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Friday, July 8

Hurricane Hell, It’s Not Easy

Are you or any of your family living in the projected path of Hurricane Dennis?

If so, perhaps we can keep a special comment area open so you can tell us what you are seeing and hearing. I remember last year in the hours before both hurricanes came onshore just a few miles from my house, how nervous I was. If I had had someone on the net who was experiencing everything I was it would have been so nice to talk to them. From the time you finish your preparations until the storm hits can feel like a miserable, fearful and anxiety-laden lifetime.

For those of you who have never gone through weather hell like this, I’ll share a couple of things. Whether you cover your windows with plywood or metal hurricane shutters, once you put them up your house is dark inside. You can’t see what’s happening outside and you keep the lights on as long as you can. Once your electric goes out your house is like a cave. It’s so dark you can’t see your hand before your face. You try to be stingy with your flashlight because even though you have spare batteries, you don’t know how long the power will be out, it could well be weeks. You know for sure you don’t want to go through a night without a flashlight or lantern. Lighting candles is not a wise idea unless you’re very very careful. Now you’re in pitch dark and every sound you hear sounds threatening. You can’t sleep so you lay on your bed and wonder, what was that sound and what damage did it do? The sounds are loud and often.

Even though you know the power is out, each time you enter a room you automatically hit the light switch and then feel like a fool. About the third or fourth time you do this, the reality sets in. You’re going to have to deal with this situation and you have no idea how long. Don’t forget that the house is sealed up and you have no AC. Some have portable generators but even with those you can run only the minimum of electrical appliances. No AC!

From this point on you wait and you wait. You listen to your battery powered radio ever so often to stay in touch with the world outside. Your land line is out and the cell phones lines are swamped, so you can’t call anyone. Soon you have to eat your food you stocked up on for the storm. It’s not good, but you have to eat it so you don’t get sick.

There is so much more, but that’s a hint of what is about to happen with those in the path of hurricane Dennis. I feel for them and hope that they come out on the other side with their homes and lives intact. No matter what, it’s not easy.

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