Irma was a big ol’ bitch!
She rolled in around 8PM on Sunday night with this alert on my cell phone.
It didn’t seem all that bad for the first few hours and MacGyver and I and the neighbors ended up heading off the bed around 10:30 because by that time the earlier reports which told us we should expect a category 4 storm to hit us directly now informed us it would be more like a category 2 and it would not be a direct hit.
So, we went to sleep expecting to wake up to no power and maybe some trees on the ground or on the roof.
Surprisingly, we woke up with power, but no internet or cable. I have to use my hotspot to update the blog so that’s why the delayed post. Well that and I’m sure you want to see pictures and it takes about 4 minutes to upload each one and that’s beyond annoying so it is what it is. Maybe I’ll post more later.
Anyway, there was a ton of downed trees in my neighborhood and for a cat 1-2 storm, it was pretty bad. Here some of the damage from my backyard.
We ended up losing this palm tree.
The next pictures are all of neighbors houses.
A neighbor’s house
My next door neighbor’s backyard
And these are pictures from our house in Nokomis sent to us from a neighbor. We lost a few fence panels and a tree was snapped in half and one fell across the canal but no damage at all to our house. We are so lucky!
WTF it’s Wednesday and we may be cleaning up for a while but we’re still standing!
This might be the last post for a little while. Remember how I said ‘we never get hurricanes here….’ yeah, well, apparently I lied.
After helping MacGyver and I shore up the Nokomis and Englewood homes, my sister found a rental car online Friday and was able to get her family safely home. (After an incredibly long drive I might add.)
At that time we thought the hurricane was possibly coming into Miami but we still wanted to prepare in case it wasn’t and it was a good thing we did. We prepared as best we could. The storm surge however will probably be too much for Nokomis. I really hope it isn’t but it is what it is. I am more worried about my family and their safety right now and that is what is most important. Things can be replaced.
We are in Clearwater right now which is 48 feet above sea level at our home. It is one of the highest locations in the area. We have boarded up and put up storm shutters, even over our impact windows. (MacGyver is very protecting.)
Unfortunately some of the people in our neighborhood did not have time to prepare and did not feel safe in their homes so MacGyver and I have opened our doors to them. We do not know how our roof is going to hold up to the winds and some of the neighbors have trees that are hanging dangerously close to our house which we did not have time to trim or did not have access to but we are praying they do not fall. Fingers are crossed and we’ll update family and friends as we can.
First let me just say that I do realize that Irma is a huge storm, no, the hugest. The absolute largest storm ever. The largest on record. I do indeed understand that, I do. And that is why we need to be prepared. Prepared. Not hysterical.
MacGyver and I are in Englewood right now with my sister and her husband and my niece and her husband fishing for our annual fishing trip. Of course, we would be expecting a hurricane, it’s par for the course. I’m almost certain it wont come anywhere near us but we need to be prepared and we’ll do what we need to do.
The meteorologist have all kinds of scientific equipment to help them determine when and where this thing will hit but it’s the weather and they tell you constantly that it isn’t certain and they don’t really know yet and they won’t really have a good idea until later in the week so don’t panic.
I did not panic. I went to 13 stores and located 6 cases of bottled water. MacGyver and I stood in line at the gas station and gassed up all the vehicles and filled up all of our gas cans yesterday. We went to Nokomis and tied down a few things and I’m going over there today to put away a few more things. Our hurricane shutters are ready if we need them and we’ll head home to Clearwater early if we need to but basically we’re preparing as we get the proper info. Basically we’re doing what we should be doing.
If things change, I”ll let you know. It’s still too early to tell what’s going to happen and we’re all ready prepared just in case.
WTF it’s Wednesday and we’re prepared but we’re not in panic mode.