But not as dark or as stormy as it could have been. There ought to be a rule against hurricanes/tropical storms making landfall in the middle of the night...rain and wind sound much more ominous when it's dark. I'm not sure if all the recent storms have arrived in the middle of the night or if those are the only ones I remember. At least this one is mild enough we haven't lost power.
We ran some errands this morning before the weather deteriorated then headed home to do our storm preparations. Loose items on the back porch were tucked away somewhere, the patio furniture was pulled up against the house and the table turned upside down, and the grill was barricaded into the corner. If the storm had been predicted to be stronger, we would have hauled it all to the garage.
And the wind chimes came down. We debated on whether that was necessary as the warnings and information coming in from the various sources was conflicting but we finally decided it was better to err on the side of caution. That was the theory on the front door too. We have French doors that can rattle around on a windy day. During Erin or Opal Wayne and I spent hours on the floor in front of them as a little insurance to make sure they didn't fly open. After that Wayne came up with a brace made from a 2x6 and a rope we put on the outside and tie on the inside. So it's in place too, and I'll sleep better as a result.
We've had plenty of rain...four inches, I'm guessing by the water level in the pool, and I've pumped it down twice. The wind, which hadn't been bad, has picked up in the last thirty minutes or so. Had I written this a few hours ago, I could have said Ida was a fast woman as the storm was moving toward shore at a pretty good clip but now she's playing hard to get, hovering just off shore. Perhaps she knows that once she's over land she looses her punch and therefore all the attention she's getting. From the looks of the forecast, much of the eastern U.S. is going to become acquainted with Ida or her remnants in the coming days.
Thanks to everyone for your concern. While the storm hasn't passed, the reports are promising and we're well-prepared.