I spent most of Sunday night in my closet.
Not in the coming-out-of-the-closet figurative way: I actually was lying on a down comforter on top of a foam pad with two pillows while hurricane Irma pounded away outdoors. I’m fortunate to have a closet large enough to sleep in, and it was the quietest place to be. I played my old Gregorian Chant by the monks of Santo Domingo de Silos CD that I had uploaded into the iPod years ago, and dozed on and off.
By 5:00am or so the wind had died down enough that I went back to my bed. Power was cut off at 5:45am with a “pop!”
Living through Irma in Central Florida was as frightening as when I spent hurricane Sandy in the family room of my Princeton house in 2012. I would have much preferred to have been dining with Pete and Stacy instead.
However, the amount of damage where I live was minimal. No flooding, a few tree limbs down, no electricity, but the house was completely intact, and we had natural gas and running water. We were under tropical storm warning until 4pm on Monday and it remained cloudy, but the strong breeze helped to dissipate the humidity and cool the house.
This is the view from the back porch at 10am Monday,
My sister in Miami, who had fifteen (!) people staying at her house, also had no damage to her property – and neither did any of her guests.
We are grateful beyond measure.
The local FM radio station has been covering live on talk radio since before the storm, and they have done a great service to the entire area with very informative updates and a great amount of emotional support to all the callers. Local officials, utility company spokespersons, rescue personnel, owners of private businesses, all regularly call in with updates.
Electricity was restored yesterday, much to our delight. The food in the freezer didn’t thaw.
Parts of Florida are greatly affected, but every person and organization (private and public) in the state is working towards restoring normality. The coordination between public and private is extraordinary. I have never experienced anything like it.
If you are traveling to Florida, make sure to check your route/airport in advance. For instance, Miami International airport is still under limited schedule.
In thankful praise to Our Lord,
For the win,
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Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog