Date: 4 October 2022. Before Hurricane Ian
Arrived (part 1)
I were extremely fortunate in that Hurricane Ian turned east before
it reached us. Locals here are grateful we are not dealing with the
dreadful aftermath that storm wrought just 85 miles south of here.
Preparing for Hurricane Ian took place over nearly a week. Some
plans were executed well. Alas I did make avoidable mistakes too.
SEAWEED ↓ and I are based on the coast
north of John's Pass in St. Petersburg, FL.
Hurricane Ian made LANDFALL
at Cayo Costa.
at Cayo Costa, approximately 85 miles south of
Of course those of
us in the region were carefully watching as the storm moved
This graphic was prevalent in the local doom and
Please note that this displays the TROPICAL STORM FORCE WIND SPEED
Like many I follow
Mike's Weather Page aka
http://spaghettimodels.com along with
Wunderground (Weather Underground)
Mike's Weather Page the tropical storm force wind speed
probabilities graphic was prominently displayed. In that
section I noticed there were links for two other graphics just
above the tropical winds visual. Those were for a 50-knot
winds probability image, and a third for hurricane force wind
probabilities. These were far less scary as they showed a
smaller area of potentially catastrophic hurricane force
tropic storm force
wind speed probabilities
50-knot wind speed probabilities
wind speed probabilities
tropical storm winds were forecast for much of Florida,
the specific area with predicted hurricane winds was far
On the east
coast my friend Irene decided to move her boat to a more protected
anchorage. Of course with the stress of storm preparations,
*Murphy's Law reared his ugly head.
If something can go wrong, it will.
Folks naturally assume
that lifting an anchor with a windlass will be problem-free. This is
not necessarily what happens in real life.
Sometimes hauling in an anchor is a not simply
pushing a button and watching the chain come up.
Being able to deal successfully with the unexpected is one sign of an
experienced boater. Seeing a mast complete with rigging appear
from the bottom is definitely not what one wishes for when
planning to relocate for an impending hurricane. Fortunately, a
long pier was nearby. Irene motored to the dock in order to
untangle her chain from the mast.
If you ever wondered what
you would not want to see when raising your anchor...
Boaters will come out to help when trouble occurs.
The good thing
about chain is that it is strong. It is also a
the transom to remove when wrapped three times around a mast.
Finally the chain was freed from the mast.
By the time the chain was untangled, the tide had turned. Irene
opted to move to a nearby river to ride out the storm. Due to the
falling tide she decided to wait until the next day to bring her
there. I told you about that place in the
In the meantime, I chose to not go to
an ATM for money on Saturday. Instead I waited until Monday. This
was a mistake. With the storm heading my way, a mandatory evacuation
order was in place. And there was zero money in the ATMs. I checked
several without success. Argh!!!
That morning I had gotten into a discussion with Baby
who wanted me to immediately evacuate. As the storm was then down by
Cuba, that was not going to happen. The last time I was under a
mandatory evacuation notice I had a TERRIBLE experience. I am old,
and I don't forget. I told you about that dreadful time in the
Hurricane Irma Saga
series. I do not sugar coat my experience so... well,
you've been warned.
In the midst of all this, with my
stress levels rising ever higher I was
blessed. I had stopped by the post office, and there was a box
Presents are always nice, and the items Pam sent
were especially appreciated. Check out the goodies I was fortunate
enough to receive...
Constant Comment is my "treat" tea. Usually I drink
Lipton Bold or black, however when I want something special I
turn to Constant Comment for the most part. It is delicious. I
cannot wait to try the sweet and spicy tea too. Thank you Pam.
I was absolutely delighted
by my new autumn dish towel. My old one has been getting dingy.
It is at least ten years old, and well, this one is so bright
and cheerful. →
The weather has turned.
It is cooler. Fall has arrived. This is my favorite time of
Sweets are always welcome.
As I decorate for the seasons with
dishtowels, this gift is just perfect. I am ready for autumn
The timing on the box's arrival was ideal. While dealing
with storm preparations which included securing a half dozen
nearby boats for the hurricane, arguing with people
encouraging me to Get Out, then not being able to get cash,
well, I was not having a good week. I confess that I was
overcome with relief and joy at that wonderful box. It was
just the thing to lift my spirits. Thanks again to you Pam.
You are such a thoughtful person. Thank you!!!
Preparing for Hurricane Ian was accomplished over nearly a week. The neighbors worked
together to get the boats secured. Still, all of us were
watching as the storm approached. Had Ian not turned east, I would
As Ian was not going to make landfall
near here, I felt comfortable staying on the beach. High tides were
forecast and my friend Anisha invited Skipper and I to stay in her second story
apartment next door should the water rise. She is incredibly kind.
Anisha is a lovely
neighbor. She has made friends with the night herons. Striker hangs
out (and on) Anisha!
Striker ↑ is a
juvenile night heron.
The conclusion will be posted in a couple days. Thank you for
Were you in an area that had to prepare for Hurricane
Ian? How did it go for you?
And, have you pulled up anything unusual when you've hauled in your anchor ?
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