Well Toritto is under a hurricane warning as Tropical Storm Hermione strengthens in the Gulf of Mexico. It is expected to make landfall north of me in the Big Bend area of the Florida Panhandle sometime tonight.
Yesterday I rose from my nightly beauty rest to heavy, steady rain. The outer bands of the storm, still some 200 miles away from Tampa Bay dumped some ten inches of water about twenty miles south of me. It rained heavily all day but luckily without any serious wind.
The rain stopped about ten o’clock last night and this morning the sun was shining; but not for long;
The media was near hysteria about a coming storm surge at high tide near coastal areas and evacuations along the coast were ordered to the north of Toritto’s ranch.
Hurricanes, even weak ones are taken seriously around here. Florida has not been hit by a hurricane since 2005. That storm blew out the windows in my daughter’s apartment when she was in law school. Power was out for days. Luckily she followed daddy’s advice and filled her car up with gas before the storm and came home the next day. When she returned almost a week later the windows had been repaired but the power was still out.
So Toritto went out this morning, picked up some necessary pills, water and food he could eat without power.
The rain has begun falling again and it is windier than it was yesterday. I don’t worry about tidal storm surge as my home is some 18 miles from the Gulf and 61 feet about sea level. I have never seen any serious flooding around me but one never knows. I keep flood insurance even though no one thinks I need it; and because no one thinks I need it, it’s cheap.
So I am going to batten down the hatches for a few days. My Kindle is fully charged and I have a classic Russian novel to read.
See you on the other side!