Those who know would call our title subject a hornet, which along with its associate the verspula germanica or wasp; is one of the little known objects of Hurricane Irene”s wrath. And even though I am one of those who had incurred their wrath at various times ( since I suffer from a pronounced allergic reaction to their stings) I feel a duty to come to their defense.
We in North Carolina suffered significant damage from Irene although ours was not as widespread as that in some northeastern states. Hard to tell that to the residents of Hatteras though. One species that was significantly affected was those of the stinging variety. The combination of wind and water wreaked havoc on their nests and in the words of the N C Division of Public Health may have caused them to be very aggressive as a result. That’s a real no brainer, huh?
Come on, if your nest was waterlogged and then blown several hundred feet from its preferred location, you might be in a bad mood also. So, for a while give these guys a wide berth and please, if at all possible, avoid using the Raid.
- 5 Things: EpiPens (fitsugar.com)
As most of the country knows, we on the east coast are waiting for the arrival of Hurricane Irene. She has already stirred up things prior to her arrival here and so we wait with bated breath, I guess. The weather people, both on air and online have been talking for what seems like an eternity. Where will it go, how fast is it moving, has it changed directions and so on. There is a need for information and I am thankful we have access to more of that commodity than in years past. But, at times I have been like one of the people living on my mail route who told me she just had to get outside and get away from the near constant coverage. And, a memo to the weather people , screaming and gesticulating about what may happen provided no better info than a calm, reasoned approach. The aim is to not create panic, is it?
We have just about completed our storm prep. The water and the batteries and appropriate food have been acquired. The cars have fuel and we have a bit of $ on hand, just in case. I am waiting to fill up the tub with water, trying to squeeze in one more shower.
It was interesting to note the ongoing preparations today as I went about my duties. There are only a few businesses with boarded up windows, 10 that I saw, and almost no residences that took this approach. I guess the most interesting and almost amusing thing I learned was about coffee. When a power outage is anticipated, one should make a pot of coffee the night before and then heat it one cup at a time by using a match. Great idea for coffee fans such as myself.
So, now we wait and as I do, a verse comes to mind that became meaningful to me in 2003, during Hurricane Isabel.
Thou dost rule the swelling of the sea; When its waves rise, Thou dost still them. Psalm 89:9
To all those in the projected path,
- Bill Grace (Hurricane Irene) (terripham.wordpress.com)
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