Really. If I can sit here on a Wednesday Morning and bust out some blather about the electricity being out and that's about it, then I will survive.
The one story that keeps coming through my mind is a woman on Barbuda in the Caribbean. She was one of 1600 people there. She was watching a baby and a tornado hit her home. The baby was sucked out of her arms. Baby found dead later when the storm passed.
Really. So, count your blessings. If you are reading me, you are better off.
We are without power. The gasoline supplies are very low, we're waiting on the coast guard to allow tankers into Port Everglades to refill. I guess we join a long line to fill gas cans like many others.
But we're intact here.
I caught news that the west side of the state, Naples, Fort Myers, and the like got slammed by this horrible storm. Here, not so much. We didn't have a predicted 9 feet of water in a storm surge come in. We did have white-out conditions with rain so strong that I couldn't see the wall of a building 250 feet away briefly.
The eye of the storm crossed Cudjoe Key. Call it MM 52 - 52 miles East of Key West. As well as they prepared, anything not nailed down is now not in the house. Those folks will need help getting onto their feet.
So I'll return to putting the plants back out and scooping my neighbor's tree leaves out of the pool. Not unscathed, just a bit muddy. Not really even worth taking pictures of it.
A cycle of running the generator an hour, then waiting three hours to run again. It keeps the bags of ice in the freezer frozen and the refrigerator cool.
Much better off than many.
Yes. This is global warming. Anyone that tells you otherwise is a fool and should be returned to their medications. Anyone who makes laws or votes to the contrary is a damn fool and probably should not be allowed to effect other's lives.
But after all is said and done. A few observations.
Gasoline. I suspect the state has been pretty much drained of this stuff. We're ok for four days now, after having gotten some. I'm sure many won't be as lucky. Some of the lines were blocks long. Police were thankfully directing people around.
And Gasoline is beginning to flow in which is a major plus. It will take a while before we start to see supplies even out in South Florida. There was a report that in Tampa, simply forget it. Again, Thankful but that could be "helped".
Traffic. We drove down to Davie about 10 miles off. I have to say the roads work better with fewer lights. I've heard a saying that "Every Traffic Light Means Someone Died Here" but I have to question if streets aren't just badly designed and enforcement of traffic laws are simply not stringent enough. If you follow the rules, you'll have a better time of it. If you drive a car like an idiot, you'll wreck it for everyone else.
A Traffic Light that is out is considered a Four Way Stop by the universal vehicle code. Yes, Even For you.
We did make it to Wawa in Davie. The line was untenable. Close to 100 cars waiting for fuel. Might need to get up in the middle of the night to attempt it next time.
Count your blessings. If you can read this, you're better off than many others. Now, go talk to your neighbor. They just may need something. Mine just put out another bucket of Avocados. There are plenty left, go and enjoy.
If I could just figure out how to eat the darn things other than sliced on a bagel! I am thankful even for avocados, weird though they are!