[WARNING! This is an archived post and as such there may be things broken/missing here.. you have been warned.]
So I know that some of you may be wondering if I'm alive or not. Dunedin is on the other side of the state from where Jeanne hit (we're on the gulf side)... BUT the storm did come to my side of the state. I had quite a bit of damage to my trees and fence (but nothing to my house as far as I can tell). I lost a huge tree in my back yard which now covers my side yard. Take the one picture I uploaded from after the Frances storm and realize that when I snapped it I was standing next to the tree that is now down. If I took the same picture today all you would see is tree.
I saw things on the way to work that I haven't seen for awhile (I've seen tornado wreckage before). I saw a tile roof "de-shingled" (it was torn up pretty bad). I had to navigate around a fallen tree. I also saw a mom & pop gas station have the roof over the pumps twisted like a pretzel along with the gas pumps... and imagine this is nothing compared to what folks have on the other coast!
I've been without power since Sunday at noon, and it looks like I may be waiting a little longer yet; one of our neighbors told us last night that they are planning on re-poling Dunedin which means a few more days. On one hand I'm happy that they are trying to solve the problem so that we don't have to deal with this again. On the other hand, I'd really like to have power (I have no internet at home right now and since I have Vonage my wife and I are using the cell phones a little more). My 2.5 year old would love to watch a video or play on a toddler game on his computer or use something with a little bit of power. My (pregnant) wife and I would like to have A/C at night (It's still summer weather in Florida)... it really sucks.
I have read a couple places referring to the 4 hurricanes that hit Florida this season [which is the correct number].
I would like to correct those who say this. We've had a record-tying 5 hurricanes hit the state of Florida this year.
Bonnie - Hit in the gulf coast bend
[with all the excitement of Charley I wasn't really all that aware of whether Bonnie hit as a Cat 1 Hurricane or not (I just assumed that it did because someone else confirmed this to me... my bad)]
Charley - Hit in the southern part of the state (Ft. Myers area)
Frances - Hit on the east coast (Melbourne area)
Ivan - Missed the Tampa Bay area and hit the pan handle of Florida (near Panama City)
Jeanne - Hit the East Coast (Vero Beach area, I believe)
Charlie, Frances, and Jeanne all came across the state and wreaked all kinds of havoc. I just wanted to clarify for all my readers.
Now if I could only convince my wife that Washington state isn't that cloudy...