|Posted on October 7, 2016 at 3:25 AM|
We just moved to the area that is being hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew (Cape Canaveral), so we were part of the mass exodus and mandatory evacuations yesterday away from the coast. We loaded up both of our cars with 1 baby, 2 cats, 2 coolers of food, a giant bin of dried goods, camping essentials, a crib, a box of toys and books, water, and one suitcase of clothes.
We drove inland to a town west of Orlando where we have a hotel room until Saturday. But the power will go out here, there will be flooding, and the winds will reach 100 mph. Will the roof stay on? How many trees will fall around us? Will the cars be hit? All potentials. The hotel is advising us to stay inside and that the building is very sound as it is made of solid concrete and has survived 44 years of hurricanes.
We considered driving farther west to Tampa and/or north to Tallahassee, but hotels are all booked up across the state and up into Georgia. Shelters are the only remaining option for many. The first storm effects come in today, Friday will be the toughest day with the biggest winds, and then Saturday will be sunshine and heat again. It will be uncomfortable when the AC goes out and we have to live in 90 degree heat with 90% humidity, but that is just a short-term experience. We will take it one day - one hour - at a time and do the best we can. (If someone could please tell the cats that, it would be appreciated.
The road back home will be flooded and covered in debris, so no idea when we'll be able to go back and look at the damage. To return to our home, we have to show proof of residency that we live there, so we brought the lease and important docs with us to gain access, whenever that may be - probably weeks, hopefully not.
All in all, we are lucky because we have a generator, supplies, insurance, resources, and options - many people have none of those things. We can always rebuild, repurchase, and start again as needed. We have the essentials with us that cannot be replaced, and that is all that counts at this time. <3
My thoughts are also with the millions along the Eastern seaboard who will experience the devastating effects of this monster storm. At times like this, we become clearer about what is important, what matters, and what we want to carry with us.
Thank you to those who have reached out to check in! Your blessings and supportive words are appreciated. For those who follow my public page, I have a trusted resource taking care of my social media right now...unless I have access on my phone.
So that's it for now! A memorable weekend is underway.
Please keep your blessings, prayers, and LIGHT coming for all of those who are in the path of Hurricane Matthew! The good news is that the storm is staying further away from land than expected and this is resulting in a huge improvement for millions. The less impact the better, obviously, and the easier we can all move forward.
I'll be sharing more about the energy of this storm in my next email. Some very interesting energies are involved, and we are clearing a lot at a lower level. Look forward to sharing more with you next week. <3