For 7 days last week I felt the real fear of losing our home. My husband and I recently relocated from Tampa, to the Stuart area, north of Palm Beach, Florida, to be closer to our dear family members.
We just became fully settled into our newly constructed house. We especially love our enclosed patio with seating and dining to make it an inviting tropical atmosphere for family and friends.
It seemed a cruel twist of fate as we watched the machinations of Hurricane Matthew forcefully make its way off the African Coast. Creating devastation to Haiti and resulting in hundreds of deaths, it then turned toward Cuba. It was predicted that it would turn due north toward Florida’s East Coast with a trajectory moving it further up to the Carolina Coast and impacting millions of people. It had been 10 years since any storm of this magnitude found its way here. I felt chills running down my spine.
Personally experiencing a storm of this magnitude was a first for me. The storm was nothing less than surreal. The range of emotions are indescribable and even to this moment I am still processing it all.
Once we began to realize the situation was REAL we took stock and mobilized. Making plans helped us feel in control to a degree and then physically getting ready helped us deal with the inevitable. What did we need to do? We had less than three days to prepare. The weather forecast was full of ferocious predictions that it would hit land here – likely right where we live!
Things you never think about surface like; What if my life or those of my loved ones is threatened? What if the severe winds and rain inflict intense damage or even worse, we lose our home completely?
As we were mobilizing in our neighborhood I witnessed others do the same. The stores were over run with people. My hubby and I faced the crowds to stock up on provisions to last us for a while. Why? The loss of electricity would be the biggest issue. One does not know how long we would go without.