Right now life out my window is pretty good compared to many in Montgomery County! For this I am very thankful to God! He has been gracious to me. When I went to bed around 1am I wasn't so sure what life would look like when I got up. I had already begun making plans on how I was going to mop up the flood in the basement from a defrosted freezer and how many trash bags it might take to haul out a freezer full of food. I can't say that these thoughts were causing any great deal of stress. I just was being proactive with what I figured I was going to be faced with in the morning. You see ten hours earlier a rather severe thunderstorm rolled through the area. It was amazing to watch out the windows in the dining room and the kitchen and see the trees virtually whip around in circles at their tops and the rain blowing first one way and then the other. My power went out and came back multiple times and then finally left for good with the storm as it moved on.
I was one of the fortunate ones in the county....my power came back on sometime after 2am, after being out almost 12 hours. When I got up in the morning approximately 300,000 in the area were still without power and many will be without it until Thursday or Friday of this week(it is now Monday). This was some storm! I went out to do some errands with mom and was amazed at how many trees in our neighborhood had lost very large branches. And we were the lucky ones. Down county whole trees were uprooted. Several people lost there lives as trees came down on their cars. Yes life out my window is pretty good! I did have to throw out some questionable food from my refrigerator, but I think both freezers kept things frozen enough that with refreezing after 12 hours food is fine and there was no flood in the basement. My trees are all intact and all traffic lights near me are fully functional, though in doing our errands we had a few harrowing experiences trying to figure out who was next to go through an intersection that had four lanes of traffic in each direction.
Tonight I think there are still about 200,000 without power. I know more than a few of them. Rockville, just south of us was hard hit as was Potomac. It is a small blessing that the storm also took with it the extreme heat and at least sleeping without A/C is possible. So.....I am grateful that I survived yet another onslaught of nature in 2010. What will be next? So far we have has snows beyond belief, extreme high temperatures for long periods of time, an eathquake and a storm that caused wide ranged chaos! I'm not so sure I want and answer to what next.....that might cause stress that non of us need!