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Power!

We have power! I was outside trying to finish cleaning up the back yard before it got dark, when I heard Rachel cheer and call out, “We’ve got power!” At the same moment cheers erupted all up and down the street, and you could hear people celebrating. Considering how long they were saying we could be without power, I’m impressed that we got ours back in just about a week. As promised, I’ve posted some pictures of the aftermath of the storm in the Hurricane Ivan photo album. To see some real stunning pictures, though, I recommend you check out the photo galleries at the Pensacola News Journal web site.

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Just a quick update to let everyone know that we’re doing alright. Ivan was considerably more devastating than we all expected, but the Lord protected us and our damage was minimal. Mainly, the wind blew our chimney off and our privacy fences down, and we have some water damage to our ceilings. Considering what happened to the beaches and other properties near the water, we were blessed. Currently we have phone and water service, and we are just waiting for power to be restored. I’ll update again after that happens and post some pictures at that time. Thanks for your prayers through all of this, we know they helped!

Hurricane Ivan

Hurricane Ivan
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Things are finally starting to pick up a little. According to the weather bug we’re just now getting sustained winds at tropical storm speeds. It’s getting too dark outside to take any pictures, but we can hear the wind in the fireplace. The power has been flickering, too, so this will probably be my last post for the evening since I’m going to shut the computer down. I sure have been thankful for my new UPS, which has kept the computer up through it all. They’re saying that we can expect power to be out for up to two weeks if it does go out, so if we don’t have power tomorrow afternoon it may be awhile before I can post again. We’ll call our parents tomorrow afternoon or evening to let them know how things are going. Have a great night!

Hurricane Ivan

HURRICANE IVAN
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There’s actually not much to report on right now. The rain has been falling steadily, but not too hard, and the wind isn’t too bad. I was out in the back yard earlier to pick up a strip of aluminum from somebody else’s house, and though I was out in it for a couple minutes I didn’t get very wet. My neighbors were enjoying the weather out on their front porch as well.

Hurricane Ivan

HURRICANE IVAN
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It just started raining outside within the past hour, and we have a pretty steady breeze with gusts up to minimal tropical storm speeds. We’ve finished our final preparations, including taping up the north-facing windows (winds should be coming from the south, so the south-facing windows are boarded up), moving some furniture away from those northern windows, and filling the bathtubs with water. I can still hear people hammering outside.

I’ve taken a couple pictures, which you can see in the new Hurrican Ivan photo album. More to come, as we have power.

Hurricane Ivan

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As many of you are probably aware, Hurricane Ivan is churning through the Gulf of Mexico toward the upper Gulf coast. The National Hurricane Center is predicting landfall early Thursday morning near the Alabama/Mississippi border, about 70 miles west of us. We’ll certainly be feeling the effects before then, though. We’re prepared: I boarded up all of the south-facing windows on our house and even reinforced the siding on our chimney to hopefully prevent the leaks that have plagued us since we moved in last June. We also have a ton of water and food, so we’re set if we can’t get out for a few days. Thankfully, we don’t live anywhere near the water, so we don’t need to evacuate. Read the rest of this entry