Hurricane Michael. BADDDDDDD! One of the worst of the worst!
Florida’s Panhandle took the biggest hit. A Category 4. Winds 155 mph.
Michael has been described as the third most powerful hurricane to hit the U.S. First is the Labor Day 1935 hurricane. Second, Camille in 1935.
Considering wind speed alone, Michael, the fourth worst. The Labor Day 135 one continues to lead the pack. Then, Camille. Followed by Andrew in 1992.
Fortunately, Michael was fast moving. Over and out rapidly. Had it stayed around a while as most hurricanes do, the already terrible devastation would have been worse.
The best way to describe Michael’s impact is to view comments from 3 communities hit hard. Mexico Beach, Panama City, and Port St. Joe.
Mexico City…..Homes reduced to kindling, roofs lying in the middle of US 98, a whole condo building gone, not there.
Panama City…..Storm trackers devastated at scale of destruction, roar of storm sounded like a jet engine as winds accelerated, chunks of US 98 washed away by the surge.
Port St. Joe…..Parts of buildings torn away, very very scary. One person reported: “Absolutely horrendous. Catastrophe…..There’s flooding. Boats on the high way. A house on the highway. Houses that have been there forever…..shattered.”
I thought Rick Scott was an inept Governor till Irma. His handling of Irma impressed me. He was on the problem a week or two before. Organized everything. Spoke to us daily on TV. Gave the populace confidence. Handled the storm and recovery well.
My impression of Scott completely turned as a result. Though I disagree with him philosophically re many issues, I respect him.
Scott is in the ball game again. He has been preparing north Florida for Michael.
The man is a leader. The people of north Florida were encouraged yesterday when he said, “Hurricane Michael will not break Florida.”
Charlotte Corriher. Lovely, charming. Lived in the lower Keys for several years. That is when I met her. At the Chart Room initially.
Charlotte a runner. Travels all over the U.S. running marathons.
Charlotte presently lives in Charleston, South Carolina.
She wrote me re the Gray Man ghost today. I mentioned the Gray Man 2 days ago. Charlotte wrote, “I never heard of the Gray Man until this year when Florence was headed our way. Saw lots of posts and pictures where people claimed to see him.”
The Sons and Daughters of Italy do not meet over the summer. Last night, the renewal of our monthly meetings.
Love the organization! The people are happy and easy going. Must be their Italian heritage.
New officers were elected last night at the official meeting following social hour where lasagna was enjoyed by all.
Then to the Blue Macaw. Terri was singing. An amazing lady! Worked at Blue Heaven the night before. Blind and still earning a living.
Chatted a while with Joe and John. Then spent some time with Donna. Not a happy camper. She had a colonoscopy earlier in the day and was still complaining about the prep.
We have all been through it.
This is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The women continue to be out there beating the drums advising women to have their mammograms, raising money, etc.
The movement is well organized nationally and locally. Participating in various events are the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Womankind, and Zonta.
My readings this morning re breast cancer brought to my attention something I did not know. A woman in the U.S. is diagnosed with breast cancer every 3 minutes.
Ladies, keep up the good work!
The Jamal Khashoggi matter has brought to the forefront again Saudi Arabia’s relatively new leader Mohammad Bin Salman. He wants to be a dictator. The center of power in his country. An authoritarian. Believes in one man rule.
Shades of Trump?
The DOW dropped over 800 points yesterday. Two reasons claimed. The tech sector is under performing and there is a concern that rates will rapidly rise.
To me, the drop will be temporary. However do not expect it to always be so. I still believe a world wide recession will occur next year.
Enjoy your day!