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Another Annoying Hurricane To Deal With

hurricane Matthew aftermath
Brush piled up along Flagler Ave. after Hurricane Matthew

Last October as I was getting ready to close on my house Hurricane Matthew swept in and put a dent in my plans.  I was literally on the way to the closing when the Realtor got the word that all closings were put on hold until after the storm passed.

Now Hurricane Irma is targeting the entire state.  That is quite rare.  I think it accounts for the massive run on gas, water and generators.  Usually some of us Floridians are spared the brunt of the storm, so only a section of the state has to prepare.  The rest of us watch and see where the storm heads.

This time gas was gone at many places by Tuesday around here.  Any stations with gas had long lines.  More deliveries came, and my two sons were able to get gas after waiting in line.  I’ve waited for gas before, but it was after the hurricane had passed.  It was tough to get deliveries to the stations.  People needed gas for their generators.  At my location, we were without power for 7 days after Hurricane Charlie.

Now, many people are evacuating the state.  There is no place to go to avoid Irma within the state, since the storm is going straight up through.  I wonder where all those people will go.  Many may be coming from Miami, and many are probably tourists who have to cut their vacations short.

I live near the East coast, but not directly on the water.  I am not evacuating.  My son is a firefighter so he will have to go into work for the duration of the storm.  My other son will sit through it with me and our two cats.

This is what we’ve done to get ready.

We don’t have a generator, so we’ve stockpiled ice in coolers.  I’ve also frozen bags of water and been making ice cubes.  I’m filling everything I can find with drinkable water and have 2 big buckets of water for whatever.  We have plenty of food.  Unfortunately we will probably lose some food in the freezer.  That is where a generator would come in handy.  That and running the AC!

But we haven’t even been in this house for a year.  Our money has gone toward so many things, as is the case when you move.  And really, we had a hurricane last year… why another one?  We will have a generator by next summer, since it’s a good investment in this state.

We are on city water, so hopefully we will not be without water for too long.  The heat will get to me, but if we have water, I can cool off a bit.

Stay safe if you live here.  Often these storms surprise us by not being as bad as predicted.  I hope this is the case with Irma.

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What Has the Hurricane Done to Our Beaches?

As I sit here, 20 miles inland from the east coast Florida beaches, I wonder what kind of devastation is taking place over there as Hurricane Matthew passes by.

Here, the wind was howling with gusts of 50-70mph, but we got off easier than originally thought.  My rental house did not blow away as I had feared.  We have minor damage in the yard with limbs broken and the fence leaning.  Now the storm is moving on to the north, and all this wind and rain will eventually die down.

After the three hurricanes in 2004 – Charlie, Frances and Jeanne – I had visited the seashore in New Smyrna Beach to see the damage.  My husband (at the time) and I ate at Breakers on Flagler Ave. and we could see that the sand was all washed away down along the shore.  The ocean was coming up around the place, and the beach ramp was under water.

A few days after our visit, the restaurant was condemned for safety issues.  I remember how the sight of the ocean having taken over the beach was so sad.  So I am thinking that this time I will find a similar situation.  The beaches will have to be re-built.  And what about the sea creatures? How have they fared?

The beaches eventually recovered from the 2004 storms, and they will this time too.  Once the news crews can get beachside, we’ll be able to see the devastation.

Click here to see photos from Flagler Ave in New Smyrna a few days after Hurricane Matthew.