A typical Oregon Coast storm hit here yesterday. Actually it is hard to tell where the beginning and end of these storms are. It built up over the previous couple of days and while the wind has abated and the rain slowed, both continue in moderation.
A typical Oregon Coast storm… winds to 60 mph. Rain total so far 8.5+ plus. Power only out for an hour, the first time but flickering on and off during the afternoon. "Quick, get the tea water hot before the power goes again!"
The big metal door on our storage shed is down. So is the rain gutter on the front side of the house. A heavy 2x4 bench fell and slid across the yard. And a large branch of an apple tree is in the driveway. Not all that bad really, and folks along the coast are used to this sort of behavior. We've learned not to build a house on a flood plain and we tend to hunker down, wait it out, and emerge to fix the damage. It happens every winter. Repeatedly.
I'm so glad we don't have a million folks in high-rises with out power. Or underground transportation. Or beach houses built just above the waveline. Well, there are a few of those but mostly for tourists and no-one would be surprised to see them go. We worry more about the potential for earthquakes and tsunamis.
As I told a friend recently: No matter where you live the potential for disaster is there - volcano, tornado, mudslide, fire, tsunami, earthquake and various subsets and combinations. We humans just have to hang on.