Well this has been a fun 24 hours. Now running on standby generator and finally got my DSL back up. Compared to past hurricanes I would rate this a "5" been in worse and many of lesser velocity, on the ground and in the air. This one was a sleeper, crept up on us then strengthened right before it hit us. No damage to my property but a lot of other folks were not so lucky with trees falling on structures, that's why I cleared all trees withing falling distance and ran my power underground, I have seen a lot of problems when you don't follow certain rules in that sense. Hurricane Ivan in 2004 dropped EVERY powerline in the county and we had power back within 2 weeks, if all goes well and with a LOT of traveling utility HEROS from all over the country, BTW these guys are rockstars around these parts, so maybe we should be back on the grid within a week or sooner. Got the outside galley all setup on the back porch and cooking with gas, literally, wish I had it in the house."This is not a new phenomenon, just like hurricanes are not new. But we are getting more, and the intensities seem to be ratcheting upwards."
I grew up on the Gulf Coast and I can say without question hurricane seasons come and go like the tides. Sometimes they are steered right up into the Gulf before they make there turn and sometimes it's the eastern seaboard that takes the hit, I've seen one a few years ago leave the Gulf and come full circle and hit us again. Since records have been kept (1851) there have been some real killers but as far as them getting worse I disagree. I think about the Keys Hurricane ( or the Galveston Hurricane to name a few. When the conditions are right off the coast of Africa there is a strong possibility of the conditions to come together to make what we call a Hurricane. We accept the nice sunshiny days so why do we take the storms with it? Given, too much of one thing gets us out of balance. Too much rain, too much wind, too much sun, snow......get it. I think the media has a tendency to make people hypersensitive to weather events and fails to look back at records and show it's always been this way and will be in the future. True in some regards we can make things worse for ourselves, like building on a barrier island and then crying when our house gets washed off the island, (seen it many times). The lesson to not build your house on the sand but on the rock. It applies to a lot of things in life.
The eye of Sally is crawling off the coast at a painfully slow pace, come on why don't ya, let's wrap this one up. Darn, So fitting, I just lost grid power and now on battery back up and going out to crank the standby generator. Oh well, nothing like the sound of a purring Genset to rock me to sleep. Good night all.