Hurricane Florence is bearing down on the North Carolina coast as I write this. We still have time before it comes inland and it appears that it will stall out and hangout for awhile before it really comes to the mountains. I think it will still bring plenty of rain and wind but hopefully not too much.
I question why people stay when they are told to evacuate. I know there are a lot of reasons that I am not aware of. A friend told me that she has friends who have a daughter who is days away from dying and cannot be moved. They stayed. Of course they stayed. I would as well. I get that. I also understand that some folks just don’t have the financial means to go . I would hope they would seek refuge in the shelters that are set up. I would also hope that others would step up to help them. I think if they told me to go I would go. The folks that seem to be getting the airtime are those who have stubbornly decided to stay despite the risks to them and first responders. It puts so many other lives at risk and I just can’t wrap my head around why you would stay when the authorities tell everyone to go.
We will prepare by taking down all the hanging stuff outside on our porches, securing outdoor furniture and hopefully getting both cars parked in the garage. We live in a forest and tree limbs coming down is a reality so hopefully that will be minimal. While we have underground cables the power coming into our development is on poles so as we know those trees can go down on those lines and cause power outages. I think we are well prepared. I have lots of food on hand, water and best of all…
A BRAND SPANKING NEW KINDLE OASIS!
Don’t you just love the cover I found? Looks very similar to my blog logo.
My old Kindle died and I was frantic. Even though I have tons of books and I can read on my phone and laptop I still rely on my Kindle and was so sad. Mr. Diamond was tired of hearing me whine and said “Just buy a new one” so I did. I am in love with it and it is even waterproof so those long soaks in the tub and times poolside and beachside will be even better.
So as we all continue to wait and watch and see what is going to happen with Florence you can find me in my favorite position below. Please stay safe everyone.
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Just as we have dodged the worst of Florence, I’m praying for that for your area too. (All the while feeling guilty because there are those who WILL be in the center of the storm.) Sounds as though you’re as prepared as you can be. Those power outages are the most inconvenient. Stay safe and keep in touch!
Thanks, Dianna. Glad you missed the worst of it –it is just going to be wild and wet out there for awhile and yes—there are so many others who are going to be hard hit.
Please stay safe. I love Buddy’s reaction. Your new Kindle looks great. Enjoy.
Thanks! We will. Hopefully we won’t lose power but we have everything charged and lots of flashlights, batteries, candles and we have plenty of bread and pb and j!
Am glad you feel the way you do if told to evacuate! Praying you stay safe and can stay at home!💜
We will be fine. A lot of rain but since we are at 3000 feet we have that advantage. I know a lot of people who stay feel like they have no choice out but to stay but there are shelters they can go to. Not ideal but at least they are out of the danger. I feel for them leaving their homes and not knowing what they will come home to.
Sounds like you are as prepared as one could be – thinking of you and hoping the storm lessens.
Stay safe and enjoy that new Kindle. I do love the cover you found. We’re praying for all of those in the storm. I too do not understand why folks stay. The only time we had to evacuate our house in a hurry was because a gas pipe had been sheared off by a truck outside our neighbors’ house. Believe me, when the firemen showed up at our door and told us to leave, we grabbed a few important things and hightailed it out of here. Houses and things can be replaced, people cannot!
Hopefully it will just be a rainy day when it finally gets to you. I too would have been long gone, even before the evacuation becomes mandatory. But I have resources, and a place to go. So it’s easy to say that. Maybe not so easy to do if I were to be right there. Still…I think I’d go. We have used our lake house in AL a couple times for people with pets to go when they needed to leave their Florida home for hurricanes. It’s nice to be able to help. I watched an interview of a mother with 2 kids who was sheltering at a local school, sleeping in a hallway along with hundreds of others. I just wanted to bring her home where she’d be safe and have some space and privacy.
Stay safe, Beth Ann. Having lived on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where hurricanes are a regular occurrence, I know how troublesome those storms can be. Not only the incessant wind and rain, but the aftermath, when you might go days (or more) without electricity or water. *shudder* There’s something to be said for living among the corn and soybeans!!
We made it through just fine. I am thinking that we got spared this time from a lot of it and am so grateful. Now the real work begins for those on the coast and other ares that suffered so much rain and wind damage.
I appreciate this post because I’ve been wondering. Snuggle inside and be safe, my friend.
We are fine – hardly any wind or rain and it really was a non event for our area which was a pleasant surprise. Not so for so many other areas. 🙁
Like Dianna said, we missed it. We live in Virginia Beach and the Lord has blessed us once again. We are praying for all in the path of this storm. Stay safe.
So glad you missed it as well. We missed most of it and are so grateful. The sun is out today and hopefully we will be drying out this week.
Thinking of you and everyone else in the path of Florence. It’s funny (well it’s not really) how things happen… last year at this time it was us getting away from Irma and we fled to NC. And now this.
Oh gosh–I forgot all about that but I am sure YOU haven’t!
Glad to see you are prepared 🙂 Keep us posted on the storm. It is hard to know what is really happening along the storms path.
Hope all went well for you! We got our electricity back yesterday evening & are very thankful how fortunate we have it through such a wicked storm. Wishing you the best!