Tuesday, August 29, 2006

The South Florida Ghost Town

We are right now at T minus 9 hours until the major hit. We probably have about 5 hours until it starts, but the town is already a ghost town. Where there were two hour lines for gas yesterday there are vacant gas stations everywhere today. The traffic is non-existent. I had to go by my office to take care of a few things before the storm came and it took me five minutes to get there. It is normally a fifteen minute drive, nothing in terms of traffic, but still getting there two-thirds faster is something major in Miami.

Overall we still do not know what to expect and that is the worst part of this whole thing. Earthquakes are pretty much over by the time you know they hit, but hurricanes take their time. Knowing a hurricane is coming is an exercise in Zen. You know it is coming, you know it is going to hit, but you do not know where or when and there is nothing you could do about it if you did. Your only option is to focus on taking care of what you can and hope the rest works out.

You can prepare, but one hurricane is actually many different types of storms working together, so how can you really prepare when you are not really sure of what you are about to endure? The east side of the hurricane is usually the windy side causing mass and rapid damage. The main risk from this side is flying objects and you must board your windows up and bring in every missile from your back yard. The west side of the hurricane is usually less windy, but is much heavier rain with lightning, tornadoes, and flood. The main thing for this side is to make sure your house is prepared for flood damage and leaking roofs from the unfixed damage still leftover from last hurricane season.

The cone covers all of south Florida so I know I am going to be hit. I know I will lose power, but do not know for how long. The office closed today which is never a good sign. We even canceled the patients tonight. I will update as I can, but I may disappear for a few days. Do not panic and start running towards cliffs!

18 comments:

VRWC said...

Have fun riding it out!! keep me updated (here or at my house) speaking of that, I'm thinking of moving to Typepad, what do you think?

Kanrei said...

Don't know much about it. Let me know what you think of it.

VRWC said...

Basic blog account is about 4.50/month with these features

http://www.sixapart.com/typepad/features

Kanrei said...

Seems like the same, but for money.

VRWC said...

I've been experiencing alot of problems here lately, I'm thinking it will get worse.

missouri-lisa said...

Shoot me an email, Kan....be safe!

Kanrei said...

Sign up for the beta version. They are in the process up upgrading. That is why there are the problems.

XAVIER said...

I thought this was a respectable place, why is the Queen B here? I was over at PWZ kicking some butt and the town idiot whore-ass pulls all the threads he was losing in. That place is a farce. I guess the motto is free speech for the radical right!

Kanrei said...

This is a respectable place. All are welcome and Lisa is a friend. What happens at PWZ is PWZ, not here. Not really interested in that.

Gal said...

I'm told by people who have been through hurricanes, that the day after is usually quite beautiful--as long as you look up at the sky and not down at the ground and the destruction all around you. I hope you don't lose power for too long. Any chance you have a portable generator?

Kanrei said...

Slim and none are chances =D

I don't have one. I have lots of batteries I stocked up on during the tax-free hurricane supply period. I actually like the first few days without power. It is around day 4 it starts to get old.

VRWC said...

Almost all of my blog got wiped! I guess If I'm to start over, I'm going to look at other places and come up with a good comparison of features

Chester said...

I lost my avatar!

Anonymous said...

Blog at Drudge its more stable

vrwc said...

the "lemming line" is gone

VRWC said...

now it's back and I can log in!

Serena Joy said...

Stay in, stay dry, and stay safe, Kan. And send storm updates for as long as you have power. It's "only" a tropical storm, but it's gonna be a whopper.

Anonymous said...

whopper?? is that what you call your mans tools? The Whopper!