hurricanes hit us in three weeks. The odds against
this are astronomical.
But it happened.
We had plenty of warning. We knew that Frances
The crazy thing is, hurricanes quite often change
their pathes. And Frances was so big if you planned
to leave, where could you go to be safe?
I worked at a shelter on Thursday and Friday
and then came home to ride out the worst with the wife
and kids. It had been raining a little bit
each day since Hurricane Charley hit three weeks
ago, and on Saturday, it really started coming
down... and down... and down.
We lost power on Saturday morning. Then
the winds picked up. From about 10 AM until well
after midnight the rain fell and strong winds
blew. On Sunday the winds finally began
to die down but the rain just kept coming.
Monday came and so did more rain. The entire
county went under a curfew. Most people
were without electricity and parts of the city
[and many homes] were flooded. Hurricane
force winds had destroyed homes and businesses.
And many streets were under so much water that
they were impassible. You can imagine what that much water
did to homes. Luckily no fatalaties have been reported.
We finally got our electricity back on today.
Our house had very minor damage and just
a bit of water came in. We had to cut down some
trees, but other than that we were spared.
I have friends who weren't so lucky, but each of
them has said it could have been so much worse.
And they're right.
It's amazing how spoiled we've become and how
lucky we are. After four or five days of
being trapped in a house without electricity...
no AC, no phones, no internet, no
hot meals or hot showers, you begin to suddenly
appreciate the small things.
Believe it or not, there's another hurricane out
there brewing. The odds of it hitting the same part of
Florida again so soon after the last hurricane
... but unfortunately not impossible.