In The Path of Hurricane Florence

We are in Lumberton North Carolina, and waiting for Hurricane Florence to dump it’s load of wind and water. Right now, it’s 6:35 Eastern time. The grocery stores are closed, and everyone is just waiting.

This town had a devastating flood in October of 2016, from Hurricane Mathew. Our town’s residents were all too ready to clean out the stores for supplies. As early as Tuesday, people were seen fighting over bottled water at the local Lowe’s.

I lived in Tampa Florida in the mid 70’s. A hurricane came up the eastern coast that year and I remember the force of it, even though all we got was the fringe of the storm.

It passed thru the night, and was over. This storm is predicted to be much different. The very fact that it is travelling at a slow pace is the very worst news. We are not talking about wind speed. We are talking about a prolonged pounding of nature’s fury!

So, many of you are following this; but my family on the western side of the country are terrified for us. You could say this is the calm before the storm. It’s been just pleasant breezes all day, now starting to pick up a bit. Our town is marked by forcasters as being in the zone most likely to recieve 20 inches of water! Keep in mind that we are a river town. The Lumber river snakes thru the landscape from the western mountains. The very fact that the storm surge is expected to force water upstream , is perhaps the reason we may experience another catastrophic flood. For us, our home was not in the 2016 flood zone. That’s one of the reasons we purchased it. My biggest fear is having trees crashing thru our windows. Even the double storm windows is no match for a large tree limb.

We have plenty of food and water, propane and a tankful of gas in the truck. Our next door neighbor has his fishing boat, just in case. They own a double wide mobile home at the beach and returned yesterday . I’m quite fearful that it won’t be there for them to go back to. At least they have the house next door.

Here is a link to one of the latest reports, including a live video.

I will return and provide updates as this storm moves into our area. If the power goes out, It may not be right away. It could in fact be a while before utilities are back up.

It’s 15 minutes later… I peeked outside and a sudden and huge downpour of rain hit us! Here’s my screen porch just before I moved everything. Notice the curtains ballooning?

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Karen L. King-Gonzales

Hi! I'm a retired Bridal Designer, and am now spending my time getting back to pleasure crafts! My husband and I are still newlyweds, nearing our 3rd anniversary on October 2. I was single 33 years! We moved across the country from Phoenix Arizona, to Lumberton N. Carolina. The slower lifestyle agrees with us! Both empty-nesters, Jim and I are finishing the work on the 1950's bungalow style cottage. Fortunately, this home has a huge addition.... adding about 40% to the original size. Having to quit the sewing trade due to a disability, I spend my time on projects for home, family, and pleasure- as I feel able. Jim, now a Pastor/Judeo Christian Rabbi; is retired from the tile trade, and currently joins his friend in local ministry. This includes a bible study twice a week at a local prison. Join us as I document the journey in our changing lives!

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