This could have hit our area much worse than it did. We were preparing for the worst. In our efforts to secure our homes and families, we found out that the building we lease was not going to be protected at all from the pending winds of a possible cat 4 storm! We stayed up all the entire night before the storm was to hit, stressing out because our entire storefront to our little business is windows from top to bottom! I could lean against the glass and it would move. Just think of what cat 4 winds would do!
We were trying to decide what to do. Should we rent a Uhaul and put all of our inventory into the truck and just head to the West Coast? Should we bag everything up and just be happy we have insurance…… At this point it was Thursday morning and we felt as if we really had no other choice but to secure all the inventory and hope for the best. Then we got notification that the Home Depot near us had a new shipment of plywood. So off we went, thankful that home Depot opens at 6am. We got into the already long lines that stretched from the back of the store to the front and happily purchased plywood for the store. Thankfully (with a little help and support from our friends) our little store was as prepared as could be for Hurricane Matthew within a few hours and we rushed home to finish up the last of the preparations there and get the kids ready.
The winds came and the rain started. Then the “wobble”. We are so thankful for that WOBBLE! =) That wobble made it so that our area did not get nearly the impact that we were all ready for. Our home never lost power and our little loved shop only lost power for 13 seconds, according to the security system. =)
The aftermath gave us a few bent palm trees and the awning at our little shop has given us it’s last shade, as now it is torn into shreds. Over all – we will take that damage over anything else!
Although we are happy for our outcome, we know there are many others who fared badly and we send positive wishes and vibes to all those who suffered due to Hurricane Matthew.
We ask that anyone who can donate to assist those in need due to the Hurricane, please go here: http://www.missionaryflights.org/mfi/index.php
Florida Natives & Nature Lovers – Plain & Simple =)