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go away irene, okay?

So, Casey Anthony, I just read, has returned to Florida presumably to begin her probation?  That is wise since she certainly would not want to ignore that responsibility.

More importantly, for Florida, there is Irene.

Casey Anthony may be upstaged because Hurricane Irene may be heading to Florida, too.  Hopefully, the Irene story will trump the probation story.

From the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Will it miss us?

With regards to Irene, they say it is going to be a Category 3, with winds up to 115 mph.  It’s now a Category 2.  But, Category 3 is a bad storm – it could be devastating if or when it hits.

I own a first floor condo, and the smartest thing I ever did was to put the kind of storm shutters on that all you need to do is pull them together and snap them shut in the middle!  The rolling, pull-type shutters are on all the windows and my back door.   The shutters are supposed to stand up to the test of high winds….. I sure hope so!  I’ve never had to use them before.

We had a storm, in October 2006, called Wilma.  Some say it was a Category 1, others say it was a Category 2 when it hit us.

Whatever strength Wilma was, it blew off many roofs in many neighborhoods.  There are still people trying to put their lives back together as a result of the damage from Wilma.

When Wilma came, I took my dog and my cats and my computer and I high-tailed it over to my mom’s.  Wilma happened before I’d put the shutters on, and I didn’t want to be home alone if my windows were going to break!

The worst part of the aftermath of Wilma was the clean-up, and dealing with no electricity for over a week.

Fortunately, my home survived Wilma well.  The roof tiles blew off, and many trees fell, cracked and complained.  But, all in all, it was okay.

The roof was fixed, landscaping is back to being beautiful again, and all is well.  For now.

A Category 3 hit from Irene would be scary!  Say a prayer that she decides to miss Florida and the Carolina’s and winds up out to sea for good, will you?

Hurricanes are just plain scary!


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