Friday, October 07, 2016

Right Outside My Door



And yet, that's absolutely nothing at all compared to the damage at the coast. My beloved St. Augustine took a hell of a hit from a huge storm surge. In Flagler Beach part of A1A is gone. These are places I love and roads I've driven/walked on for many years, so though it's not my neighborhood, I am sad. My relief at my own easy time of this isn't exactly happy. We were just lucky. It's a fluke that the power stayed on, really - there are downed trees all over, including one flopped over and denting a car in my daughter's neighborhood barely a mile away. Half my friends don't have power right now. Call it luck, call it random fate, this was a bad storm that "could have been worse," but it was slightly surreal to see the neighborhood damage of spotty cases of downed fences and trees, and go to Publix at 4 today and it was open and busy and fully restocked with bottled water (but the bread aisle was totally wiped out, and they were restocking the peanut butter when I walked by) and realize how bad things are an hour or so away.

The media keeps using the tired phrase, "Dodged the bullet," but we really did. This is nothing to be smug or comfortable about, and the first person to say, "I prayed and God turned the storm," will get punched very hard in the teeth by me on behalf of my beloved St. Augustine, which apparently wasn't worthy of God's magical redirect.

St. Augustine.

7 comments:

Caroline said...

I am glad you were spared, though I am sorry about St. A and other coastal cities. Now let's hope it stays out to sea. Any word on that? and how did Jax fare? I can't really get news on that here since I don't have cable. Hugs to the worn out Sophie and her bud. and to you and the family, too!

wednesday said...

Man, you got lucky! Glad there was no damage for you to deal with. I know you feel bad for the folks that didn't get off so lightly.

Joan said...

Glad it wasn't your turn this time. How did Sophie and Outdoor Cat do?

Catherine said...

Sophie is still having her nervous tummy runny poop issues but it's getting better already. She slept very hard after the winds quieted! And Outdoor Cat is fine, he showed up for dinner last night.

All's well at the Bossy Doghouse.

T.T.J. said...

So glad that you are well. That storm was/is bad & I hope it doesn't make a return trip to Florida?!?

Anonymous said...

I'm glad to hear your roommates are fine. Daughter too? And what does Ellie think of outdoor cat?
k

besshaile said...

finally checking in - and absolutely. Nothing to be smug about - another hurricane is on its way some day. Hope you dodge that one too.