Dangerous Conditions are Imminent

I got a flat tire on my bicycle and that is why I am walking it back home.  It looks like a beautiful sunrise, but hurricane Ian is headed this way, and the old adage “red sky in morning, sailor’s warning” is in play here.  My dog Jake has no clue of what is happening, but it is scarry for me.  I have lived in Florida my whole life and I am sort of used to hurricanes, but this one looks like a direct hit and evacuation orders are in place.  The current trajectory has it hitting Tampa Bay at 6 AM Thursday as a category 2 with winds around 90 miles an hour.  The thing is that nobody knows exactly what will happen with this storm and other forecasts have it off the coast of Tampa Bay and heading for the panhandle.  It is not that I am wishing this storm on anybody else, but I don’t want it landing here.  It would be nice to have a better idea where this hurricane is going and what its intensity will be, but I am going to make some preparations in case it hits me.  The closer it gets, the more urgency I feel.  I have taken all of the patio furniture into the house and tomorrow, I will move my gas grill into the garage and take my American flag down.

Written for Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #186.

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