I keep one nearby hotel on the speed dial for just such occasions as last night, and that’s where I spent the evening though regrettably I was about 800 bonus points short of being able to cash in a freebie.
(There are other hotels, just as close, which under normal circumstances could have been had for maybe half the rate. On the other hand, they tend to fill up with young ladies practicing an example of free enterprise frowned upon by John Law, and if it’s not them, it’s the guys with the portable meth labs. Neither group exactly encourages a good night’s sleep.)
As expected, power was not restored at Surlywood and environs before the storms came in: from the appearance of the clocks, the grid was back on at about 3:15 am. (Indoor temperature: 75.) I didn’t check for further storm damage, though there was nothing obvious jumping out at me at dawn, and I didn’t have to remove any more tree bits from the street.