Part 1 [27/6/13]
The storms were getting more frequent, Pelly notices. When Copper and Booker had left in the afternoon, the first of the rain had started to come. As Phyllis was taking over the post office for the night, the first thunder boomed. The rain continued after that, but Pelly still managed to get to sleep fine.
The next morning, the rain was still coming. Phyllis said it had been raining all night. Pelly walked outside and took a visit to Tom Nook. The grass was wet and sodden underfoot, and small pools of water had started to emerge.
"This rain isn't going to be good for business," Nook says. "No doubt the Able Sister's might be able to shift some umbrella's."
"I wouldn't know about that," Pelly replies. "The wind has started to pick up."
"I'd be willing to keep the TV on. Keep checking the weather."
"I'll keep that in mind. I'll have to check on everyone else."
"Where are the officers?"
"They had to go back to the Police Headquarters for a meeting about the relocation of this town. Me and Phyllis are in charge until they get back."
Pelly then walked along the stretch where the train station was, then down to the museum. Looking down at the Wishing Well plaza, Pelly thought to last month where the villagers were celebrating the coming of another summer. How wrong they were for celebrating it now, she thought.
Visiting the Able Sister's shop, she found Sable busy as ever at the sewing machine and Mable as happy as ever to greet customers. Business wasn't going so well, Mable told Pelly, simply because the people who had ordered custom umbrellas and shirts wouldn't come to pick them up through all this bad weather.
As Pelly walked it back, struggling against the wind, she spotted Pete fly off in the distance, being blown as he took off. Phyllis, it seemed, was still at the desk handling letters. It really was time for her to sleep though, so Pelly made her way back as quick as possible.
Part 2 [22/7/13]
By the time it was afternoon, the rain seemed to have died out for the day, but there was still a lot of cloud around. The grass was as sodden as ever and some flowers were now starting to wilt from over-saturation. The rivers and pools were almost at flooding point and the ocean water of the beach was now creeping up the sand so little of the beach remained.
Sable, taking a small break from her sewing, looks out of the window to see the water line. Looking away from the window and turning to Mable, she comments "Don't you think it time we took our business elsewhere?"
"Sis! How could you say that?" Mable replies.
"I don't know... Wait! I didn't mean to another town! I just meant away from the ocean and closer to the bulk of villagers."
"But that would cost money, and resources we don't have."
At this point the door opens and Tom Nook walks in. Looking around he spots them in the corner where the two hedgehogs were talking.
"So sorry to bother you," he says to them, "but have either of you seen the latest weather forecast?"
"No," Mable answers for them. "But it can't be worse than we already have, can it?"
"Well, if you count a huge storm coming our way..."
"For how long?" Sable asks.
"At least a day," Tom Nook informs. "Temporary accommodation is being set up next to my store if you need it."
"I'm sure we'll be fine," Mable says. "But if we do need it, we'll be sure to get a move on to the top of the town."
"Well, I'll be seeing you after this storm then. Pelly's putting the whole town on lockdown. There isn't much else to do."
"Bye then," both sisters say.
Nook leaves the store, and as the door is opened, the start of the coming wind blows into the store.
The door is closed again and Sable returns to her sewing machine while Mable looks out of the window at the ever approaching storm.
Part 3 [27/8/15]
The storm arrived as evening fell. The winds were rapid and harsh. The rain lashed the ground at speed, hitting buildings and making thunderous tapping noises on all surfaces. The rising water from the sea that had threatened to overflow now covered the entirety of the beach and was making its way slowly through the village.
Mable and Sable were the first to leave. As much as they didn't want to, there wasn't any choice. The water had started seeping into the shop, and there wasn't any way to rescue anything. The only thing they took was the sewing machine. It had been in their family for generations, and they didn't want it lost. Struggling against the howling wind and bulleting rain, the two made it to higher ground. The sewing machine making movement slow, the two hedgehogs reach the northern area of town to find the temporary accommodation that had been set up for them had blown away. Help wasn't far away as Tom Nook had seen them and let them into his shop.
Next to leave the safety of their homes were Butch and Biff. Again, they had no choice. The rain had almost destroyed the roof of Biff's shack, and Butch had no floor space thanks to the water completely flooding his home. The two ran out within seconds of each other without any plan to meet, but bumped into each other almost immediately. Deciding higher ground was safer, the two ran up the southern slope and into the Police Station.
The officers were gone after all, so it wasn't as if it was being used.
Pelly rose early to the sound of the rain hammering every part of the post office it could hit. Knowing that safety was key, she rushed as quickly as she could to the lower end of town, noting that the water had reached the start of the rocky wall that separated the higher and lower parts of the village.
She quickly checked the buildings that the water had surrounded, sloshing through the water as carefully as she could. The Able Sisters shop was deserted and ruined. Butch's and Biff's houses were similarly abandoned. Escaping the water, she wondered to those houses in the western alcove where three villagers lived. Dotty took a bit of convincing to leave, but once outside she realised it was for the best.
Rex took no convincing at all, but Rosie was another matter. She wouldn't leave without first rescuing her prized possessions, and so Pelly, Rex, and Dotty helped heave and shove the furniture up the western slope to the Police Station, all the while Rosie fretted that her things were being ruined. At the first visit to the Police Station, they found Biff and Butch, who reluctantly helped with the rest of the furniture moving.
Once it had all been done, Pelly told everyone gathered to stay in the Police Station where it was safe while she continued her rounds.
Part 4 [28/9/15]
Biff looked around at the band of villagers inside the Police Station, wondering whether the time had come to finally say goodbye to this town of Octavia. He'd miss the people and the residents, sure. And the parties and other events. But things had been quiet recently, and this storm proved that things had been getting worse.
Dotty was sat in a far corner. Rosie was fretting that the water had ruined every bit of furniture she had. Butch and Rex were busy talking. No-one would probably even notice him leaving, and he wouldn't want anyone to know he had gone until it was too late to stop him.
Casually wondering over to the entrance and sneaking another look, it seemed as though no-one had paid any attention to him. Tensing up to brave the rain storm, he dashed outside.
He'd reached the billboard with the town map on it, somehow still standing despite the winds that had been blowing, when a voice shouted out to him. Someone had noticed him after all.
"Biff! What are you doing?"
Biff turned to see Dotty a few paces behind him. "Just wondering around," he said defensively.
"Well, have you thought about this town? How it feels to be here these days?"
He was about to respond harshly when he caught himself. He'd been thinking the exact same thing, and here was another villager with the exact same thoughts.
Changing tack, he replied "I have. Things have just been getting worse."
"Well, wouldn't now be a good time to leave? We have nothing anyway. We can-"
"Start again." The wonderful thought.
"Yes. Start again. Quickly to the train station, and hope no-one sees us."
The two run as fast as the storm would allow, reaching the train station and ducking down between rail and cabin to hide.
Porter had nothing to do except keep a track of the rail network. Both incoming and outgoing visitors were tracked from the cabin. The next one would be along in a bit, and it made Porter smile to see that Rover was once again taking a morning break on the trains. Though it seemed that all Rover did was travel on trains.
Looking up, he could see the train pulling into the station. Exactly on the hour, as it always did. Turning around, he looked upon the village. The rain and wind were still viciously slashing and howling. He hoped the storm would let up soon. He had a feeling the cabin or station might be feeling the pressure a bit too much.
Turning back around, the whistle blew to alert that the train was leaving. Looking down on his board, he noted that two villagers had entered the train without him knowing. Quickly running out of the cabin, he sees the two sat down opposite each other as the train pulled out of the station.