In the past, when I thought of Pennsylvania, I had never thought of hurricanes. Apparently this is an oversight on my part.
Akron is (I'm guessing here) about 200 miles from the coast. This makes hurricane landfall a consideration on local weather patterns. We were warned on Friday or thereabouts that there would be a storm coming as Hurricane Sandy comes ashore. All right, I thought, we'll have a cold wet run from our house to the office. But then people kept asking if we were prepared for the storm. I began to think that there might be a little more to it than a downpour and a brisk wind.
So yesterday I finally asked what kind of preparation was required. Well, candles/flashlights, water, food supply... all right. There was talk of winds gusting to 60 mph, a high wind warning from 8 am today to 9 am tomorrow, and possibility of power outages.
This morning, we got a call from my supervisor that the office would be closed due to storm warning, but she was coming in for a bit, and she'd like me to have the switchboard open for an hour or so. So John and I went in at the usual time, I opened the switchboard, sent out the morning newsletter, did a few things, and at ten I shut things down. So now we're at home having a storm day.
Let me reassure you that while it's raining, it's not out-of-the-ordinary heavy, and the wind is unpleasant, but not more than that. I wouldn't want to travel anywhere, but we're warm and cozy, the power is still on, and we have backup candles, water, and food. It's like a day off with a built-in rain soundtrack.