The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Trip Start Sep 27, 2012
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Thursday, November 1, 2012

So we survived the storm.  And the good news is other than some minor inconvenience the we got by rather well.  The storm first started to shows its ugly head Saturday evening.  The surf was above normal conditions and the wind increased to @ 20 MPH.  By the time we went to bed on Saturday night the conditions were deteriorating but were far from severe.   On Sunday morning the surf was really kicking up and the winds were sustained at about 30-40 MPH.  At high tide the water had reached the sand dunes well above the usual line.  At the same time we were monitoring the weather channel and they were predicting a massive land fall from anyplace from here in Ocean City to Long Island. Ocean City only had mandatory evacuation from 32 street south and being at 127Th street the option was ours.  Although the wind was really never and issue the surge in combination with high tide and full moon convinced us that we should leave. Our issue was that Isabelle was catching a flight from Dulles on Tuesday evening so we could not afford to be isolated because of flooding so we headed west to my brothers house in Emmitsburg ( about 190 miles west of here).  We packed up and left about 11 AM.  The drive was uneventful although there was some heavy rain when we left.  The traffic was light and we arrived in Emmitsburg about 2:30.  In Emmitsburg the skies were cloudy with some very light rain.  We spent a good evening and had a good nights sleep.  When we awoke on Monday the rain had increased and the wind started to pick up.  I went to town and filled up with gas just in case the electric when down.  This was about 3 pm and it was starting to get nasty.  The creeks were up above normal levels and some of the local roads were closed due to flooding.  We had just finished dinner when we lost electric.  And I have to say that it is very dark in the mountains!  My brother's house sits on the side on a mountain about 200 feet above a meadow and Tom's Creek. The meadow was already flooding and the creek was above the banks.  Because of the location of the house we could not feel the wind BUT we could hear it.  The tops of the tree were waving in the wind and we heard a number of tree falling in the surrounding woods.  We were well supplied with beer, wine and food so we were set for the evening and wondered what the morning would bring.

When we got up on Tuesday morning we heard the sound of chainsaws. After we surveyed the area and found many trees down.   A huge oak was down in the rear of the property and not to mention the woods were filled with downed trees and limbs.  At about noon I drove into town to check out the damage.  Thank goodness that all of the people in the area have chainsaws because by noon all of the roads and back roads were clear.  We decided to leave about 1Pm for Dulles.  I had previously booked a room at the Hilton Garden in Ashburn - about 5 miles from the airport. As we headed south the destruction lessened.  By the time we reached Ashburn it looked like they had had a regular summer storm with no trees down or power shortages. We had checked with Icelandair throughout the day and they continued to report the flight was on time!  Isa's flight was scheduled for 8:40PM so we left at 6:00PM. No traffic to the airport and Dulles was a ghost town!  Isa checked in when through security and got to her gate in less that 15 minutes. Her flight took off on time and arrive a few minutes early in Paris...better that a normal day. I went back to the hotel and spent an uneventful evening.

The next day I returned to Ocean City was was curious to see what damage it had suffered.  As I came across the bridge I could see no change. I got back to the Condo and it was just as we left it and the electric had stayed on throughout the storm.  I had heard that the real damage occured at the south end of the island so I took a trip down to beginning of the boardwalk today....other than a large amount of sand on the beach side parking lot and some damage to the pier that extends into the ocean nothing else was visible.

SoTthe Good - We survived without any issues and very little inconvenience.
The Bad -  Massive destruction just north of here
The Ugly - I had to drive 200 miles west just so I could loose electricity....
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Stacey Doran on

LOL, made for a nice story though. Glad things went well and all are safe!
Btw, on the bayside of 125th and 126th is a wonderful OC rec park, nice walking trails and a pier to crab/fish/ watch sunset. I learned to rollerblade there many moons ago ( does anyone "blade" anymore?) When the girls were little we would take them there to play and ride bikes...good memories!

Judi Beck on

So glad you and Isabelle are safe.

Tim Vance on

Great to see you had very little damage at the condo and are safe. It seems you and Isabelle are enjoying retirement.

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