It was business as usual on Saturday morning throughout Lynchburg, in advance of the arrival of the storm now called ‘Frankenstorm’ on the East Coast.
Streets were blocked in parts of Lynchburg early for the running of the I Am Woman 5K, an event for women and girls only. Over 600 completed the run/ walk under cloudy skies. Ashley Palmer came in first place with a time of 18:14. You can find complete results on the Riverside Runners website.
Across town at Peaks View Park, a smaller group of participants walked the Lighten-Up Lynchburg 5K Walk to help fight childhood obesity. Mayor Mike Gillette joined in the walk with adults and children from various parts of Lynchburg.
A group of friends was enjoying the day with their Halloween party and pumpkin carving at the picnic area at Peaks View. This is the fifth year the friends have gathered at Peaks View for their Halloween party and a good time was had by all.
Downtown, things were quiet on Church Street in advance of the arrival of Vice President Joe Biden on a scheduled campaign stop. Parking cones were up on both sides of the street in front of the Lynchburg City Armory where Biden spoke to about 1,500 people on Saturday afternoon.
Lynchburg Community Market was rocking with their Harvest Market. Vendors displayed their fall and Halloween wares. Many of the vendors will be at the market on Wednesday this week for Green Market Wednesday, when everything sold is made or grown locally.
Wal-Mart and the local grocery stores were busier than normal due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Sandy, now known as ‘Frankenstorm.’ The storm was located about 420 miles SSE of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina at 5 a.m. on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. You can read the full alert here.
At this time, forecasters think the storm will hit north of here but the 700 mile span of the tropical storm-force winds will make the storm dangerous to millions on the East Coast. Officials in many states, including Virginia, have issued states of emergency to protect citizens and to be eligible for federal assistance.
Those with interests in the Outer Banks can stay updated on the storm’s impact at the Outer Banks by following the Carolina Designs blogsite. This site has kept many local families up to date during previous storms.
Many in Lynchburg hope that the ‘Frankenstorm’ will have a minimal impact in our area, just as the tsunami that hit Hawaii did early this morning.
The middle of the night tsunami caused evacuations and minor impacts in Hawaii following a 7.7 magnitude earthquake in western Canada. All of us with family members in Hawaii are grateful that Hawaii has avoided the potential damage.
Lynchburg families enjoyed a busy Saturday, perhaps the last good weather day for a while. If you want to see fall colors before the leaves are all gone, this may be a good day. If the storm hits as forecast, many of the remaining leaves will be blown from the trees.
There are many activities planned for outdoors in Lynchburg today. Hopefully the weather will hold out for families to enjoy the rest of the last weekend before Halloween. See the articles below for some of the activities you can enjoy today and ways to be prepared for the storm. Have a great Sunday in Lynchburg.