It could have been so much worse. Everyone was very scared Irma was going to be a direct hit as a category 5 hurricane aimed right at Miami and going right up the coast on I-95 demolishing every major city on the east coast. After that doom filled forecast, most people evacuated to the west coast, but that’s where Irma eventually hit directly, but as a weaker storm. Thankfully, our house never took too much over Category One wind speeds (approx. 90 miles per hour) and there was not much damage other than a few things I will list.
The most annoying part of during the storm is you lose electricity! If you’re lucky, the electricity will stay on ’till past lunch. It went out for us at exactly 7:55 A.M. My father watched the electrical sparks fly down the power wires in our backyard. I had seen some sparks from the previous night when the winds were picking up. It looks like something out of a movie! We have lots of trees in our neighborhood, so many of them fell or sparked the lines, causing power outages. A lot of transformers blew and you could hear them exploding and see the flashes all night long. For some reason, my throat hurt during the storm and a day after. Maybe it was because of all the dirt and dust flying around? I’m still not sure… The wind/rain was whipping for days, it was like being in a washing machine!
The funniest part: Our outdoor cat Shadow showed up for food during the storm. When we let him inside, the wind and rain blew into the house, but he was dry and fluffy! Almost like he’d been under a blow dryer, he was warm and fluffy-soft. “Where have you been hiding out there dude?” He didn’t tell us.
Our indoor girl cat Midnight was frightened and wanted to stay near us/on us the entire time. She’s an emotional little love.
After the storm was over, we checked out the damage. It was very common to see fallen large trees blocking the roads. Everyone I know complained about the heat, but our house is old and does not have central air conditioning (it’s very open; big windows everywhere) so I’m used to it. We have a charcoal grill and a propane camp stove, so everyone living in the house was well-fed. My mom made some killer-delicious burgers, as well as other yummy food. The worst part of it, at least for me, was the cold showers. And no lights on at night. That was very annoying.
Damage was meh in our neighborhood. “Meh” means some houses got a little damage, and some had nearly none. Our neighbor had a tree fall on one side of his driveway and a concrete light pole on the other.
And the concrete pole still has not been removed…
Here’s some more damage:
Lots of very large trees fell in the older neighborhood near us.
We had many things to occupy us the day of the storm; Clue, Monopoly, card games – all sorts of fun stuff to keep us from thinking “Is our house flying away?” and “That wind sounds really bad.”
Our local shopping plaza has fallen trees in the parking lot:
Publix (our local grocery store) was useless before and after the storm. They didn’t have enough water or bread before the storm because they said they sent all their water to Houston. After the storm they had no ice (NO ICE!) for over a week because they sent all of it to Houston. Poor planning. The photo below of empty shelves was taken in the week after the storm, it’s been very slow to restock.
The East Coast of Florida is super lucky we didn’t get hit directly. I feel really bad for the west coast and the Keys; most of the people live near sea level over there. Some people still don’t have power! I couldn’t imagine going for that long with cold showers and no electricity…
I’m thankful my family and friends are okay. I really hope the Caribbean fixes everything up soon.