First of all, I hope everyone who was in the path of this bad boy is well.
Being that I am in New Orleans I watch hurricanes very closely, regardless of where they are heading. This one in particular is very eye opening. I have family in Ft. Meyers. For 2 days EVERY expert said this storm was heading north to Tampa. Ft. Meyers was supposed to get some rain, high winds, maybe a little storm surge but nothing too serious.
Well, Ft. Meyers had 2 hours warning. Thats right boys and girls, 2 hours warning from all accounts I am hearing, before they got pretty much a direct hit. That scares the heck out of me. That is almost the equivilant of the forecasters saying its going to hit Houston then N.O. getting a 2 hour notice of impact.
To top it off, this is probably the worst case scenario. After bulldozing over half of Florida, it jumps into the atlantic, re-streagnthens and now its going to pound the East cost.
If your reading this, and you get nothing else out of this post, please head this warning. If a big storm like this is even relativly close to you and your family. Please, get out. Head in-land, go to a hotel a few hundred miles north at least, go visit family, anything. Just get out of its way.
On a side note, I will be gone for a week, maybe more. We have teamed up with 3 of our suppliers and we are (as in the roofing company my family owns) heading to Florida as soon as it settles down a bit. A lot of people and a lot of business in the area are without a roof, and the main roofing mat. supplier in Florida was flooded. So there are basically short of mat. and there just arn't enough skilled hands in the area to temp everything in.
P.S. Is it a bad thing that I am kind of excited that I get to lead a convoy? I get to lead a group of 12 18 wheelers and 5 crew trucks all the way to central Florida.