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PostHurricane Dorian: A Front-Line Report (Michael Sullivan, USA, 09/07/19 4:35 am)
Here in coastal North Carolina we just got our electricity back, having lost it for around 16 hours starting just after 2AM Friday morning. We have a whole-house generator, so we lose nothing when the power goes out. We only lose TV, telephone and Internet because the power source for them is lost where it's generated commercially.
Dorian was a Cat 1 or 2 hurricane as they're still debating its force, but it matters not to us as we're stuck with whatever wind and flooding shows up! At my home on the old Intracoastal Waterway we lost no trees, but had debris about normal for a lower-category hurricane. It will require about 10 hours for us to clean it up front and back not using professional debris removers. The water came half way up our back lawn, which is about 8 or 9 feet higher than sea level. We did not get the heavy rains, but Dorian made landfall fairly near to us. The hype by the Weather Channel was over the top, as they seemed to be hoping for Dorian to come ashore sooner during the entire, slow-moving evolution from Florida up the coast, as that would make for more sensational reporting.
We finally lost our wooden dock that had been in place for 27 years. We were the last folks in Plantation Harbor to lose a dock, as we've been protected by a little point of land that juts out in the river and the shoreline turns about 20 degree left. But Dorian is hurricane number 18 or 19 since we built our house and we've been making cosmetic repairs to our dock for years. Last year during Florence, the worst hurricane we've ever had, one part actually curled back over. We jury-rigged it to be safe to walk on and it looked presentable, but we knew we'd lose it if we had another surge under the dock as it raises it off the tracks that it sits in. No big deal, as we can still use the pylons that were pounded in and we'll replace the wooden decking with concrete hogs' decking that has a "V"-shaped slit in each deck plate that defuses the water and doesn't lift off its track, regardless how much water is displaced under and over the deck. All the folks in Plantation Harbor now have these concrete decks and they work as advertised, with the deck plates staying in place. I will replace my two decks immediately and make the call Monday!
The worst part of the hurricane was the long wait for it to finally arrive and the hype that was generated after the horrible devastation that took place in the Bahamas. As I write the posting, I'm looking out of my study over the back lawn into the river. The sun is setting, not a cloud in the sky and it's dead calm! It's why we live here!
JE comments: I've been thinking about Michael Sullivan ever since Dorian was projected to strike North Carolina. So relieved that he and Nicole are safe, and that the damage was minimal. Thank you for checking in, General!