It seems surreal watching an intense hurricane when it is calm, sunny and 70 degrees outside of your own window.
Irma plowed into the United States just a week after the devastating Category 4 in Texas where we prayed for our friends and family in the longhorn state. So many people in our community and around Michigan tuned in with the most intense, finger-biting moments this past month. It was the worst reality TV in decades for many who watched as the weather unfolded in Texas and then in Florida.
One thing I certainly appreciated was the proactive media coverage and bravery of those covering and recovering the news that unfolded in the most southern state. It once again shows Florida’s resilience with harsh weather conditions that happen year-round there.
I remember driving through a Florida storm on Christmas day in 2006 at 12 p.m. when we wondered why there was so much debris was all over the road and tractors and cows on their sides. We found out later as we passed through I-75 in Pasco County that a tornado came through the expressway at 11:30 a.m. The dear Lord was certainly watching out for us then, as he did for so many this past month.
Many of our neighbors in Michigan have friends and family and investments in the usually sunny state, so the media coverage for me was compelling. The reporters were able to get a nation to watch the weather for an entire week straight.
I wondered, did others here follow the stories of Ernest Hemingway’s complex and his cats with six toes who rode out the storm? Or wondered about the families who they talked with during the eye of the storm? Did we all feel that sigh of relief when those families were recovered safety after Irma?
From the coverage, it seemed to me that the State officials were well prepared and had planned for this type of disaster for quite some time. For once, most residents listened and seemed to evacuate in an orderly fashion due to the early weeks of awareness campaigns to get the residents to safe areas. It was inspiring to me that these well laid plans were followed and though the damage was extensive, human life tragedy was at a minimum.
We already had our tickets to check on our own happy place in the sunshine state this October. We’ve heard power is back on, the tree is scheduled to be removed out of the parking lot and the cruise boat stuck under the bridge has been moved and the road damage repaired.
We are hopeful that all the Florida residents and business owners can recover quickly and again rebuild the many happy, sunny places that mean so much to so many.
Kathy Kane is business manager and co-publisher of the Trenton Trib. Contact her at email@example.com or (734) 676-0850. Comments and story ideas also can be emailed to the Trib at firstname.lastname@example.org