Maryland Dream Weavers

The Baltimore Washington area learned a new word recently. Derecho: a fast moving severe thunderstorm with hurricane force winds. Ours hit like a category one, with little warning. Our lights flicked out at 10:30pm. For an intense and frightening half hour we huddle together with our flashlights watching the trees do backbends in the wind while listening to reports on my battery operated radio. There was no mention of tornados so we wandered off to bed expecting the power to come back on during the night. Wrong.

Not only was the power out, but our cell phones weren’t getting a signal. We were able to get a few calls out on our land line before it went out as well. The entire area was in the dark. A quest for coffee led me five miles away into the next county. It took over a half an hour to make my…

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About A. L. Kaplan

I am a writer, artist, and parent.
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