Friday, September 30, 2022

Goodbye Hurricane Ian

 


We were so incredibly lucky.  Landfall was about 40 miles south and we did not get the big storm surge like Fort Myers Beach.  But, since it was a 60 mile wide storm the inner eye wall spun over us for 4 hours with 90 to 100 mph winds.  It was wild and crazy.  Plus, we got a flash flood warning later in the evening since we had 14.3 inches of rain in just a few hours.  And, we don’t live in a flood zone.  It’s bizarre to be watching the hurricane coverage and have the weather person pointing right where you live.

I have no regrets about not evacuating, because our house is built for this kind of storm.  We were safe inside and could access the damage without having to struggle to get back.  Again, we were fortunate the only damage was to our pool enclosure with screens out and a bent frame.


Our neighborhood has a lot of trees down, flooded streets and the clubhouse area had structures damaged, like the pickle ball area shown above. Our downtown, which is right on the beach, came through still standing for the most part.  Again, no big storm surge made all the difference.  

Five years in Florida and two major hurricanes.  I still wouldn’t trade this beach lifestyle for anything.

15 comments:

  1. That is good to know you came through the hurricane safely. My family visited Sanibel years ago and I saw a short film about how their causeway is broken and they are isolated.

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    1. Yes, Naples to Englewood caught the storm surge. Such a pretty stretch of the gulf and so sad.

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  2. The above comment that mentions Sanibel and says anonymous is from me, Terra. I don't like to leave anonymous comments.

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  3. I'm so glad to read that you're safe. I was thinking about you and praying for your safety as I wasn't sure exactly how it would impact your area. I've been watching videos today and I'm so sorry for the terrible damage and loss of life that is being reported. It will take years to recover. So sad.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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    1. Thank you for the kind thoughts. So much clean up to do and as we venture out, it is shocking.

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  4. I'm so glad you are safe and that the damage -- compared to what it could have been -- is minimal. Thank goodness for insurance and the storm bypassing you a bit. What an experience.

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    1. As we are getting out and about it is really unsettling. And the flooding is ongoing unfortunately.

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  5. So glad that you didn't suffer any major damage..So sorry for all the lives and property loss...So very sad..

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    1. It’s just starting to hit me as the news of this place or that comes in. Power and cell service has been spotty, so all is not still known. Sad is a good word!

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  6. It has been so strange to keep hearing Venice mentioned on the news. The flooding is still quite scary still. Thanks and glad your area escaped the worst. News is trickling in and just saw a photo of our favorite spot for lunch on Gasparilla Island is totally flattened. It’s all so sad!

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  7. I am SO thankful you only had a little damage. There are so many homes destroyed. I agree that the good things about where you live are worth it. Enjoy your day dear friend. Hugs

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    1. Yes, the more damage reports coming in just to the south make me thankful, but so sad to see all the beautiful places we know and love, just gone.

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  8. I'm so glad you were safe and not too much was damaged. You just never know what kind of conditions or damage a hurricane will bring. The videos I saw of the storm surge were just crazy!

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    1. We have had some crazy flooding very close to us from a cresting river. The wind was crazy, but the emergency alert for a flood warning and the continued random flooding over roads near me is a little unnerving.

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  9. I am SO thankful you only had a little damage. There are so many homes destroyed. I agree that the good things about where you live are worth it.
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