Hey, everyone *waves half-heartedly because I’m tired and stressed*
In case you haven’t heard, Hurricane Irma is currently headed for Florida as a Category 4. It’s too early to know for sure exactly where the eye of the storm is going to go, but it’s looking less and less like I’ll be hit directly, however where I live is still going to be affected regardless. So I’m using this post to let you all know what’s up.
The main thing is that I’m definitely going to lose power. The question is just for how long. (Last time we had a Cat 4 hurricane, we lost power for about a week and a half, but there’s no way of knowing yet how bad it’ll be this time.) It always sucks losing power. I imagine it’s going to suck even more now that I have a chronic illness. But hopefully we won’t lose running water as well. And don’t worry, my family and I are likely to be safe during the storm with our hurricane-proof windows/doors, shutters, etc.
So anyway, blogging is not exactly my priority at the moment, but I already have posts scheduled for the next couple weeks because I have too many reviews and deadlines/release dates to be able to skip any weeks lol, so don’t be confused when you see those. Obviously I won’t be responding until I get power back though.
And for anyone who has never lived in a place with natural disasters you can prepare for, I figured I’d also use this post as a chance to explain what it’s like in case you’re curious.
By Sunday (a week before the hurricane), some stores were already selling out of water.
By Tuesday night, gas stations were out of gas or had lines 30 minutes long. Stores were out of water. Stores were also pretty much out of soup, canned food, crackers, chips, bread, sports drinks, juices, and batteries. It was also like rush hour at 8 in the evening, and me and my mom almost got hit by two cars because everyone was driving so crazy.
By Wednesday morning, people were lining up outside of groceries stores before they opened, waiting for the new shipments of water. Schools, universities, and many workplaces were closed starting on Wednesday or Thursday. People really started evacuating and sitting in traffic jams in one spot for hours, running out of gas, etc. Some airlines were charging $3000+ for a plane ticket to leave.
Now that it’s almost here, we’re gonna crank the AC way down so that it’ll stay cool for a while once we lose power. I’ve already taken what may be my last hot shower for a while (no hot water if you don’t have power—if there’s water at all). I did as much laundry as I could the past couple days. We’ve all got important things (for me, that’s my books—shocker—some electronics, DVDs/hard drives with photos and things, and artwork) packed into plastic containers or trash bags so that they won’t get damaged on the off chance there’s roof damage. I alone have three flashlights, the rest of my family has more, all with fresh batteries and extra batteries. Everything that can be charged is charged. I’m going to unplug electronics so that nothing will happen to those if there are power surges. I’ll be stuffing myself on food since I might be subsisting on soup and chips for a while. I’m even prepared with bug spray and peppermint oil because I’m afraid the storm will drive roaches and bugs inside.
And now we wait. The weather isn’t supposed to reach its worst here until around Saturday night or Sunday morning, but tropical storm winds are starting tomorrow morning, so who knows when power will go out.
So to everyone not in the hurricane’s path, enjoy your hot food and hot showers and AC and very own beds because a lot of people are already or are going to be missing those for a while; and to everyone in its path, stay safe <3 I'll still be around until I lose power, and then I'll be back to update here and/or Twitter when I'm able to.
My family and I and our houses are fine! Thank you to everyone who expressed concern <3 But I have no clue when I'll get power. My aunt has power and I'm at her house at the moment which is how I'm online. Blogging on my phone is difficult though, so for more updates just check my Twitter.