First, I’d like to thank all the family and friends who have reached out to me and my family during this time. Your words of encouragement and prayers are very much appreciated.
Many readers know that were are based out of Tampa and while the storm track for Irma was looking good for us earlier in the week, it all went to hell in the last 48 hours. My house is located inside Flood Zone A that was ordered evacuated. With the track expected to pass directly over the area, we grabbed a few of our supplies, our pets and headed out the door.
Leaving everything behind was hard and the stress of deciding what to take and what to leave was crazy. Basically, it was the pets or stuff so I chose the pets.
Before leaving, I instituted my hurricane plan and took my 1966 Corvette and parked it in a concrete parking structure. Walking away after she was all covered, I gave her one long look…that car has been in the family for 51 years and leaving her behind was just about the hardest thing I have done in a while. I’m praying to God that I will see her soon. Whether or not I will have a functional garage to park it in will be revealed later this week.
Many Florida communities are expected to be without power for sometime after the storm passes, so I can’t really predict how soon we’ll be back to full strength. I’ll keep trying to post when possible, and again I appreciate your support and patience during this time. For my fellow Floridians, our message is to remain strong and please be safe.