Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Here they come

Well, here we are once again watching as potential hurricanes leave the coast of Africa. This is NOT something we look forward to every year. It takes about 12 days for a system to get to the east coast of the US from Africa. So, now it is watch and wait. The weather people are no doubt gearing up, eyes getting all glittery, waiting for the possible BIG ONE that they get to tell about. The hype really gets intense and can drive a person crazy with worry and fear.

We went through Frances, Jeanne and Wilma, Wilma being the worst. My heart goes out to everyone who has to go through any of these storms. These storms can be unpredictable that's for sure.

We do have different shutters we have made to cover windows out of various materials, we know the drill. Not fun.

Below are a couple of pictures from Accu-Weather. Hopefully these will be pulled northward and just head on out to sea. They do say that there is that possibility, but they focus on telling of them hitting the east coast.


Dirt Princess said...

I dread this tim eof year...its like a waiting game...

L. D. Burgus said...

I was in Houston with an ill spouse and a hurricane was on it's way. It did turn south and go to Mexico, but it was scary seeing what the clouds were doing and the temp and wind was so strange. I will pray for your situation.

sweet bay said...

How close are you to the coast?

I hate hurricane season too, although less so now that our house is out of the floodplain. Fran is the worse we've had since Hazel in terms of wind and the winds were down to 75mph with gusts up to 100 by the time Fran got to us. Went on all night. I think I would be much more nervous now than I was then!

Kudzu said...

ugh, I wasn't aware of a storm...I've been sleeping too much. It IS an odd year,though....let's just pray no one gets hurt..

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

I'm sure the weather people really do go crazy predicting these and getting people stressed out. I know even here they make such a big to do out of an inch of snow.
I will definitely keep you all in my thoughts and hope the storms don't make it to land.

LeSan said...

Well what good is a weather predicting service and mass media if it doesn't scare the bejeesus out of people? Catherine's right, they do the same darn thing here anytime a snowflake is spotted below 15,000 feet. I know we will all be praying for your safety out there.

Anonymous said...

Hope the weather service is wrong as they usually are. I think their problem is that they are 24 hours a day and they feel compelled to make the weather exciting.

FlowerLady said...

Good morning Friends

Dirt Princess ~ I know what you mean, we dread it too. It's definitely a waiting game, and the tension rises as they get closer.

L.D. ~ Thanks for prayers. Hurricane weather is weird. When the winds pick up that's when it begins.

SweetBay ~ We are about 3 miles from the coast. I'm sure being out of the floodplain feels much better. I was really freaked out with Wilma. The winds started around early evening, around 11 the electricity went off. The winds are so scary and you hear stuff hitting your house and you pray for God's mercy. We even had a little tornado go over while we were laying in bed trying to sleep. The wind changed into a 'roar' just like they say, and I thought for sure that was it, our time was up. The next day we could see evidence of things that had been sucked up out of position, but didn't leave the ground. ~ Next day, we had they eye pass right over us, so there was a bit of calm where we went out to get a tarp over the shed that a pine tree went into. After we were out there a bit and were almost finished, I told DH to hurry up, I could feel and sense the back side was coming, and we no sooner got inside when the winds started right in again. It's really amazing going through the eye, because all is calm, the sun was shining and there was blue sky. You wouldn't even know you were in the middle of a hurricane. The back side of Wilma was the scariest. I prayed and I cried. Finally, around 2 p.m. the winds had subsided enough so that we could go outside and assess the damages. As soon as we went out we came right back in for flannel shirts, as the temp was 58 from a cold front that had moved in. That was a blessing. This happened the end of October. I started right in by clearing the driveway and making a pile out front. Always like getting the driveway cleared first. We were without power for 13 days. We had water and we had phone. We took solar heated showers by using a garden hose. I washed clothes by hand. We think I broke my pinky finger right hand when I tripped and slammed into the edge of a piece of plywood while carrying something. I hurriedly took the rings off that finger, good thing as it and my ring finger both swelled up and turned purple. I just lightly taped them together and put a sock over that hand and kept working away hauling out pine limbs, etc. that DH had been cutting up with the chain saw. Life went on and we were thankful, even though depressed, that things weren't worse.

I really feel for victims who lose their homes and all they have to storms or other natural disasters all around the world.

Kudzu ~ I pray also that no one gets hurt.

Catherine ~ Good grief, it sounds like the weather people are the same all over. They really do start hyping things up, telling people to head to Home Depot and grocery stores for supplies. They can end up being on the TV 24 hours a day before the thing is even close. Once when a hurricane was headed this way and they were in their bad weather coming mode, the thing changed course and was not going to come our way afterall. You should have seen how deflated they became, right before our eyes. It was amazing. There is one thing in telling important news and info, but in blowing things out of proportion and scaring people is wrong and bad.

LeSan ~ Thanks for prayers. I'm sure everyone in these storms paths appreciates prayers. It's hard to think weather people hype up snow too. I guess it depends on where you live and your set of weather conditions as to what the weather people will report on.

ThriftyCountryWoman ~ I hope their predictions are wrong also. One thing they do is use the words, 'may and might' and others like that. You have to pick up on those to read between the lines of their hype.

Ok, enough about possible hurricanes. They are nothing to joke about. People have lost lives and homes to these storms. We just don't need the hype that comes out every hurricane season.

Thanks everyone for your prayers and thoughts.


Darla said...

Nope this not something we look forward to is it? Sometimes all of the hype drives me nuts!! I am in North Florida..

lilsista said...

You are definitely in my prayers! My husband and I went through a hurricane blast on our honeymoon in cuba 11 years ago...NOT FUN!!! I was so scared! I hope you are well prepared and keep us all updated! Smiles and Hugs:0)!

sweet bay said...

3 miles is very close to the sea! You really get the fresh impact of the storms so close to the ocean.

13 days without electricity is a long time. We only went without power for 7 days after Fran, but there were others who were without power for 2 weeks or more. The worst part (other than thinking of doing something, and realizing you can't do it because there's no electricity) was the heat -- in the 90's. Yuck!

Fran's eye went over us too, but as it was night it just got quiet. I wonder if we'd gone outside if we could have seen the stars.

Riding out something worse than Fran would scare me out of my wits. That was bad enough. The force of the winds is just amazing.