Out of Office – September 2022

Hurricane Fiona is on her way to Nova Scotia, and will likely hit sometime overnight or very early tomorrow morning. The weather experts keep using words like “historic” and talking about how this is the first time they’ve heard of American storm chasers coming to this part of Canada.

It’s fine. I’m sure it’s fine.

The storm is expected to make landfall north of the city—far enough away that I think it will be mostly fine here (in this exact place, where I’m writing this), but this is a big enough storm that I’m pretty much guaranteed to lose power for a few days, and there’s always the risk of a tree coming down at a bad angle. I’m far enough inland—and above sea level—that the storm surge (probably) won’t be an issue. (Though the storm’s going to hit sometime around high tide, so that… will be messy.) But the hatches have been battened down, everything’s charged, and I’m as ready as I can be. I’m already a little bit annoyed at the prospect of throwing out a freezer’s worth of food (in this economy!), but it is what it is.

As I’ve done in the past, I’ll update this post when I know what my situation actually looks like—though not very often, since I’ll be rationing battery power for more important things than blog posts.

See you on the other side.

Update: Sunday 25 September – morning

I’m here! Don’t worry!

My power’s been out since sometime Friday night, and my cell signal has been maxing out at one bar of LTE. This is the first time I’ve had enough of a signal to get online. (But don’t worry! They’re giving me an extra 50GB of data to help during these trying times.)

But boredom aside, I’m good. I’ll check in again as soon as I can.

Later that morning…

I have electricity! And internet! I don’t entirely trust that they’re going to last, but for now I’m happy. (And I only have to throw out about a third of the stuff in my freezer, so that’s good.)