I remember, what was it 12 years ago?, Hurricane Charlie dropped in to visit the Port Charlotte area of Florida. My parents lived there then. As I recall, the anticipation was that the Hurricane would hit farther north, so that is where the bulk of the preparation was. Charlie however, had other thoughts in mind. My parents were fine, minor damage to their home, lost the pool cage of course, but other homes in their neighborhood would just totaled.
About six months after the storm, Tim and I flew down for a visit. My dad drove us around on the "Hurricane Devastation Tour". We were dumbfounded. Six months after that hurricane had passed, the trail of destruction was still jaw dropping in it's intensity.
And now, these many years later, here comes Hurricane Matthew which is predicted to be all that and a little bit more. Of course, here we sit on the west coast (or left coast as I hear people say) and the expectation is that the storm is aiming for the east coast. But still, even we are under a tropical storm watch/warning and will get the outer bands of rain and wind. And we have family, not just here in Florida but also in North Carolina which is on the target for hurricane's roll. To say nothing of the larger sense of community, the family of mankind.
Hope everyone stays safe. Please do whatever you need to do to stay out of harms way.
Yup, this is me. Some people said, "Sam, you should write a Blog". "Well, there's a thought", I thought to myself. And so here it is.