Mass evacuations, long lines at gas stations, empty shelves in the stores, shootings, panic in the streets. But hey, enough about the upcoming elections, there is a hurricane hitting Florida right now.
As of this posting, Matthew has just about crossed the Bahamas and is rolling up the east coast of Florida. It may or may not actually make landfall in regards to the eye but it will be doing plenty of damage from off shore. Central Florida and points north look like they will get the worst of this while the Keys and South Florida will be subjected to heavy rain, gusty winds, and some high tides.
Central Florida is my old hang out so I am watching with more than some curiosity. I still have friends there and I was in a few storms myself back in 2004 so I know what they are going through.
There has been a lot of hype with this storm and normally I would say ignore most of it, but given Matthew is a Class VII Death Storm, a lot of the hype is warranted. The ocean in this area has been rising ever so slightly over the years, taking away a lot of beach area. And now with the north side of the storm pushing even more water in, damage will be increased. It’s not something I would take lightly if I were living east of I-95.
By the weekend the storm will have moved more north along Georgia and South Carolina but from there, a weird thing may happen. Check out the latest predictions map:
If said storm follows said predictions, it will loop around in a big circle and come back across South Florida and the Keys. I don’t recall ever seeing a storm do this. Very strange and it does not bode well for the Keys.
Miami could get wiped off the map and it would be an improvement. But the Keys, it’s still home and holds a great deal of important memories for me. I would not be happy to see a major disaster like this unfold on those little islands, but there is nothing I can do about it.
I always maintained if a major storm ever does hit the Keys, life there will change drastically. Governments and corporations love to use disasters to make major policy changes. Should said storm hit said Keys, and damages are great, many who live there now, may not be able to do so in the future. Building restrictions will become more restrictive, insurance will become more mandatory, and more expensive, and live aboards, especially those out on the hook, may well find there is no more boat living there. I may be sounding a bit paranoid but I could see those in charge using this storm as an excuse to get rid of the great unwashed who dare to call the Keys home.
In the meantime, I can sit safe, sound, and cozy here in Maui, and watch the ongoing proceedings from afar. I am in touch with those I keep in touch with in the affected areas and everyone is safe and sound. They have all been through this before so they know the drill. I just hope nothing happens to them nor their property.
Speaking of which, and I hate to belabor the point, but I will. This storm makes a good example of why it pays to not own shit. I am out here in Hawaii and everything I own is with me, in my little bag.
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Despite having lived in Florida most of my life, I don’t own anything there other than my UPS box rental which if blown away means I lose some junk mail. Staying minimal means dealing with disasters like hurricanes, volcanoes, and ex girlfriends is way more better and easier than having to worry about stuff you own.
So to all my friends in Florida, and to any of you Fritter fans in said storm area, hang in there, be safe, and take care of yourself and your loved ones, human and otherwise. I sympathize with you all. It will be ok.