Not much has been happening although our city's emergency services have been sounding their sirens quite a bit this afternoon. SR 50 is a major evacuation route from the East Coast to the West Coast and it runs through our city so I expect they're dealing with heavy traffic and all that it entails.
We had some rain and gusts of wind but nothing bad so far.
This morning I focused on doing the last of the laundry, running the dishwasher, starting dinner in the crockpot (we're having chicken tacos), and rearranging the house so the stuff that I don't want flying around has been put away in closets (photos, external drives, important papers, etc...).
Greg went to our RaceTrac station at about noon, hoping that they had gotten more gas, and they had. He did have to circle for a while to find a pump that worked, but he was able to finish gassing up his truck. Later on, he and our son moved the backyard bench to behind the shed (presumably it would hit the shed if it went flying) and Greg moved all 3 of our vehicles to the backyard, trying to locate them away from the most likely large trees to fall down and also not to close to the 2 power lines that criss cross our backyard. It was harder than it looked.
I also filtered water in our Brita pitcher, enough to fill 2 gallons to keep in our "safe" rooms should we need to get in there. Those are the closet under the stairs, where I will stash the cats and kittens in their carriers, and the main but tiny bathroom , where we would go because it doesn't have any windows either. The two rooms are just about 5-6 feet away from one another. I stashed bowls in the closet for the cats (need to move some of their food in there too, in case) and plastic cups and some snacks in the bathroom for us, along with the battery-operated weather radio, charging cables for our phones (the radio is also a charging station) and a battery operated lantern. Last night Greg was able to tighten the faucets in the shower stall enough that it's not dripping right now so I told everyone to take a shower upstairs this morning so we don't have to deal with excess humidity from the water leak on top of the heat that we'll have in the room if we have to lock ourselves in there.
Since then, we've been waiting, and waiting. The kittens have been napping and playing and napping. Princess insists on napping on my chest so I just surfed the net while watching the local news, which is the same stuff on repeat, I contacted my two local friends and made sure they were prepared and knew that we have a generator (my one friend has one too), emailed back and forth with my brothers and my mom, replied to blog comments.
There's really nothing else for us to do until the hurricane hits. Well, I said I would cook tuna patties for tomorrow in advance, so I will do that tonight. The storms are supposed to be hitting after midnight and then all day tomorrow.
As I mentioned, Middle Son made it to his dad's last night, in East Orlando. I offered for him and Oldest Son to come here but they both said they felt safe where they were. I hope they are.
So there you have it. This is what is happening in South Lake County right now.
|Princess taking a nap on daddy, for a change...|
|Explorer is holding on to his pillow :)|
|Tabby Kitty is hogging a whole couch by himself!|
|Male Cat is still trying to pretend to be a kitten!|
|Mean kitty and New Kitty are enjoying the cat lounge.|
|Daughter is working on some stuff while watching Netflix|
|Son is trying to cram as much video game playing before we lose power (and now so is Greg!)|