Hurricanes are notoriously harder to track than land-based weather systems and since the strong winds and heavy rains from a hurricane cover a path that is usually 100 miles or so across, they can change in less than a day. Although the models have gotten much better, we still can’t really predict how strong they’ll be when they arrive, as most hurricanes are caprice having a mind of their own. Some predictions say that storm is expected to grow in size and could hit Florida as a Category 3 hurricane by early Monday, while others say that Dorian is set to become a Category 2 hurricane. Right now it is still a tropical storm and it is closing in on Puerto Rico.
Storms are exciting but they can be scary like a nightmare. They can bring irrefutable danger with them, as the strong winds could knock your roof off, or you might be hit with some flying debris. A hurricane can be an exquisite puzzle carrying exponential risks that might place you under a state of emergency. When homes are destroyed and infrastructure is damaged, people could suffer a huge debt. My biggest worry is losing the power, as that will prevent me from blogging and watching TV and I wouldn’t even be able to prepare any instant oatmeal. I have a bunch of candles and flashlights ready, so at least I could play gin rummy. NOAA plays a big role, doing aerial survey missions to assess damages to affected areas to develop recovery strategies, facilitate search-and-rescue efforts, identify hazards and to locate errant vessels.
I live in the Cambridge neighborhood at Kings Ridge in Clermont, Florida and they have already distributed these placards for us to place on our front door during the hurricane. One side is green and it says “Okay” and the other side is red and it says “Help”. When the hurricane arrives, I will stick the green Okay on my front door and hope that I don’t have to turn it over. I did get to know some of my neighbors when my dog was still alive, as I walked her around the development, but now that she passed on, I don’t see that many of them anymore. My neighbors are sort of friendly, but mostly everyone sticks to themselves. We wave to each other, but I don’t really know many of their names. My development has a block party every year, which I stopped going to and they also put out a quarterly newsletter, which I don’t bother to read.
Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Exquisite, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Puzzle, for the Daily Spur prompt – Debt, for FOWC with Fandango – Irrefutable, for August Monthly Writing Prompts – Exponential risks, for Ragtag Community – Caprice, for Sara’s Closet Full Of Notebooks Prompt – Hope, for Paula’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Nightmare Oatmeal Gin, for GC and Sue W Weekly Prompt – how you really feel about your neighbors and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Errant.