Friday, October 7, 2016

Right Now (Friday 10/7/16, almost 8 a.m.)


We're to the left of the first "O" in Ocoee.  Daylight just broke.  We really have been lucky here so far, we've just had gusts of winds throughout the night and some rain but nothing really major. I might come to regret these words (and yes, Dawn, I will keep on worrying about my sons in East Orlando!) but so far, so good for us. We haven't lost power or internet.

The kids are still asleep, the kittens are playing quite viciously with my stockinged feet right now (OUCH!). The other cats were just fed and are sleeping. They say that animals sense when bad events are about to happen so I guess we're in the clear!

Greg and I are watching the news non-stop. We're starting to see some pictures of damage that people are sending in but so far it's reports of downed trees and fences, a house fire earlier last night.  I'm sure we'll see more of it throughout the day.

The areas East and North of us are having much stronger winds. Orange County (where Orlando is located) has been under a curfew since last night 10 p.m., which will last through 7 a.m. tomorrow morning and the authorities are saying that they will arrest anyone caught outside.

So sorry not to have anything to report, really, but also really glad :)

I hope Jacksonville escapes as well as we have so far.  Be safe, everyone!

















































11 comments:

  1. Thank you for the update. I am hoping that you keep your power and internet as long as possible. I am also glad to hear that the cats are unconcerned, so far. It is a good sign.

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    1. Yep, all my worrying worked, so far it looks like it's non-event for us. As I type this, the rain and wind are increasing, though. I have an unconcerned kitten sleeping on my chest right now and the other two are unconcernedly sleeping against my thigh. So I'm not going anywhere for a while!

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  2. I'm so glad things are low key with you guys at the moment. Long may it continue my dear friend. I hope your boys are well and not affected by it. I'm glad to hear you still have power (although I'm still relieved knowing that you have a generator just in case).

    Please keep us updated on how you are. Thinking of you xxx

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    1. Thanks for checking on us, Tara. It's all over for us and we only had not even moderate gusts of wind and rain. Greg was kind of disappointed but we saw a picture of a truck and some houses on which huge trees had fallen so that turned into thankfulness, lol. Right now some reporters are on the beach in Titusville and Cocoa Beach and are reporting that damage, while still there, is SIGNIFICANTLY less than everyone expected, thankfully. A lot of people are without power, though, and the hurricane is still making its way up the East Coast of Florida.

      My sons are fine, thanks for asking. I talked to Middle Son this morning at about 9:30 ish and his dad's house hadn't lost power. He is, however, worried about his apartment near Daytona Beach, but he's on the 2nd or 3rd floor (I forget which!) and there's another floor above him so he should be OK. They do have flooding issues around there, though.

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    2. I'm so glad to hear you are ok, I have been thinking about you all day. Sounds like its good news all round. That's such a mans point of view to be slightly disappointed that it wasn't worse. I'm sure its the wannabe super hero in them! Ha ha.

      Fingers crossed that your sons apartment is ok but being on the 2nd/3rd floor he should get away with it.

      Good you can go off to bed tonight with a lighter less concerned heart and sleep well.

      Have a good weekend xxx

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  3. So glad that you still have power and things aren't that bad. Crossing my fingers to hope that it stays okay!!!

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    1. Thanks, Alison! The hurricane is out of our area now so we're definitely fine. It will come back as a tropical storm or tropical depression towards Florida on Tuesday but it should be going to South Florida this time. I guess they felt left out :)

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  4. Nathalie, I am so relieved to hear that you and your family got through the storm safely and your sons are OK. Last night, on the news, they were saying that some evacuees had no place to go as hotels and shelters were filled to capacity. Hopefully, all will be well with Middle Son's apartment.

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    1. Thank you, Bless. I heard the same thing about people going to Fort Myers on the West coast and being stranded because all the hotels were full. Many years ago a very large hurricane was approaching Florida from the South. It was larger than the whole state and very frightening. I was still married to my ex at the time, who had just had major abdominal surgery and needed daily home wound care visit and my daughter wasn't a year old yet. So I packed the whole family in to our van and hightailed it out of Florida... along with pretty much everyone from South Florida because they all remembered Andrew and the devastation it brought. We had to drive all the way to Chattanooga TN (8 hours away) until we found a hotel room and we had to pay through the roof because all they had left was a suite! We stayed one night, the hurricane never made it to Florida after all, and then we drove back. So, yeah, I'm not surprised that they couldn't find any hotel rooms in Florida!

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  5. I am so glad this turned into a non-event for us. Our power didn't even flicker, let alone go out. I have two friends in Charleston, South Carolina, that ended up evacuating long before the hurricane even hit Florida. Charleston is very prone to flooding, so I'm hoping their houses are OK.

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    1. I hope so too! I did read yesterday that Charleston escaped the worst of it and that downtown business owners have been pleasantly surprised when they returned. Middle Son, Daughter and I barely escaped a flash flood downtown Charleston 3 summers ago. It was very harrowing. I couldn't imagine living where this is a regular occurrence!

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