Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Clap Hands, Here Comes Charley

One of the risks we take living here in South Florida is the chance that sometime between June and November we’ll get hit by a tropical storm or hurricane. The last big one to hit Miami was Andrew in 1992 that cost billions of dollars in damage. Some places in South Dade County were never rebuilt.

Well, it’s that time of year again, and we’re all on alert keeping an eye on Tropical Storm Charley that has formed in the Caribbean and is heading presently for Jamaica. Forecasts predict that it should be there by Thursday, cross western Cuba, and make a turn for the west coast of Florida, getting there by Friday morning. Miami is on the eastern edge of the predicted area, and hurricane watches are already posted in the southern Keys. I’ve got plenty of canned food, water, and batteries. If we get the brunt of it, the Mustang goes in the garage; sorry to say that I’d sacrifice the Pontiac wagon to the weather gods if necessary

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Bonnie is heading for the Gulf Coast of Florida. Like they need more rain up there.