Courtesy of the National Hurricane Center

So this is what we’re looking at……

A possible Category 2 or 3 hurricane, which has not encountered ANY huge land mass to speak of, paralleling the coast, making an almost 90 degree left turn and slamming into the US, somewhere between the DelMarVa peninsula and Cape Cod.  Unfortunately, New Jersey looks like the prime target as of right now.

In addition, we will have Full Moon tides to deal with and the fact that Sandy has not hugged the coast line makes a huge difference.  If Sandy had hugged the coast, there’s the chance she could have weakened.  But she will be coming in directly from open water, in effect, making her a water siphon that is expected to drop anywhere from 4 to 8 inches of rain (or more) on us by the time she pulls out of here Tuesday night.

Rainfall potential courtesy of the National Hurricane Center

The South Plainfield CERT Team filled 600 sand bags with 1,500 pounds of sand; and distributed them to flood prone neighborhoods today.  We will resume again tomorrow; after another 2,000 pound load of sand is dropped of at the Department of Public Works tonight.

Personally, I am as about ready as I can be.  Loose objects outside around the house have been taken down and stowed.  Grocery shopping is done and we have enough food to last over a week – even longer if we have to ration.  There’s extra bottled water in the house and tomorrow, after showers are done, the bathtub will be cleaned and filled in order to serve as an emergency supply.

The freezer in the basement has been topped off with two huge bags of ice.  I have another two coolers loaded with ice, if needed.  Flashlights are ready and batteries have been bought.  Candles are ready also, should the electricity go out (and it most likely will at some point). The cars have been topped off with gas. The grill outside has propane and can be pressed into service to cook food, if needed

My lead acid batteries, which can power the HF rigs are all charged and ready to go. The HTs are charged and so are all the batteries.

I just hope, that by the grace of God Almighty, that this thing makes a right instead, and heads out to open seas.

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP – When you care to send the very least!

Larry Makoski, W2LJ, is a regular contributor to and writes from New Jersey, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

4 Responses to “Preparing”

  • Good luck, Larry. This is going to be a fun one…. 73 Goody

  • Eric W2EEC:

    Good luck Larry.
    I’m in the Albany, NY area and all set but hope it goes away from the coast too.

  • w3fis:

    Here in Fenwick Island, DE we are buttoned up tight!

    73 /paul W3FIS

  • K4TOJ - Tom:

    I feel for you, Larry, being in the Tidewater, VA area. We are real happy it’s decided not to pay us a direct visit. I do have great news for you, though – it’s not a category 2/3 hurricane. It’s a weak category 1 tending to hover around 75 MPH winds. The big problem is the surge – it’s amazing what we have experienced here with it still a distance away. The full moon situation doesn’t help with that situation.

    I hope she decides to relax a bit before she stops by for a visit. Good luck and stay dry!


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