Getting Ready For Hurricane Florence
As I write this blog post, my fair state of South Carolina is getting ready for the arrival of Hurricane Florence. Even though, for the moment, the storm’s center will probably make landfall along the southeastern portion of North Carolina, it seems we will be feeling some of the effects here. Plus until a storm of this size and strength makes landfall, no one truly knows where it will go.
I’m definitely no stranger to these hurricanes. Having lived my life in Charleston, I’ve been through more than a few including our biggie, Hurricane Hugo. My husband and I are huge weather geeks, which I think I mentioned in a previous blog. We’ve been following this storm since it first formed, even though at that time all the meteorologists believed that it would simply drift north out to sea but I guess Florence has a mind of her own.
I stayed in town for Hurricane Hugo but I have to say that if a storm of that category ever came again, I would probably evacuate. That night was simply terrifying for me but also fascinating now that I can look back at the experience. Since we are getting ready for a land falling hurricane, I don’t want to share with you any of the things that caused me a lot of anxiety during that night but I would like to tell you of something I experienced.
From the time I really learned about hurricanes as a young girl, I had always heard about the hurricane’s eye. That when it passed over, you could actually see the stars in the sky and everything would be so calm. And you know what? It was!!! Hurricane Hugo’s eye went right over Charleston. I’ll never forget when the winds calmed down enough that we knew we could probably peek outside, we went out on the porch and looked up to see a clear sky with a puffy cloud every now and then. There was barely a breeze blowing and it was eerily quiet since all power was out. But I was in awe. I was able to experience something I had only read about in books or had heard from other people who had stayed to ride out a large hurricane. And then it was only a few minutes before a roaring wind so strong flipped a tree over in the opposite direction that it had been laying when we first ventured out of the house. So quickly we were back inside and huddled together to ride out the rest of the storm.
As for Hurricane Florence, Jeff and I are ready. We pretty much keep an emergency stash of supplies all year long which is a good thing. Even when we had our very unusual snowstorm earlier this year, we were able to use some of our stockpile, like batteries and candles, when the electricity went out. Our generator kept the refrigerator and freezer going and if we need it this time, it’s ready to go. It’s also a good thing to have this emergency kit because, believe it or not, I live about 3 miles away from a mildly active fault line that gives us tremors every now and then along with the occasional earthquake.
I want to thank all my friends, family and readers that have been sending messages and emails, checking on us. We are prepared and hopefully this is just a little rain and wind.
Sending out those positive vibes to all!