Thursday, October 27, 2005

You knew it was coming...

Wilma
The storm, I thought, was pretty bad. I heard of cars being turned over, we saw school portables and airplanes overturned. Concrete poles holding up power lines were broken from being pulled down by other poles; huge trees toppled over blocking streets; street signals swinging at dashboard height. Fortunately I had water, but of course no power. We were lucky to have a grill with gas as did our immediate neighbors.

I slept through most of the storm but I heard it battering the window - esp. the second half of the storm after the eye passed.

By Tuesday we decided we may as well leave South Florida and head on up to Jacksonville for a day since there was nothing else to do. My mother invited her neighbor so we ended up having to drive two vehicles. 60 miles later my car ran out of gas on the highway. Our efforts to find gas along the way were fruitless obviously. We did find one place but we got turned away because the 7 o'clock curfew was only a half hour away. The local hotels were full. K and K Jr were stuck on the highway and my mother's truck had less than half a tank left. My mother's neighbor didn't want to end up in Jax for two days so we figured the best thing to do was head back home, which we did. We left my baby (the TL) on the side of the road and went home. Dinner was rice cooked on the grill along with various other things we found around, and some soup. Wed morning we found that my father-in-law had some gas in a gas can. He drove with us the 60 miles north, refilled the truck, filled the gas can for the TL, and drove it the 60 miles back! And here we are in Albany, GA, at my sister's place. *whew* Of course, yet again, we didn't make it to Jax.

I suppose we'll head home on Sunday. Maybe we'll stop in Jax on the way back.

6 comments:

Lily said...

Kinda reminds me of the same thing we went through with Hurricane Rita. Glad to hear that you guys are ok.

SP said...

Girl, you could have gone and got gas out of my car. It's just sitting at my house with a full tank. However, I've heard you can't drive through my neighborhood because od all the down trees...

notyouraverage.... said...

glad to know you guys are safe! and you slept through the storm? ;-) How did Siddy take it? And how is A.?

Diggs said...

Well, I'm glad to know that you guys are safe. You ever notice that the really bad hurricanes this year were named after females...Katrina, Rita, and Wilma.

Brotha Buck said...

But you're safe, and you have an adventure to share.

NeenaLove said...

i'm glad you're safe.

@diggs... giving storms male names is fairly new. that's what i heard.