Unfortunately, rather than thinking about books and blogging, I have spent the last few days thinking about hurricanes. This is not unusual as a resident of South Florida, but it is annoying. The weather forecast is as accurate when it comes to hurricanes as it is about any weather system anywhere, and that is far from accurate.
Our latest storm, Dorian, started out as a possible tropical storm when it hits the U.S. shoreline and has built in speculation to a possible category 4 hurricane. Possible landfall spots have been yoyo-ing up and down the coast of Florida so often that no one can feel safe, and as with all storms during hurricane season, it is necessary to prepare.
We have lived here long enough to prepare at the beginning of each season, rather than to fight the hoards when each storm starts brewing. Today, four days before possible landfall, the lines for gasoline stretched down each highway. The food markets were insane. We stopped in to pick up a few items for dinner, and were lucky to get the last cart. People were frantically searching for water and bread throughout the city, and canned food was leaving the shelves in droves.
I didn’t go near Home Depot or Lowe’s, but I am pretty sure that there was nary a battery in site. This is also the time that people without storm shutters begin trying to find plywood sheeting to cover windows that are vulnerable to the storm. We are lucky to have “hurricane proof” glass throughout our home, so the days of hammers and nails or accordion shutters are long gone for us. Now we just have to hope our glass is as sturdy as is promised.
Tomorrow we will probably start bringing in patio furniture and securing our plants while hoping the storm travels farther away before hitting land. Of course while that might be good for us, it will mean someone else is facing destructive forces, so there is no good place for it to land. I guess I can just keep my iPad charged up, my flashlights nearby and lots of reading material at my fingertips, while I hope that Dorian decides to veer back out to sea and leave us all to contemplate our near miss.
I did get to read/review a book this week. Accused by Mark Gimenez is a legal thriller centered around the pro golf tour, and I found it informative as well as fun to read.
As always a complete review of this book follows my blog.