Our thoughts are with all of our neighbors to the north who are now preparing for Irene’s arrival as I write this post. Having lived through the great hurricane season of 2004 that touched many of us along the Atlantic coast as well as inland areas of Central Florida and over to the Gulf, I really feel for everyone from the Carolinas all the way up to New York. It’s going to be a rough ride.
I remember experiencing Charlie in August 2004, just 6 days after my husband and I were married. We cuddled up on the patio to listen to the storm. BOOM! A tree fell on a truck in our driveway and I don’t think we ever ran into the house so fast before or since. Little did we realize that Charlie was just the beginning of what was to be a historical hurricane season. He was soon followed by Frances, Ivan and Jean. After Charlie we boarded up our house and lived with lots of darkness for weeks because the storms just kept coming. The top layer of our wedding cake met its demise during this season. After losing power three times, I finally gave up on trying to salvage it by running to the homes of friends who didn’t lose power and still had a freezer that worked! Yes, 2004 was an interesting year to be sure. Our cake was gone, but we were safe and so was our home.
And who of us can forget watching just a year later as New Orleans was devastated by Katrina.
We’ll never forget 2004. It taught many of us down here in Florida to never take these storms lightly. We send good thoughts to our neighbors to the north waiting for Irene. Always prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
- Irene Could Be “Once-In-50-Year” Hurricane For Northeast (dekerivers.wordpress.com)
- Hurricane Irene: Plan For The Worst, Expect The Best (themoderatevoice.com)
- Obama urges those in Irene’s path to prepare (sfgate.com)
- Irene closes in on North Carolina (macleans.ca)
- Hurricane Irene aiming for NC next (charlotte.news14.com)