Thursday, July 06, 2006

Where's Toto?

Well, we've got some...err...weather headed our way. FH was supposed to have a few more days at home before resuming normal work hours and then heading off to A School in San Diego. We think San Diego is still a go (at least as much as anything in military life can be "a go" until the moment it happens), but for now, everything else is up in the air--no pun indended!

We woke this morning to news that all active duty sailors were being recalled to the ship, even those on leave. Tropical Storm Ewiniar has decided to grow up into Typhoon Ewiniar, and is headed our way. It's no longer aiming directly at Sasebo (at least as they are tracking it now), but it's still coming.

I'm not worried about our home here, as we have big steel retractable storm shutters that "deploy" as easily as a sliding glass door. We're nice and high on a hill. And I've got a big Rubbermaid tote filled with candles, flashlights, batteries, a radio, rain gear, disinfectant, canned goods, etc., along with copies of all our important papers (in the case of an evacuation), a stack of books and a giant container of water. The worst that could happen here at home would really be losing power...we'll be hot and without Internet access. Not exactly a reason to panic. That is, I'm trying hard not to hyperventilate at the idea of no computer!

But...high winds and high seas can do some serious damage to a ship tied up at the pier. So the USS Essex is set to get underway tomorrow morning, and get out of the storm's way for a few days. They'll also be out there at the ready, in case the storm hits an unprepared area, like the rural Korean villages that now seem to be in the path of the storm.

There's absolutely no reason to worry about us, as we're all set for whatever happens. However, I thought perhaps you might hear about the storm and wonder or worry. We're just fine, other than FH being a little grumpy at losing some time off. You might want to keep those who still are in the storm's path in your thoughts and prayers though.

Check out http://www.npmoc.navy.mil/jtwc/warnings/wp0406.gif and http://www.npmodsasebo.navy.mil/welcome_2.htm for storm updates, if you are so inclined.

More news when we have some!

5 comments:

Oki Dave said...

Carolie,
This is Dave, Emily's other half. It is so funny that you put a blog about the storm, the same as I did. And we even used similar graphics.

Mildred Roche said...

Hi Carolie!

We've thoroughly enjoyed reading about all your exciting adventures. You are in our prayers with this storm approaching....Hope to meet FH someday soon---he sounds like a gem!!!

Love, Mildred, et al

Anonymous said...

Happened upon your blog and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Keep em' coming.

Chris

Miz BoheMia said...

Hope all is well and that the storm blows over peacefully and with no dammage! Much love...

Carolie said...

Left you a message, Dave..thanks for visiting!

Mildred, thanks so much for stopping by! Can't wait for FH to meet you and yours--miss you, all five!

Chris, thank you so much for coming. Please visit again!

Dearest Miz B, so glad you stopped by! Dropped you a driveby at your latest post.