As I began this post
was a Category 5 storm. As info, a hurricane with winds of 157 mph or greater is a Category 5. Hurricane Irma is currently ravaging the Caribbean Islands; LB and I are watching the Weather Channel for an update on the turn that she will take. She is expected to turn toward Florida.
More storms hit Florida than any other U.S. state, and since 1851 only eighteen hurricane seasons passed without a hurricane impacting the state. Approximately 488 hurricanes have affected the state of Florida. This damage report includes a death toll of 10,272 people in Florida and $115 billion in other damage (primarily from Hurricane Andrew and thereafter (source)).
With the exception of the slight impact we felt from hurricane Matthew last year, I can’t remember having experienced a hurricane in Jacksonville. Needless to say, everyone is a bit antsy about the uncertainty of what is to come.
But we bring the party with us
During this time, my daughters are with their dad, my son and his little family are riding it out in their home, my Mama is at her house with my sister and her family.
We are in Jacksonville
keeping in touch via text:
Those are random, I know.
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My Mama is terrified (to say the least) of hurricanes, since her experience with Dora in 1964. Thankfully, Jacksonville has not experienced such a storm in my lifetime.
Since we have no control over the weather, there is no reason for hysteria. Several hours after beginning, as I continue this post, Hurricane Irma is headed our way, and expected to arrive in about nine hours. That said, I know my Mama has been praying, because the storm has since downgraded to a Category 2 and the path has shifted away from the east coast of Florida.