It is 7:35 EDT on the southeast coast of Florida--Hurricane Irma's eye is at Key West right now. It's still a category 4 storm, and sadly, it has slowed down.
Here, 17 miles inland, in the northern part of Broward county, we still have power, so I thought I'd write a brief post.
We had a lovely day yesterday, helping our friends with the last of their storm prep--I was grateful to have a place to stay, so I was glad to be able to help. Actually, my spouse did all of the heavy-duty help.
In the evening, we kept hearing about tornado warnings. These are not the scary midwestern kind of tornadoes. Plus, many of us have impact resistant glass and/or shutters. These baby tornadoes really aren't much of a worry for me.
I'm more worried about flooding, but I'm seeing local news crews standing on wet but not flooded streets near the coast. I'm continuing to hope for the best for the east coast of Florida and to hope for unexpected good news from the Keys and the west coast.
The storm surge warning was lifted for our coastline, so if we get flooding, at least it won't be that kind of flooding.
We've had a few storm bands, but we still have power. So far, so good. It will be a long day, but others will have a much worse day.