9 thoughts on “Stay Safe!

  1. Gulag..I’m on the suncoast side of Florida, so I don’t expect to experience anything more than rain. And I can guarantee ya I won’t be surfing. The most strenuous activity I engage in nowadays is watching sunrises. And even that takes it all out of me.

  2. Likewise, Swami – the Gulf side of FL, near Tampa. I’m going to be released tomorrow in the AM. They are opening shelters in the area, but I think (hope) it’s for people fleeing the East coast of FL – it’s only 100 miles or so. Whether the warning and suggestion to escape to the other side of FL went out on the Atlantic coast, I do not know.

    My wife is arranging a party for me – a dozen or so friends from the area. Should be nice – I have plenty of catching up to do in the real world.

  3. Doug,

    Maybe soon, you and Swami can hang-out at sunrise, and “hang-ten,” each – by stitting in beach-chairs, and dipping your toeas in the water, with refreshing cocktails!

    After all, it’ll be noon somewhere! 🙂

  4. Doug: Congratulations on coming to the end of your experience. If you weren’t so far away, I would crash your party. But maybe I’ll just have a taste of blackberry brandy & stay in. It is supposed to rain here tomorrow.

  5. Doug, it’s good to hear that your ordeal is over. I lived in Tampa for many years, the weather might still be a little rough. So take care. Unless the storm drains are “bigly” improved, the roads will be flooded. We’ll drink a toast to you at cocktail hour.

    When I was a kid in the West Indies, I loved to go out after hurricanes when the surf was still roiling. There were always a lot of interesting things washed up, and scaling the rock faces with a rough sea was pretty dynamic. But, I never faced anything like a Cat 4. My thoughts are with my friends in Florida. Weather events can be exhilarating, but it can all go wrong so quickly. Batten down the hatches!

  6. My previous comment is stuck in moderation, so let me just say that I’m glad you ordeal is over, I hope the flooding isn’t too bad, and you can make it home safe and sound.

  7. Congratulations on your release, Doug !
    We in Kissimmee were in the crosshairs of Matthew, but at about 11 pm last night, the storm moved a bit to the North, which put the eyewall about 75 miles out. After 2 days of strenuous preparation “H”, all we got was wind gusts up to 50mph and about 1 1/2 inches of rain ( plus no sleep last night ). We were VERY lucky. We didn’t even lose power or the tee vee.
    We lived here in 2004 when 3 hurricanes visited Kissimmee. It was not fun at all. I had plywood covering the windows and sliding glass doors from August 10 to Thanksgiving.
    It looks like Daytona Beach and the surrounding areas took the worst hit.

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