Thursday, August 29, 2019

All eyes on Dorian!

It's hard to believe Hurricane Katrina hit 14 years ago today.  We had only been in our house not quite two years, so that was the first major storm to come our way.  Clint bought plywood and made coverings to board up the windows.  We thought about leaving, but the idea of evacuating with 8 month old Valerie was daunting.  It's not that easy to just leave everything. We had pets that made it hard to travel.  Sitting in gridlock for hours isn't very appealing, especially with a baby.  So we stayed put. My parents also stayed.  We were lucky that we just got some wind and rain.  We lost power for a few days and had no idea of what was unfolding just a short distance away in New Orleans at first...  Then we started listening to the distress calls coming in over WWL Radio. 

This is how you hurricane prep!

 Also a few days ago was also the anniversary of Hurricane Andrew.  August 26, 1992.  I was 20 years old and had never evacuated before in my life!  My Mom, Dad, and grandparents all loaded up what we could and drove to my Aunt's house in De Ridder, LA.  It's usually about a 3 hour drive, it took 7 or 8.  My hometown of Morgan City got a direct hit by weak category 3 Andrew.  We were lucky then too as our home had minimal damage.  The worst was being without power for days and days after our return. We actually got word that a hotel around the corner had power and had rooms!  And air conditioning!  So my Mom and I hurried over and booked a room.  My Dad stayed behind in the smothering hot house to keep an eye on things.  It was a while before things got back to normal. 

Then September 1, 2008 there was Gustav.  August 28, 2012 there was Issac.  (see a pattern here?) 

Now, all eyes are on Dorian!  They're predicting a Florida landfall as a category 4, 130-156 mph winds.  I feel sorry for all the Disney World vacationers, but once the weather passes the parks will open and be EMPTY (spoken like a true Disney fan, huh?!)  After it gets over Florida, it's supposed to turn north.  For a while it looked like it might move over into the Gulf of Mexico and head our way...  it's looking a little better for us.  Anyway, if you're in Florida, prep time is now!!  Stay safe out there... 





9 comments:

  1. I have several blog friends in FL and sure pray for their safety. Thanks for sharing about your experiences. I cannot imagine trying to travel with a baby and pets. Grateful that your decision to stay turned out ok w/ minimal damage. Here in GA, about 4 years ago, we had a terrible ice storm and were without power for about 8 days. It was truly miserable. All we had to keep warm was a propane heater and the odor of that gets old very quickly.

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    1. 8 days is a long long time with no power. We had a freakish cold winter a few years back and went days with out WATER. The entire area had no water - they were 'out of water' due to so many people leaving faucets running so their pipes wouldn't freeze.

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  2. That's terrible about your water. During the summer months, I begin to buy up gallons of drinking water to store for emergencies during bad weather. I hate going to the grocery store during winter! lol
    Have a pleasant evening.

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  3. Hubby grew up a few years in Florida when his dad was stationed there and remembers hurricanes well. So well that when he would look for jobs, he avoided any area that could get a hurricane. Yet we both grew up and lived a lot of times in California and experienced earthquakes but never that were in areas close to where we lived with devastating results. Because one is used to things from where they live, like us with earthquakes, we fear that which others put up with like tornadoes or hurricanes. Could never live where those 2 could occur. At the time that the last hurricane 2 years ago (drawing a blank here but a really major one that did tremendous damage to Puerto Rico) I was typing for a group of hospital chains in Florida. There were reports after reports typed of people coming from Puerto Rico to weather out the storm and then afterward more people coming over because of the devastation there.

    Do be safe if anything remotely comes your way.

    betty

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    1. Well, at least we do have some warnings about hurricanes so we can prep and leave if necessary. I guess it's a way of life for us, so it's not a big deal anymore! Earthquakes and tornadoes scare the heck out of me! It looks like we won't be affected as of now. Florida is going to get hammered though.

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  4. Wow. You have some hurricane history for sure. It's crazy how they all come in August. Although Irma came in September---on my 50th birthday to be exact. I had some NOT SO NICE words for her and I still do when I look at our missing trees and new $$ roof. ;)
    Praying this one doesn't affect you at all. It's heading to the East coast right where the Coach and I grew up and we have a lot of people in that area still. Sending good vibes to everyone involved.

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    1. Oh, I totally understand -- I have spent MANY birthdays (it's actually today!!) evacuating and sitting around while a hurricane wreaks havoc. It is NOT a fun way to celebrate!! Although when I was younger, it was nice to be under a watch and have school cancelled on my birthday. It's looking like Florida is going to get hit pretty hard.

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  5. Stopping by to wish you a GREAT BIRTHDAY!

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  6. OMG! You do have some hurricane history!

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