After the Storm

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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.

Hannah Coles, 9, takes a break from riding her bike to feel a strong rain band rain shortly Thursday afternoon, Sept. 1, 2016 in Gulfport, Fla. Coles was taking advantage of the day off from school to play in the rain and flooding. Tropical Storm Hermine strengthened into a hurricane Thursday and steamed toward Florida's Gulf Coast, (John Pendygraft/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

Hannah Coles, 9, takes a break from riding her bike to feel a strong rain band rain shortly Thursday afternoon, Sept. 1, 2016 in Gulfport, Fla. Coles was taking advantage of the day off from school to play in the rain and flooding. Tropical Storm Hermine strengthened into a hurricane Thursday and steamed toward Florida’s Gulf Coast, (John Pendygraft/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

 

  

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About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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8 Responses to After the Storm

  1. beetleypete says:

    Nice to hear that everyone was safe, despite the damage and inconvenience. It must have been nice sitting outside watching it all unfold though…
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. Glad to hear that you survived the storm. With the ocean overheating, you can expect lots more violent storms in the years ahead.

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    • toritto says:

      Rosa- well turning 74 soon I don’t think I need worry about the world getting too hot before I go or running out of gas. I do what I can but it is the younger folks who have to worry and take action. Regards.

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  3. GP Cox says:

    I have some life-long friends living right where the arm of the storm whipped across, but like you – so far everyone has chimed in that they’re okay. Still waiting on one.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. leggypeggy says:

    Good to know you remained unscathed.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. jfwknifton says:

    I must admit. you don’t find a surfeit of atheists during a really strong storm, especially out on the ocean in a small boat.

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  6. Glad to hear you were spared, Frank. There will no doubt be some people who think that agnostic non-homophobic liberals like yourself are the reason why God sends bad weather! 🙂

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