Hurricane Fay – Here she comes!
8/19/08 8:00 am Update
Now on land, Fay is moving north to northeast as it moves across Florida. All hurricane and tropical storm warnings have been canceled for the Bay area. <big sigh of relief> Well it missed us. It was all those prayers in comments that kept it away. Well it still may bring rain but right now, it is absolutely beautiful. The weather station says it is 78 out but it feels cooler. The breeze is blowing and I can open both doors and let the air flow through the apartment. After being closed up for all these summer months it will be very nice to air out. I almost (almost being the operative word) feel guilty for not being at work. I have a project I can work on here at home (does anyone know Access 2007?) but I think I will clean with all this fresh air.
Thank you everyone for the thoughts and prayers. They worked.
I got the day off ! Woo Hoo. Like a snow day but a hurricane day.
One of the worse part of the storm is the rain. We have had so much rain that the ground is saturated and flooding is more likely. My porch floods often with a hard rain so nothing new there. I have lived here since I was a child and been through quite a few – most recent were Charley and Wilma. They weren’t direct hits but close enough. But mostly it is like a bad thunderstorm. Rain, wind, more wind… The clearing from the eye of the storm is wonderful if you are close enough to get part of it. It clears, very suddenly and the sun is so very bright. There is such a silence and a calm. It feels as if some type of protection is surrounding you. Magical. I "glad to be alive" feel. Kinda hard to get into words…
I’m all prepared. Dog has plenty of food, we have water, can foods (yuck), car has gas. I went to buy a cheap flashlight and they were sold out but for one at $10.50! I do have a little one and know I have several around here so that’s fine. I also have candles, lots of candles, but they create heat which is not something we need. Cell phone is charging. Computer is charging. I got a new book. Hmm what else?
Tonight we all sit in front of the tv tuned to weather and watch and wait. Tomorrow everything will be closed, stores, food places, gas stations – there will be one open – every so often, with cleaned out shelves. It is sort of surreal sometimes when you stand back and think about it.
I put a circle around my area on the map over there but it is hard to see. Well I will let you know if anything exciting happens. Here’s hoping for a quite night.