Nor'Eastah Update: That's Not Gone Well

New Englanders know there was a wicked storm that blew through overnight Wednesday into Thursday. Our area was hit badly enough to cancel schools, simply because of so many roads with trees down, not to mention spotty power outages. Like us, my parents woke up to no power. They live about 3 miles from us. We looked out into the dim early morning light to see branches, leaves, and little else. They found a tree across both their cars.

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At first glance, the Volvo looks okay. The Jetta, not so much.

But on closer inspection of the Volvo, it starts to look a bit worse.

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The damage above the windshield, and above the tailgate in particular, look to be problematic.

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The Jetta was days away from being sold or traded in on a new Honda Clarity. That’s less of a loss, although ironically that car is probably “fine” to drive, whereas the Volvo clearly has a smashed windshield. I’m sure both are mechanically fine, but I fear the Volvo is totaled, too. Clearly the Jetta is totaled, but again, not such a loss there.

To avoid further damage to the cars or to ourselves, we used the tractor to help lift the bigger parts of the trees off the cars.

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So we go over to the lake to check on the 90-year-old neighbor who was scheduled to leave for Florida yesterday, and to check on our house and boats while we’re there. As we walked around the corner of the house, one of the moorings was empty, where a boat had been tied to it the night before. Oh shit.

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Well, absolutely the best case scenario played out in this instance: the boat drifted about 100 feet into a beach, where the waves floated it up and kept it there. Mind you, it was full of mucky water, but it was okay.

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Mooring line that frayed and broke off:

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We spent about 2 hours bailing out the water, muck, pineneedles, leaves, etc. and then we were able to push it off the beach and drive it to the boat ramp. I put the hitch that I JUST installed on the Volvo to good use, and the boat’s now safely stored in my parents’ barn. Bullet dodged on that one, big time.

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What a day.

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At least we’re all safe, and have our power back already. Clearly, there are innumerable ways this could have been worse.

Onward and upward as they say - and by the way, Honda Clarity review coming soon!

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