Some very strong storms came through Central Florida Tuesday afternoon and night, with tornado warnings for several areas, including ours. According to the news, only one tornado actually touched down, somewhere in the western half of the state, but we got some really strong wind and a lot of lightning and rain.
The weatherman said we were going to get more of the same yesterday, but except for some quick light sprinkles during the mid-afternoon, nothing was happening, and I thought we had dodged another bullet. As I’ve said before, quite often the storms will split and go just a mile or two north and south of us and leave us high and dry. That wasn’t going to be the case this time.
I had spent most of the day reading through and polishing the last few chapters I wrote, and sometime around 6 PM, while Terry was in the kitchen making dinner, she told me to come and look out the window because there was a wall of water coming towards us from the west. By the time I got to the kitchen,it was just hitting, and it was just like she said, a wall of water that absolutely poured, and with it we were getting dime-sized hail.
Fortunately, it was a quick-moving storm and within 15 minutes or so it had moved past us and out to sea. I don’t believe there was any damage here, but in nearby New Smyrna Beach, they were getting hail up to two inches in diameter, and I heard of a couple of car windshields that were broken. There was so much hail that news photos of Flagler Avenue in New Smyrna Beach looked like the street was covered in snow.
But that’s all behind us now and the weather is supposed to be clear and warming up for the next few days. I hope so because I would really like to get my pontoon boat in the water at least once before it starts getting too hot.
And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.
It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize an RV camping journal donated by Barbara House. Barbara makes several variations of these, and they all have pages where you can list the date, weather, where you traveled to and from that day, beginning and ending mileage, campground information including amenities at RV sites, a place for campground reviews, room to record activities, people met along the way, reminders of places to see and things to do the next time you’re in the area, and a page for notes for each day.
To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books to foreign countries, only entries with US addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed.
Thought For The Day – Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book