Boathouse and dock, Chesapeake Bay, Virginia, before Hurricane Isabel
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In 2003, Hurricane Isabel flooded my parent's house on the Chesapeake Bay in Southern Virginia and washed away the dock and boathouse pictured above. Consequently, whenever hurricanes threaten the East Coast, I obsessively track the weather and tide websites to try to assess if they are going to have to go through that again. It looks like they dodged the bullet on this one, though there is one more high tide this morning before the surge from Sandy stops contributing.
Ellen's sister and her family live in Rumson, New Jersey, which is a little north of Sandy's predicted landfall. They are threatened by massive storm surge and higher winds than my parents will experience. Their house is high off the water (30-40') and a little inland, so they should be safe from the surge, but I'm sure the area will suffer, power will be lost, and trees will come down.
Here's wishing everyone well in the path of this storm.
Manhattan looks like a watery place when viewed from NJ.
Bei and her cousins enjoying a gentler summer breeze in 2010 on the Jersey shore.