Thursday, October 6, 2016

Uncertainty, Stress, Kittens Chewing Cords, Oh My! - Thursday 10/6/16


Good morning, it's 8:20 a.m. or so.  The news is bad for Florida this morning. Matthew is strengthening and moved more to the West overnight.  The hurricane is predicted to impact almost our entire East coast as a Major Hurricane. Orlando should get winds of 100 mph with major damage being projected.  I'm so very worried for my 2 older sons and my ex and family, who are all in East Orlando, along with Oldest Son'd GF and her family.  The worst will be not being able to contact them to find out if they're OK if cell towers are down.

I'm thinking about my blogging friends Pixel Pepper from Thoughts from My Corner of the Couch down in Lakeland (an hour south of me) and especially Laura from All That Junk in My Trunk, who's in Jacksonville so pretty much in the path of the hurricane.

My mom keeps on emailing me because she's worried as well, of course. I just updated her and my siblings because I don't know if we'll have internet or cell phone to update them after the storm hits.

Winds along the coast are projected to be at 150 mph.  Our governor is saying right now that people along the coast will lose power and possibly for a long time and that people will die.  Very sobering.  1.5 million Floridians have been told to evacuate.

I'm having to fight kittens who keep climbing all over me, walk across my keyboard, bite my charging cable.... cute but challenging.  I'd rather deal with the kittens than a hurricane, though.  Sigh.

I'm practicing to hiss and spit like New Kitty as she seems very successful at deterring their bad behavior. I swatted Tabby Kitty's bottom a few times after he bit my cable yet another time a little bit earlier and Greg was right there to comfort him right after that. That is not helping, Greg!  We've got to be tough, now.

If you're in Florida or along the East Coast North of Florida, be safe.  Evacuate if your area is under evacuation orders. Be prepared to not find any hotels for hundreds of miles though so pack your car accordingly.

12 comments:

  1. Nathalie, you have been on my mind so much. My younger cousin lives and works in Orlando and he cannot evacuate due to his job responsibilities and I am trying not to worry too much. I talked to him last night and I told him that the "mom" in me just wants to get him out of there, but there's nothing I can do. Please know that you and your family are all in my thoughts and my prayers and if there is anything you need please contact me. Also, I know there may be power outages and you may have other things you need to use your generator for during that time, but if there is any safe way you can just keep letting us know that you and your family are ok, please do so (if it's not possible to do so, I understand and will wait on pins and needles until you are safely able to post something.) Much love and hugs, my friend! XOXO

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    1. Hi Dawn, so nice to hear from you. Thanks so much for thinking of us. Right now our area is still in the very fringes of the hurricane's reach but no one knows where it's going to land for sure and which direction it will take so things could change very fast. Where is your cousin in Orlando? Orlando is supposed to get very strong winds. The good thing is that it's a large city so I would think that they would get help faster than we would here in a rural area. I hope he stays safe. What does he do? We're about 45 minutes West of Orlando. If he needs anything after the storm or he needs to get somewhere safer, tell him to contact me via email (and let me know he's your cousin!) or give him my address (I think you have it).

      I just texted my oldest sons asking them to make it here before 5 p.m. because I'm worried about them being in East Orlando. Middle Son texted back that he has no gas in his car and feels that he'll be safe enough in his dad's house so he's staying put. I haven't heard back from Oldest Son (we're not on speaking terms actually so I don't know if he would reply anyway) but I doubt he would come since his GF and family are also in East Orlando.

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  2. I just sent you an email. :)
    Thank you, Nathalie! You have an amazing heart, do you know that?!
    My cousin feels secure in where he will be staying so my worried heart is somewhat eased in knowing that. I did extend your offer to him, I'm sure he is grateful (I have not heard back from him) but I'm pretty sure he will just stay put as well. Thank you, Nathalie. I feel like there's nothing I can do from here but just being able to tell him that there's another place he could head to that is closer to where he is, if he needs it, makes me feel a little bit useful.
    I hope you hear from your oldest son, even just to say thank you, whether he comes or not. Hopefully the storm will not be as bad as some of the news reports are indicating. There are a few different interpretations of the hurricane's strength and predictions from the news reports we are getting out here, but I have learned that the media tends to sensationalize things to the point of making people panic at times when a calm, level approach is best for most situations that arise.
    Please know that you and your family are on my mind and if you need anything you know where to find me. :)

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    1. Thanks, Dawn, I replied to your email :)

      We have our governor telling us that people will die and that the east coast will lose power for long periods of time and then the local news people are urging everyone to evacuate but also telling us "We'll be OK". No we won't. This is the largest hurricane to directly hit Central Florida ever, apparently.

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    2. My oldest son did reply that he's being as safe as he can but that's all he said.

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  3. I haven't been in touch with the news for the last few days. But I have just heard about Hurricane Matthew and wanted to let you know I'm thinking about you and your family. I hope it passes you or dies down. Take care my dear friend. I'm wishing you and your family every bit of love and thoughts at this tough time. Xxx

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    1. Thanks, Tara. I hope all is well with you! How did your daughter like her away camp?

      Sorry to disappoint but the hurricane is coming straight for Central Florida and we expect catastrophic damage on the east coast (West Palm Beach and up, all the way to Jacksonville) and severe in the Orlando area. We're about 45 minutes West of Orlando so hopefully we'll get the weaker winds, which will still be tropical storm strength. Then it will move up the East coast of the US until about NC, and it's supposed to turn back South into the Atlantic and then, get this, turn back West towards Florida again, although at that time it might be a Tropical Storm, and not a hurricane anymore. Hurricane Matthew is a category 4 hurricane. There are 5 categories. http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutsshws.php

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  4. Very scary. I will never understand people who refuse to evacuate. Life is not replaceable. I hope your ex and family have evacuate if they have been ordered to.

    Stay safe, Nathalie.

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    1. Seriously. They were just showing people who were on the beach, refusing to evacuate, and I said that they should fine those people. If you refuse to evacuate, you should pay, that might change their mind. They are crazy.

      My ex's area is not under an evacuation order and he doesn't live in a manufactured or mobile home (those have been ordered to be evacuated). Still, I worry about the kind of weather they are liable to experience in East Orlando. Sigh.

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    2. I agree they should be fined as well. First responders should not have to risk their lives for idiots. Happens here during snow storms. Police close roads and there are morons who ignore the warnings and get stuck.

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  5. I've been thinking of you during this entire hurricane event. I wondered how your family/ex-family members further east of you were faring. And now I'm thinking of friends I have in South Carolina. We used to live in South Carolina, and one former co-worker called me twice in the last three days to see how we were doing. Turns out that he got worse wind and rain than we did.

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    1. Thank you for thinking of us! I was thinking of you too!

      I'm sorry about your friend. Did he have any damage? After reading that Laura was out of power for 30 hours, I'm even more thankful for our non-event!

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