And the conflicting reports about what time it's going to get ugly, and what kind of ugly it will be, and where, and I'm exhausted already. There may or may not (there is) a glass of wine at my elbow as I type this. Then I'm going to get into gear and move things away from the old and leaky back window in my bedroom that just happens to be where the hurricane winds will hit, and pack up what I can. Then it's a watch and wait - I want to be out of here when the tropical storm force winds start, because that's when the large branches and actual trees are going to start coming down, and the streets here are lined with beautiful tall trees. I'm sad at the thought of losing any of them. Can we please fast forward to this time Monday? I'd be happy to give up this particular weekend.
Not that the aftermath will be pleasant. There is little to no chance we will have power after Sunday, and cell service is also unlikely, so yeah, if I go silent (as I've been doing a lot lately anyway) don't fret. I'm probably just sitting on my couch, dripping sweat and coated in pet hair, drinking room temperature box wine (assuming the tree doesn't come down.) It all depends on whether we still have cell towers after this is over. I can charge my stuff in my car, at least a bit.
Tonight and tomorrow I will charge everything I can, pack up two days of emergency clothes, etc., and watch the weather. When the winds really start picking up, it'll be time to bug out.
I talked to one of my downstairs neighbors earlier, he's fretting about the tree falling too. I didn't point out that he'll be okay, my kitchen will keep it from falling all the way down to him. But while that is a real possibility and I'm taking it seriously, I'm also thinking maybe it won't happen, and the tree will just rain dead branches everywhere and remain rooted. Fingers crossed!