I see by the latest Weather Underground map that my homies in the South West Florida area are gonna get a little wet.
Martha, Shelly & Robin and my FIL, BIL and gal pal and her daughter BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES and stay inside! I think my crew from Naples and Ft Meyers just went back home after the wedding showers to hurricane showers.
The gang in the Keys are going to have a slow ride north....that's a long drive on a 2 lane road!
Gas up! Load up on the snacks and batteries and flashlights and radios. Ice down those coolers and pack em full of drink. Ain't nothing like a good old fashion Hurricane Party.
My parents owned a large hardware store and I have spent many a storm sleeping there on a cot or lounge chair. After Miss T was born I wised up and got an air mattress and brought my own sheets....it gets cold sleeping that close to a concrete floor even in the summertime.
It was BYO -- piled high in the break room. Plenty of paper products, hand sanitizer, plastic forks etc, bread, chips, deli meats, peanut butter, jelly, donuts, honey buns, cheese, carrots, crackers, pop tarts, fruit, hot dogs, you name it, we had it.
One year Tom had just made some meatballs and sauce.....so I brought it out and we boiled up some noodles before the power went out. We all dined rather well....even had steak and pork on the gas grill out back in the large storeroom.
At times there were as many as 16 of us all hunkered down in the store. We knew that early the next morning we'd be up and helping customers as they needed it or we'd be working all day through the storm with or without power to get plywood, nails and such sold to the public.
We'd crank up the generator and power up one of the main servers to work the registers and run some fans. The longest we were ever without power was 5 days. It was on at my house within 3 days and that was Hurricane Fran back in 97 just 2 months before Miss T was born.
As food defrosted we'd cook it on the grill or at my Nanny's - she has a gas stove. We always hooked up her generator to keep her freezer running - didn't want to lose those garden veggies.
The "good" thing with Hurricane's is that you have some warning. Time to pack up important items like pictures and legal papers and gather supplies. I'd much rather be "overly prepared" than much sorry later.