Take Me Somewhere Else
Hello Friends and Family NOT in Florida,
Tim and I are about to get blown by Hurricane Irma. We’ll know more in the next hour, and then every hour after that since we’re getting closer to land fall. Here are a few things you should know since you’re not in a hurricane’s path:
We’re Floridians. And with that, we sort of know what it’s like to be in (or around) a hurricane since we’ve lived here long enough. I’ve been here since 1985 and have been through quite a number of these storms. Even tropical storms that we get through the summer can be devastating. So we know how to react and we know how to prepare. Although, one is never prepared to lose everything in as little as 8 hours (depending on the speed of the storm).
We also know to watch the weather reports carefully. We’re watching them WAY closer than you are. Right now I have Irma’s track playing in a live loop on my computer while the news about the storm has been playing non-stop all day on the tv. This will be how I monitor the storm until the electricity goes out. We’re scared…yes. We don’t like being in a storm and watching objects fly across the yard in 80+ mile winds. But, for the most part, we’re ready. We don’t know what’s going to happen from one hour to the next. The truth is…neither do the meteorologists. Just now they’re hoping Irma goes further south into Cuba to slow it down some. But…they don’t know what it’ll do. It’s all a guessing game.
Tim and I are inland. Northeast of Tampa and to the north of Zephyrhills. There are actually hills in this area. So flooding doesn’t get too outrageous here. Storm surges won’t reach us. But streets will probably be impassable until Tuesday or so. We’ll see. We don’t evacuate. That’s not us being stupid. That’s us being considerate. It’s not an emergency for us to leave our home, or to suck up gasoline unnecessarily away from those that actually need it. We’re not clogging the only TWO highways out of Florida. We’re not wasting resources, or taking someone else’s hotel rooms. We leave all of that to those who are on the coast. They really need to leave their home. We don’t. So that’s why we stay and deal with this huge storm…in the dark…right from our stairwell where there is no glass and no roof.
We thank you for thinking of us and offering us your prayers, but you know that doesn’t work for us. Just sit quietly, monitor the storm from where YOU are, and when we can come back online, then maybe see if there’s anything we need. Right now we just need calm, and we need to be sensible. We refuse to get high blood pressure or anxiety over this. We’ll get past it. The weather was beautiful today. It’ll probably be nice tomorrow (Saturday) with waves of rain. But if you don’t hear from us Sunday, then you’ll know the electricity has gone out. I’ll take control of our household from there. Just cross your fingers for us since the latest track of Irma is right through us here in Dade City. On a positive note…if the eye is directly over us, the air is calm and zero humidity until the eye goes over us. But if you’ve ever been in an eye of a hurricane (I have) you’ll find it eerie and yet…dreamy. My ears pop because the pressure is different.
But we’ll be safe. I promise you that. I’ll look for you again once the storm is clear. YOU enjoy YOUR weekend. I’ll see you on the other side.