Sep 042019

I imagine by now you are probably tired of hearing about Hurricane Dorian. But trust me, after 10 or 12 days of hearing about it nonstop on the local news, and all the preparations we have made in advance of the storm, nobody is more tired of it than we are.

Yesterday was the calm before the storm. There was a light breeze blowing and a little bit of rain off and on during the day, which is typical for this time of year here in Florida. In the early afternoon I went down to our dock and fishing pier and was surprised at how high the water had risen. Usually it’s a couple of feet below the dock, but it was less than a foot, and it still wasn’t high tide.

There was a young family, mom, dad, and their little girl, down there checking out a couple of manatee that were swimming around and admiring this little crab that was stuck in a big pot that has been hanging there forever.

This pair of sandhill cranes didn’t seem to be bothered by the approaching storm, either.

Even though it was a calm afternoon, the activity center was boarded up in preparation of what was to come.

Around 6 o’clock the wind picked up and it started to rain, and the rest of the evening we alternated between short bursts of heavy rain and a lot of wind. As the evening progressed the hurricane inched closer to us here, just south of New Smyrna Beach. Even though we didn’t have much rain at that point, I went outside and put the sandbags in front of the garage door and my office door, just in case.

Several times during the evening the electricity blipped off and on, but by bedtime we had not had any prolonged power outages. I was glad for the Tripp Lite 1500VA 900W UPS Battery Back Up, I have connected to my computer, and made a note to order another, smaller one for the TV and cable box.

At 11 PM the news said that the eye of the hurricane was 85 miles east of us in the Atlantic. We are located about halfway between Daytona Beach and the weatherman’s hand in this picture. They said the wind and rain were going to get stronger overnight and begin to ease up midday today. Another 12 to 16 hours of this and we will be in the clear.

And finally, a giggle to start your day.

Thought For The Day – A coworker asked me, “Could you be any more annoying?” So the next day I wore mime makeup and  tap shoes to work.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  One Response to “The Calm Before The Storm”

  1. It’s almost 1300 EDT on Wednesday, I’m hoping things went well for you with the present weather event.

    My wife & full time but have been looking for a home base, we spent part of last winter in your area just looking around. The standard joke was to wait for a hurricane to go thru then look for a good deal… not so funny now…

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