Yesterday, I sat huddled in my apartment, watching 45mph winds whip roof shingles and tree limbs around like dandelion puffs. The rain blew horizontally for four hours straight. Parts of the Pearl River, which cuts through the city, flooded. I lost cable access around 4:30pm, and lost the ability to call long-distance an hour later. Power outages darkened roughly half of the city, and my toilet won’t flush unless I add water to it from the bathroom sink. My cat spent most of the day wide-eyed and shivering.
Today, leaves blanket the ground, but otherwise all looks calm. The sun is shining. To quote Bruce Springsteen, “the sky is an unbelievable blue.” Compared to what happened on the Gulf Coast and in New Orleans, I feel lucky. Damn lucky. For a sense of why I feel this way, read today’s report from the Jackson Clarion-Ledger for news from across the state. See this photo gallery for photos of Jackson-area damage. Work was cancelled today—no power in my office building—so I’ll take a walk this afternoon to assess the neighborhood.
For now, though, I’m going back to bed. See you later this week.