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The boys’ first hurricane has come and gone…well technically, I guess it’s their THIRD hurricane, as we had to evacuate for Gustav in 2008 (they were still in utero) and we were in Pennsylvania for Irene in 2011. So, this was the first hurricane of which they were AWARE.

Anyway, I inspected the grounds this morning and it’s pretty much what I expected…

The neighbor’s fence is down.

Fence Down

My fence is leaning pretty badly.

Fence Leaning

The pool is FULL of leaves.

Pool Trash

But, HEY, the boys bird feeders made it through unscathed! 🙂

Bird Feeder Bird Feeder

Pretty much the only thing for me (and Pop) to do today was to repair my section of fence and clean the pool. And of course, move everything out of the garage and storage shed that we had stowed-away for the storm.

Fence fix


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…

Hurricane Matthew

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.

Hurricane Matthew

The calm before the storm…

Hurricane Matthew

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…

Hurricane Matthew

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.

Hurricane Matthew

In the backyard, with all the rain we’ve gotten the last couple of days, it’s looking like my pool will soon overflow…

Hurricane Matthew

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…

Hurricane Matthew

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…

Hurricane Matthew

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…

Hurricane Matthew

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.

Hurricane Matthew

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.

Hurricane Matthew

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. 🙂

Hurricane Matthew

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.

Hurricane Matthew


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