Hurricane Florence – Day Four

Dearest Readers:

This morning is day four of anticipation of a hurricane. Last night, we had light rain. Looking outside by my windows, I see the wind gusting slightly, giving us a slight tease of how the winds will gust.

I haven’t listened to the latest updates. Last night Florence was only a Category Two hurricane. Now, the trees are not dancing their wind ballet. Just a slight tease, fluttering their branches only slightly. I must get my Boston ferns inside, along with the table and plants I have on my tiny (and I do mean tiny) front porch. I do not wish for anything to become a projectile.

Earlier, while brewing coffee, I saw a neighbor driving by in his golf cart. Many of our neighbors have stayed. The reversal of I-26 is scheduled to end at 6pm tonight, unless things have changed.

That’s what is interesting about hurricanes. With computer technology they are able to follow the spaghetti like graphics to predict where she will go; nevertheless, hurricanes have their ‘own mind’ and they will target where they want to go. If it targets Charleston, it will not have the traffic jams or lines to wait in. Florence will simply blow in, teasing us. Choosing to stay alike, just like some tour-ons! She will drop lots of rain. We’ve had rain before. Doesn’t anyone remember the “Hundred Year Rains,” in October, 2015? I certainly do! The wind and hail poured into a portion of our home. I stayed up for at least 36 hours placing buckets, beach towels and fans to get the waters up. I shall never forget that rain storm and the oh so wonderful(?) insurance adjustor for State Farm telling us “You’re not covered!” We had a homeowner’s policy and the Wind and Hail insurance but we were not covered?

I looked at him asking him why we were not covered. His reply: “The regulations recently changed…”

Trust me, Mister…my insurance company will change!

Way to go, State Farm.

The wind has returned now. Breezing. Cool. Dancing a beautiful ballet, especially from the two pine trees I planted from seedlings after Hugo. Will I lose trees this time? Will my home survive?

I believe all will be fine. Just got a weather alert from AccuWeather: “Hurricane Florence on the doorstep of the Southeast. Follow the storm and updates from AccuWeather.”

I get these weather alerts from all local stations, the Weather Channel and AccuWeather, so now I suppose, I’m covered!

More details later. Stay tuned! Think I need another cup of coffee!


Day Three – Hurricane Florence Update

Dearest Readers:

Thought I’d post a quick update regarding Hurricane Florence. We are ready for her. Today is day three of listening to the Weather Channel, and Channel 2 weather reports. By now, I’m almost burned out from listening to the same thing…over…and over…and over again!

Hurricane Florence is now a Category Three. Yesterday at this time, she was Category Four. Just shows, you don’t mess with a woman when she’s in a hurry to get somewhere, and forgets the directions. Only then, will a woman a clam up to make others feel as cold as ice, or as stormy and powerful as the winds when she is – shall I say – annoyed!

My hubby says I’m good at that. LOL! He also says I’m ‘childish,’ whenever I give him the cold shoulder. He should know, so I’ll not confirm or deny. After all, we are discussing a ‘hurricane a-coming,’ aren’t we!

To those in the direction of this her-I-cane, yes, intentionally misspelled so please don’t say I have a typo! To all of you, I want to say, if you’re lacking faith, or do not pray, maybe tonight is a good night to say a little prayer. Trust me, God is there. He listens, even when storms are-a-comin’!

Someone in my neighborhood must be having a hurricane party. There are lots of cars parked on the roadway, and I hear laughing, shouting, and maybe a bit of music. Maybe someday I’ll get gutsy and throw a hurricane party. For this hurricane, all I want to do is watch TV and snuggle up with hubby and the Bratty Boys! Yes. I’m sick of listening to the latest predictions, of where…when…and how… I simply want this Hurricane Florence to get to her destination and leave, and I pray the damage and power of her rage will not be as strong as ‘they,’ on the Weather Channel and local TV are predicting.

During this time I remember when I worked at the culinary college in 1989 during Hurricane Hugo. The administration was looking for volunteers to help with the students, so I volunteered. I don’t think I slept for over 30 hours or longer. I learned a lot about students during that time. The old cliché, the bigger they are, the harder they fall, certainly applied. Several students wanted hugs so, I shared hugs with all of them. Those were good memories during Hurricane Hugo, and after the wrath of the storm, when it was confirmed that we could allow everyone to go outside, just to get a fresh breath, I felt a newfound pride for all that we endured. Some of the students held teddy bears, pillows, blankets during the intense sounds of Hugo. All of them needed the comforts of home, so on the fourth floor of the historical building, now called The Cigar Factory, we snuggled together in a big warehouse room. No windows. Only the roar of a freight train, as we listened to Hugo and his arrogance. Because the building is such an old, brick historical building, at times, I could see the flash of lightning, and when I did, I shivered. I have an intense phobia of lightning, but I knew, I had to be strong. Some of the students wanted to pray, so we joined hands and prayed.

Standing outside the morning after Hugo, the students thanked me for being Mom to them. How proud I was of myself and these students. We survived a devil’s night of Hurricane Hugo, and we were the better for it. Hugo taught us strength, and mostly, that hurricane taught some students to pray and to have faith. I’ve always said a bad start means a great ending. Suppose that is true.

It is dark outside now while I am typing this. We’ve had scattered, light showers today. Nothing different from other days when we have afternoon showers. Still, I get phone calls inquiring: Are you leaving? I laugh. Nope, we are staying here. We have the Bratty Boys (our precious, beloved animals). Mostly, we have faith. Phil and I have battled many storms not just the torrential storms, but — all types. Sometimes verbal storms. If you’ve been married, perhaps you understand. 

Yesterday while talking on the phone to one of my dearest friends, we both laughed when we spoke about Hawaii and what they must do when hurricanes knock on their doors. Just where do they go? They can’t reverse a bridge???  Evacuate? Where??? Well, maybe they drive up in the mountains. On second thought, maybe not. Isn’t that where the active volcanoes are? Sometimes my mind should just shut down!

I suppose I’ll have another post tomorrow. I still have things to do. Making certain all the laundry is done. Think I only have a couple of things to wash. I want to make sure our undies are nice and fresh. After all, a hurricane is a-coming, and with it, we’ll probably lose power. Need to vacuum again too. Just tidy up a bit – before the Hurricane knows on our door. The door bell doesn’t work, so maybe Florence will leave us alone!

It is quiet now. No wind is blowing. Perhaps, the calm before the storm…And on that note, I suppose I’ll close and toss a few things into the wash. Until tomorrow!cropped-arthur-ravenel-bridge