|hurricane irene from space|
So for most of us on the Southeast coast, we are glued to The Weather Channel for the rest of the week. Hurricane Irene seems to be wanting to pay a visit. And while Charleston may be the most hospitable city in the country, I politely say....NO THANK YOU!
For most of us here in Charleston, hurricanes are no strangers. The largest to hit SC was Hugo in 1989. It changed Charleston forever.
|charleston after hugo|
Since Hugo, we've had plenty of scares and some hits including Floyd and Gaston. Both of which were near hits or small category 1 storms.
I moved to Charleston in 1999 and Floyd hit that fall. Getting out of town was a debacle, but one which has been corrected by the city and state. After 12 years, I consider myself "almost" a native. I looked at my husband last night and said...."well, if its a cat 1 or 2, we'll stay. Anything larger, we'll go." Seriously, the words came out faster than I could put them back in! Folks, hurricanes are no laughing matter. I remember looking out the window at Gaston thinking trees would be coming through my house. And that was a small, low force storm. Irene is on the scale of Hugo, a force not to be taken lightly.
Being prepared in the key. And while my pantry and refrigerators are full, we still needed some basic hurricane supplies. So, my husband headed out yesterday for propane, batteries, and water. Even with coupons, these are big ticket items and can blow a budget quick. Most of our weekly $100 grocery budget was eaten up with his trip, and he had about $20 in coupons! But on the plus side, he shopped at BiLo for those necessities, so we got fuelperks, which saved on gas for the van today! Bonus!
Problem solved, I thought to myself last night. We have a stockpile! This is why to coupon and stockpile. Because you never know what Mother Nature will throw at you. We'll live off the pantry and freezer items for the rest of the week.
Let's hope the power stays on and we don't have to cook everything!