Connecticut is not usually affected by hurricanes. In fact, when we see that a hurricane is coming up the Atlantic coast, we don’t pay much attention. By the time the storms creep their way up the Atlantic coast, they either move offshore or have lost their steam. We’re used to “nor’easters” and blizzards that sweep a few feet of snow on our doorsteps. We’re even used to the occasional tornado warning. Yet this August, we’re anticipating Hurricane Earl to visit from the Caribbean after wreaking havoc on the east coast.
According to the National Hurricane Center, the hurricane will hit North Carolina’s shores on Friday at 8 a.m., and Long Island Sound by midday Saturday. The question is, how hard will it hit us in Connecticut?
After this summer’s heat waves, I’m afraid Hurricane Earl might bring us a little more than we bargained for. We have a stock of water bottles in the garage just in case, and a few bags of old t-shirts in case the basement starts to flood. We’re not taking any drastic measures to handle an emergency situation, but we are a little worried that the giant oak in the front yard might wobble in the storm. This could be dangerous because it is taller than the house. If it crashed in the roof, we wouldn’t stand a chance. Other than that, my household is just going to watch a movie and ride out the storm this weekend.
Because I’m traveling to Peru this weekend, I’ve been watching the Weather Channel with a careful eye. Unfortunately for me, my plane is supposed to head for Lima the day that Earl will make his appearance in New York City. I am crossing my fingers that either my flight will be delayed until the storm passes or the storm will pass before my flight leaves. I’m going to have to trust airport authorities on this one.
According to The Patch, New Canaan’s Director of Emergency Preparedness Dave Jonker, says of the storm, “Right now there’s a huge degree of uncertainty about its track. If you read the tea leaves it looks like it might be more of an eastern Connecticut storm than western Connecticut. Tomorrow we’ll have a much better idea of the storm track.”
Jonker has been in contact with the Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) to track the storm forecast. Right now, we can expect Earl to transform into a tropical storm.
Even though Connecticut does not usually experience hurricanes, it’s always important to heed storm warnings. Only time will tell if Hurricane Earl hits Connecticut shores, but in the meantime, I will be packing my suitcase and watching the news. I am hoping that the storm will weaken by the time it hits the Northeast, which is usually what happens during hurricane season. Nonetheless, the storm could be devastating to our area, because people don’t pay much attention to hurricane warnings. We don’t know how our infrastructure will withstand a tropical storm. After the recent five-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we’re just hoping Earl will decide to go offshore.