CATASTROPHIC IS A TERRIBLE WORD
Local Florida Weatherman: “Catastrophic is a terrible word. I can’t even believe it’s coming out of my mouth.”
“The biggest storm on the planet right now.” (Weather Channel)
“Escaping” along I-4 westbound at 14 m.p.h. Tonight and tomorrow I-95 will be “undrivable.”
Winds will be 145 m.p.h. when they hit my sister (and her city of Melbourne) and then sustained winds of 90 – 120 m.p.h. with a storm surge of 9 feet more or less. I don’t think my sister lives that far above the ocean.
Here’s her house in better weather:
Last time, when my sister held her cell phone out the window during the last (smaller) hurricane so I could hear the winds passing by, what I heard instead was their neighbor’s roof crashing by! Weird – but seriously dangerous and chaotic.
I’ve been to Vero Beach, I’ve swam at Sebastian Inlet, at Melbourne Beach, Cocoa Beach, Ponce Inlet, I love the Ferris wheel at Daytona Beach — I tell this to myself because these are real places, real people down there, and I can hardly match the size and severity of this storm with real “ordinary” places.
Governor Scott states: “This storm can kill you.”
Heard from my sister tonight – sort of a good-bye for a while. She doesn’t know when she’ll get her power back or her cell phone recharged enough to signal an A-OK.
It will be a long night of watching this storm on TV and on the Internet — but an even longer night for her, huddled down in the room she designated as her safe room.
Hope it is.