10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. 11 And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. (Matthew 2:10-11, NKJV)
Last night my inlaws (Junior and Linda) evacuated Sarasota with Linda’s daughter and her family. They arrived at our house last night. Hurricane Irma passed over Key West as a Cat 4 storm and entered the Florida penninusla around Marco Island as a Cat 3. At 5 a.m. this morning, she’s a Cat 1 and headed up central Florida.
The wind has been picking-up since about 2 a.m. and is whipping pretty good now. We have a couple of minor leaks, but nothing too serious.
UPDATE: 8:00 a.m.
Irma is coming through the panhandle now and is somewhere around Lakeland, Florida. It’s still a Cat 1. The wind is really gusting outside, but I’m just sitting here sipping coffee.
UPDATE: 8:00 p.m.
Well, the day is coming to an end. Our evacuees laft after the wind died down (about noon) and headed back to Sarasota. Although we were on the wrong side of the storm, we really dodged a bullet. The original predictions for this storm were pretty bad. As it turns out, we didn’t even lose power. I can’t say the same for a lot of people in NE Florida, though. There are a lot of folks without power and there was a lot of flooding along the river.
Overall, we had very minor damage. A couple of leaks, my pool pump isn’t working (think it might be the capacitor), and the wind pushed over my Big Green Egg…
Summer is almost here, so time for some cooler (as in temperature) haircuts. Adam normally keeps his hair short, but Alex likes his hair longer (this time it was just about to his shoulders). Anyway, surprisingly, Alex opted for a nice conservative haircut, while Adam went with a flattop.
Handsome boys! And Adam looks a little like Howie Long.
Alex is getting itchy for the water. For the past two days he’s been going on about swimming. I tried to explain to him that the water was too cold for swimming right now, but he just wouldn’t accept it. So, I told him, “okay”, knowing he wouldn’t be in the water very long (if he got in at all). Anyway, this is as far as he got, but he still wouldn’t concede the water was too cold. I guess Dad still doesn’t know what he’s talking about. 😉
You can always tell what holiday is approaching by looking at the front of our house! Cindy pulled the boxes off the shelves in the garage this weekend and there you go! BTW…the inside of the house doesn’t look much different than the outside 😉
Hurricane season is in full swing in NE Florida. Hurricane Matthew is expected to skirt the coast and bring a lot of wind and rain. In the last 24-hours the projection has changed between a Cat-2, Cat-3, and Cat-4 as it moves past/through Jax. Now, with less than 24-hours to go, it’s projected to be a Cat-3 with the eye just offshore…
There’s a mandatory evacuation for the coastal areas, but we’re not in an evacuation zone, so we’re going to stay put and ride-out the storm. Nana and Pop, who arrived Monday, are probably asking themselves, “now, why exactly did we come here?” 😉
LATER. October 7, 2016. 5:38 a.m.
In the latest hurricane projection Matthew looks to be just off the east coast of Melbourne. It’s still projected to be a Cat-3 as it passes Jax, but it’s no expected to make landfall. The boys and Nana and Pop, are still in bed sleeping. It’s raining and the wind is picking-up, but otherwise, it’s still pretty calm. More to come.
The calm before the storm…
LATER. October 7, 2016. 11:24 a.m.
So, the NOAA has updated the hurricane track and it looks like Matthew is still a Cat-3, but is definitely going to stay offshore as it passes Jax…
Right now, we’re getting some strong gusts, but it’s still pretty calm. The power is still on and the boys are watching “I Am Legend” with Will Smith.
In the backyard, with all the rain we’ve gotten the last couple of days, it’s looking like my pool will soon overflow…
LATER. October 7, 2016. 1:15 p.m.
The wind is really picking-up and the rain is falling horizontally in fits and starts. The hurricane is close now. The boys don’t seem to notice…
LATER. October 7, 2016. 2:00 p.m.
Well, the hurricane should be passing parallel to the Jax coast for the next 2-3 hours…
The wind is blowing harder in more sustained bursts, but everyone is holding up well. We lost power for less than a minute, but other than that everything is working fine for now. Except, it looks like I’m going to lose a section of my fence…
Yep, that section and a little more…
LATER. October 7, 2016. 4:15 p.m.
The eye of the hurricane is now parallel to our home. It’s about 30-miles off the coast at this point and still moving in a NNW direction. The worst of the storm will soon be past and the wind will die down significantly in the next hour. So far, we haven’t lost power and the only visible damage has been to our fence. When things die down a bit, I’ll take a walk outside.
LATER. October 7, 2016. 5:00 p.m.
Matthew has passed us and is moving north just off the Jacksonville coastline. It’s been downgraded to a Cat-2 hurricane now and there’s been a noticeable decrease in wind and rain. It looks like it’s just about over. Fortunately, it looks to be a non-event.
LATER. October 7, 2016. 6:30 p.m.
We’re still getting some pretty good wind gusts, but nothing like earlier in the day. It’s time for dinner now, and what better comfort food is there than breakfast? How about some biscuits and sausage gravy? Mmmm. 🙂
LATER. October 7, 2016. 8:00 p.m.
Well, Hurricane Matthew is on it’s way out. We finished dinner and cleaned the dishes, now we’re watching “Captain America: Civil War.” There’s still some wind and rain, but it’ll soon be gone. Tomorrow is a new day…and I gotta fix my fence.