Another Storm Season Ended
You probably already know this, but Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. And this year, we have a lot to be thankful for — including the fact that Melissa, our family and friends, and I weathered hurricane season just fine, despite a few dicey moments. It’s important to be thankful for our blessings every day, but this year, we’re just a little extra thankful after a season with hurricanes like Irma. Don’t get me wrong; Irma was no Andrew. I still remember when that happened. I was 9 years old, and it was pretty scary, even though we were far enough to the north that we didn’t get hit as bad as some. A storm like that sticks in your memory for sure, and it’s certainly something I’ll never forget.
overboard with their preparations. And if you’re not from the area, who could blame you? For days and days before a storm hits, the local TV stations switch to 24/7 coverage. I usually stop watching broadcast television about three days before a big hurricane comes in; they turn off all my favorite shows anyway, and it just stresses people out for no reason. Besides, the worst part of the storm is always afterward. Power is down, debris is all over, and the city and utilities take a long time getting things put back together. We don’t usually have water supply issues, but it does happen in the wake of a big hurricane, and of course, grocery stores are closed or running on generator power with limited inventory in stock. That’s never fun when you’ve been eating banana-and-peanut-butter sandwiches for days beforehand, which is what I did during Irma! All things considered, I’m grateful we had the year that we did. We and our loved ones were fortunate in the wake of Irma, and we hope you were as well. I’m also thankful that forecasting has gotten so much better. It would be hard for a storm to sneak up on a community like Andrew did, or like Katrina did just a decade ago.
“We and our loved ones were fortunate in the wake of Irma, and we hope you were as well.”
But when you live in paradise, you take the good with the bad, and hurricanes are just a part of life. I do what I need to prepare, but I don’t go overboard. I’ll pick up a few items here and there, gas up the car when I’m out and a big one is coming in, and if we’re still in the path 48 hours before it hits, I’ll get ready to shutter the house. It doesn’t take long.
Here’s to another storm season ended — and a happy Thanksgiving!
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