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Postkarten aus den USA: Irene Shelter Notice and WSJ cropping about Old Saybrook

The Aftermath, VI: Back online. Sort of

Power in Centerbrook was restored yesterday. Cable access started working about an hour ago. It is still a little patchy though.

So, I am back online. Sort of. The fridge is empty, but functional. All mobile devices are charged. Laundry done (My mom was right, though: those American top loaders are shit).

After trying to arrange to meet Thomas in Boston this afternoon didn’t work out we’ll be heading straight for Montreal tonight. Back and online for real next week.

Hurricane Irene, the Aftermath V: No power. No Pump. No water.

The fifth day without power now. I am out of clean clothes. The ice in the fridge has all molten away. We have started throwing out all perishable food we hadn’t eaten/thrown away yet. Too bad, since just before the storm we had been shopping (e.g. ice cream) and since we’re also house sitting another place, we had two full-sized (American) fridges of stuff.

The house we’re currently staying at has the great advantage of a gas stove (and a pool! and a great view!!), so, hot meals and no more Starbucks coffee. The BIG disadvantage: water comes from a well. It is pumped up. Therefore, by now, we’re out of water. So, toilets remain unflushed. Dishes undone. We unshowered (I took the fitness studio on Old Saybrook up on their offer of free hot showers yesterday. They were really forthcoming and did not try not sign me up;-). We have a couple of jugs and we will be refilling them in the shelter soon. So, we’re not dying of thirst, no worries.

One of the disaster preparedness sites wrote in all seriousness, that we should stock up on bleach because it could be used to disinfect water. But I’d rather not try that.

The Wall Street Journal wrote about this area yesterday:

“… The quest for ice has proven to be critical. Mr. Lawrie bought 35 pounds of ice for $10 from a man selling bags to a line of people out of the back of his truck at parking lot of a restaurant of Old Saybrook”

We bought ice yesterday, too, but thats gone by now. At the package store where we bought the ice (and a sixpack), we found the following notices:

So, today we figured we might check the shelter out, and here we are. There is food, wifi (school Wifi, so Facebook and Hidemyass are blocked;-(), hot showers and a rescue dog. For unknown reasons.

The food is, well, what you would expect from a school canteen. But the people are all volunteers and really friendly.

Here are some more pictures:

Hurricane Irene, the Aftermath IV: Photos, finally, part two

Whereas in the first post today I uploaded images about the live without power in Connecticut, the following images are the few fallen trees,  downed power lines and flooded streets we encountered while driving around these last days.

Hurricane Irene, the Aftermath IV: Photos, finally, part one

We’re still without power. The ice in the freezer has melted away and our food is going bad. I could use some fresh laundry and a shower. Starbucks in Old Saybrook is online and as stuffed with people charging mobile Apple devices as usual. I do not like hanging out at Starbucks too much, so I’m just uploading a bunch of pictures now without editing them. The rumor is that power wont be back for at least another four days.

We moved to a house with a gas stove (and a pool!). At least we can cook now. It is a lot farther from this haven of connectivity, though, so it might be a while until I am back online.


The rumor at Starbucks in OSB is that it’ll be another 4 days (four days!!!!) until power is restored around here. This is insane. I’ve never ever been without power for that long. So, we’re thinking that we might just … Continue reading

Irene, the Aftermath II

We’re still without power. Nice (or depressing?) map for Connectitut by Connecticut Light & Power here.

Right now we are in Newport, Rhode Island. Except for branches and leaves on the sidewalks, everything looks very normal here.

Apparently, Madisons Beach Club (Artikel) still exists, but the beach and the lawn are gone.

Irene, the Aftermath I: Quick update

Irene has passed. Nothing happened here. A couple of downed trees. Lots of water. I basically slept through the whole storm. By 6am yesterday, the power had gone down and hasn’t come back yet. In Europe, I have never (!)experienced a power outager that long. Dear American power companies: How about putting powerlines underground at least in Hurricane-prone areas? Half the state is without power, apparently 1 million New Yorkers do not have power either.

Since I do not have US-simcards for my smartphones (another long rant some other day), I was basically completely offline. We spent yesterday afternoon driving around mostly deserted roads, with the occasional downed tree or powerline blocking it. There was mostly no wind whatsoever. Only little rain. I’ll be blogging photos later. Nothing all that spectacular though.

