Hurricane Sandy update – Sunday 7pm
Strange day here – nothing really happened. There was a soft rain for most of the afternoon, but hardly a breeze blew. From St. Michaels throughout Talbot County, it was a gentle day. On the Miles River the winds began to gust in early afternoon, but beyond that, it was mild.
So mild that the annual Carpenter St. Saloon auction to beneift the local fire departments was on – a crowd packed the tavern this afternoon for one of the most fun annual community events in St. Michaels. It feels so good to watch the citizens of this region spread love to their firefighters – and boy, do they spread love. Everyone comes ready to spend hundreds of dollars, and the auctions get pretty heavy – even for silly little things – it’s all about the support. Every single item is bid loudly and bid heavily – all day long. How cool is that?
St. Michaels didn’t show much in the way of storm prep till late this afternoon, when a few businesses boarded up, and Justine’s and a few others laid some sandbags. Not as many were boarding up as did for Irene, and I noticed lots of pumpkins out in front of storefronts, and potted plants and do-dads. It seemed – at 4:30 this afternoon – as though St. Michaels wasn’t really all that worried about Sandy.
Now it’s after 7, dark and the rain is steady. There’s still no wind to speak of.
The models are converging, and I guess it’s soon to begin.
May it be brief and head out to sea asap. May your friends and family – and mine – be safe and sound.
Stay tuned for updates.