I’ve been reading that Humberto was a first for the US — never before (since these things were tracked, anyway) has a tropical storm gathered strength and made landfall as a hurricane within hours of becoming a hurricane.
When I went to bed Wednesday night, I knew we were expecting a tropical storm, which usually means lots of rain. Had Eric not called me at 1:30 AM Thursday morning to tell me that the storm had been upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane (he works at a petrochemical plant where they have to track these things) , I would have awoken at 3 AM to 70 MPH winds and wonder what in the world was happening (Humberto made landfall around 2 AM about 40 miles south of where I live).
Unfortunately, because of the speed of this storm, many were caught unawares. Instead, I was outside around 2 AM, dragging the planters and patio furniture inside so that they wouldn’t become projectiles. The howling winds and sheets of rain started at around 3 AM when the eye landed in Orange County, and didn’t dissipate until about 6:30 AM. We lost power around 4:45 AM, which wasn’t restored until Saturday.
My Online Biz Manager Janet now refers to me as The Hurricane Queen, since we’ve had 2 since 2005. Can I renounce my throne and give back my crown?? LOL
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