We woke up to good news yesterday morning. The National Weather Service said its latest models indicated that Hurricane Dorian would make a right turn before it got to the Florida coast and then go north toward the Carolinas before turning out to sea. But since the hurricane is massive, we would still be impacted somewhat by the cone as it passes by us. We could still expect to be dealing with a strong tropical storm, which is still better than a hurricane. Kind of like getting hit by a Volkswagen instead of an eighteen wheeler.
However, at the 11 PM update the latest models had it moving just slightly west again as it makes its way north. Not enough to be on the coast, just increasing the amount of storm we may get.
But here’s the thing; nobody really knows what a hurricane is going to do. It could follow the current predicted models, or at the last minute it could continue straight west across the state and into the Gulf of Mexico, or anything in between. I guess the best I can say is, this time next week I can tell you what it did. Meanwhile, we are finishing up last-minute preparations today to ride the storm out, whatever it might be.
When we woke up yesterday morning, Terry and I were both feeling the effects of filling all those sandbags on Friday, and did for much of the day. I had not slept well, so when I sat down and tried to get some writing done, that just wasn’t happening. I finally sat down in my recliner and snoozed for an hour or so and felt somewhat better when I woke up.
Then I went over to my buddy Jim Lewis’ house to help him install a window air conditioner, and then got his Honda generator set up to power the air conditioner if our power grid goes down, which is likely to happen.
As I said above, today we have some last-minute preparations to finish, including mounting our own window air conditioner in a living room window and moving my Old Town Predator PDL kayak and its trailer from the carport next to my office into the garage. We will probably wait until we’re getting closer to storm time before stacking sandbags in front of the garage door and my office door.
A couple of readers of asked if I will be posting the blog once the storm gets here. I have no idea if we will have power or Internet access. If I do, I will try to post something, but if not, I will be back online as soon as possible. After Hurricane Irma, power was down for close to a week, so we will just have to wait and see what happens.
Meanwhile, someone sent this to me through Facebook and I thought it was hilarious. Any couple who has raised children probably wishes you had thought to post a sign like this on your bedroom door, don’t you?
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Thought For The Day – Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away. – Benjamin Franklin