Like most of eastern North America, Raymond and I are closely watching the progress of Hurricane Sandy tonight. It was pretty blowy in Montreal as we made our way home from work, but of course nothing like what they’re seeing on the Eastern Seaboard.
(I love that phrase “Eastern Seaboard,” don’t you? It somehow sounds so different from “East Coast.” More urban and populated, maybe – and thus likely to suffer a lot more damage when a hurricane comes to call.)
Anyway, the storm’s trajectory makes it appear that both Montreal and Queensborough – where the Manse is – will get some pretty heavy wind and rain over the next couple of days. As our Queensborough friend Dave deLang put it in an email last night, “Whatever leaves are left have a good chance of having the tree blow out from under them.”
Which leads me to ponder: should we buy a generator for the Manse?
I know that a fair number of people in the area do have generators. A while back I inquired of another Queensborough friend, Ed Couperus, about how often and how long power outages tend to be, and he suggested that generally speaking it isn’t a big problem. But still, on a night like tonight, I can easily imagine power going out at the Manse (my handy Hydro One iPhone app tells me that there are already outages between Bancroft and Madoc) and, if we were there, being cold and uncomfortable (not to mention hungry). It would be awfully nice to flick a switch (or whatever you do with generators) and have a backup source of power.
What do you think, people, especially those of you with experience living in rural areas? Is a generator a good investment? If so, how powerful should it be? (I see from a quick search at homehardware.ca and canadiantire.ca that they can range from 1,000 to 9,000 watts.)
I appreciate your advice, though of course there’s nothing I can do about the situation tonight. (Well, I suppose I could order a new generator online, but I’m not quite ready for that.) I think instead I will sit back and watch CNN’s coverage, listen to the wind blow, and feel very glad that we are indoors and cozy and dry on a night like this.
Because that is absolutely the best part of a storm.