We still don’t have power in Centerbrook, but Main Street in Old Saybrook is back on the grid. We’ve been camping out at Starbucks for about two hours now, recharging batteries on all kinds of devices. People are standing in line out to the curb and have been doing so since the store opened. Starbucks is packed with people recharging iPhones and Laptops, having their first coffee since Saturday.

Now that more or less everything is charged, we will pack up and drive East, out of disaster struck Connecticut to Rhode Island, go sightseeing. Hoping that power and hot water will be working when we get back into town.

Preparing for Irene: Shopping

So, we spent the day preparing for Irene.

– Checking weather updates regularily: We had decided that we would stay put unless we’d be getting evacuation notices.

– Pack emergency kits. Ready.gov has neat lists of most stuff that might come in handy

– Get stuff around the house secured.

– Find a safe parking spot for the car (no trees, no powerlines, no water that could block a quick exit).

– Get gas!

– Go shopping. The three stores we hit: Walmart (for everything), Grocery store (better groceries, get rid of depositable bottles etc), Hardware store (wonderland and grownup-kids’ fav. playground;-)

– Fill all sealable containers with tap water and freeze as many as possible

– Prepare cold foods such as burritos

– Charge batteries of all electronic devices

– Find out where shelters and hospitals are

The fun thing at WalMart (besides these) is:

WalMart, of all stores, was basically sold out of everything important: Bottled waster, peanut butter, unscented candles, generators, bread, toast,  duct tape, batteries, canned soup:

It’s not like the earthquake a couple of days ago, which came totally unexpected. Everybody has been talking about Irene for days. I would have expected slightly better logistics and planning from a global retailer like WalMart.

One of the few things nobody seemes to be buying, for obvious reasons: pink sausages:

So, we’re done with that now. Nothing remains besides waiting. Right now, there is no wind, no rain. It rained a little earlier today though.

Die Ruhe vor dem Sturm

Seit drei Tagen redet/schreibt alles nur noch über Hurricane Irene (hier der Tracker der NYTimes). New York evakuiert 350.000 Menschen, Donnerstag Nacht wurde auch in Connecticut der Ausnahmezustand erklärt (ich muss noch rausfinden was genau das bedeutet;-), und die Medien sind voller Berichte über ausverkaufte Läden.

So wie es im Moment aussieht wird Irene genau über uns hinwegziehen. Ich hab noch nie einen Hurrican erlebt, bin aber bisher noch ganz relaxed. Wir gehen, wenn die Regierung sagt wir sollten vielleicht besser evakuieren, aber bis auf Weiteres bleiben wir erstmal in Centerbrook. Das Gebäude nebenan ist aus Backstein und stabil, sollte es also schlimm werden dann gehen wir einfach rüber. Mollys Harfe haben wir dort schon untergebracht. Ihre Wohnung hier hat nur billige Holzwände und viel zu viele Fenster.

Jetzt gehen wir erstmal einkaufen, Benzin, Essen, Taschenlampen, Wasserflaschen, vielleicht nen Gaskocher.

Wir planen auf jeden Fall für eine Weile ohne Strom (und laden alle Akkus), denn:

Irene was expected make a direct hit on the Connecticut shoreline Sunday afternoon with drenching rains, hurricane-force winds and high tides, then possibly cut a path through the state. According to Fox CT meteorologist Geoff Fox, the damage is likely to include downed trees and power lines, and flooding, but it could also be much worse.

“On Sunday night I expect much of the state to be without power,” Fox said. “It’s difficult for me to see a scenario where we are not significantly impacted by Irene.”

“This is not just a coastal event,” Read said. Well inland, falling trees will bring down power lines and bring “power outages that could be days or longer,” Read said.

The Connecticut Light & Power Co. issued a warning that power could be out to some customers for a week or more.

…schreibt der Hartford Currant.

Gestern Abend waren wir in Madison und während Molly im Madison Beach Club Harfe spielte radelte ich die Küste entlang. Ich hab nur ein “boarded up” Haus direkt am Strand gesehen, aber ziemlich viele Häuser hatten schon Sperrholz in ihre Einfahrten liegen um sich zu verbarrikadieren:

Boarded up House prior to Hurricane Irene, Middle Beach Rd, Madison, CT

Boarded up House prior to Hurricane Irene, Middle Beach Rd, Madison, CT

Im Beachclub ist innerhalb der letzten zwei Tagen die Anzahl der Segelboote von über 30 auf zwei geschrumpft, aber die Party am Strand war gestern abend dafür bei Windstille und keinerlei Wellen umso ausgelassener.

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