Thank you all for your well wishes and purrayers. The worst of the storm is past, but gusts are still blowing the trees. In case you are interested, I made a few notes:
On Saturday, as I was checking the back yard, while wearing my storm-fighter outfit, Ms. Kiara told mom, “Cops have all public beaches blocked but cars were at every side beach. Honestly it looked worse with Matthew when we were out there watching the surfers.” She went to the beach!!! Not only didn’t mom go to the beach, but most importantly, no one even thought to take me!!!
7 p.m. Sunday, one reporter said that +/- 3 million were without power … another reporter said over 4 million were without power. Ours has flickered a lot, but we’ve had more problem with satellite reception on the tv.
We were in the storm’s apex (for our specific area) around 9 p.m. Sunday. That was both the good and bad news because we were also be at the point of moving from the NE quadrant (due to Irma’s direction, this was the worst, quadrant since tornadoes were spawning there) – but it was also the best because we were getting rain. Alas, I wasn’t allowed to go out and play… Believe me when I tell you I tried. Unfortunately, when I managed to slide the door open, I got stuck between the door and the shutters and had to be rescued… Humiliating as that was, at least, I could smell the rain.
In Irma’s SE quadrant there was hardly had any rain, but it is/was quite breezy. Thus far, the top gust Pops has registered in our yard was 28 mph, but according to one news reporter, our area’s top gust was 76 mph.
Other areas had it much worse. For instance, in Tampa Bay the water was pushed out …. would you believe that as the eye passed, some humans and even a dog thought it was okay to go out and walk there?!? A tsunami takes water out, too, but the water always returns with a vengeance. And it wasn’t any different in this case. Apparently when it rushed back, it was 7′ higher that normal. Hopefully everyone made it back to safety. Here is a short clip of that from weather.com
Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Rick Maglione offered sensible advice for undocumented shoppers looking to avoid a lengthy prison sentence:
Despite being warned, some people tried to take advantage of the storm to steal… very shameful behavior!
I heard that at least 9 were arrested…. they should have listened to that advice… I hope they didn’t think that sneakers were the only thing that would send them to prison!
On one final note, I wonder if anyone was foolish enough to break into this shop: