All week last week you couldn’t listen to the weather report without hearing about hurricane Andrew, set to hit us here in New Brunswick on Saturday. We were told it would make landfall in the wee hours of the morning first, with heavy rains and winds to pick up and get very strong as the day went on.
For us, living in the valley, we didn’t see too much of the storm. Sure it rained heavily all day, but not so bad that we didn’t go out once to make a quick run to the grocery store. And yes, it was very windy, but we were happily holed up in our house trying to convince our dogs to go outside to pee and watching movies together and snuggling. We also watched the FIFA games.
Mid afternoon, we heard a loud boom come from out in our forrest. Our power went out, but only for about a minute. We didn’t pay it too much attention because we were busy focusing on one another.
Then came Sunday.
Waking up it was already quite beautiful outside and it was easy to forget that a massive storm had raged through the day before. We heard on the news that morning that there were several places without power. It wasn’t until we ventured out of the house though, that we actually saw the damage that Andrew had caused.
All along the lake where we live, whole trees had been uprooted and were lying across the lawns of the homeowners. Not just little trees, but big, old ones. We saw a few that had fallen so close to houses (or in one case, had fallen into the porch, but missed the house) that even though (knock wood) it wasn’t us, it made us really thank our lucky stars that we had gotten off with little more than vast amounts of leaves, twigs and small branches all over our yard and in our pool.
This morning many are still without power, some, expected to be without until as late as thursday. As I said to my husband this weekend, when we moved from Ontario to the Maritimes, we traded tornados for hurricanes. This is part of our lives out here now.
Thankfully I have heard no reports of anyone being seriously injured, but that might have to do with the storm being downgraded to tropical storm from hurricane by the time it made landfall with us.
And now the city and the surrounding towns, and in face, a decent portion of the province, gets on with restoring power, cleaning up downed trees and trying to get back to normal.
At least we now have several days in a row of sunny, warm summer weather. I couldn’t be happier to see it.