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Ernesto: Hour by hour

Geoff Reports[18:00] So here we go then! By ‘popular’ request I just took my video camera a few blocks away to a notorious flooding point.

Geofftech reports almost live for you all to see …

Video ClipGeoff’s Ernesto Report

(This a 7Mb WMV file. Mac users should be able to see it using Flip4Mac which lets you play Windows Media files within Quicktime)

There will be no more updates today. It’s back to drizzling anyway. Time for that cup of tea I talked about …

[16:00] No offence to anyone, but after all the hype it has been a bit of an anti-climax. Mind you, this I guess lulls you into a false sense of security. Leigh tells me that a friend she has living down Mississippi was very kind of ‘yeah… whatever…’ when Katrina was was first rumoured last year, because they’d heard it all before. Then their house got badly damaged … so you never can tell.

5pm update is going to be a video clip! Standby …

[15:00] Well the plants in the garden are getting a lot of the good stuff … precipitation, and er … that’s about it.

Leigh’s asleep. No comment this hour.

Ernesto Update[14:00] Ok, seriously America – I’ve attended school sports days, played football (by which I mean soccer) and had beach holidays in worse weather than this back home.

Is this the best you can do? I might as well and go and put some sunscreen on.

(Cue: Hurriance Whatever chews up Charleston this time next week)

For a list of all the 26 names used (and the fact that there are only six years worth of pre-approved names) have a look here.

Leighs quote for this hour: “Boring. There’s no drama.”

On a serious note though, it might be quite dramatic for the people that it does affect when it hits land. It’s currently 90 miles south east of Charleston, heading in a NNE directon, and when it does hit land, the wind speeds could be nearing proper hurricane force.

[13:00] And … it’s started raining again. We both concur. Leigh: “Ok, so I guess it’s raining now”.

Here’s a quick montage from my porch with slowish shutter speed where I tried to capture some of the rain.

It’s still not that windy though. And it’s not raining as hard as it was in random storm we had Thursday of last week.

Lowcountry Blogs is also running Stormwatch today where I get a mention – amongst others.

[12:00] OH MY GOD … LOOK AT IT OUTSIDE … That’s right … There’s NOTHING going on! No wind, and it’s even stopped raining.

So this is a tropical storm huh? Wooh I’m scared.

Leighs quote: “It’s a good thing they called off school, huh?”

Who says Americans don’t do sarcasm?

[11:00] Ok, so now it is raining properly. Not drizzling, or “spitting” as we Brits would say, but proper rain.

The leaves in the tree are still quite calm though – so not a lot of wind.

I’d gonna wander out into the back yard though, and bring the grill in and check that there’s nothing else lying around which might get blown about.

Leighs quote for this hour: “I’m a bit disappointed”. (She too thinks it’s all been a bit over hyped at the moment)

10.00 Update[10:00] It’s still not that rainy. Or windy. It just looks a bit grey and miserable out there. Reminds me of England.

I’ve just taken this photo of the view outside.

It just looks … grey! Leaves in the tree aren’t blowing, the church across the road is still standing. The porch at the front of our house is still dry. Not that exciting yet, is it?

Quote from Leigh: “It does look darker out there, doesn’t it?”

[09:00] Woke up this morning to find … a little bit of drizzle! Where’s the wind? Where’s the rain? I was assuming it would be picking up by now, but it actually looks quite normal out there.

The TV won’t stop talking about it, and certain things (e.g. schools) are closed in Charleston today, but so far it doesn’t seem any different. The eye is meant to pass closest to us at 2pm today.

So … you’re getting hourly updates, for my first every Tropical Storm/Hurricane. I know its tedious for some of you locals that have seen it all before, but its quite intruiging for me …

31 responses to “Ernesto: Hour by hour”

  1. Stewart says:

    Remember the important things, like having laid in a good stock of beer…

  2. geofftech says:

    #1 – Check. (& Cheers!) Are you at work today Stew, or just staying at home?

    Stewart by the way (just to introduce him to the ‘Geofftech regulars’) is a local boy here that also takes in an interest in the weather. Check out his blog here!

  3. Stewart says:

    Working from home today. Saving gas, and didn’t want to have to worry about Beth starting the generator herself if the power died.

    Heard anything about pint night?

  4. An interest in the weather, huh? Stewart, we’ll have you anglicised in no time at all.

    “I heard there was a hurricane on the way… well, if you’re reading, don’t worry, there isn’t”

  5. geofftech says:

    #5- God bless Michael Fish. Stewart actually probably knows more about UK issues (e.g. politics) than I do. But mainly because I take bugger all interest in it.

    How windy does it have to get before they close the bridges here? A lot of people won’t go out traveling today in case a bridge closes and they get stuck on the wrong side.

  6. Stewart says:

    Dig the silly questions at the bottom:

    The bridges are closed at municipal discretion – such as it is – based on wind readings taken from the top. Not sure if each bridge has a standard wind speed at which it’s closed to traffic. Most drawbridges, though are locked down at the tropical storm weather.

  7. […] In other news, the reaction to Ernesto is that of being…well…completely underwhelmed. See Geoff and his friend Stewart for their reaction to Ernesto. […]

  8. Geoff…didn’t you post a little movie the last time it rained? How about it another one?

  9. geofftech says:

    When it gets windy later (if?) and it’s REALLY raining hard, then i’ll whip the old video camera out, aye.

