How Mom’s Visit Came Between an Earthquake and a Hurricane

My mom came to visit for a few days after not having come in over two years, and she seems to have come at a very interesting time as far as nature is concerned. On Tuesday, we had a 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Virginia that was felt all the way up in New York, although I didn’t feel a thing, and then this weekend, Hurricane Irene  is moving up the east coast, expecting to reach New York late Saturday night and early Sunday morning.

My mom was expecting to leave early Saturday morning, but when I was about to track her flight using the Flight Track iPhone application, I saw that all United flights out of JFK and LaGuardia airports were cancelled. This is going to create a huge backlog of passengers trying, and it might be several days before they clear that backlog, so I would expect my mom would be here for a few extra days, likely until Wednesday or Thursday. The irony is that I am supposed to fly out on Thursday.

Once it’s safe and assuming we have power and Internet, I’ll post some pictures of the “carnage.”

In the meantime, we will sit here with our flashlights, packs of batteries, bottles of water, loads of food, and a hand crank radio that doesn’t seem to have an internal battery, and we’ll wait.

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