Ready for the Big Winds
These big winds are really something. The temp rises, and the wind rushes in. It’s a balmy 63°F/17°C in Port Angeles right now, about 20 degrees higher than what it usually is on an almost winter’s day. The next big blow is already starting and I’m as ready as I can be.
During last week’s big blow when the power went out, I was scrambling around to get set. First thing was to fill up jugs, pitchers, and big stock pots full of water. Not only is this for drinking and cooking, but for…flushing. I located my candles, flashlights, headlamp and batteries…even a strand of LED lights! I brought in wood for the wood stove to see me through, and made a pot of soup. The power did go off, not only for my house and neighborhood, but the entire North Olympic Peninsula, and other parts of Western Washington. Some folks only got it back on yesterday and I’ve heard that there are a few spots still without.
Last night I rescheduled a meeting that would have been this morning in Seattle, and I’m really glad that I did. I was concerned that the Hood Canal Bridge might shut down and I would get stuck. Then the way home would be a very long drive to Olympia, and up the west side of the Hood Canal, and who knows if that road would be safe to drive or even passible with possible downed limbs, trees, and power lines.
About an hour ago, I made a quick run into town to Swain’s, our local general store, for a lantern and lamp oil. I got home and battened down a few hatches so to speak.
Since I started typing, about ten minutes ago, the wind is really starting to pick up. I’m probably as ready as I can be, with plenty of food for my furry four-legged family, and a pot of Stone Soup for me.
Stay warm, stay dry, be safe.
P.S. I just heard that the Hood Canal Bridge is closed with no scheduled reopening time. I made the right decision in staying home today.