Friday, August 13, 2004

Hurricane Update. Friday at 10:07 p.m.

6:09 p.m. This is just like in "The Perfect Storm" when George Clooney says: "She's coming on strong, boys." It is REALLY raining hard now. I have eaten allthe popcorn and some of the cheese.

8:39 p.m. Here we go. Winds picking up. Trying not to be nervous. The tv news is making me nervous. Now watching "Law and Order" instead. Lights keep blinking on and off.

8:48 p.m. Feeling ill. Might have been all that cheese. Plus the Reese's cups. Rain seems to be swirling UP.

8:58 p.m. Cable keeps coming on and off. VERY windy and rainy. Roaring sound outside? Wind or tornado? Okay. Just wind. Not tornado wind.

9:08 p.m. Am watching "Shaft." Mekhi Pfeiffer is in this movie. ANd Toni Colletee. And Vanessa Williams. Rain is flying off the roof, the wind is so strong. Sounds like needles on the door.

9:28 p.m. Mom just called. Their power is out. Mine keeps blinking. There was a huge BOOM a few minutes ago. Turns out a transformer blew up. My stomach is in knots. Will be glad when this is over.

Eye of the hurricane will be here in a few minutes.

I flipped back to Channel 6 - Station of Cheesiness. A reporter named Mike is now being blown around.

9:31 p.m. This is freakin' LOUD. It sound like someone is heaving buckets of raw rice on the windows and doors. Oh the Channel 6 anchors are now in candelight. All their power is out. "The eye of the storm is directly over our studios now," an anchor opines.

Now there are absolutely no lights on Channel 6. The anchors are telling the wind-swept reporter on the scene to keep talking and describe what he sees, even though it is raining so hard he can't open his eyes.

Oops. TV is out.

9:41 p.m. TV back on. The poor Channel 6 guy in the slicker is now shielding his eyes, while he twists and turns in the wind.

9:52 p.m. Is it over? It's quiet. I think it might be over. It is. YEA! And now all you people in North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey are going to get it. Get flashlights!

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