Storm Stories–September 2015

…and there may be lots more before we’re through with this wet complex of warm moving air over the south and east.

Joaquin is a real wild card. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a projected storm path that was so very wide.  There just too many variables to predict if this one will swing through the NC coast and on into SWVA, or into New England, or back out to sea.

Meanwhile, many are like we are–home bound for days (at least) by damaged bridges and roads.

VDOT is not likely to make any attempt to fix our part of Goose Creek, what with another couple of inches expected by the weekend, and then the threat of the new hurricane.

It is not out of the realm of possibilities to imagine that many could be isolated to their homes or small stretches of passable road for two weeks or more.

Watch out for your neighbors, as much as you can. Plan for the worst, hope for the best.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. be safe out there Fred… I headed back to NH just in time… I wish all Floyd folks dry weather and fixed roads soon. What a mess with even more on the way. We’re getting rain here in NH but nothing like your dealing with.

  2. As one well accustomed to hurricanes and their wrath, I fully agree with your mantra. I have long used the same “Prepare for the worst, pray for the best.” (Great minds think alike!) That said, you and Ann stay safe. You will be in my prayers.