This morning downed trees, water, and sand have been removed from roads, the post office reopened, and grocery stores are getting restocked with produce.
Our fridge was pretty empty and we were happy to be able to get out to shop today.
Wind gusts on the bay during the hurricane were 84 mph but “only” 77 mph where our house sits. Although similar to Matthew (2016), there is far less damage from Dorian and we had our electricity back completely in less than 24 hours. I think the county and city have had so much practice, they have this hurricane thing pretty much down now after four in a row — Matthew (2016), then Irma (2017), Florence (2018), and now Dorian.
On our way home from the store today we passed this uniquely protected business and started joking about the conversation that might have gone on between the two men you can barely see standing behind the black tube.
The day before Dorian: “Harold, this will the fourth hurricane in as many years we are gonna have to clean up the water and mold mess left behind. I’m not doing it. We are gonna go out and buy our own dam!”
The day after Dorian: “Well, Jim, you were right. No water in our building. But now what are we gonna do with all the water inside this thing? Any ideas how we’re gonna roll it up and where we’re going to put it until next year?”
We are counting our blessings that Dorian is gone and our home and big trees are intact. But ... hurricane season isn’t over yet. We are hanging on to our gallons of drinking water and the rest of our “hurricane food”, recharging our battery powered things, and crossing our fingers!