Still quiet here, gentle rain, an occasional gust of wind but nothing big.
I think the storm has been downgraded to a Category 2 which is still a very strong storm but not as strong, of course, as a Category 5, and as my own personal favorite meteorologist keeps reminding us, its trip up the coast over land is going to weaken it a great deal.
The SW coast of Florida, however, has had a terrible hit and there will probably be flooding although as of now, the storm has sucked all of the water OUT of Tampa Bay and in fact, a lot of bays and rivers, and it's all just very, very surreal. They are having flooding tides in St. Augustine which is at the entirely opposite end and length of the state. I am sure that science can explain this but I can't.
Mr. Moon and Vergil boarded up the windows at Vergil and Jessie's house today and then moved on to Lily and Jason's where they made what I'm calling a "hunker bunker" out of the living room. Then they came over here and boarded up the windows in our bedroom, the dining room, and the bedroom where Lisa and her children are sleeping and I have to tell you that I am SO damn glad that it's so unseasonably cool right now because when that power goes out and those rooms are boarded up, it could be a hell. A safe hell, but a hell. But it is so cool that we've got doors open now and we're all wearing long sleeves.
And so here we are with power and lights and cool air and so much food and we wait. I imagine that I'll wake up at some point tonight to hear the winds and rain and discover that the power is off. I keep telling myself that in 24 hours most of it will be behind us. The storm, at least. Then the work of clearing and possible repair work and waiting for the power to come back on will begin.
I will try to post what I can tomorrow. Maybe I'll be able to post something from my phone. We shall see.
But I'll be in touch as soon as I possibly can. I promise you.
And all will be well.
Love you to pieces...Ms. Moon