The hatches – as they say – are battened down. Everything that could be put away has been, and all animals are in secure holdings for the night as tropical storm Irene, formerly Hurricane Irene, approaches the Canadian Maritimes.
We are under a tropical storm warning and wind warning. It’s predicted we’ll receive up to 20 mm of rain and wind gusts between 40 to 100 km an hour. Central Nova Scotia has already exceeded its average rainfall for August, so the forecasted rain won’t have many places to go because the ground is already saturated.
I was living here when Hurricane Juan – a category one at landfall – arrived September 2003, so our home was in the path of the storm taken across Nova Scotia. I learned a lot from that storm, but the number one thing was to be prepared.
Tropical storm Irene is not a Hurricane Juan, but we’re still prepared. We have enough food and water (for humans and animals) to last more than a week. We also have a generator, a backup power source and a Coleman stove to make our days after the storm without electricity easier to endure.
With any luck, the storm will pass without causing much damage, leaving a sunny and dry Monday.