The post I had planned for today was to be a recap of August, which included our road trip to visit Cumberland Island, Ga, and my bout with dehydration and heat exhaustion. Unfortunately, that plan was rudely interrupted by an unwelcome visitor named Dorian. As I write this, a crew of workers is finishing up with the hurricane shutters which Malcolm began installing yesterday.
We are breathing a little easier today, since the track seems to have shifted from a direct hit to an off-shore event, but that does not mean we will not feel hurricane force winds or have wide spread power outages in our town. That is a much better outcome than the one we anticipated two days ago. We are still hopeful that it will pull even further away in the next twenty-four hours and become a non-event for Florida.
The graph below shows the projected track on August 29. If you follow the red line, it literally comes over our beautiful barrier island and through my front door, ten miles away. The last time a storm like this hit our coast was in 2004, when both Jeanne and Frances made landfall within one mile of each other, only two weeks apart. Both of those storms caused damage to homes, massive erosion to our beaches and extended power outages across our county. Neither of those storms was as strong as this one.
The track we woke up to this morning looks a lot more encouraging. Folks further up the coast may not be as fortunate and after a week of anticipation and frustration, we know exactly how they feel.
A mandatory evacuation is scheduled for our barrier island beginning Sunday morning at 10:00 and the bridges will be locked down shortly after. We took one final trip over this afternoon to capture a few images of my happy place before it changes once again. After about twenty minutes, we were ushered away by Sheriff’s Deputy’s who informed us that the beach was officially closed at 5:00.
We have been to this rodeo a few times, most recently in 2017 when we were expecting Irma. I wrote about our preparations and the downside of living in Florida here. If there is a good thing about a hurricane, it is that we have days to prepare. Keeping a cool head, a sense of humor, a kind heart and packing a lot of patience along for the ride makes a difference when faced with this kind of stress. We are as ready as we can be. And, we have lots of wine!!!
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