Well not the first one Jeremy and I have ever been through, or even ever been through together, but the first one we’ve had as homeowners and the first one for each of the boys. The last time Jeremy and I went through a hurricane was back when we were dating in 2004 and it was the Fall of hurricanes, with 3 coming through between August and September. Whew.
Because there are so many freak outs each year that a hurricane is coming and then it fizzles out or turns before it’s anywhere near us, we didn’t think anything of this one when it was still a week out. On Tuesday night when it was looking clear Hurricane Matthew was definitely coming, we pulled a few things in from our backyard, the things that go flying anytime we have a bad summer storm anyway. Then Wednesday, the night before, we took down the trampoline and cleared the porch since by this point they were saying it was going to be a Catergory 3-4 by the time it hit us. We already had some water on hand and Jeremy had gotten gas that morning (thankfully before everyone else did and everywhere started running out), but he ran out that night to get a few last minute groceries.
Thursday, October 6th, Jeremy still had to work, so he left and we had a normal morning. We decided it would be fitting to learn about hurricanes for school. We spent a good deal of time looking at maps and projections of where the storm would go and what would happen.
By 2 p.m. Jeremy’s office had closed, he made another last minute stop to pick up bread (the store was out last night) and we finished throwing a few last minute items into the garage.
It had been raining on and off all day and the sky was getting darker. I wanted to get the rest of the laundry done and Jeremy handled getting the boys bathed and we all sat down to a early dinner. The boys knew a big storm was coming in the middle of the night, and though they weren’t acting scared, I thought it would be best if they all slept in our room for the night, a giant slumber party.
Once the kids were in bed, we made sure all the dishes were out of the sink and the house was clean (ish). We also put towels around our windows since they have leaked in the past.
The storm was set to hit in the middle of the night/early morning. The boys didn’t stir. I woke a couple times, I think from a couple text messages. I don’t think it was from the storm, I don’t even really remember hearing it, but barely. It was raining with windy gusts from time to time, but it didn’t seem that bad by the time we woke around 8:30. Apparently it shifted just enough that instead of a Category 4 we ended up feeling more like a tropical storm/Category 1.
Thankfully that shift meant no damage for us, not even a tree limb at our house, but we did get a boat load … or lake full of rain. Our dry ditch became a full on lake. As full as we’ve ever seen it since living here. On an occasion we’ll get a little wading pond if it rains hard, but this time it covered the drain pipe and was about a foot away from hitting the top of the drain that takes it out to the real lake at the back of our neighborhood. The rest of the day the boys played and painted and I took a nap, haha. Rainy weather is the perfect napping weather.
Our neighbors got a little more adventurous during the windier parts of the day.
Then around 4 p.m. when the storm was practically gone, we lost internet. Go figure that. We never lost power though and the next morning Brighthouse came out and fixed it.
And that was it. So glad it was mild (some other parts of the state and other states did not fair as well). Pulling everything in was a pain, but glad it turned out to be nothing more than some extra rain.