Well lucky readers, Toritto, world renown author and blogger survived unscathed in his undamaged Gulf coast home. He didn’t even lose power although a neighbor lost a nice tree. I hear the chain saw as I write. There are no reports of any serious injuries this morning.
Not to say we didn’t have some drama.
Our regional medical center was hit by a massive lightning strike completely frying its electrical systems and backup generators. Some 200 patients had to be evacuated to other hospitals and the medical center is closed until at least Monday. This will not be a good weekend to have a heart attack or stroke.
Along the coast and the canal waterways families were evacuated overnight to hurricane shelters as the tidal storm surge inundated homes, leaving automobiles skewed along the roads.
These “canals” were constructed many years ago to create new “waterfront” property for home owners. They open directly into the Gulf and, while great if you own a boat and have your own dock, are dangerous during hurricane tidal surges. My brother-in-law owned a home on one of these canals and during a tropical storm woke to a foot of water under his bed some 20 years ago. He and his wife had to stand on the roof of his Toyota until rescued. Needless to say, after the house was restored, they sold it and moved in-land.
Along thr Florida panhandle some 150,000 are without power this morning and at Cedar Key, an island community south of the capital, the storm surge reached 9.5 feet, one of the highest ever recorded.
It’s still raining over Toritto this morning but only lightly.
Last night I hunkered down, watched college football, went outside on the lanai during the height of the storm and enjoyed a Dewars and a cigar. Lightning and thunder; sturm und drang.
I sat in the sheltered area behind the screens, watching nature’s fireworks and thinking about how small we are.