Personal Experience: Survive Hurricane Matthew
This time the hurricane was not on TV, as before, but right outside my window. My house is in the evacuation zone, but I did not evacuate. “A hurricane is a good excuse to take a day off and have a few drinks,” says a seasoned neighbor who survived the devastating Andrew in Miami, which he likes to talk about. He is already stocked with tequila and is ready to meet Matthew fully armed - there will be another story for those who boarded up the windows with plywood and left in fear of a hurricane.
He comes at us. He has already killed 25 people in the Bahamas and 800 in Haiti. He has 4 category, while 5 is the maximum. The Florida Governor states that “if you do not evacuate, this hurricane will kill you” and that the consequences will be catastrophic and there is no chance of avoiding it. With such glory he came to us.
In a couple of days, the city was empty, cars disappeared, people boarded up the windows of houses and offices with plywood or special iron shutters, and many drove away. A hysterical warning comes to your phone with information that you are in the affected area, and with the addresses of the nearest shelters. Gas stations and shops are closed. And while they were working, the queues were crazy. Everyone was buying water, ice, batteries, flashlights and canned food. All talk is only about the hurricane. About his trajectory, speed, victims, photos from satellites, live broadcasts. All this is causing panic.
And he came on Thursday evening. It felt like a very strong wind with gusts up to 140 miles per hour and downpour. Everything outside the window groans and howls. “A storm covers the sky with darkness,” as Pushkin would say.
We survived it, the glass remained intact, but there is still no electricity. As do the other half a million Florida residents. Dinner by candlelight is only a plus, but the air conditioner and refrigerator do not work - this is a clear minus. And it is not clear how long it will take to fix everything. There was also a small fire in the yard, when a tree broke the wires, sparked strongly and burned, but the rain extinguished everything. That was scary, to be honest. But wine is an excellent sedative. So now I also have a story about how I survived my first hurricane.
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