Well, no samples will be processed today! I came in with all intentions of finishing my algal P extractions and boiling and rinsing diatoms. But my plans have been trashed by the damn hurricane... Only one building here at the Bio-station has a generator, and so we are moving all samples that must be saved to that building and cramming into that lab's fridge/freezer space. We are going to be cramming at least three labs and seven grad students worth of samples into fridges already being used by several other grad students.
We have made the decision to abandon any samples still here left by previous grad students and the undergrads who just finished their summer internship here. That decision hurt me a bit, and they're not even my samples. Hell, I don't even know half the people who's names are on the tubes. But I know they worked hard to collect them and that they were left here for a reason. But we can't save everything, and priority must be given to active projects.
This is the first hurricane I've ever had to face. And currently, the husband and I are planning to ride it out in our NYC apartment. Thankfully a friend has offered us, the kitties, and snake space at her parents' place upstate if it looks like its going to be an utter disaster. I heard on the news that this will be the first hurricane to pass directly over NYC since the late 1800's. Who knows if we're all over-reacting to this or not. The media is doing a good job of scaring the crap out of me.
Everyone cross your fingers for all the data, samples, windows, buildings, and everything else. It's gonna be a bumpy ride!