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Old 08-04-2020, 07:23 PM   #1
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Hurricane Isaias - Chesapeake Bay

The tropical storm raced up Chesapeake bay or on the edge of it. I guess it started around 5am and was done by about 1pm. Modest amount of uprooted trees, broken limbs on the road for a storm that moved through so quickly. I would guess we got close to a 3' tidal surge in Crisfield, MD.

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The top of the floating dock isn't supposed to be higher than the land.
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Still have another 4' on the pilings before life gets interesting. The bow line on the pilings is normally close to the cap rail on my boat.
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The fixed piers are under water. The marina is experimenting with a new concept, floating power pedestals. Power was turned off to the docks yesterday at 4pm.
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A spiderweb of dock lines (14) kept Slow Hand safe. Pays to prepare for the worst.

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Old 08-04-2020, 07:52 PM   #2
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I made a quick trip from Ocracoke to home port Baltimore to stay ahead of storm. Chesapeake got rough Sunday afternoon so we took refuge in Crisfield for the night. Finished trip Monday morning.

Docked stern in on slip G13 and tied boat up. Looked up dock and low and behold was your boat. Just wanted to tell you it looks even nicer in person than in pictures.

Glad your marina made it through storm. We have all floating docks and other than the wind and rain this morning were fine.

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Old 08-04-2020, 08:01 PM   #4
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I made a quick trip from Ocracoke to home port Baltimore to stay ahead of storm. Chesapeake got rough Sunday afternoon so we took refuge in Crisfield for the night. Finished trip Monday morning.

Docked stern in on slip G13 and tied boat up. Looked up dock and low and behold was your boat. Just wanted to tell you it looks even nicer in person than in pictures.

Glad your marina made it through storm. We have all floating docks and other than the wind and rain this morning were fine.

John
Thanks for the kind words John! Sorry I missed you. Glad the storm was a non event for you.

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We rode it out in Mill Creek in Solomon's Island, so we were just northwest of you guys, across the bay. Tornado watches and lots of rain and plenty windy, but we feel fortunate it did not get too bad. Now we will see what we can learn about the expected debris field, and head south slowly and carefully over the next few days.
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Maybe I'm a doof for not seeing it, but where was that taken? Up in your area or on the Chesapeake or...?

(Those boats tied to the docks.... yikes.)
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Maybe I'm a doof for not seeing it, but where was that taken? Up in your area or on the Chesapeake or...?

(Those boats tied to the docks.... yikes.)
Not sure either! Its from Isaias though.
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The tropical storm raced up Chesapeake bay or on the edge of it. I guess it started around 5am and was done by about 1pm. Modest amount of uprooted trees, broken limbs on the road for a storm that moved through so quickly. I would guess we got close to a 3' tidal surge in Crisfield, MD.

Yeah... about 50' worth of a 120' maple tree landed on our (house) roof just 9 am on Tuesday.. That was just a few minutes after a local tornado watch was issued, but we didn't notice any high/cyclonic winds (no freight train sound) at the time.

Haven't been able to completely assess roof/gutter/chimney damage, but the tree people are bringing in a 90-ton crane on Saturday...

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Ouch! Sorry to hear that. Hope nobody was hurt. Lots of people around here had written it off, being a tropical storm. Every once in a while, mother nature has to remind us who really has the power.

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Yeah... about 50' worth of a 120' maple tree landed on our (house) roof just 9 am on Tuesday.. That was just a few minutes after a local tornado watch was issued, but we didn't notice any high/cyclonic winds (no freight train sound) at the time.

Haven't been able to completely assess roof/gutter/chimney damage, but the tree people are bringing in a 90-ton crane on Saturday...

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Hopefully not too much damage hiding under that chunk of tree!
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Having ridden this one out with the eye passing close to us, and recently having TS Bertha formed right on top of us when anchored in Georgetown, two things come to mind. First, it is so random where damage happens. Even the saltiest and smartest boaters benefit from a little luck. Major damage can be just a few hundred yards away, while you go unscathed. Secondly, the importance of a well protected cove cannot be underestimated. We rode this one (Isaias) out in Mill Creek at Solomon's Island and the hills around us offered unbelievable protection. We could hear the winds and see the trees bending over, but we barely rocked.

When TS Bertha formed pretty much right on top of us in Georgetown, our anchorage was more exposed. Although Bertha was not as strong of a storm, we had a much rougher ride with it than this one.

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Were you anchored in Mill Creek? How far the creek were you able to get?
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Were you anchored in Mill Creek? How far the creek were you able to get?
We have anchored in Mill Creek twice over the past few weeks. I like the area around Green 7 there. This time we were at a dock about 1/4 mile farther up the creek than Red 8.

We were anchored, but then a day or 2 before the storm we had the opportunity to use someone's dock (very generous boater/homeowner who have been so kind to us). So we tied to their dock. It was nice to be plugged in when it was so hot, so we enjoyed that. My plan was to untie and move about 100 yards away from the dock and anchor the morning the storm was supposed to get here. The winds picked up before daylight, though, and I didn't like the idea of moving with the winds already up. So we stayed put.

I actually think that was the wrong decision. We should have backed out and anchored. However, the protection in this cove is so good that it worked out beautifully for us and being tied to the dock caused no problems at all. I've become a big fan of Mill Creek and protection it offers.
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Here in CT , there were over 880,000 power outages between the 2 electric companies.


We are getting the royal shaft , my house electric bill is about $35.00 a month , the cost of delivery over $80.00 per month.
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We are getting the royal shaft , my house electric bill is about $35.00 a month , the cost of delivery over $80.00 per month.
So, $115/month for power? A bargain in my opinion. I think, sir, that maintenance of the infrastructure (cost of delivery) is the major cost for power companies.
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Ouch! Sorry to hear that. Hope nobody was hurt. Lots of people around here had written it off, being a tropical storm. Every once in a while, mother nature has to remind us who really has the power.

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Hopefully not too much damage hiding under that chunk of tree!

Thanks, no injuries, can't assess the rest of the damage yet... no visible leaks yet, though, so we're taking that as a hopeful sign.

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We are getting the royal shaft , my house electric bill is about $35.00 a month , the cost of delivery over $80.00 per month.
Driving on I-81 through Virginia this week ran into a couple crews from Alabama Power at a rest area. They said they were heading for Connecticut.
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Chris, you know that we are berthed at Hartge's in Galesville. The irony of location is amazing. Top wind speed here in the marina was 31mph. The storm was wholly uneventful here probably no more than five miles from you as the crow flies.
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Here's what is left of Southport Marina (NC) where my boat is it's the one circled, can't get on it and they have not pulled it out the mess to be towed to a boatyard for inspection.
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