Friday hurricane Matthews arrived off the coast of Jacksonville Fl. The good thing was the eye of the hurricane was about 30 miles off the coast (it was originally suppose to be skirting the shoreline). I live 4 miles away from the beach. Those that live east of the inter-coastal waterway had to evacuated, and all bridges leading to the beaches were closed. I live west of the inter-coastal waterway by about a mile and a half. I decided to stay home and not vacate. I wasn’t the only one who stayed as a lot of my neighbors in my housing development stayed too. It was a good thing because people I know who left said they ended up in West Virginia before they found a room.
Anyway, this was the first major hurricane (Category 4) that I ever been in. I am not ashamed to admit that I was scared. One of my childhood friends who now lives outside of Tampa called to say she has been in some and that I should not worry. It will sound like the world is falling apart but stay inside and don’t go out. Also if the winds get bad go into a closet so when the windows break you will be safe. I started to feel better about the impending hurricane.
Well wind started picking up early Friday morning and the peak started from 1:30-5:45 pm. The highest the winds hit in my area was about 80-90 mph.
This was during the hurricane and the winds were still around. The damage you see in the backyard turned out to be the only damaged I had. Thank goodness.
It turn out that once the hurricane came I wasn’t as nervous or scared as I thought I would be. I was also lucky that I had power and cable the whole time.