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State of disaster! by Leah Jean
Hmmmmm. Come and do some floating around on Colorado rivers? I may have to take you up on that offer sometime, Jeff!

But right now our state is going thru some tough times. Actually a large portion of the East Coast.

Did anybody catch the news recently about the earth quake that hit here? Yes, I experienced my first earthquake this week. And it was really weird and a bit scary! I actually "heard one" several months ago but this time I got the full effect. I was at work sitting at my desk and heard a loud noise and felt the floor slightly shaking beneath my feet. At first I thought (like several others did) that somebody was working on the roof because we've had people up there before resurfacing it or fixing the air conditioning making a lot of noise. But then I realized that nobody had ever made the floor shake like that before. Then the floor really started shaking and most of us realized it was an earthquake! It was kind of like standing on a swaying bridge in a high wind or with a big truck going over it causing it to sway. It is a little hard to walk. Some people (the smart ones) rushed outside! By the time I realized what was going on though everything was shaking too much and I was worried ceiling tile or worse was going to start coming down so I did the next best thing and stood under a door frame! The whole thing must have lasted at least 30 seconds. Once it stopped though it was decided that we should all get outside in case pf an after shock. But one never came so we eventually went back inside. A few things had fallen off of shelves and my monitor had slightly turned sideways. Needless to say we didn't get much work done for about the next hour. Some people brought up an earthquake web site which showed that the epicenter was in Virginia about 80 miles away (we're near Baltimore, MD) and was a 5.9 on the Richter Scale. Apparently a fault line does pass along the mountain ranges around here but rarely does an earthquake of any significance happen. Fortunately very little damage was found around the region.

But if an earthquake wasn't bad enough, we have now been warned to batten down the hatches and get ready for Hurricane Irene. The weather people are predicting it will come in close enough for our area to experience sustained winds of 40-70 miles per hours with flooding for a day or two. Unfortunately we've had plenty of rain over the last month or so so the ground is already saturated. I actually went out and bought a ladder today so I can finally get up on the roof and clean out my gutters before the storm hits. They haven't been cleaned out for a few years so there are some little trees growing in them. [Yes, I'm pathetic.] So I figured now would be a good time to do it. But with the kind of rain that will be falling in this kind of a situation, I'm not really sure it will do a whole lot of good. Oh well. ;)

At least we've had a hurricane (really a tropical storm by the times it gets here) pass through before a few times so we know what to expect.

But what a state of disaster we're having this week!



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