Yes, you read that right. For the first time in over 100 years, since the 1900 Great Galveston Hurricane, has a hurricane followed the path that Ike did. The remants of that horrible hurricane Ike hit Cincinnati Sunday. We had 54 mile sustained winds and gusts up to 74 miles. Luckily our house didn't have any damage because we have no large trees close by, but many have trees in them, busted windows and roofs. Nothing at all compaired to what our friends in the gulf area are dealing with and for that we are grateful.
The biggest problem is that with no warning the entire area suffered a black out. 90% of people in Cincinnati and the surrounding areas were without power as of Sunday afternoon and into Monday evening. 70% were still out this morning. Ours just came on at 8:30pm.
By no power I mean NO tv, NO internet, NO landline phone (because the telephone lines went down) NO lights, NO stove, NO Ellen show, NO General Hospital, NO fans and no stinky goodness from the fridge!!!! But, alas, the flashy box runs on batteries, not electric, so I present to you, "The Great Cincinnati Hurricane of 2008"
Our living room Sunday night.
You may wonder what Cincinnatians do when a hurricane hits. I'll show you what my beans did.
Sunday: Watched reruns of My Name is Earl (the Cops episodes!) and South Park that daddy had downloaded on to his IPod before his last business trip. Please notice they are looking a the IPod and not "communicating." Got "everyone knows it's Windy" stuck in our heads
Monday: Cried because the TV & Internet were still off and all the food in the fridge and freezer would have to get tossed. And they were running out of things to talk about.
The steps without the night flash.
Bendrix took advantage of the dark to do what he loves best.
Scratching the carpets!
Moving the subzero over to the window late yesterday afternoon hoping the generator our neighbor borrowed from work would help us save some foods (ice was no where to be had because EVERY store and gas station was closed by yesterday morning with no ice and with no power.
Me checking out how to make this work to my best viewing advantage.
Daddy reading my mind...
...and raining on my parade.
Me helping mommy put batteries in daddy's 6 inch black and white TV so we could watch General Hospital today (even on a 6 in B&W that Kate is uber annoying.)
We are lucky because there are some beans who had power and lost it again, and some who won't have power until Sat. We hope ours stays on.
We are thinking of all those in the direct path of hurricane Ike and wishing them safety and all the best.
PS The winds weren't the only thing the blew here in Cincy. Thank goodness we lost power 20 minutes after 1:00pm and didn't have to watch the Bengals game.