Saturday, August 25, 2012
Another hurricane is heading for the gulf and oh what a pain. That's all we will do for the next few days is watch the weather channel for updates. And the current prediction is headed straight for the Florida Panhandle, right for my house. Around here we track timelines by hurricanes. Where were you when Opal hit in 1995? We learned a lot of lessons back then, like make sure you have flood insurance if you live near the water. Flood insurance is so reasonable so why doesn't everyone have it?
I had a very good client back in 1995 who added an addition onto the back of her home and I had just finished helping her decorate and furnish it. Her home was on a bayou and the storm serge caused that bayou to fill up and flood her home. We had to do everything again. Prior to Opal's arrival, Hurricane Erin came through just 2 months earlier. I was working with a client updating her one bedroom condo which was on the ground floor on the Gulf of Mexico. Erin did some damage in the middle of the project and we had to regroup a bit. We finished the job prior to Opal's arrival and guess what, Opal pushed her whole condo through the back window and onto the parking lot. We had sailboats in the road and no way to get to Destin because the highway was washed out. That highway always washes out.
Then there was Hurricane Ivan where I experienced a direct hit on my building. We had evacuated to my son's home where they had just had a new baby. When we returned I went to my building and when I stepped into the front room, my feet started to squish on the carpet. Ivan had lifted the roof on one side of the building and everything on that side was ruined and many things on the other side as well. Thus began a 2 month renovation. What a job. But I found out I had great insurance and was able to renovate nicely with a new roof, carpet, samples, decor, etc. That was in 2004 and now we are faced with another "I" storm possibly heading our way. One thing for certain, once a storm gets into the Gulf of Mexico it is a crapshoot as to where it is going to go. I favor the European Weather model which has it going to Houston, TX.
One certain thing is that we'll be doing nothing but watching the TV for updates the next few days.
Addendum: It is a beuaitul sunny day today and if we didn't know better we wouldn't have a clue that there was a hurricane smoldering out there. I often think about the old days with little communication and how hurricanes would wipe out places like Galveston, Texas or the Florida Keys and many would be swept away or drown. At any rate, I prefer a hurricane any day to a tornado or an earthquake. At least you have some sort of notification and are able to prepare and get out of the way.