Monday, June 25, 2012
Sit And Wait
And then there's that.
They've already had bad winds and flooding down by the coast. They're evacuating Dog Island and St. George. A waterfront restaurant owner in Apalach was quoted in today's paper as saying, "The storms ripped panels off the walls, boats are up, the shop is closed and the power is going in and out. Other than that we're doing just fine."
Debby is a slow-moving, weather-forcaster's nightmare. She can't seem to make up her mind and is in no hurry to do so. But at this point, they're saying it's going to hit the coast on Thursday, somewhere in the Apalach region and that there might be winds up to 70 mph and a storm surge in Apalachee Bay of 6-7 feet.
Wonder if we still have a house on Dog Island? Wonder if we still have PROPERTY on Dog Island?
Well, what chu gon' do?
It's soggy here in Lloyd, I know that, but no winds to speak of. The trees are dropping the branches they don't need, water-logged and made heavy by all this rain. The dogs don't want to go out. The chickens don't even seem to want to get off the roost.
I know the feeling. I had a hard time getting up this morning but my dreams were so bad I did. I kept dreaming about being in a car with Owen and Gibson who were not in their car seats and even worse- no one was driving. Nah, I was way in the back seat. One got so bad I just thought to myself, "Hell, this is a dream and I'm going to wake up," and I did.
Nothing like an oncoming storm to make you realize how little control you have over your life and the lives of those you love.
I'm going to town today to watch those boys for a few hours. I think I better pick up a few things like bottled water and canned...whatever.
Oh boy. Life in Florida. I had a feeling this might be a bad summer for storms although they were saying it wasn't going to be. Hurricane prediction, even with all of our technology, is still more art than science, it seems to me. And on a personal level, for some reason, despite the fact that I've lived through many storms in my years in Florida, an oncoming one is a real and huge anxiety trigger for me.
Or maybe that's BECAUSE I've lived through so many storms in Florida.
This might be a good morning to do some yoga.
I hope you're all safe and that we all remain so.