Scanning for Isaac!

It’s about 4:40 PM CST 8/30, and judging from the radar it looks as though the core of Isaac has now entered Arkansas. The rain bands haven’t quite reached us yet, but they definitely will within less than three hours. Hopefully it will be nothing more than an 18-hour gully-washer, but Dr. Forbes says those rain bands could hide some tornadoes. I think we’re as ready as we can be.

Thankfully, we set at one of the highest areas, at a good 200+ feet higher than town center. Everything flows away from us at this point. The crest of the hill is less than 50 feet away and everything on the other side of it goes the other way. Still, I have seen what 6 -12 inches of rain can do in a short time. The low-water bridges and many of the side roads become impassible. The main road through the town center has a dip at the bottom, below the largest dam, and when the spillway is full, so is the road.

Thankfully, there are ways around all of these places, so it shouldn’t be a problem for getting in and out. Sharon is already at work, but will come home in a downpour at 10:30 tonight and have to leave in a downpour again tomorrow at 2:30. Hopefully it will all be over by the time she gets off work at 11 PM tomorrow night.

It’s such a great time we live in that we have so many technical sources from which to gather information. First there’s the weather radio, which I will be listening to as I do my computer work. Then I have the computer itself, from which to get minute by minute weather and radar reports from not just one, but three different online sources. We have a TV,but we only use it for DVD’s and an occasional “retro” VHS. (Yeah we still have a few of those. Doesn’t everyone?) Plus, we send all the TV programming that we want to it from our computers. We don’t get “open air” channels here, so satellite, cable or computer are the best choices.

And then there’s the emergency scanner… something we would never be without again!

Weather reports, even from the NOAA centers can be 15 minutes behind. Tornadoes can form in less than a minute! And guess who always knows what’s going on! The police and emergency personnel who are out there patrolling! When it comes to immediate weather warnings, the police will see a funnel and pinpoint the exact location long before you here it on the weather reports, unless it is a “long trail” tornado that has been on the ground for awhile, but many times they aren’t. Some of them touch and go rather quickly, and by the time you get a weather report it will have come and gone, and possibly be too late.

Uh, oh! It’s 5:10 and the first band of rain already hit, nearly two hours ahead of predictions! It’s time to go turn on that scanner and hunker down for the duration. Thank goodness I have lot of off-line work to catch up on, as we can’t depend too heavily on the web when it gets like this

Stay safe everyone!