I got an email yesterday from somebody who is a little south of Titusville, Florida, right in the path of Hurricane Matthew. He said that he didn’t think the storm was going to be as serious as everybody was warning and he had planned to stay put until the RV park owners left and said he had to go, too He said he had less than 1/4 tank of gas in his motorhome and there was none to be had in the area, and asked me if I could recommend the safest way for him to ride out the storm where he is.
I wrote back and told him that he can’t. They are talking about mobile homes being destroyed, sticks and bricks houses being flattened, and a massive storm surge following the 130+ mile per hour winds. If he stays there in a motorhome it might well become his coffin. If I were in his place I would start driving west as fast as I could and keep going until the RV ran out of gas. Then I’d jump in my toad and keep right on going.
It’s amazing how many people think they can stick their heads in the sand and just ignore what’s happening around them and it will all be okay. I am so glad we got out of the Daytona Beach area when we did. When we arrived here at Beaver Lake Campground in Quincy on Tuesday afternoon there only about three RVs here. Now the place is packed, as is every campground anywhere in the region.
We are about 20 miles west of Tallahassee and it doesn’t look like we will lose power here, but just in case, before we left Daytona Beach I dumped our waste tanks, filled the freshwater tank, and when we got here I topped off our tank with diesel. If we have to, we can get by just fine for well over a week.
Florida is no stranger to hurricanes, but every news report says that this is going to be the worst storm to hit the coast in years. And it’s not just here in Florida. They have mandatory evacuations all the way up into the Carolinas. Wherever you are in the country, please send your prayers and positive vibes toward the east coast. There are millions of people in harm’s way and they need all the help they can get.
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Thought For The Day – Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person’s life.