During our 20 years in Central Florida, we had experienced no more than
the outskirts of a hurricane, although in 1999 Floyd was enough of a
threat to induce us to board up our windows and make other
preparations. This year, when Hurricane Charley set us in its sights, I
created an online diary to keep family and friends informed—and
continued the practice for subsequent hurricanes.
8/12/04 8:00 p.m. Hurricane Charley is projected to come in our direction. You can follow the Three-day forecast track, the Strike probability map, and local Orlando area news.
Janet and I spent a couple of hours shopping for hurricane supplies this afternoon. Unlike the rest of Central Florida, we weren't stocking up on food, water, and batteries. We were buying knitting needles and yarn.... If we're stuck without power for a while at least she'll have something to do.
We have several jugs of water in the freezer, more jugs
to fill should the need arise, and a 22,000 gallon container of water
in the back yard. There's gas in the cars and propane for the grill.
When I finish this, I'll check the inventory of other supplies. I know
we have a boatload of AAA batteries, so our Palm organizers will work
even if nothing else does. I wonder how much you can see by the light
of a backlit screen? Tonight or tomorrow we'll move inside those things
which might become UFO's in a high wind: back porch furniture, garbage
cans, and the like. Alas, our specially designed plywood window
protectors got lost in one of our moves, so we'll have to improvise on
that if necessary. It looks as if the worst will hit tomorrow in the
late afternoon and evening, so I expect tomorrow morning will be a bit
busy. Janet's supposed to have a voice lesson in the afternoon, but
we'll see. If you can whistle for a wind, can you sing for a calm?
Thursday, August 12, 2004 at
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