While I don't panic about weather related issues, it is well to be prepared for whatever may come along. Hurricane Sandy is ramping up, it is getting dark, and the power companies are shutting down the cherrypickers until daylight tomorrow, after the wind drops to safer levels. As a SCAdian, I have a lot of candles, lamps and flashlights, along with most of the other things needed for such an emergency.
So far, the rain has been steady but not so bad, and the wind been steady at about 30 mph, gusting to 45. They expect it to get a whole lot worse though. The eye is ashore now, and will make its run north of us while it is dark. We are on a hill, so flooding is not likely, and hopefully no trees will come down on our bedroom tonight! It is our friends to the north I worry about. May God protect you all.