still be hit by the hurricane which is said to be as wide as Europe.

I subscribed to 2 alert services. This way, I’ll receive instant text alerts to let me know about bad weather, road closings, local emergencies, etc. But I don’t hold out much hope as usually there’s one or two reception bars on my cell phone, I expect to have no bar at all during the hurricane.  Ah, and on my cell phone, I entered my “ICE” (In Case of Emergency) contact.

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