Hurricane Ike and its effect on a small Canadian town

This morning I was on my way to work taking the normal route I always do. It
was drizzly out, but not much else was different…until I got to the main
intersection. Unlike most mornings, this morning the road was clogged with a
line (or a lineup as they say here in Canada) of cars. The Sunoco gas station
(or petrol stand) was packed to the gills. Indeed, the aisles were 6 cars deep
and the overflow had come out to Juliana Dr. and all the way to the main drag
through town. Fuel was $1.21/litre (about $4.58/gallon), which is about what
it has been for quite a while up here.

My first thought was the speculation on Hurricane Ike down in the Gulf of Mexico
and the pending doom on the Galveston area and all of its oil refineries. I
kind of marvelled at how a hurricane over 2500 kilometers (abt. 1560 miles)
away could have such an effect on a little town of about 20,000 in SW Ontario.

As I passed another station on the way, it was at $1.25/litre (abt. $4.73/gal)
and it too was pretty full. Then, about a mile down the road was another
station…it was at $1.36/litre (abt. $5.15/gal). This station was empty.

These hurricanes are devastating, especially to those in the direct path of the
storm. I have friends and family in Houston and I fear for their safety in the
wrath of this soon to be Cat 3 hurricane. We know what happened in New Orleans
and the same devastation could easily happen in Galveston and its surrounding
areas.

But, what many of us don’t realize is that the far reaching effects…the unseen
and undetected arms of the hurricane…are there. People in little Woodstock,
Ontario are seeing higher fuel prices and ultimately, possibly higher food
costs as a result of a three to four day pounding of a storm in a coastal town
in southern Texas.

It is a scary thing.

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