9/08/2017

I is for Irma

This is a brief post to let you know we're hunkering down here in Orlando, FL preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Irma. So far, it's been scattered showers, booming thunder, afternoon sunshine and clear night skies as far as the eye can see. In all honesty, it felt like a regular Florida day. But judging from the news, we're sure to feel traces of Irma sometime this weekend and into early next week.

At least we've done everything we can to hold down the fort, including braving the crowds on 5am supply runs and rearranging the apartment for the safest weather impact. My coastal Floridian family have trekked inland to stay with me till the storm passes. I've even packed my own tentative evacuation bag...you know, just in case.

Hoping to make it through the storm with zero flooding and fully functioning electricity. Keep your fingers crossed for me! And worst case scenario, it'll be a grand forced opportunity to step away from the computer and plunge my nose into the pile of TBR (to be read) books sitting on my desk! What better way to read than by romantic, hurricane-induced candlelight, am I right? (hehe)

On a closing note to my fellow Sunshine state natives: Please, please, please stay safe this weekend! Provided I have power, I'll hopefully be back to work soon!

UPDATE: (09/13/2017) Orlando is now in the midst of recovery after Hurricane Irma blew through our city this past weekend! I'm relieved and happy to say we were lucky! Zero flooding, running water and full electric power (just as hoped for), though wifi blipped out temporarily, hence a delay in any blog updates.

Monday morning, we emerged from our refuges to a soggy Floridian landscape. Huge oak trees lay strewn about, completely uprooted from the ground. Debris littered the streets. Fences were diminished to planks and rubble, and roofing had stripped off in large metallic sheets.

We are feeling extremely fortunate there was no damage to my apartment, let alone working amenities. Family on the coast and most local friends, however, have spent days since the storm with no power or running water, including my dad, whom we couldn't convince to evacuate. Back in Merritt Island, he's been making the most of a humid situation by embracing that #surferlife, cooling off in the ocean and taking advantage of the enhanced swells beachside. In short, we're all doing okay and Florida is on the mend.

Again, thank you for your well wishes! Looks like all that positive energy really worked wonders for us! Love ya lots!

(Below: Hurricane Irma damage at my apartment complex.)

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