Nor’easter Update

This is what we look like today:

Satellite Image for 11-12 am

Satellite image for Mid Atlantic, 7:35 a.m., November 12, 2009


It’s raining . . . It’s pouring . . . The dogs are all snoring . . .

Just an update. The storm outside has not stopped. Wind gusts today are expected to get up to 60 mph. Rainfall by Friday could reach eight inches or more. Swells off beaches are anticipated to build between 12 and 19 feet. If this turns out to be as bad as they expect, water levels in the bay and ocean could damage fishing piers. The normal tide is about 2.5 feet, but officials are expecting that to go as much as 7 feet with high tide.

So far, 8400 residents are without power, which is pretty remarkable considering what the winds sound like. Local news reports that the Virginia Department of Transportation has closed one tunnel. In case you didn’t know it, we cannot evacuate this area without going over a bridge or through a tunnel. You think about things like this during hurricane season.

Hampton Boulevard, one of the main local roads on which Old Dominion University is located, is flooded, and Governor Tim Kaine declared a state of emergency last night, mostly because of flooding. The Virginian-Pilot reports that flooding along the lower portion of the Chesapeake Bay in Hampton Roads today and Friday could be comparable to the surge after Hurricane Isabel in September 2003. That was a nightmare.

Harrisons Fishing Pier Post Isabel
Harrison's Fishing Pier After Hurricane Isabel in 2003

I remember that several individuals who were responsible for maintaining the floodgates on the tunnels lost their jobs after Hurricane Isabel because when it came time to put the gates down, they didn’t work. During and after that 2003 hurricane, we were without power for days. There was extensive tree damage in the neighborhood. And the area lost Harrison’s Fishing Pier, a wooden fishing pier that had been erected in Ocean View in 1955. My dad spent many summer nights fishing from that pier.

Individuals are being asked to stay off the roads except for emergencies, which is good since much earlier this morning, Norfolk Public Schools was still planning to open with a two-hour delay. I don’t think so . . . Crazily enough, several key places tried to stay open this morning, like the Norfolk Courts, so people tried to make it to work in downtown Norfolk, which is always flooded, only to hear on the radio that the courts had closed. I don’t think that the people making these decisions were in the right locations to see just how bad it is out there. Unbelievable.

And even with the obvious dangers, people are having to be told not to go in the water. Don’t surf or bodyboard. It would seem to be so obvious that you don’t put your body in water that is churning and out of control, but every single time someone goes out into the water. I really don’t understand that mindset: extreme sports of death wish?

 Here is some footage of Chick’s Beach, which is a familiar local beach about seven miles down the road. The date on the video says November 9, but it was actually shot this morning. Pretty awesome stuff:

So that’s what it looks like in Hampton Roads today . . . again . . .

Going to bed . . . bumped my head . . . not getting up in the morning . . .


I was up at 4:30 this morning, but I did manage to get some sleep. Still very erratic, but duration is longer. About an hour and then awake, and so on for about 7 hours off and on. I am actually more tired at the moment than I was yesterday morning after much less sleep.

I’ve already typed a paper for Brett and sent off a very long e-mail letter to George Washington University requesting a formal grade change. Long story, not worth going into, but it’s been bugging the crap out of me, so I decided to do it.

That’s about all for the moment. Just wanted to let you know that we haven’t suffered any damage, although I’ve been hearing sirens all night. We’ve kept power, and the roof is keeping us dry.

I’ll leave you with this link to MSNBC coverage of the storm (which for some reason I could not get to show up here): Storm makes mess of Southeast Coast 

More later. Peace.


6 thoughts on “Nor’easter Update

  1. Hey there… thanks for checking out my blog! Looks like you’re in the thick of the Ida remnants…. we have it on the fringe here in New York. It’s very ewindy and getting colder by the jour at this point. We’re on day 2 of Ida here, and it’s not expected to leave until Saturday night…. sounds like you all have it relly bad there. Good luck! It shall pass….

    1. Thanks for stopping by. Yes, the storm remnants are still here, and my head is taking a beating from the barometric pressure shifts. I’ll be very glad when it leave us.

      I enjoyed reading your blog. I hope that you visit again.

  2. Andrew,
    I, too, love a good storm; however, we are now going on day four of this storm, and I am so tired of hearing the wind. It does help with sleeping, though, so a bit of a Catch-22.


  3. Good to hear that you’re safe and sound, and that you’re sleeping better. I always used to love the storms in Cornwall, but I don’t quite think they were as bad as this.


  4. Hi Lita,
    Oh, I hope you are all safe. The weather there sounds terrible. You are in my thoughts.
    Big hugs and take care.

    1. Maureen,
      Can I just say that I am so tired of hearing the wind outside. That’s the really bad thing about nor’easters: they aren’t over in hours. They last for days, and as much as I love a rainstorm, this is going on three days, and I feel as if I am living inside a wind tunnel. Oh well. At least everyone is safe and sound.

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