So Hurricane Katrina paid us a visit last night, she was extremely tame compared to some of our visitors last year, like Frances and Jeanne. You can see from the photo of the parking lot at work this morning that there were few leaves and small branches spread around today compared to the other photo of Frances where gigantic trees were uprooted and laying on their sides.
Most of the prep work of become hurricane ready still had to be done even though the storm was not very strong. The lines at the gas stations were miles long (yes even at today's prices), grocery store shelves were emptied, flashlights, can goods, batteries and water were in every cart. Some people put up shutters and filled their bathtubs with water (I did not).
At work we made contingency plans for a few of us to fly to Dallas if we were to loose electricity. Rain, snow, sleet, hail or hurricane ... we are a 7 day a week operation, it's that simple.
The storm came with strong winds and hours and hours of rain ... still getting rain from the feeder bands now. We got off pretty easy here in Boca but there are a lot of people close by without electricity, some property damage and ... there were at least 6 lives lost locally.
The hurricane season is really just getting started, hope it will not be anything like last year. <-- some of last years photos. Thoughts and prayers with those that have suffered a loss and with those still in the path of this storm.