|October 30, 2011 - Weigold Rd. in Tolland, CT.|
As we prepare for yet another Halloween storm for 2012, (this time a fall hurricane) the memories of last years storm are still quite fresh. We were out of power for 8 days last year, but luckily we had a generator which we ran about half of every day. The news stations are filled with hourly updates today regarding Hurricane Sandy. So far 40 are dead in the Caribbean, and the beaches along Florida have eroded substantially. The hurricane may break down to become just a tropical storm, but it will be here pretty much without doubt by tomorrow night.
There are already sell outs of generators, and we had to visit 5 stores today before finally finding another 5 gallon gas can. The prediction this year is that we will have a combination of a cold front from the west with tropical winds from the east. It appears both systems just might butt heads right over Connecticut.
Junk food has been stowed, we have meats to barbecue, gas will get bought tomorrow, and the generator is in very good working order, unlike last year when we had to create a broken piece with parts from another generator in order to get it to work. Fun, fun, fun.
The many plow trucks had cleared the roads
of snow, but there were still numerous
closures everywhere from broken trees,
branches, and downed wires.
We were one of the last streets in Tolland to lose our power. The wind came through in a loud wail starting early Saturday morning, and by Saturday night our lights began to flicker, and by 11:30 we were in the dark. The generator was brought out, and we kept our fingers crossed that it would work. It did, and we were grateful that we were warm and safe while the storm raged outside. Throughout the night, cracks could be heard from every direction. We knew branches and trees were falling and that trunks were being heaved from their roots. We heard one large crack, then the sound of a whole tree falling nearby, and I thought for sure it was our white pine, but when I looked out it still stood, strongly and stubbornly as snow coated its soft needled branches. On Sunday, as I took my short walk I found where the tree had fallen. It was across our neighbors roof across the street.
More images from other places of downed trees.
I have seen a lot of weather in Connecticut. I experienced the ice storm of 1973, Storm Larry of 1978, Hurricane Gloria of 1985, and the historic winter of 2011 that dumped as much as 70 inches of snow in about a month, and none compared to the Halloween storm of 2011. This storm was the worse in damage and power outages.
As we watch the news today and see the information on Hurricane Sandy, I have to hope that it peters out before it reaches Connecticut, because with the numerous weak trees out there still, something tells me if this hits us, we will be looking at another 10 days of outages since the main focus this time will be clearing roads first, then restoring power.