Thanks to everyone who took the time to express your concerns during the onslaught of Hurricane Irma last weekend.
Your positive thoughts, prayers, and words of support and encouragement all mean a lot. In fact, they provide a direct connection to one of the most powerful forces in the universe (much more powerful than hurricanes!)
So I’m especially grateful to you!
Here’s What Happened
We survived Hurricane Irma just fine.
Patty and I chose to “shelter in place ” rather than evacuate, in spite of the “mandatory” evacuation order for our area on the banks of the Manatee River.
We are now very glad we made that choice.
We’ve learned a lot from previous storms, including ones like Hurricane Sandy.
We spent most of the past week in storm preparation. We brought in all of the outdoor furniture. We stocked up on supplies & emergency equipment. We sealed up the doors to the outside, got everything off floor level in the garage, etc.
Hurricane Irma Hits
The front edge of the storm hit here at about 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 10. By that point things in the weather system had weakened considerably, so we only had winds of 80-100 mph to deal with for the most part.
There was lots of rain & general commotion. I could look across the river and see electrical transformers exploding in Bradenton – quite a fireworks show!
At our place, however, the power flicked on and off repeatedly, but was never fully interrupted.
We were quite delighted to be able get up on Monday morning and make hot coffee!
We took in a little water under the front door, but nothing at all significant – just a little mopping up was required.
We had bands of high wind and some rain from the back edge of the storm coming through here all Monday morning. We continued to get some of that action into the afternoon.
The river was higher than we can ever remember seeing it. We were worried that we might see another couple of feet added to that until the threat of storm surge was over.
But we didn’t get more rain for the next couple of days.
We feel especially fortunate to have had electricity throughout the Hurricane Irma storm, with just a few short-term breaks in the power transmission (we can use the elevators!), particularly since many nearby areas are without power and there’s no clear word yet on how long it will take to restore. There are many power lines down on area roadways, so we’re not planning on going anywhere for a day or so.
There’s obviously a lot of clean-up for the grounds and roads here in Laguna, with some trees down and lots of palm fronds and other debris over much of the area. I haven’t had a chance to get over the marina yet to see how much damage took place there, but I suspect that will also require a lot of attention in the coming months.
We’ve heard from our neighbors that many are still without electricity. I don’t know how long it will take to get that restored.
We’re glad that we came through the storm with negligible physical damage, but at this point we’re both physically exhausted and emotionally drained from the non-stop preparation and anxiety over the past week or so.
It’s a little bit of a challenge to wind down from a hyper-vigilant state, but I trust we’ll be able to relax a bit over the next couple of days, and then get back to a normal routine!
In the meantime, the messages of support and holiday just keep coming in. In fact, my publisher, Harmonic Research Associates, has responded to Hurricane Irma with a special Hurricane Cleanup sale on astro-trading DVDs. You can check it out at: http://bit.ly/HurricaneDVDs – enjoy!