Walking to work today was certainly a challenge. The winds were so strong, I felt literally “blown away” on more than one occasion. As I was pushing against the wind to get to work early this afternoon, I thought to myself, “Geez, I know I lost a few pounds but this is ridiculous! I am not a skinny person and a far cry from slim…so how come these gusts are so darn powerful?!!” I am not kidding, so many times as I was getting closer and closer to work near St-Viateur + Bernard, I could not help but hear this faint voice in my head, “Auntie EM!!! ” it literally felt like, any minute, I was going to be knocked off my feet and soar through the sky…
Well, reading the Montreal Gazette tonight confirmed the winds were certainly out of the ordinary. If the winds this morning at 11 am. Succeeded in knowking down a truck…I guess I was lucky at 2p.m. to be still standing! A roof blew off in Pincourt; tempos (tent style car shelters) were blown away like “kites” .
Over 100,000 residents without power and traffic was even banned in a quadrant downtown (that happens to be my travel route to and from work). And Highway 25, between Joliette and Mascouche was closed at 2:15 (minutes after I arrived unharmed at work) due to too many cars taking the ditch! Reports, Anne Southerland, of The Montreal Gazette http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/montreal/Strong+winds+wreak+havoc/7900574/story.html
Walking home tonight at 11:30 p.m. was even more challenging as the temperatures had dipped another 12 degrees, so it was windy and brrrrrrrrrrrrr very very cold. For me to have to keep my scarf over my face…it WAS cold!
I certainly cannot complain because I did not get hurt, I did not take my car and have to worry about icy roads and I was not deprived of electricity. Here I am snug as a bug in a rug (well my comfy housecoat) blogging.
I’m taking a 3 day weekend starting tonight and hopefully the wind calms down a little so I can travel to visit friends in the Eastern Townships…
Have a great weekend everyone…drive safely and check out my previous post on what to do with young children if you are stuck inside all weekend.
© Cheryl-Lynn Roberts Tao2Oat January 31, 2013