Saturday, October 22, 2005

Hurricane Names – Starting Over

Now we have Tropical Storm Alpha. We’ve gone through the 2005 hurricane names list from Arlene to Wilma and so the National Hurricane Center is starting with the Greek alphabet.

As of the five p.m. update, all of South Florida is under a hurricane watch for the approaching Wilma. If the storm follows the current track, Miami will get heavy winds and rain, and the hurricane will move through very quickly. That beats the alternative — a slow-moving direct hit — but on the whole, I’d rather it would just go away.

I just got the official word: Miami-Dade County Public Schools will be closed on Monday, including administrative offices. So, barring a power outage or other damage it will be like riding out Rita last month or Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne last year: moments of terror and excitement followed by hours of boredom. At least I’ll be able to catch up on my writing.