Windstorm with gusts up to 50 mph yesterday. The "Pumpkin House" directly across the street became the scene of a small miracle. The huge branches did not hit the house, nor the cars parked in front, nor was anybody standing below. (Electrical lines run to the back of the building). The tree is more than double the size of the house and still has several large dead branches that did not come down. Loggers call these "widow-makers".
We were without electricity until 10:30 PM. Ample time to think about a disaster that could take out utilities for a long period of time. I sat in the dark holding a flashlight appreciating how much my life depends upon electricity, not just for the internet, where I spend hours each day, but for light to read at night. It is time to do a review of emergency preparation. @judello and I each a small bag and food for 4 days, which would not sufficient for what the New Yorker article called, "The Really Big One".