Hurricane Florence Nears
10 September 2018 | Baltimore, Maryland
The intense emotions that we share are only overshadowed by Hurricane Florence herself. This is Tuesday, Sept 11, and she will make landfall late Thursday in North and South Carolinas. At the moment forecasts have her possibly stalling just off the coast, dumping tremendous amounts of rain ashore, and then making her way westward into parts of Tennessee, Kentucky, and West Virginia. The forecasting models are still not in agreement this close to contact. Being in Baltimore at the north end of the Chesapeake Bay, the main discussion is storm surge, meaning a push of water up the bay and rivers. Some forecast 3-5', some up to 8' higher water levels. The marina dock system that we are on will rise with the water. The finger docks are tired and weak. We have bought additional hefty lines and ball fenders. We are in a single boat slip instead of a double slip; this is good. We anticipate losing electricity, potable water, and access to shore with broken docks. We will be provisioning tomorrow, laundering while still possible, topping off our water, removing our sails, our wind generator, and dodger. We want as slender a silhouette as possible to avoid the wind effect. One forecaster thought our area might be under the influence of Florence for as much as ten days! We know God is with us all, loving and protecting our preparations and movements. God bless you all!