I live in Palm Beach County, Florida and as you can see on this map, we are expecting to be at the epicenter of the storm.
I’ve lived through more hurricanes than I care to think about, starting with David in 1979, Andrew in 1992, Wilma in 2005 and many more in between all those.
We took a direct hit from Wilma eleven years ago, also an October storm. Lost our roof, which landed on our cars – lots of damage, and the landscape of the community was forever changed. Lost our electricity for over a week. That one hit towards the end of the month and it was cool and lovely afterwards. It’s still pretty hot now, high 80’s, low 90’s.
But we were safe. And that is all I wish for this storm, too.
Hurricane Matthew is expected to hit as a Cat 4; Wilma was a Cat 3 so I admit to being a little bit scared. Plus the fact that it will making its presence known around midnight and it is always more frightening to hear that ruckus during the night.
My husband has been working on making us safe since yesterday. The hurricane shutters are up. He’s bringing in the patio furniture now. We have enough water and chemically laden food to last at least a week. And lots of comforting snacks, too. Last load of laundry is in the drier. We are as ready as we can be.
Our governor had quite the message for us:
We are hoping for the best and that everyone stays safe.