I know the “right thing to do” is to stay optimistic and strong, for my family and friends in southwest Florida (specially Cape Coral and Fort Myers) right now. I’m still scared. I’m feeling optimistic, though, and I think/hope/pray everything will be alright. I feel deep down that everything will be alright. I really hope so.
It’s hard for me to concentrate on anything else, at the moment. This storm is moving so slowly, and it is going to hit Naples and Fort Myers/Cape Coral directly. Probably by 8 or 9pm tonight.
I don’t know. I’m glued to the news footage. I’m studying storm surge colored maps, updated in real-time. I’m watching traffic cams from the area, and live streams people have set up, from Tampa to Naples.
Hurricane Charley (2004) was scary. Really scary. But it was a storm four times smaller than this, and it moved quickly.
Again, I’m trying to stay optimistic and strong.
The photo above shows where my parents live, and currently are. They had a mandatory evacuation, but they decided to stay. My close friend and her parents in Naples had a mandatory evacuation around the same time (yesterday morning) and left immediately. They are now in Raleigh, NC. Hardly any north traffic. They got to South Carolina in 11 hours, which isn’t bad at all, considering that’s about an hour longer than it would normally take, during a non-catastrophe situation. I wish my parents had left, too. I begged them to.
Here’s some “before” photos of their house. Taken Friday or Saturday. I can’t even remember at this point.
I worry, but I’m staying optimistic. My parents have their supplies. Water bottles, waterproof, solar-powered weather radio, generator. I think my sister and my niece and nephew are staying with them. I don’t know.
I worry, but I’m trying to stay optimistic. I have been glued to the news footage, maps, facebook.
Several of my friends are there, too…. I’m sending love and light. What else can I do from here? What else can I do?
About 5 hours before they get slammed with a direct hit. It’s hard for me to relax.
If anyone is reading this, please send positive thoughts, prayers… keep me/them in your thoughts, please. Thank you.