We are in the midst of our first storm of the season. Lots of wind and rain. So far, in the first six days of November, we've already had more rain than we typically get for the entire month (and November is a very wet month here in Western Washington state.)
Our poor scarecrow is feeling the worst of the it all, as the wind has taken him out. He looks like we feel, since we have been getting warnings of serious flooding all day. If things go as the weatherman predicts, our local river will be at a severe flood stage late tonight. That means water breaching the levies, covering the roads, and ruining a lot of homes and businesses locally. The last time things got this bad, the farmers had to drive all their livestock up to much higher ground. The news is filled with shots of salmon swimming across roadways--always an amazing site. Of course, there are always those yahoos who think it's great fun to ignore the "Road Closed" signs, and give it a whirl with their four-wheel drives. They usually end up stuck, and embarrassed on the evening news--deservedly so.
Luckily we don't need to worry about the flooding where we live, as we are high above the flood plain--but we do need to go out and rake the leaves out of the street gutters as the clog up the storm drains and that can and has caused flooding in our area. Hope that you are all snug, warm, and dry.