Started by Mhayes, September 10, 2017, 06:10:06 PM
QuoteUpdate 9/10/18, 4:50am: Can't sleep. Spent much of the night scanning photos and watching news reports. We filled 20 gallon bottles of tap water. We have two cases of bottled water and a case of tea (it was all we could find the first day out - people were hoarding). There will come a point where we can't do anything else to prepare. We have a movie from Netflix. Seems rather frivolous, but it'll keep our minds busy. Difficult to not be afraid. We inadvertently brought in a little tree frog with the plants, and he's singing to me right now. I hope he survives.
QuoteOne irony as Irma threatens to destroy much of Florida: I joined a volunteer organization of photo retouching experts from around the world (Operation Photo Rescue) in 2006 to try to restore photos that were damaged in Hurricane Katrina. I was a member of the first official copy run team in Biloxi, MS, to collect photos, pull them from still-wet albums, frames, stuck-together stacks. We'd scan them, organize them, and our distribution team would set up galleries from which volunteers could download images they wanted to restore. For around five years I was extremely active. Restoring photos, interacting with other members on our web site, creating tutorials for color correction and other sneaky ways to bring out detail in photos that appeared beyond reclamation. I loved every minute of it. Then my brain collapsed and I couldn't even remember how to use Photoshop, much less do a complex restoration. I'm still a member, but haven't been active since around 2011. Having talked to and cried with the people who survived Katrina in Biloxi, I was struck by the terrible loss they suffered when their precious photos were ruined. I swore I'd never let that happen to me. Right... Guess what I did this afternoon? Got down the first of five boxes of photos to organize, scan and put in waterproof containers - as many as I can before Irma takes them all away! Idiot!
QuoteThanks, my friend. Unfortunately, if we're told to evacuate, we won't be able to. The entire state is about to get blasted, roads are jammed, and fuel is difficult to get. Our best bet it to stay here and pray the house holds up. It's block, rather than frame, so that's a good thing. We're exhausted and not looking forward to the ordeal, but we've done everything we know to do to be safe. Not having any funds limits our options, so we'll make do. I'll keep you posted. Hugs. . . .We really don't want to leave our home, for a number of reasons. Our garage is rated safe in winds up to 130mph. If all else fails, we can use that as our temporary abode. If Irma's survivable, we'll be around long after she's gone. Thanks for caring!
QuoteI think the worst will be here around 8pm. It'll last until early morning. Winds expected to be up to 100 mph, high storm surge. We're trying to decide where to hole up in the house (or garage) - where, if everything comes down around us, we might survive. We've been warned that power could go out at any time after landfall. So if I don't post for a while, assume I'm okay. I have my iPad, but it doesn't want to keep its charge. I'll keep it plugged in until we lose power and then try to keep posting off and on. IM just heard on the local news station that our peninsula could be barricaded off from anyone who's not already here for up to two weeks. Even people who evacuated. There aren't many ways into our county, because we have 3 bridges, a causeway, and a very narrow neck through which one main highway runs north to south. Makes me even more glad we didn't leave.
QuoteUpdate, 9/12/17, 2:00pm: FINALLY, we have power, phones, computer, tablets - all of the things we'll never take for granted again. Thank you for all of the concerned messages. We just got our power back about an hour ago. Electricity went out several hours before the storm got here; so we've been incommunicado since then. We couldn't even let the kids know we were okay. We were so lucky. The house is intact, the car is okay. The only thing we lost was our avocado tree. We watched through the patio doors as the wind literally pushed it over. It didn't go all the way down, but half the roots are exposed. We've spent the past two days cutting it down and adding to the debris pile in the front yard. We're going to try to dig a hole around the roots and re-set what's left of it. I grew it from a seed more than 40 years ago. It's like an old friend! Our generator blew up the first time we tried to start it. IM tests it every year and runs it for hours. It's always been reliable. This year, after his heart surgery, we didn't do our usual check on our emergency supplies. We discovered that oil lamps, candles and small battery-driven lights helped us see our way around the house, but we couldn't read, we couldn't use our computers or tablets. We sat here and got ever more exhausted and cranky. Now that the AC is back on and we're not dying of the heat - and we don't have to worry about losing all of our food - he's napping in front of the TV, and I'm about to crash for the afternoon. Sleep deprivation, stress, fear and over-exertion have caught up to us. But once we rest we'll be fine. I pray that all of my friends in the path of the storm fared well. I'll check in later. Gotta get some sleep! Hugs, all
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