Hurricane Florence is currently a powerful Category 4 hurricane over the Atlantic Ocean, threatening the Southeastern United States and the U.S. Mid-Atlantic States. It could go to a category 5.
Hurricanes are very unpredictable and the predicted paths can change, but this does not mean we should not prepare for the worse. The brunt of the storm carries a big impact; the potential is for up to 30 inches of rain for the south. Hopefully things change and the storm is not as potent as it is predicted. This is hurricane season and there are two more storms following Florence and many times these storms reach us as tropical storms with a lot of rain and wind. However we do have to brace again for Hurricane Joyce when she arrives.
This summer has been one of the wettest on record for the East Coast. The ground is saturated which means even a small amount of additional rain becomes a problem.The tree roots are loosened in saturated ground. They could be uprooted easily.
Make sure you make preparations now:
- Inspect your roof, flashing and siding. Replace your roof or flashing if it is old and worn.
- Prepare your basement before flooding occurs. Raise items stored in the basement, make sure your sump pump has a battery backup, and think twice before making your basement a living area.
- Landscape your home to help absorb water and keep water away from your home.
- Check your gutters and downspouts to make sure they are not clogged.
- If you have a storm drain on the street near your home make sure it is clear of debris so the water can flow into the storm drain. Rake up leaves and other debris that may be clogging the storm drain.
- When you have a loss, make sure you correct the problem that caused the loss so it does not happen to you again.
Many of us are in preferred flood zones but because of the recent crazy weather over the past few years, you should still consider the purchase of flood insurance. That small dried up creek can rise quickly causing water to run through your property. Buying flood insurance now won’t help you with Florence as there is a 30 day waiting period but there are more storms in the future. You hear it all the time after an area floods “I have been living here for over 50 years and my home never had flooding before.” Don’t be the one that will say this to the reporter. Keep in mind that when your area receives a storm watch or warning most of your insurance carriers will put a moratorium on the binding authority which means they may not be able to offer you insurance. Some tips:
- If you are making settlement on a home during a potential storm make sure the policy is issued now or delay settlement if possible until after the storm.
- If you are planning on picking up a new car, it is suggest you wait until after the storm so your new car does not flood or get damaged by a tree, reducing its value. Wait to take possession of the new car until after the storm leaves the area.
- Be aware of where you park your car during a storm to avoid flood and trees.
- Put your valuables on a separate inland marine policy. Many of these policies cover flood damage.
- If you are asked to evacuate in your area, it is always best to do so.
- Power outages are expected as well as more than heavy flooding, so no area is really safe within the path of this Hurricane.
- Hurricane Florence could be worse than any hurricane the United States has ever experienced — putting millions of people out of their homes and without electricity for weeks, and perhaps months.
- If you have friends or family in a higher, safe area, plan to stay with them until the danger has passed.
I do see this hurricane going up the East Coast and hitting hardest from Georgia up to New Jersey with the worst being North Carolina and Virginia. I see a potential of three hurricanes going up the East Coast of the USA. Yes, they will cause extensive damage to the middle East Coast states. Anyone reading this, please prepare now. Don’t wait and see because you could come to harm.
You cannot hang on to material possessions,
but you can be safe with your life and the lives of those you love.
OH WHAT NOW—Here We Go! Mercury Retrogrades Over The Holidays
By: Elizabeth Joyce
Mercury will turn retrograde the morning of December 19th, when there will be five more shopping day ‘till Christmas. The planet will be in the shadow of retrograde several days before that. Let’s make a note of how this affects the public, as this backwards motion brings some or all of the following: difficulties, including transportation, slowing down of the mail system, difficulty finding what you want, having to return incorrect shipped items, tendencies to rethink what one has thought, canceled plans, changing your mind, difficulty with all sorts of mechanical items, especially telephones and computers, incorrect messages or not receiving them, back-up lines at the airport, difficulties in getting somewhere “on time” as well as difficulties in all kinds of practical matters.
Let’s put this all together with the demands of the Christmas and Holiday season. Unless I miss my guess, during the Yuletide season you will be doing some or all of the following: transporting yourself, sending things by mail, trying to decide what you want to buy and for who you want to buy, coming to all sorts of conclusions of what so-and-so wants or needs as a gift, partying, going all sorts of places, dealing with all sorts of practical matters as you prepare for various house gatherings for various types of celebrations. Hanukkah begins as well on December 25th through January 1st, 2017.
So prepare for some difficulties. Here are some recommendations to help you prepare.
- Remember Murphy’s Law? If something can go wrong it will, at the worst possible moment. This was coined during one of Mercury Retrograde phases, I’m sure. It certainly has been meant not only as a warning but to remind us to keep a good sense of humor. Where would all of our comics be if nothing went wrong. Remember “I Love Lucy,” and Ralph Cramden and Ed Norton?
- Get your cars and truck checked out in November, not December. Purchase all tickets, travel and theater, before December 14th.
- Leave an extra fifteen minutes early so as to have extra time, also plan extra time between appointments.
- Do all of your Christmas shopping before you get that car checked. (Smile!) In November, if possible.
- Send out all packages and Christmas cards by December 5th.
- Don’t get too tied up in thinking or re-thinking the guest list, or the gift list. If you forget someone, don’t worry, they’ll get over it, at lest they should. Patiently explain to family and friends about Mercury retrograde.
- Remember that intention counts. Even if you can’t find what you want, you will find what you need.
- If you are late with the gifts, explain “Okay, I’m late with my gifts. What do you expect with Mercury retrograde?” In ancient Mesopotamia, giving gifts after the holidays, within the twelve days of Christmas, was considered a sign of wisdom and love.
- If you plan to travel long distances, (to meet relatives, for example), remember this: Mercury retrograde generally indicates that everyone’s a bit harried, hurried, and hassled. It indicates that people doing mechanical work, including work on airplanes, will be harried, hurried, and hassled. This doesn’t mean that people won’t go to work, or that you should not travel, but it is certainly not the best time to do so. Follow your intuition as whether to fly or not. Expect delays and always bring a book to read and some toys for the children.Once you’ve done all that, lean back in your easy chair, light up a Cuban cigar, sip your cognac and put your feet up. That will bring things in perspective for you. Perspective is just what you need when Mercury is retrograde. Here is a list of what is called Mercury’s False Promises:
We must have lunch real soon
Your luggage is checked through
We promise no delays
We’ve got inflation licked
I’ll get right back to you
It’s just a standard form
Tomorrow without fail
Pleased to meet you
We are never late
Thank you so much
The check is in the mail
You may have won a prize
Your secret’s safe with me
It’s wrinkle free, won’t crumble or peal
This is a real good deal
Strictly by the book
What’s fair is fair
I am not a crook
We’ll send someone right out
Now this won’t hurt a bit
It’s finger licking good
I’ll be right there
He’s in a meeting now
The coat’s a perfect fit
Strictly fresh today
Service with a smile
I’ll love you darling, till I die
We’ll keep you name on file
So walk right during theses next three weeks (Dec. 19th – Jan. 8th ) and be thankful it’s all over on Little Christmas.
Wishing you a most Happy Holiday Season and a Great New Year.
You resolutions for 2017 are still good, but perhaps delayed!