Wednesday

Everyone is getting nervous, Isaac is coming....



 
Here I am getting my suitcase together for my flight to Oklahoma City tomorrow and the Tampa Bay area just got their 5:00pm report on Isaac.

Before reaching Florida waters, Isaac will batter the northern Caribbean islands from the Leewards to the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and Cuba. 
During the next few days Isaac will most likely strengthen to a Category 1 or 2 hurricane. My area is worried and officials told everyone to start getting their "plan" in order.   This is what separates us from those getting earthquakes and tornado's, we have 4 days notice.
Oh, did I mention right behind #9, Isaac is #10, you can see her on the map below... the fun of living in the tropics.




 The town  is getting a bit nervous and  telling all the RNC people it may be cancelled. Can you imagine 60thousand people are coming this weekend for the 4 day event... to start on Monday, the same day they expect a hurricane to hit. The Mayor said we need to protect our people and to not worry about politics.

 County officials said that they have been in constant contact with RNC officials about the potential storm threat. He also said there may be no need for evacuation in downtown Tampa even if a Category 1 hurricane was approaching.

Much of the area around the convention site is low-lying and near the water. But I wonder how will they get to the venues with the downpours and winds?  No one is talking about that as most are staying on the Clearwater Beach hotels.. how will they get to Tampa, the causeways will all be shut down?  When heavy winds  come they put  tractor trailers on each end of the 4 to 8 mile man made roads, to shut them down.  The water surge will put about 6' of water over the Courtney Causeway. This road starts on Clearwater Beach and travels east to Tampa.

Should be interesting to say the least... but, then Isaac may just go somewhere else?  
In the mean time before I leave tomorrow I must take down all my flower pots from the deck and line them along the house walls. My car needs it's cover put on.. I'll be busy!  Better safe than sorry!


Ok... not for me to be nervous about.
I'll be having a good time with my grandsons and will not think about "Is my house still standing".  
Good thoughts here!

Everyone living on the Gulf Coast please be safe!


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12 comments:

lissa said...

I hope you have a good trip and that Isaac doesn't do much damage.

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Sandy!

Just the thought of that much time to worry...makes me all jittery inside.
I get nervous when they are predicting Tornadoes here...but they don't give much time as those things can whip up pretty quickly.
Then there is the whole...you'll be so far away and out of harms way...but what about your home and stuff?
Crazy, because it's all out of our hands anyway, right?

Well, I hope in all this-- you don't forget anything in your packing. I hope you have safe travels...and lots and lots of fun with your grandsons. :) Pat

anitamombanita said...

Wow! Best wishes with all that! Hope you enjoy the time with the grandsons...nothing better!

debra said...

I hope Isaac slows down or changes course / meanwhile enjoy the grandsons time :)

Victoria said...

My husband and I just moved to SW Florida a few months ago, we're about an hour south of Tampa. My husband is keeping his eye on the storm but, he works for a large soda co. so they love when this happens...big water sales in store! For me, I'm really hoping it somehow bypasses the entire state!!!

VBR said...

I hope you enjoy your visit with the grands and that when you return home, maybe a flower pot or two has tipped over, and that is it. (Just one thought - make sure your family photos are some place VERY safe!)

Claudia Willison said...

Oh my - that must be pretty scary. To know that you are most likely getting hit by something so forceful... Glad you will be away and enjoying your time with your grandsons. And hopefully be coming back to your house (still standing!) when everything is over.
Have a great trip!

~~~~~ eli ~~~~~ said...

We lived in Miami and experienced a category 5 hurricane - Andrew. I will never forget the surreal feeling of driving around later and witnessing the destruction it left in its path. We went weeks without electricity - in August in Miami. . . can you imagine? It's something we'll never forget that's for sure. But it certainly prepared us for just about any storm thereafter - including Isaac.

Hope you have a wonderful trip.

eli

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I am glad you are getting of town. This sounds like a big storm.

Annesphamily said...

I hope all the people remain safe! Leave it to a bunch of politicians to bring such horrible weather with them!~
My friend was on a cruise when Andrew happened. The cruise ship had a fire, the passengers were given a free voucher for a new cruise. When the were coming home Andrew was moving quickly and she said planes were cutting each other off trying to get out of the way of the storm! She said it was a trip she would never ever forget!
I hope all remain safe! You have lots of courage! Enjoy your trip and be safe!

Cheryl D. said...

My thoughts are with you and your home!

I'm sure you'll come back home and see everything is just as you left it!

Enjoy your trip!

Jenny said...

Wow.

I can't even imagine the weight of worry on your shoulders over this.

I'm going to read ahead to see how things are faring for you.

Thanks for linking this to the letter "N".

Sending prayers and an

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your way!