Unscheduled Update: Hurricane Irma


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.


Update 9/12/17:

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.


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  1. Greg

    Well here’s hoping you avoid that direct hit. And hopefully the outages won’t last TOO long. No AC and no electricity sucks. I’m just glad I’m not in the Keys. I read about some people there going to ride it out and that sounds… kinda risky. I hope everyone’s okay…

    1. Kristen Burns

      Would’ve prob been better if it had gone east and missed land entirely. But yeah, having no AC or hot water is gonna suck. Seriously though, staying in the Keys is a mistake. Hopefully everyone will be safe.

  2. Wren

    Ah this sounds terrifying! Stay safe. I wouldn’t be able to handle this situation…. I freak even if I hear there’s a tornado watch in the same province as me.

  3. Sarah J.

    I’ll be keeping your family and the many in Florida who may or are going to be affected by Hurricane Irma. Stay safe and wishing you all the best through this hard time.

  4. kris @ lemon-notes

    I AM SERIOUSLY SO MAD RIGHT NOW THAT I AM NOT YET A LICENSED NURSE. Take heart, I don’t think you’ll ever hear me say that again ;)
    but seriously, i wanted to pack up everything i could and go down to texas to help. i always thought it would be really cool to be a disaster relief nurse. now?? now i want to go even more because there is sososo muuuuchh that happens in these situations, even before they happen, that nobody realizes. i just want to help. also, i would like to make sure you have your books tucked in safe spaces *just in case* because you never know, and water + books = broken hearts.
    PLEASE stay safe during the hurricane!! if you ever have any weird medical questions for whatever reason, don’t hesitate to contact me while you have the opportunity (power, i know it super sucks when the power goes out).
    i’ll be thinking of you <3 <3 <3

    1. Kristen Burns

      Well, maybe once you are a nurse, you’ll be able to help with things like that :-)

      My books are in plastic containers with lids just in case, but chances are no water will get into the house anyway if Irma follows the current predicted path. It keeps going further west which is further from me.

      Thank you <3

  5. chucklesthescot

    Seeing what is happening around you makes me wonder why people don’t get ready for storm season by having extra supplies in their homes already instead of running about crazy trying to grab water when the storm is on its way. We don’t get the wild weather but we have enough food, water and essential supplies to see us through anything unxpected.

    Stay safe and I’ll be thinking about you. *hugs*

    1. Kristen Burns

      We’re all just idiots. I include myself in that since I didn’t have supplies either. Idk, it’s hopeful thinking, I guess. I was just saying though that from now on, during hurricane season, I’m gonna keep two extra packs of water and a bunch of soup just in case.

      Thank you <3

  6. Lola

    Stay safe! I have to admit I am lucky enough to never had a hurricane where I live, but I’ve been seeing some posts about hurricanes and hurricane prepping on social media for the past few days as some other bloggers and authors I know also were in the path of the hurricane. It’s scary and kinda interesting to hear how you prepare for a hurricane and these are a lot of things I never knew about. I hope you don’t get hit too hard and won’t be without power for too long!

  7. Dragonfly @ Our Familiarium

    I did not know you lived in FL! wow this sounds terrible, Like straight our from a book. :(
    I’m glad to hear you and your family are prepared! Hope it’d be a lot less than expected. I’ll be thinking of you. Sending you love and hugs.

  8. Andreea

    I hope everything will be all right. It sounds quite terrifying and your posts makes me appreciate things I take for granted just because I live in an area where disasters are rarely happening. All my good wishes are with you and looking forward for the next update that is not a scheduled post. Stay safe!

  9. Zeee @ I Heart Romance & YA

    Stay safe, Kristen!

    My husband works in the Gulf of Mexico and I’m worried, too. Although Irma is not supposed to go their way, winds speeds are high…

    I also grew up in a tropical country where storms are norm so I do understand what you are going through.

    Again, be safe!

  10. Olivia Roach

    Wow… I have never lived through a natural disaster so I have no idea what it’s like. And even though I see the aftermath and think of those horrors and understand them to some extent (of course not the extent of experiencing them) I didn’t realise that the before part of the situation would be so… intense? chaotic? Thanks for revealing what it is so that more people are in the know how. And stay safe <3

  11. Let's Get Beyond Tolerance

    Stay safe! I’m glad you’re as prepared as you can be. My grandparents will probably be hit, but it looks like it’s slowing down a bit so hopefully it won’t be AS bad for them. I’m sure they’ll lose power and that’s always nerve-wracking since you can’t reach them.

  12. Lys @ The Mad Reader

    $3000 for a plane ticket ?! How can people be like that ? Even in those situations all they think about is money. It’s disgusting.
    Sorry for this mini rant, I hope everything will be okay for you. Stay safe <3

    1. Kristen Burns

      We’re fine, thank you! The price gouging was terrible though. Hotlines even got set up so that people could report all the companies doing that. I heard even Amazon tripled their water prices. It is disgusting how money is all that some people care about.

  13. Kei @ The Lovely Page Reviews

    I forget how lucky I am to live in a place where we don’t have natural disasters, the worst I can think of is a big earthquake more than a decade ago that made us stay outside because we were worried the building might collapse, thankfully it didn’t. It sounds like you’re well prepared which means you’ve been through this before and that sucks, I hope everything is okay and you’re safe!

  14. Danya @ Fine Print

    Oh my god. Well I’m glad to hear that you and your family are usually pretty safe even when hurricanes hit your area. I can’t even imagine how scary that’d be, though — losing power for a week is extreme (although I know it’s a lot better than what some people experience).

  15. Laurie @ Bark's Book Nonsense

    I’m so glad you managed to escape the wrath of Irma! We get ice storms that often knock our power out for 10 days in the middle of winter. It is not a fun experience! But at least we seem to be out of the path of hurricanes.

  16. Karen

    I think you still don’t have power as of this time – I’m just now getting back into commenting but I didn’t get anything done all week. It was Irma all the time leading up to and during.

    We didn’t have any damage and kept our power but almost everyone I know around me lost it so we were lucky!

    Here’s hoping you get your power (and AC) back soon!

    For What It’s Worth

    1. Kristen Burns

      Nope, still no power :-/ I’m gonna be so damn swamped and stressed once we do get power back, having to do laundry and grocery shop and everything. Who even knows when I’ll get around to commenting. Right now I’m just responding to the comments on this post while I’m at my aunt’s house. Thank you!

  17. Laura @BlueEyeBooks

    I’m so glad you and your family made it through the storm all right, Kristen. I’ve been seeing all the damage on the news from all of the active hurricanes recently and it’s unbelievable how devastating they can be.

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

  18. Ali

    Gah! i just read this and NOW understand why you didn’t have power for a week and a half. Hurricane made sense (as you let me know on twitter), but for some reason I didn’t realized you lived in that part of the country. My brain had decided you lived elsewhere XD Well I’m glad you’re safe now (and the power is back on!). I’m sorry you guys lost power for so long – I can’t imagine.