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July 6, 2017

Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria 2017 Season of Destruction

Filed under: Daily Report — admin @ 6:04 am

Tuesday DP: Just a quick update. It is very still here this am. No breeze, overcast. Dominica was devastated last night. The official NHC takes Maria over SJU now but the GFS has her crossing towards Isabela. St Croix is under the gun. I worked 14hrs yesterday helping friends and neighbors board up and get ready and boarding up here. I apologize if you have tried to jump in on the discussion and have not been able to. something is wrong with the comments portion of this site. Some get in, some don’t, sorry…Thanks to everyone who donated. I will fwd a portion of the proceeds to help disaster victims and use the rest to get thru this storm. We could be w/o power for a loooong time. I’m not too worried about myself. I really feel for the people in the islands that have not even begun to recover and now they will pass Marias in who knows what kind of shelter. We are very boarded up, more than Irma.

Monday Tropical Take: Many have asked me if Maria will hit Florida. I don’t think so, the problem with Maria(for PR) is she is following the track of Jose. That’s why she will cross PR but not hit Florida… I made it to Home Depot in Mayaguez early Sunday and got some panels. We will start boarding soon. What has changed since yesterday? Maria is forecast to enter PR near Maunabo Pt Tuna (where they all do) and exit Aguadilla. The eye is supposed to pass 15 miles from my house. If it’s a 15 mile eye wall we are going to get it. Maria is forecast to enter as a cat4 (!) and exit as a Cat3. PR has a lot of 3000ft mountains to slow her down. I love PR and the people here but many are not taking this seriously. Everyone was partying very hard yesterday. I don’t get it… The friends in my congregation are taking it very seriously. We had a mtg with 15 brothers yesterday and everyone knows the plan and everyone is on the same page. We have researched and studied information on preparedness for disasters. Hopefully we are prepared as well as possible. I see the images of Tortola and I know that could be Rincon and the rest of PR. Thanks to everyone who donated and thanks to all the friends who text and call to wish us well. If I don’t hit you back were most likely not dead. We r prepared. In the islands after Irma we did not hear from friends for days b/c communication is down. When the military came in they could use satellite phones to tell loved ones they are ok or internet to post on social media so I may not text you back. This may or may not be my last post.

Sunday Tropical Take: This one Maria has got PR’s name all over her. So it’s pretty much a done deal right? We are going to get destroyed. I can’t imagine 125 mile per hour winds at my house. It will take months to recover if it goes down like that. We are still stocked and my wife just happened to be at the super market when the 5pm advisory came out yesterday so we have topped off our provisions. The 5pm advisory is when the siren’s went off in my head. We have enough food and water for 7-10 days. My patio is awesome also. I have tons of plantains, bananas, avocados and calabasa(Caribbean Pumpkin) that we enjoy eating. The biggest thing I woke up freaking about this am is the windows, I need more panels. I covered 50% when Irma passed to the north, mostly all the N facing windows now I need to cover the south windows and if we get 125 mile per hour winds I need to cover more of them. So I’ve got 72 hrs to find some panels recycled or new from home depot or a local ferreteria(hardware store). We will move downstairs again, safe space for my wife and 3 kids. Generator has 10 gallons of gas, I need a bit more. I’m not hoarding just need to be set for a week to 10 days.

Growing up in Seminole,
people said the spirit of the indian’s of Indian Rocks Beach protected Pinellas County from hurricanes. Indeed, 1 never hit in all my life (Elena got close). Here people think PR is protected also. People were a little too self righteous and proud in the face of Irma like that’s why the islands got it and not us or New Orleans(Katrina) or Houston. The whole time my neighbor was saying ‘4,000,000 prayers steered Irma away’ I was like “Please be quiet, dont say that” Instant Karma. One of the coolest things living here for the last 7 years has been to meet so many awesome people from the islands. I have so many friends now in St John, Tortola, St Thomas and more and so this breaks my heart all the more and my friends in the islands are really, really, good people, devout, spiritual people, deeply faithful. They did not get destroyed by a hurricane for anything else than the current WX pattern mixed with very warm, deep ocean heat content that took Irma from Cat 3 to Cat 5(climate debate). It was random destruction and the song in my head is one by Social Distortion. “I’ve got friends who are in prison and friends who are dead”… Sing it with me: “Don’t you know it could’ve been me” and now it seems it is… Off to do more preparation.



