Being bunkered down in Birmingham not bad. Joe is off working somewhere in the west. Jean home with us.
We party starting at 5 each evening. Cocktails and then dinner. Alcohol and wine galore. Exceptional food. Stories flow. Laughter prevails.
Miss Key West, however. I can’t wait to return.
Jean Thornton our hostess. Savior perhaps a better word. I have a new label for the wonderful Jean. Hostess with the mostest. The Perle Mesta of Birmingham and Key West.
Jean, a continued thank you for your generosity.
Liz. My dear friend Liz. A year older than me. We date. She cooks for me. We do Dueling Bartenders together. We communicate.
Irma on its way! Liz chartered a plane and flew out. Did not even think to call Louis.
I am kidding. Do feel forgotten, however. Liz is in her St. Petersburg home. Large and strong. Survived Irma. Power out. She has a supply of ice however and is able to keep certain foods cold.
Linda Grist Cunningham is a retired newspaper woman. She and her husband now Key West residents.
Linda was in Virginia with her sickly mother as Irma was arriving. Her husband Ed in Key West. He is riding the storm out with Sheila and David in their Key West penthouse. They survived Irma well.
Linda has prepared an excellent run down on Irma. Irma: “End of day one in Key West. What we know and don’t.” She also has put together an Irma site: Hurricane Irma Key West.
I plagiarize from End of day one. Linda’s accumulated facts better than anything I could put together.
Irma hit Key West as a category 4 8:30 sunday morning. Actual landfall 20 miles up US 1 at Cudjoe Key. One hundred thirty miles per hour.
Key West has water problems. Main line intact. Some branches broken. A boil water warning in effect.
Many trees down. Those still standing bare. Down to the bark. Foliage ripped away.
There are 42 bridges between Key West and the main land. All have to be checked.
US 1 asphalt road surfaces ripped away in certain areas.
Linda’s advisory for those who remained in Key West simple. Conserve water, eat sparingly, and be certain to help each other our.
Thank you, Linda. Keep publishing.
Late tonight is Birmingham’s time for an Irma visit. Two in the morning. Not bad. A tropical storm or depression. Kid stuff after what other areas have suffered. We sill be safe in Jean’s home. I will probably sleep through it.
I have complained re the media’s lack of coverage. Miami north covered. The Keys, especially the southern ones, forgotten. We are people too! We were hit first and hard. Media reps should have been in Key West.
One of the Irma escapees in our group has family in the Virgin Islands. Hit by a 5. She has been glued to the TV looking for Virgin Island reports in addition to Key West. Zip! Nothing!
I am doing my Key West Lou Live video on Facebook daily. Nothing fancy. Sitting in a chair holding my cell phone out in front of me.
Mostly Irma at this time. A few minutes. Take a look. You will enjoy.
Finally and most importantly. Yes, there is something more important than Irma. Though some may disagree.
Today is the 16th anniversary of 9/11. Our homeland attacked. Three thousand lives lost.
We must never forget. We must remain vigilant.
Enjoy your day!
THIS IS AN ADDENDUM. I JUST VIEWED A VIDEO OF BIG PINE, ETC. DAMAGE FROM JOYCE GOUSE IN UTICA. THE DEVASTATION FAR WORSE THAN I THOUGHT. WORSE THAN ANYTHING I HAVE SEEN IN THE PAST.