On Thursday, August 25, we realized that Hurricane Irene was really heading our way. Where she was going to exactly hit was still not known. We decided to take Friday off from school to prepare for her arrival. We put everything that was outside (lawn mower, trash can, etc) into the shed and garage.
Around 4 PM Friday, it stared to rain and get a little windy. After all the kids were in bed, I tried to get some sleep too, but the tornado warnings started. I stayed up until they were expired around 1 AM. About 2 AM Saturday, the power went off and when we called the power company, they said it would be a while before the trucks could get out.
I got the kids up around 6 AM because it was starting to get very windy outside and there are a lot of trees around the bedrooms. It kept getting more and more windy and around 8 AM a tree fell on our boat and dog pen. Around 9 AM Saturday morning, one of the trees fell on our house right above the boys bedroom. It didn't come all the way through, but it did cause a leak in the room. After that happened we all sat in the living room for the rest of the day. The wind was over 80 mph here at our house for a while, before calming down to 40 mph in the evening. It was a long day. We finally got into bed (the boys had to sleep on the pull out couch Saturday evening) around 9 PM. The rain had stopped, but it was still windy.
The "eye" of Hurricane Irene did up hitting Cape Lookout which is about 100 miles from our house.
I woke up around 12:30 AM Sunday morning and noticed it was very calm outside. I got out of bed and noticed the clock on the oven was blinking. We had our power back! We were without power for 22 hours and had quite a bit of trees and branches down around the house, but we are all okay.
We did take yesterday off from school and cleaned up some of the branches outside. The landlord came by and was able to get the tree off of the house and get a tarp on for right now. Now to get back to normal and back to our schedule. Praying we don't have any more major storms this season.