Saturday, October 29, 2016

No  One Was #Prepared for #Hurricane #Matthew

     Hello Everyone!  I hope all is well and Thanks for reading my blog!  I hope you revisit my blog after reading this one, because I have a lot to say.  Thanks to #traumatic experience of Hurricane Matthew! 
     Exactly three weeks ago today, the lives of those in the path of Matthew were forever changed. Never again will I not be more prepared than I was three weeks ago. 
     I admit, I was not prepared for the storm like I should have been.  Honestly, no one was.  Why?  Listening to the predicted weather reports.    
     'Oh, it's going to turn back out to sea.  You should only expect to see wind gust 15-20 mph winds.' 
     In December 2014 I was diagnosed with asthma.  When it's going to rain my chest gets tight and I normally end up having to take a breathing treatment to get relief.  The entire week of  October 3-7 my chest was tight and I had to take breathing treatments everyday just to make it thru work.  That was my first sign that bad weather was coming.  But I ignored it.  On Friday, October 7, the sky was overcast and it was a freaky grey.  A color I don't ever remember seeing before.  The air had a eerie feeling to me; like something was hiding.  It could see me but I couldn't see it.  The air wasn't thick, but it was unusually cool and it just felt odd.  I remember going to my car after work and as I was putting my work and lunch bag in the car I stopped and looked around me.  Not a soul was in sight. The air made the hairs stand up on my arm.(That kind of freaky).  
     At approximately 3 am it started to rain.  A down pour, heavy rain with wind.  My second sign that we were in for trouble was when I woke up at 5 am from a dripping sound.  I woke my husband telling him I heard water dripping.  'It's raining.' he answers between snores.  7 am I finally get up to go to the bathroom and I stepped on a wet rug.  I sit here and giggle about my reaction but, oh my gosh, let me tell you, I woke the house up yelling, 'there's water on the floor!'.  Son came barreling down the stairs, husband sits up on the side of bed giving me a mean look.  Son steps in our bedroom and gets his face splashed with water.  Yep, we had rain pouring from out of our smoke detector.  
     I will continue with my story, in the mean time I've attached some photos I would like to share. 

     This was my back yard the day of the storm, just four foot from my back screened in porch. 

The following pictures are courtesy Melinda Scott my co-worker that she took in the #Pembroke, Lumberton North Carolina area.  


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