A tropical depression is forming near the mouth of Mobile Bay and dark angry clouds are raking the area. The rain has not reached us but it should only be a matter of time. The sky looks like it did a few years ago when Hurricane Opal made landfall on the gulf coast. All afternoon the sky looked menacing. Even thought the gulf is more than 200 miles away from Empire, the winds began to howl after dark and the power went off by bedtime. When the eye passed over us some time in the wee hours, there were still hurricane force winds and we could feel the drop in pressure in our chests.
The power was off for days and afterwards I went out and bought a generator to keep our fridge going until the power guys get out into the countryside.
This storm doesn't look as if it going to be that bad. I'm signing out for now to go sit on the porch and listen for the rain.