Thursday, June 5

Home With No Power!

Yesterday was a bit scary. Tornado warnings started appearing on the tv screen while I was watching HGTV around 2.30pm. Maddy was expected to be home around 3.15pm and I got a little worried. I watched the news and noticed the storm hit Maryland and was approaching us very quickly. Over a period of 20 minutes, it went from light and sunny to dark and gloomy, rain started pouring and then the thunder and lightening came. Bam the power went off. I frantically called the school and they were keeping all the kids there until the storm passed. 30 minutes later it calmed down and I went with a neighbor to pick up Maddy and her two boys from school. They were waiting for permission from the Fairfax County to release the buses to take the kids home. I wasn't going to wait around for that and hurried to his class.

He said he was fine, a little scared but fine. They had to line up in the foyer, crouch down with their hands over their heads and curl up in a turtle position, until the storm passed. He said some of the girls were a little upset, which was fair enough because it was a nasty storm - the worse I have seen in DC since we arrived here.

I was glad that he was home safe with me. Poor Daddy who is currently in Jamaica was calling back and forth making sure we were ok. He kept checking the weather online and keeping us updated. We have to get a small battery operated radio for times like this!!

We lit the candles, played card games, watched half a movie on the laptop until the battery died, munched on fruits and cookies, had chicken meat sandwiches for dinner and then went to bed and read a few books. Soon we both fell asleep. Around 11.30pm the power came back on.

There are still thousands of homes without power as of this morning. Lots of trees have fallen onto powerlines, making it hard for the Dominion workers to get to them.

It looks like we are expecting scattered rain again this afternoon so I'm going to rush off to the store to buy more candles and batteries for our flashlights, oh and a radio too!!


  1. Oh my gosh - that's so scary! That reminds me BIG time of Cyclone Ofa in Samoa. We all had to bunk in the living room and there was no power either.

    Poor Matt must have been really worried about you guys.

    Good on Maddy for being a brave boy. Quite an adventure eh?

    Good reporting Journalist Rachel. I thought for a moment there I was reading the CNN website!!! :)

  2. ha ha maybe I should look into some formal training ... LOL I think I would need English lessons first LMAO

    It was scarey though moreso because he was at school and I was at home and all I kept thinking about was him and hoping he was ok. I was fine when he was home with me!!

  3. MaddysDaddy9:08 PM GMT-5

    Great post babe! I was so worried but happy that things worked out in the end.

  4. That did sound scarey!! You hear about all the hurricanes and tornadoes but never anything too close to D.C. Glad everyone is OK! Just to cheer the small boy up: there is a small parcel heading his way!

  5. Oh batgran he is going to love his surprise. Thank you very much.


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