These entities are something that we, here in New England, are used to.  I heard from our cousin who lives in northeastern Florida, on the coast, who said that in all the years he’s lived there, (since 1968), this is the FIRST hurricane he has been through.  When I read that this morning in his email, that really surprised me.  Really?  Do most if not all of the hurricanes just whip themselves up in a fury out in the Atlantic and not really get too close to the land masses until they are north of Florida?

I know the Carolinas (North and South) always seem to get the brunt of hurricanes.  But this one, called “Hurricane Matthew,” is taking a different “tack” as you might say.  It decided to hug almost the entire eastern coastline of the State of Florida, much to the unhappiness of all those living on that side of the state.

My friend Barbara and hub and cats live in Daytona Beach. Not only do they live in Daytona Beach, but they live out on one of the barrier islands which can only be reached by one of four (I think) long bridges.  Those bridges are closed right now.  They will remain closed until the winds from Hurricane Matthew can be recorded as below 39 mph.


Above, bridges leading out to the barrier island.

I urged Barb to evacuate once the Governor said to do the same.  She and husband wisely decided that their lives were more important than possible thrill of “riding it out” and, so, they evacuated, driving west for about 100 miles to stay with friends… with their 2 cats in tow.

Good decision Barbie!  I am so happy and proud of you guys for doing that.  I also pray to what spirit there is up there that when it’s finally time for you to return to your home, it will not be damaged or, if it is, that it will be repairable.  I don’t know what I’d do or think if my home were gone.  I can’t even imagine how scary it must be to “evacuate” your home and go out into the unknown world to sit and wait out a big storm like this, not knowing how your personal property and belongings are faring.

As of this writing, they are reporting one death due to Hurricane Matthew – a woman died of cardiac arrest.  Please let that be all and no more.

Another glitch with this storm is that it may just go up the coast to the Carolinas and then do a 180 turn around and come back down to the southeast coast of Florida again!  This is so bizarre.


I can remember, as a kid, being taken by the hands, my mother and father and brother and me, and walking the couple of miles from our home in the center of town to Fort Sewall in Old Town… up into The Fort, to witness the wild fury of the sea during a hurricane!  What was my mother thinking?  It surely was not Daddy’s decision – he would NEVER have done that to us… but Mother would – and DID – and one of my most lucid memories from thoses early years was the time we went to The Fort, stood on the walkway looking out over the waves crashing up on the rocks, wind blowing very heavily, and while standing there, all holding hands, my brother, who was just a little laddie of about 4 or 5, was swooped up into a gust of wind and blown out over the edge of the promontory that is Fort Sewall.  He would have been killed for sure if he hadn’t been holding hands with my parents, because they held on to him tightly and he was flying in the wind like a flag on a flagpole, dangerously out over the cliff of rocks leading down to the wild churning sea!


Above, this is where we were all standing, overlooking the perilous rocks below during a wild hurricane in the 1950s.

That vision has been imprinted in my memory all these years. I’m not good at remembering names of the  storms, but this was in the early 1950’s sometime.


Below is a photo taken this morning at Daytona Beach.


All I can say is a prayer for all those souls who live in the path of this storm, for the humans as well as critters of all shapes and sizes.  I always worry about the dogs and cats especially, but there are so many others, as well.  Horses, farm animals of all stripes, who must certainly be very scared at this moment in time… some may not make it, too.  I wish them all well and hope this all ends soon.

I didn’t mean to write only about hurricanes today, but that is all that’s on my mind this morning.  I have a hard time concentrating on anything else, really.

I am making new granola for His Royal Highness Paul, however, and that just came out of the oven.  The house smells lovely of home-made granola.  Oh, and I am also making HRH a new bread in the bread machine, and that, too, is contributing to a very lovely aroma wafting in from the kitchen.

I think I’ll stop this now and take Belle outside for a little fresh air.  We, miraculously, are having a #10 day weather-wise – it’s sunny, blue skies, and cool-ish… all things I love.

KODAK Digital Still Camera

Belle… safe at home up here in New England

Cheers and Prayers being Offered,

Bex & Co.


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2 Responses to Hurricane

  1. Bex says:

    You are correct, it WAS Hazel, Maggie. Thank you for all the background info! Our cousins live down in St. Augustine, FL, and that town is a river right now. Some of them did not evacuate, either. Another cousin lives on the barrier island off Titusville… and they were going to “ride it out” at home! This is very scary.

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  2. Frightening storm Bex! The storm you refer to in your childhood experience might have been Hurricane Hazel, 1954, and she made it all the way into Canada.
    \”When it was over Pennsylvania, Hazel consolidated with a cold front, and turned northwest towards Canada. When it hit Ontario as an extratropical storm, rivers and streams in and around Toronto, Ontario overflowed their banks, which caused severe flooding. As a result, many residential areas located in the local floodplains, such as the Raymore Drive area, were subsequently converted to parkland. In Canada alone, over C$135 million (2016: $1.2 billion) of damage was incurred.
    The effects of Hazel were particularly unprecedented in Toronto, as a result of a combination of a lack of experience in dealing with tropical storms and the storm’s unexpected retention of power. Hazel had traveled 1,100 km (680 mi) over land, but while approaching Canada, it had merged with an existing powerful cold front. The storm stalled over the Greater Toronto Area, and although it was now extratropical, it remained as powerful as a category 1 hurricane. To help with the cleanup, 800 members of the military were summoned, and a Hurricane Relief Fund was established that distributed $5.1 million (2009: $41.7 million) in aid.”

    Hurricane Hazel was an unforgettable event in Canada, we owe a lot of our parks in and around Toronto to Hurricane Hazel.


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