Crazy just may be heading off to a Cape Cod vacation during a Hurricane Watch/Warning along the New England Coastline.
We weighed all the various advisories, watched all the models, called the property owner, property manager, and even local police. We've monitored weather.com, NOAA, and every other possible source of weather news. And we still just don't know.
We do know that last year we left the Cape early because of Hurricane Earl and it was not much of an event. However, we also know that you can't assume that will be the case here.
I think I like Craig Allen (local 880 CBS weather guy) the best. He indicates caution, talks about reality checks and the fact that while not "the storm of the century" that some would like to create panic around, there are real dangers here...especially for flooding. He also talks about significant impacts, but doesn't try to make you feel like you'll be trapped in a Wizard of Oz moment.
So, we've secured our home, we took in all of the lawn furniture, strapped the outdoor storage boxes to the fence, pulled my car into the garage. We lowered the water level in the pool just in case we were to get that 10-12 inches of rain. Not much more we could do at home.
We know the house we are renting has hurricane shutters and is on the bay side so it is more sheltered from big gusts in from ocean. We have packed batteries, flashlights, candles, water, and non-perishable food stuffs to get us through a day or two.
We are heading off at 5AM.
So, I don't really think we are crazy...sort of...at least not as crazy as those Hurricane Hunters who fly into the eye of the storm, right? (Don't worry Mom - will check in frequently so you know we are ok).
Fingers crossed that the rest of the vacation is boring as hell.