As I mentioned in my last post, I am in Florida working my mom and dad’s home. Today, I fixed up a bathroom and did a little puttering around the place. Nothing major. Then, about noon, my sister called. She lives about 45 minutes south of here in northern Palm Beach County and she’d been cavalier about tropical storm Dorian that was headed this way. She’s lived here most of her life and has seen hurricanes come and go. Today, when she called, the cavalier attitude was gone. Dorian has strengthened and is now expected to be a Category 4 hurricane when it hits us.
For those of you with SEC educations, that is only 1 short of the strongest storm, Category 5.
I went to high school and college in Florida, was in ministry here for 5 years, and somehow I’ve never experienced a hurricane. It looks like that is about to come to an end this weekend. In case anyone is interested where I am it is pretty simple. Look at the track of the storm and where it is supposed to come ashore – that’s where I am.
Of course, hurricanes are notorious for changing course. Maybe it will turn north and hit those pagans in Georgia or South Carolina. Maybe it will weaken and become a soaking rainstorm. But right now, it has even veteran Floridians a little rattled. This Iowa boy is not sure what to think.
Mom and dad are not healthy enough to go anywhere, so evacuation is not an option for us. We are here for the duration.
I know some of our readers are here in South Florida as well – God’s blessings! And many of you have survived Katrina and all sorts of other hardships. Dorian isn’t the worst thing that has ever happened in this messed up world.
But I am going to be more out of touch than even I’ve been. It is likely we will lose power and I’ve found that blogging without electricity is a bit of a problem. In the next couple of days, I will be getting my parent’s home ready for the storm, and then we will be picking up the pieces after. So, I am not likely to be on the site much in the next week or so. We will see.
Life is an adventure.
I just hope William Thornton hasn’t turned this place into SBC Voices-ylon Bee by the time I get power back.