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
nothing like knowing your family is safe, friends are safe with you, food and love abound and preparations complete. You've done all you can. All of you in your beloved and solid house will fare just fine, I think. I feel it in your post and in my heart....... keeping you all in my thoughts, as well as everyone in Irma's pathReplyDelete
Thinking of you constantlyReplyDelete
Glad you are cool, comfortable, and have good company while you wait. I do hope the waiting is the hardest part.ReplyDelete
Stay safe :) I read your blog evey day but have never commented before. However, we went through Marcia Cat 5 in Yeppoon Australia two years ago, and I have some idea of how you may be feeling. All you can do is prepare as best you can and sit it out. Take Care xxReplyDelete
Oh, Mary. I keep thinking about you and thinking about you. Holding my breath. Crossing my fingers. Lighting a candle. Praying. Willing to do all of it if it will help.ReplyDelete
I too am thinking of you and your family pretty much constantly. Grateful this thing has weakened some.ReplyDelete
Those good men, taking care of business! Hoping for cool weatherReplyDelete
for you and a quick restoration of power after the storm has passed.
Thinking of you.ReplyDelete
Thinking about you all. XoXoReplyDelete
I'm waiting for the all-clear from you. Then I can breathe a sigh of relief. Take care!ReplyDelete
I'm hoping it stays cool. Boarded up and hot sounds awful. Keeping you in my thoughts.ReplyDelete
If you can post, please do. I am beside myself with worry for you and others in Florida.ReplyDelete
Yes, all will be well. But thank you for keeping us posted. XoReplyDelete
You and yours are still in my thoughts, dear Mary.ReplyDelete
Thank you for keeping us posted. Category 2 sounds better, definitely. Cooler temps and boarded windows all sound positive, to me. My sister posted a picture of people walking out in the empty bay. That seems like a dangerously stupid thing to do, to me, to be honest, but I suppose humans and dangerously stupid will always be good friends.ReplyDelete
This is a really good idea that you have going on. manufacturingReplyDelete
Stay safe, Ms M and M family! Thinking of you! I'm glad the storm has weakened as much as it has -- thank goodness.ReplyDelete
Thinking of you and Steve Reeds family They are emptying all the Florida dog shelters to make room for any dogs caught up in the chaos taking em to different places. Some senior dogs have gone to Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary in Tennessee This means they will now have the best last years a dog could want. They were calling for large crates and lots of folk turning up with the as well as people driving dogs to safety. I sent a donation to OFSDS from the UK They are a great org. I sent Money not crates obvs. Some folks staying in Florida to help animals. Sorry gone on a bit. Just good to see the kindness of folks doing what they can for our four legged friends as well as humans Thinking of you all the time Mary Loved your flag is still there post on FB Maggi xReplyDelete
last I looked it was headed straight for you. glad it has been downgraded. be safe. meanwhile I'm still tearing my house apart.ReplyDelete