Still Waiting For Sandy

Real Estate Agent with RLAH Real Estate AB95346

There is a new television show that is all about what happens when there is no more electrical power.  And I watched the last episode with Hurricane Sandy lurking a couple of hundred miles away, in all likelihood ready to turn our power off.  But that's only one issue.

I just called Cindy Jones.  She lives in a community that I'm considering moving to, and it's right on the Occoquan River.  So, is she nervous?  She didn't sound like it.  Will her basement get wet?  Probably not.

As I sit in my house, located in DC at a fairly high elevation, I am a little bit nervous.  And if my basement doesn't get some water (in spite of a bunch of sandbags) it will be a miracle. 

So far it's a little bit breezy with a light rain. But in a few hours, it's supposed to get serious enough to shut down the Federal Government, area schools, the entire public transit system and Starbucks.  Total rain will be eight inches or more.  The winds are supposed to be at 40 mph with gusts up to 70.  This is making me really glad that I took down the leaning pine tree in my front yard last year.  But the biggest nuisance could come from our power company, which has been know to take weeks to restore power after a biggish thunderstorm. 

So, like Cindy, I'll start off with everything fully charged.  Then I'll go through first the laptop, then the iPad then the iPhone.  Of course, if the power is out, so is the cable and wi fi. 

I made up the thing about Starbucks being closed.  They could be what we all consider to be an essential service! 

Now I'm going to take the advice Cindy gave in her post about the hurricane, and I'm filling the bathtub with water! 


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Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson

Pat - My daughter lives in Columbia Heights and is thinking that there will be no power shortly. We will get the storm here after it moves north. NO FUN.. and it is quiet and still outside.. the calm before the storm.. and yes, we wait.

Oct 28, 2012 02:01 PM #1
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Pat:  I noticed you put Starbucks at the end of your list... saving the most important for last, when you rattled off the closings.  What a tragedy that would be.

I remember the Occoquan River area, and it is quite lovely.  I hope somehow this Frankenstorm ends up nowhere near as nasty as we are being told.  Stay dry.  Stay safe.

PS... no rain or flooding here in Fort Worth, but moving here you'd be living in and surrounded by "red states."  If I had a choice, I'd contend with the rain and the outages.

Oct 28, 2012 02:12 PM #2
Teral McDowell
Referral Patners LLC - Murphy, TX

Hang-in there Pat; praying for you and all of the people in the path of the storm.

Oct 28, 2012 02:14 PM #3
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Patricia,  I have not seen the T.V. show.  I'll take California earthquakes over Hurricanes any day.  I pray that you remain safe and with power. 

Oct 28, 2012 02:23 PM #4
Erv Fleishman
Realty Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Luxury Prop Specialist Realty Associates

There are battery powered TVs. Also, here in an area that is used to preparing, one should have a battery powered radio as a must. Getting information is imporant. Should keep an extra battery for your cell phone.

Oct 28, 2012 02:44 PM #5
Charles Stallions Property Manager
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pace, FL
Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management

Be very careful and safe Pat as it BLOWS for sure. We are praying for the folks.

Oct 28, 2012 02:47 PM #6
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

Pat -- praying you and yours remain safe, warm and relatively dry over the coming week!

Oct 28, 2012 03:51 PM #7
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Pat, I say it is New England weather but that is not comfort to anyone here in RI either.  Everything is battened down on the still is so dark I can not tell how far the water is from my house...tonight will be worse due to storm surge, high tide & moon tide...making it through safe is all we want!

Oct 28, 2012 08:34 PM #8
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

My thoughts and prayers are with you guys.  I hope you will fare well through this storm.

Oct 28, 2012 09:04 PM #9
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

We have everything stored we need (except power, for which we have a generator and extra fuel).  I did not even go to the store!  But still, we are gearing up!

Oct 28, 2012 09:42 PM #10
Richard and Beth Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Massapequa, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

Pat... this post of Mike's gave me such comfort and such a wonderful feeling of peace... I pass it on to you with the hope that it will do the same for you....

Mike's Post

Have a Beautiful Day...

Oct 28, 2012 10:05 PM #11
Kathryn Maguire (757) 560-0881 - Chesapeake, VA
Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach

The wind is starting to pick up here in Chesapeake but it is not very bad.  I am with Jay...we have a generator and extra fuel so even if the power goes out, all will be well.

Oct 28, 2012 10:07 PM #12
Gloria Todor
Century 21 Absolute Realty - Media, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Be safe Patricia.  Everything is shut down here in SE PA....we are just waiting it out now.

Take care,


Oct 29, 2012 03:06 AM #13
Claude Cross
Homes By Cross, Inc. - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte NC Homes For Sale

My bet is you will weather this weather in fine spirit. You may have some power issues but all the power companies in the U.S are on stand-by to get everyone up.. Here is hoping your personal property is spared.


Oct 29, 2012 06:40 AM #14
Janice Roosevelt
Keller Williams Brandywine Valley - West Chester, PA
OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker

It is a bit windy and nippy, did manage to get a hoe inspection in this a.m. Stay dry all!

Oct 29, 2012 08:04 AM #15
Claude Cross
Homes By Cross, Inc. - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte NC Homes For Sale

I love that Janice got a Hoe inspection in . Awesome :)

Oct 29, 2012 08:08 AM #16
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Janice:  I would congratulate you for getting a Hoe Inspection... if I only had a clue as to what a Hoe is, and why you have to get it inspected.  Is that the farming tool?  Serious question, here.

ooops... it just hit me.  Do you mean a "home" inspection?  Duh... sorry, I should have guessed that.

Oct 29, 2012 12:22 PM #17
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