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UPDATE: Hurricane Irma – 2017

8 Sep

UPDATE: I wanted to let everyone know that my family and I are safe. We went through a frightening experience and we have a lot of cleaning up, repairing and restoring to do, but that’s okay. Things could have been much worse. And the important thing is that we made it out safely.

Hurricane Irma’s eye was threatening to barrel across the center of  south Florida. That would have been catastrophic. Instead, as she neared us she veered toward the West, so we received horrible bands carrying 100+ miles per hour wind gusts, but not a direct hit. South Florida dodged another bullet. There are some structural damage, lots of trees pulled out of the ground, large tree branches that acted like missiles, the water in some areas will be tainted for a while, but so far I have not heard of any loss of life. We’ll have to wait and see what the news tells us in the next few days. 

I think Florida did a great job preparing for this storm. I believe at least 90% of Florida residents took hurricane Irma seriously. My family and I certainly did. We have some work ahead of us, but we all made it out safely and that’s what’s important.

I want to thank everyone for being so kind. Thanks for sending all the positive vibes, well wishes and prayers––they worked! I am touched by everyone’s concern for my family and my well-being.  Thank you, thank you, thank you! You guys are the best! I will end it here before I get too mushy.

Hello my friends! I’m sure many of you have already heard of Hurricane Irma. I live in south Florida (USA) and unfortunately we’re in the path of this powerful storm. My family and I are doing everything we can to prepare ourselves for the impact. We’re hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst.

My number one priority right now is to protect my family and my home. There’s a lot to do. We began preparing the day before yesterday and we still have a lot to do.  I don’t know when I’ll be able to get back online between preparing, impact and aftermath of this significant storm.

I just wanted to inform you of what’s going on. I didn’t want to leave you hanging while I went MIA. Please keep Florida in your prayers and send good vibes our way. Thank you.

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Hurricane Irma is 350 miles wide. The Florida peninsula is about 100 miles wide.

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Haiku Friday – Lark & Rush

7 Oct

Happy Haiku Friday everyone!


It’s a happy day indeed. I don’t know how many of you are aware of the ominous threat to Florida the last couple of days. A monstrous category 4 storm, ‘Hurricane Mathew‘ threatened to pummel the south eastern coast of the US and at one point CNN and The Weather Channel put it’s projection right over the town where I live. Needless to say, yesterday was a scary day for me and my family.

We prepared as best we could but if a storm this large and powerful barrels over your area it’s catastrophic no matter what you do. Mathew was headed straight for us and then later yesterday evening it increased in speed and moved toward the west changing it’s trajectory further north and we ended up getting some wind and lots of rain but nothing severe. We’ve had more flooding and down trees with regular lightning storms. Dade and Broward counties definitely ‘dodged the bullet’.

My prayers go out to those counties and states north of us that are still in the path of Mathew.

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Lark and Rush are this week’s prompt words chosen by Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes.

Ron hosts a challenge that anyone could participate in called Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge every Monday, and you have until Sunday to create a post featuring your haiku poem. He is an author and poet and also does author interviews and much more on his blog. Be sure to check it out. Read Ron’s Haiku Prompt Challenge Guidelines for more information.

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Mathew huffed and puffed

Saying, ‘I am not a lark!’

He rushed to the West

And although he did his best

He couldn’t blow my house in. 😉

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Stay safe my friends!