Newsletter – October 2017
As you probably know, we had a very unwelcome visitor by the name of Irma blow through our town last month. Though she lost a lot of her punch by the time she got to Clearwater, she was still pretty tough. Our county (Pinellas) was the worst hit for power outages in the state of Florida!
However, we were very fortunate to be one of the first to get power back on at our office Tuesday morning, two days after the storm. As I write this – nearly a week later – there are still thousands of homes and businesses without power in Clearwater, and I pray for their relief after this terrible storm.
Starting in August, I make the National Hurricane Center (NOAA) the first page that I open on my browser in the morning, and watch… every day. I do this for the next 61 days, when I feel I can relax a bit on October 1st. I’ve done this for years.
I have to say that there seems to be something about the Tampa Bay area that deflects these storms (or the worst parts, at least) from us year after year – but of course, you can’t plan on that. In 2004, Charlie was barreling up the west coast of Florida, predicted to hit Clearwater dead on. At the last minute, it turned east and hit Punta Gorda (about 140 miles south of us) and for the most part, left us alone. (We did lose power for over a week though, so you can imagine my fears with Irma!)