February 1, 2023

Hurricane Hermine

We weathered the storm, it seems, better this time than back in the Spring with Tropical Storm Collin – we haven’t lost our power.

The worst day, so far, for us seemed to come on Wednesday, long before the storm arrived. The early morning began with thunderstorms and torrential downpours that lasted all morning, leaving us with around 9 or 10 inches of rain. There was some localized flooding but not too bad.

Yesterday, as the storm approached, eventually reaching hurricane status before making landfall north of us, in the Big Bend region of Florida, we experienced a few rain bands spiraling out from the storm center. At times these rain bands would have pretty gusty winds. About 3 miles, as the crow flies, at the beach, a wind gust was officially reported at 78 m.p.h. We saw nothing like that here.

The afternoon and most of the evening into the night, was pretty quiet – just occasional gusty winds. I went outside around 9 p.m. last night and the stars were out.

Around 4 a.m. today, I awoke to thunder and rain squalls with gusty winds. These were almost nonstop until around 6:30 a.m. or 7:00 a.m. There are breaks in the clouds and I expect the sun to pop out through the broken clouds. The forecast is for the risk of thunderstorms throughout the day.

I am going to guess that including Wednesday’s rains, we have had around 12 – 15 inches of rain right here at my house.

I’m actually hoping what is left of this storm will churn its way up the eastern seaboard and dump some much needed rain onto Maine and all of New England. My well at camp is drying up.