    But at the moment, it’s just like a rainy day in February back home. Wet, grey and glum! I’m not convinced it’s going to get much worse either as it is passing to the east of Charleston now out at sea …

  10. Michael says:

    I just left kudu to come back to the paper. As soon as i parked, it really started to come down. I’m drenched! maybe things are starting to get interesting….

  11. Lisa says:

    I believe we are on the wrong side of the storm for intense action. The more damaging sides tend to be the North and East sides.

  12. kate says:

    wow, it sounds….well, like something exciting could possibly happen at some point, somewhere (possibly not on land, but that might be better for the land, really!)

  13. Tami says:

    Of course, I am the hurricane queen of New Orleans …. so you can have our next Katrina and really see your plants blowing all over the place along with everything else! Glad to know ya’ll are okay.

  14. kate says:

    ok, i’m dead confused now. i’m fairly sure i only posted that a couple of seconds ago, yet i am #10 and Jared, Kris and Geoff have posted after me…

    is this a normal occurrence?!

  15. geofftech says:

    yeah… sorry about the confusing posts! it’s because i changed the time in wordpress! it was still set to GMT, and i’d like my comments to be GMT -5 hours so that it reflects the real time that I & other people post to me!

    so any recent posts are appearing ‘backwards’ in time up the pecking order. it’ll only happen for today. sorry for the confusion!

  16. geofftech says:

    Oh that’s even more confusing. my latest post (Which should have been number 16) is now number 14. and this one should be 17, but it’ll probably be number 15 instead. that’ll teach me to fiddle with my settings with an active post running. Grr!

    HELLO TAMI! by the way. dare we ask how things are down there?

  17. jj says:

    well, this was a ho-hum day. classes canceled, so i went to work. raining too much to clear any of the cars out of the shop and actually work (vintage Morgans don’t like tropical storms for some reason), so i pottered around and cleaned workbenches. at least i hadn’t done any of my homework, so the class cancellation was good that way.

    anyway Geoff, maybe you’ll get lucky and we’ll have a REAL storm… David, Hugo and Andrew were all REALLY memorable.

    my hurricane supplies are usually a case or keg of beer as well, fwiw…

  18. Amy says:

    Hmm, I don’t know whether to be disapponted or happy for you! 😉 Would have made a great story if your neighborhood had been washed away.. but really NOT!

  19. Sellassie says:

    I’ve seen wetter days than that…

    And nice video Geoff by the way – have you ever considered being a news correspondant?

  20. Philippa says:

    well i’m checking this all the way from frickin’ bulgaria, and i’m enthralled.. (brit sarcasm is still the best)

  21. geofftech says:

    I think it would have been interesting for it to be slightly more windy, and slightly more rainy – but not devastatingly so. Anyway, like I say – here I am all smug, but we’ll probably get wiped out in two weeks time but a proper one. We’ll see…!

    Bulgaria Phil? Thought you were in Brum? And you’re half yankie anyway, so sssh…

  22. Fimb says:

    Apparently North Carolina has been hit bad and is under state of emergency.. did it come back?

  23. geofftech says:

    It made land north of Charleston (SC), and carried on inland into North Carolina. It’s still not hurricane strength (73mph), but has been windy enough to do some damage to the poor folk who’ve got the brunt of it in NC, aye …

  24. Ciaran says:

    Ha ha! Geoff ya big fucking gay. You look like Mary Poppins with that unbrella.

    As for the storm, well bit like Spurs really ain’t it. They promise a lot but when it comes down to it they just don’t deliver do they?? Unlike the mighty Hammers who have just signed two big name Argentinians…

  25. geofftech says:

    Takes one to know one Ciaran. You saying you fancy me or summat?

  26. Yes, well if folks will build their houses out of wood rather than bricks, what do they expect? Do they not have the tale of the three pigs in the US?

  27. scottb says:

    That is the wobbliest brolly i’ve ever seen. Did it come free with a fancy cocktail?

  28. geofftech says:

    It’s because we (Leigh was filming) were standing under the canopy of the gas station that is on the corner. And a stream of water was actually coming down where it had collected above and hitting the umbrella.

    What you also don’t see (and what was more scary than any potential hurriance) was that 20 seconds after this take (we did two takes, you got the better of the two), some BIIIG black dude, with a nail through his nose, and arm muslces as large as my thighs, comes up and starts mumbling something (he’s high) that i can’t make anysense of. Although I got the words “robbed” “unrespected” and “honour”. I’m looking at Leigh thinking “Shit, we’re about to die!”, she’s looking at me like “Fuck! Shall we run?”, but I let him do his speech, nod politely, look sympathetic, and after 30 seconds he wanders off, wading through the water.

    that would have made a much better video wouldn’t it? dammit.

  29. Ciaran Byrne says:

    nah, Leigh would never forgive me and you’d have to lose the umbrealla… LOL!

  30. Daniel says:

    I have to say, that I could not agree with you in 100% regarding Ernesto: Hour by hour, but it’s just my opinion, which could be wrong 🙂

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