Friday, September 8, 2017

Fleeing from a dangerous lady

Above: The bread aisle at WalMart last Wednesday around noon. There was no water either.

She's coming and she's angry -- Hurricane Irma that is. When I moved to Florida I promised myself that I would get in my car well ahead of time and just go somewhere when a hurricane threatened.

I always go to Raleigh NC the first weekend after Labor Day for my fantasy football draft with my bridge-playing friends. Our league was started in 1989 and it would be a sin to miss getting together for the draft and the fellowship that goes with it. Don't forget I lived in Raleigh for 21 years, a large part of my life.

So, I already had my airline ticket and left yesterday at 1 p.m. The airport was jammed with others who were evacuating. I heard one lady say that she could get a room in Atlanta and drive there, but it was just as cheap to fly to see her family. Turns out she made a great choice as they are now saying Atlanta might get hit. The shuttle bus from the airport parking was packed with evacuees and one person heading to a fun weekend of football and that would be me.

I'm supposed to return Monday afternoon, but that's not happening -- Irma is now predicted to go up more of the center of Florida and arrive at Orlando (my airport) around noon on Monday.

The Hammer Zone and his poker queen have decided to ride it out. They are in Tampa area and should be safe, but my thoughts are with them.

Well, at least I'm safe. Just hoping I don't return to no electricity or worse.

10 comments:

  1. Sounds like a very smart idea to leave. Just stay in NC until the storm passes!

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  2. I think you'll be fine. If your home was built after 1992 it should withstand 130 mph winds with no problem. I don't think the winds will get to that speed where you are, though. We're not looking forward to this, as I hate wind. But it should be over fairly quickly. Stay safe!

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  3. I'm guessing there will be no power for a couple of days, but otherwise no problem. Maybe that's a hope instead of a guess.

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  4. I see from the map that Irma went inland and halfway between Avon Park and Tampa. Damage may be worse that I'd hoped for.

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  5. Fingers crossed. When's your flight?

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  8. When will you return to FL? Let's hope it's not bad.

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  9. Have you contacted the city or police to get a status on electric and overall damage?

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