There are a few things that I have learned while being in the midst of Hurricane Irene, marking my first experience with a tropical type storm (while in upstate New York, go figure). On top of it all, it is my first experience in a tropical storm while living out of a car. FUN STUFF. Note: we were not in the eye of the storm but in Saranac Lake about 6 hours north of NYC. So we are not getting the full brute force of the Hurricane that is now labeled as a tropical storm.
1. Hurricanes bring massive amounts of rain. Better get comfortable in the car because a tent can only take so much water.
1a. The massive amount of rain will lead to flooded streets. Hydroplaning is not fun.
2. Power outages are common leading to a ridiculous amount of time to do absolutely nothing. The rain/lightening leads to no activity outside and the power outage leads to no work being done while at a local wifi hotspot.
3. Playing cards does not last long while trying to find something to do.
4. Grocery stores are your best friend.
5. (Heavy rain + Strong wind) – A rain jacket = Sucks
6. The car can and most likely will smell like a stale hell because of lack of showering for a week.
7. Shoes are optional.
8. Playing in puddles are sometimes fun, especially when you want to feel like a kid, but not when rain is hitting you in the face at 40 mph.
9. People who have safe-houses will go out of town when you need them most. (it was total coincidence, really)
10. You might lose your mind. Just a little bit.
So there yeah go! There is my list. It might be a bit hard to make sense of, but hey look at #10 as a reference. HA!