Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Storm watch

I've checked in with our friends who live in Florida today. Hurricane Irma is a beast. The weather-folk fear they'll have to create a new classification if she keeps growing as expected. 

My friend Brian is staying. He lives inland north of West Palm Beach. He's already stocked up on water, batteries, and can food for his family. I was in the military and I've eaten my share of food from a can. I'm not a fan. But given the choice between food from a can or roadkill, I'd choose the can in most cases.

Peg, who lived near Washinton D.C. for years moved to Florida a few years ago. When I sent her a note today, she's thinking about heading north to weather the storm in Atlanta with her daughter.

If the storm takes a southwestern path, it could come into the Gulf of Mexico where the water is as warm as hospital soup. Warm water is hurricane fuel. It's like moonshine in a fireplace.

When Hurricane Opal slammed into the Panhandle of Florida in 1995, the storm stomped across the tongue of real estate in Florida and made its way straight up through Alabama. The winds were still hurricane force when it reached here. When the eye passed over Empire, it felt as if someone were sitting on our chests as we lay in bed.

The next few days will be interesting.

On a lighter note, when Jilda and I walked our barn road yesterday morning, a shaft of morning sun highlighted a sweet gum tree in the canopy. The leaves got a jump on autumn. 

For my blog buddies in Florida, keep your eyes on the skies and don't hesitate to flee if there's a chance it will come near you.



  1. Yep, this is another one that looks bad. Our home is on the East coast, we are in NC for Sherry's HS reunion. Son Mark is up for a few days his home is on the West coast. He is right on the gulf. a couple hundred feet from the gulf water. something like an elevation of 2 ft. but the house has weathered many storms in it's 40 years.
    We are looking and hoping the storm will turn enough that the state will only get the water needed for the aquifer. One must always hope for the best and prepare for the worst. An interesting read of course.

  2. I wish the best for Florida. Two big storms like this is unfair.

  3. Scary stuff for sure, still hoping it will turn north and east.

  4. The weather has been truly unkind recently. I hope Irma dissipates quicker than anticipated.

  5. I cannot help but wonder why people insist on staying in harms way. One of my sons lived in Florida some years back and weathered out some hurricanes but life would have been so much easier for them if they'd just secured the house and got away for a few days. Let me tell you they were very relieved when the opportunity came up and they moved to another state where there was no possibility of hurricanes. Praying for all. Leaves are changing here too and soon I'll be out raking them up. Life goes on ...

  6. I'm praying the Irma looses strength before making unprecedented damage.
    Some of our trees are also stressed and are showing signs of autumn. I'm hoping everyone makes it through alive.
    Hugs, Julia

  7. Irma looks like a monster and I feel for everyone in its path.

  8. You checked in with your friends who live in Florida? YOU DIDN'T CHECK IN WITH ME AND I LIVE IN FLORIDA! Nobody likes me, everybody hates me, I'm gonna eat some worms. Or cookies because nothing says hurricane like plenty of cookies.


  9. Anonymous2:15 PM

    I love you, Janie--stay safe!!

  10. I'd already heard from you miss whiny britches.
    Check your comment from the day before.

    But you know you're loved :)

  11. People from Alabama would rather live in a hurricane land than here in earthquake land. From what Harvey has shown us, I don't agree with her.


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