Irene wasn't much more than a gentle rain when it came through at my brother's in Delaware County, PA. It started raining earlier than predicted but it was more of a drizzle. It was the outer bands. There were many breaks in the rain and I was able to take Danny out. The problem was that my brother lives a few miles west of the Philadelphia airport and the roar of the jets taking off sounded like thunder to him. I guess they wanted to get the planes out of there. They take off every two or three minutes so I'd barely get him out the door when he'd stop, look over in the direction of the airport and run back into the house. The clouds amplified the sound of the jets so they sounded even louder. The airport finally closed down at 10pm when tornado warnings went out. The rain stopped briefly at midnight so I was able to get him out before we went to bed.
We got over 5 inches of rain as my rain gauge was filled to the top. There was a lot of flooding and still is. Every river, creek and stream overflowed there banks putting many communities under water. There have been floods before but usually one stream at a time. This storm caused them all to flood. Fortunately, neither my brother nor I live near a stream. I have the ditch out back but the lake that feeds into it has no stream flowing that flows into it. The water is pumped up from the canal which is a mile away. The power here at the mobile home must have been out as the clocks were flashing. It stayed on at my brother's house.
I could have come home yesterday but I had to wait for the bridges to open. There were high winds after the hurricane passed so they closed the bridges. When they finally opened them, I was too tired to pack up, drive down here and unpack. I didn't know what I'd find here and I was also too tired to deal with that. I stayed over Sunday night and drove home this morning. The only damage I saw was one of my gladiolas was broken down. A lot of people had a lot of damage from the storm. I am thankful I weathered the storm in safety.
News from the Vorlon Wife.Posted by tedkarol at August 29, 2011 6:34 PM