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On the heels of my drive to New York came a Category 3 hurricane. It was a Cat 5 with record-breaking low pressure in the eye before it hit the Yucatan Peninsula, then regained substantial strength in the too-cool-in-October-to-support-a-major-hurricane gulf waters, hit south of here as a strong Cat 3, didn't weaken much over land (she was moving too fast)... then regained what it did lose in the cool Atlantic waters. Yeah, Wilma definitely wanted to prove she could be as big and bad as her sisters Katrina and Rita.
Thank Jesus, Fort Myers didn't take much damage. A tree here, a sign there... oh yeah, the power lines! Looks like Florida Power and Light wasn't keeping up with their inspections... and I don't think a Category 3 should be able to knock out power to most of south Florida for almost an entire month!
I now know the other side of hurricane fatigue. Before, watching Katrina, I got tired of seeing pictures of the devistation. (now, with the devistation only 50 miles south and east of here, that fatigue didn't set in) The other kind of fatigue occurs when you want to get on with your life... clean the debree, turn the power on, and lift the curfews. My fatigue kicked in after only 3 days, when life in Fort Myers had almost returned to normal, but some of the traffic lights were still out and local neighborhoods were still without power (mine included). Businesses that did have power had to close early because of the curfew, so I had to drive 10 miles north to eat on my 8PM dinner break.
I was fortunate. We never lost water, the cable was on when power came back (after 5 days), and the phone came back after 8. The apartment is fine, the Supra is fine, the town is fine. The guys out east, tho, are looking a longer interruptions, ruined crops and such... They are in my prayers.
So, the hurricane season is almost over... RIGHT!?!?!?!
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