Well, Isabel came and went, and it wasn't all that bad for those of us on the N side of DC.
After Isabel hit land, its course was more westerly than expected. It went further inland before it it turned north, and then traveled faster than expected and broke up more quickly. Because of this, it spared people and property in our immediate area (surburban MD), but the damage was much worse just south of here (eg, the northern VA 'burbs). The N-S gradient in damage is so pronounced that friends just a mile or so to the south and west of here are still without lights 24 hrs later, while our power only flickered a few times. Fortunately, our bilge pumps continued to work, and we didn't take on any water in the basement (...just joking, they really are sump pumps, but its been so wet around here I think of them as bilge pumps).
We now have two other families' food in our home fridges, a third family's food in my lab fridge, plus an 11 y.o. and a 90 y.o. staying with us for the next couple of nights.
This was a big storm, but its easy to see how it could have been a LOT worse, even down south.
Thanks for your thoughts & concern.
Tom / PM
[ September 19, 2003, 11:29 PM: Message edited by: PhysicsMan ]