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Live from the Eye of the Storm

Me in the newsroom as the eye of Hurricane Irma passed over us.

Hurricanes are a part of life along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts, with Florida being the bullseye right inbetween them. Hurricane Irma apprached as a friend and I were returning from DragonCon in Atlanta (my first visit there in five years ), so I went from a vacation directly into 12-hour work days - right through the weekend - with me sleeping in the building because I really couldn't leave. The huge storm finally made landfall nearby on Sunday, and buzzed right over us.

I chose to work in local television, and this was one of the times we really step up to keep the community informed. I wouldn't choose to ride out a hurricane anywhere else. (It helps that our station has a sturdy building and isn't in a flood zone.) Our meteorologists really shined and I was proud to be a part of the coverage, running in and out of the control room as we switched staff. It wasn't fun at the time of course, but hurricanes you've been through tend to be interesting stories to tell people.

Praise the Lord, my car and condo were undamaged. The hurricane came through weaker than forecasted but still did a lot of damage south of here. After a hurricane there are downed trees, fallen signs, flooding, and lengthy power outages. I'll post this as soon as I have my power and internet back at home. I'll have already unpacked everything from the guest bathroom - where I'd piled everything on a bookshelf in the event a sliding door broke and my living room got wrecked or something. Always need to be prepared!

This is the third time I've been in a hurricane. The others were Gloria (in NY, when I was too young to remember) and Wilma (just after I moved here). I had my radio and recorder with me to bandscan before, during, and after the hurricane. I'll be posting these clips to YouTube soon.

Visitors and off-duty staff were huddled into the other studio as winds reached hurricane-force.

 

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