Stormy Weather

Photo by Jason Otts

This post is going to be different from any other I’ve done in the past, and probably will be different from any other I’ll do in the future. But the present is all any of us have, so let’s talk about that today.

It’s not often when a half of the United States is affected by one storm, but that’s what’s happening. The poor East Coast has been battered with Mother Nature’s sledge hammer, rearranging the coast line like it’s never been before. On the news this morning, there was a 700,000 ton cargo ship that was wrestled from its mooring, swept along for one mile and then it was plopped on a STREET on Staten Island. It’s hard to imagine that kind of power.

I live four miles from Lake Michigan, and it’s not often we suffer the impact of a hurricane. But that’s what’s happening today in Southeaster Wisconsin; I kid you not! The winds are gusting up to 50 miles per hour. Waves on Lake Michigan are as high as 35 feet, and I know some idiots are probably out there wind surfing  on the huge waves. Communities just south of here are sand-bagging to keep the waves in the lake trying to prevent flooding. Holy Cow, Mother Nature, we’re over 1,000 miles away from the coast! Enough already!

When we get horrendous storms (for us it’s usually blizzards), two things that happen. First we are all in awe at the sheer power of nature, as we gawk at pictures that are so far out of the ordinary, it looks like some Hollywood set designer created the scene. After the sheer shock of the situation becomes real, we all come together to help each other. That’s the best part of such a situation. Americans are good at helping each other when the chips are down. It will take time, but everything will come out okay.

So to all my East Coast friends, hang in there and know that everyone across the country is thinking about you and praying for your safety.


One thought on “Stormy Weather

  1. We’re thinking of you all the way over here in Australia as well. I’ve been through a storm like this (though not as BIG) and know the terror of the wind and the flooding. I just cannot believe how big this thing is. On a map of Australia it takes out the entire east coast (thousands of miles). I can’t begin to imagine the amount of damage this thing is causing and the amount of people who are affected.

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