Hurricane Irma is nearing landfall on Florida’s west coast, but the entirety of South Florida is getting pummeled. The storm hasn’t blown us away yet and the power is still on! Yay! The heaviest weather will arrive this evening around 8:00 pm. However, the winds and rain have been picking up steadily since last night. The gusts of wind against the metal shutters is quite loud. In the video below, you can actually see the ground around our maple tree rise and fall with the wind gusts. Unfortunately, I think we’ll be losing this tree.
Since we still have power, we cooked up some mac and cheese. Additionally, we baked our take and bake breads as we do anticipate losing power today. I may try to make some cookies before the winds pick up and take out the power, but it will have to wait until after the tornado warning is over. As I type this, the lights have begun flickering and the winds have picked up tremendously. I don’t foresee us having power for much longer.
And so it begins, after much anticipation Irma and her nasty weather are here! We’ve been able to enjoy time outside with the neighbors today before the storm and in between the feeder bands. I can’t say enough about how amazing our neighbors are, but we are super lucky.
I had to laugh when I walked out earlier today and the neighborhood men were taking turns riding the dirt bike. No better time to learn how to ride than during a hurricane! Life is all about making lemonade from the lemons and that’s truly what we’ve been doing.
While the adults played on the bike, the kids were indoors. Interestingly, the kids came back outside after the dirt bike was put away. They love playing football. In between the rain bands, and even during them, the boys were playing football with their neighborhood friends. It was a godsend for the kids to have a chance to burn off some of their energy. We are all getting stir crazy inside and the storm has barely just begun. We’ve been trying hard to overcome the boredom all day.
We’ve had several tornado warnings already tonight, but have not lost power as of yet. As long as I can post and film, I will continue to do so. To all my readers in Florida, please stay safe and godspeed!