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61 Comments »

  1. GoodMorning……………. checking in on you and your family – May all be well –

    Comment by EVY — September 7, 2017 @ 6:29 am

  2. Stay safe Micah! Keep us updated please

    Comment by Rob Hyypio — September 7, 2017 @ 7:48 am

  3. Glad you guys are alright,Do you think we get any katia swell?

    Comment by Rich — September 7, 2017 @ 2:13 pm

  4. went my mothers house in Spring Hill, was very windy but we still have power, not sure what I have in Wesley Chapel yet. Hope everyone is ok and doing well especially down in Naples.

    Comment by higgy baby — September 11, 2017 @ 9:42 am

  5. Surfacing……………well, that was certainly an experience. I think the hardest part was the WC hysteria forecasts. Early on I stopped listening to those asshats and turned on the weatherban radio – SNN was superior in their forecasting and informed us the eye was hitting Marco Island hours b/4 it was officially announced by the WC. The worst was “All the while being told we might die very, very soon ”
    I decided to ride it out in my condo… had a center closet safe room and keys to make the run upstairs during the eye if Irma was coming head on. I already had plenty of water, food –not for 3 days, but for 7plus, batteries, solar flashlights, so while everyone was running around whacko….all I had to do was fill the tank and start filling every crack in the freezer with ice, lift all the furniture & double bag/waterproof box all the important business papers. I planned where to park my car, filled the bike tires up… I was collected and calm…. that state of mind became more and more difficult to keep when (and I know they cared) every person in the world was calling me up and screeching you’lllllllll die if you don’t leave. I think I spent more energy calming the outsiders down…and was exhausted from repeatedly having to repeat my safe plan. I frankly felt far safer in my space – with the option to take a higher floor if needed then sitting in a gym. If there was a tornado least I had a mattress over my head….
    I witnessed some of the craZIEST human behaviors………fighting over bottle water for example….. did your tap water run out? could you not fill every container you have? Waiting hours on line for gas….and then….waiting for hours in a car line – using that gas – to get 4 sandbags??? When you can just as easily fill hefty bags(doubled) with water, knot them and use that for sand bags…. or go to Walmart and get kittylitter for a dollar a bag?
    Don’t get me wrong… plenty of folks needed to get to higher and safer ground, but plenty had perfectly safe concrete block homes that with correct prep would have been fine….where is our self-sufficiency??? Why are we not taught how to make our homes safe…rather then encouraged to take a mass exodus, or be completely dependent on the government….
    I had quite a bit of rain driven water, through the back north door – being home I saved myself a fortune as I was able to mop up and immediately dry out the walls before the enemy “BlackMold” appeared. Personally, had no problem w/out AC ..I loved every window open …falling asleep to nighttime sounds. My Freezer became the cooler, and my tub the fish tank….
    Monday I’ll go through supplies and replenish –now, well before any other event. Also realized I need a solar fishbait bucket….keeping the tropicals alive and oxygenated in the tub is a hassel.
    I am so exhausted I still have not yet run, and I haven’t even thought of surf….

    Comment by EVY — September 16, 2017 @ 6:01 am

  6. oooo – just watched that video….. : ((

    Comment by EVY — September 16, 2017 @ 6:07 am

  7. “He knew too what it was to live through a hurricane with the other people of the island and the bond that the hurricane made between all people who had been through it. He also knew that hurricanes could be so bad that nothing could live through them.”
    E.Hemingway

    Much LOVE to our tribe here, many thanks and great appreciation to you Micah for providing this place of gathering.

    Comment by EVY — September 16, 2017 @ 6:11 am

  8. glad your ok Evy, thanks for the awesome summary of your experience, loved reading it your a good writer take care!

    Comment by admin — September 16, 2017 @ 6:32 am

  9. Micah and family~ at the House of the White Seahorse – a candle lit and a prayer every morning for Divine Protection and Strength.

    Comment by EVY — September 18, 2017 @ 5:37 am

  10. FROM FACEBOOK
    Russ D Drevitson I cant even imagine what MW and his family are about to go through. I can’t post on AURA.com any more, not sure why, but I am wishing them the best of luck getting through the storm.

    Comment by EVY — September 18, 2017 @ 5:54 am

  11. https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Hamilton/01-01-02-0042

    I take up my pen just to give you an imperfect account of one of the most dreadful Hurricanes that memory or any records whatever can trace, which happened here on the 31st ultimo at night. Alexander Hamilton ,Sept.6.1772

    Comment by EVY — September 19, 2017 @ 5:04 am

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