That's what I want to know, does the sky look different when a hurricane is just a few hundred miles away?
Earlier this week it seemed strange, a fog, it was above us... maybe you would call that low-hanging clouds.
And now the glows seem to move fast and there is a wind, but that could be normal.
We are the fortunate ones. Just out of the danger range. One county over, the schools are closed so they can remain open as storm shelters for those escaping Hurricane Dorian.
Hurricanes are relatively new to me. Born and raised in the Midwest, the tornadoes would come and go in a matter of minutes. Here, we start watching the storms form over by Africa and talking about the chances of it coming our way.
And then Hurricane Dorian lost the push of high-pressure behind it so we were expecting it to hit on Sunday, then Monday, then Tuesday. In the meantime I have hauled plants into the house outdoor furniture to keep if from flying around and damaging someone's property.
We (my friends and neighbors and Floridian's in the possible path) wait and we check in a couple times a day at least to see what the meteorologists are saying now. Where is it going now? Even if you aren't in the path, the cone of the Hurricane is hundreds of miles. So even the outer edges can get sustained 40-50 mph winds.
The path is never sure, hurricanes can wobble and their projected path change entirely. So many of us prepare and wait and worry.
September is the peak month for tropical storms and hurricanes.
If you have been elsewhere you might not even know that the Bahama's was devastated by Dorian. Living on an island isn't so attractive anymore. Puerto Rico hit twice and now the Bahama's flooded and flattened in parts. They estimate 13,000 home were completely destroyed.
People amaze me. The Church without Walls in Citrus County is collecting supplies and will be personally delivering them. Driving down to Miami later this week. Better people than I am for sure.
Me, I am just wondering if the hurricane is going to make me change my plans for leaving on Thursday and camping along the way. "Good thing I have a reservation," I think to myself. Because the campgrounds will be full of evacuees.
I look out the window and the clouds are racing, the next time I look they don't seem to be moving. Is it my imagination? Or does the sky look different?
Fear and Packing
The item on the left that is wrapped in a tan blanket is a large picture in a frame. George loved that picture. It was given to him by his employees when the company was growing and they moved into an office suite where George would have his own room. George loved cats and it is a picture of a big panther walking toward the viewer.
After George passed I called the employee that was with us the longest and offered the picture to him. He stuck with us and contributed greatly through many years working in our basement and through several different locations. He managed Rentapen the year we decided to semi retire. He said he was honored to take the picture. I will be delivering the it to him near Milwaukee.
I still have more stuff to pack into the van. My computer and folders and clothes and cosmetics and food. OH MY! I hope I find a place for everything.