Filed Under (Travel Log) by Tom on 10-17-2007

I get up, make coffee and turn on the laptop to check the weather. We are still under a High Wind Watch for tonight through Thursday night. It’s raining off and on and I want to take our RV sun shades off and put the Kitty Walk Penthouse and anything else that’s loose away before the winds arrive.

We finally get a short break and the sun shades look dry so we go out to put things away. We get the two side window pieces removed and it starts to rain again. Parry goes inside but I stay out and begin taking the Kitty Walk Penthouse apart. It’s taking longer than I thought and the rain is coming down harder so I call into the coach to ask Parry for help. He complains alot but helps me take it apart and put away before it gets too wet.

We’re both working on our blogs today so we’re ok with it raining. Later in the afternoon the sun comes out for a while, long enough to dry off the front sun shade so we go out and put that away also.

At 2:30 we go from a watch to a High Wind Warning calling for sustained winds of 35 to 45 mph with gusts of 65 mph possible in the coastal communities and 80 mph along the headlands and beaches from 8 am to 7 pm tomorrow. I contemplate taking the satellite down. It’s anchored with two Claws and should be able to withstand the wind but it’s an expensive piece of equipment and I’d hate to lose it. I also take into account that having the internet available keeps us connected to what’s going on and I don’t like to be without it in a storm. I decide to leave it up. As a backup we program our Weather & Emergency Alert Monitor to pick up weather info for Clatsup county.

At 7:00 pm we hear a series of sirens going off and my heart starts to race. Then I realize that it’s Wednesday night and the sirens are the Tsunami test sirens which run every Wednesday at 7.

I’m a little nervous about the wind. We’ve been through a couple of storms in the rig, but never sustained winds of 35 to 45 mph for 11 hours straight. The winds will be coming from the south, southeast and southwest. The coach is facing east. There are a group of trees on our southern side so I’m hoping they block the brunt of the wind. The coach should block the wind from the satellite dish.

At 11:00 pm, Parry brings the living room slide in so our slide topper doesn’t get ripped off its seams while we sleep. We hit the sheets fully expecting to be woken up in the middle of the night by the sound of wind.

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