Praying for those facing 2022 hurricane season

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I take back what I wrote earlier. One friend in Daytona got hit hard. He had 6 trees go down. One demolished his work shed, and a few others on his house and cars.. That is on the other side of Florida!! He also ran out of gas for his generator. A neighbor/friend went out in the storm to bring him gas to keep the generator running.. My friend has a lot of health issues..
My sister's friend in Daytona is fine, but she's in a high rise apartment not a house. Haven't heard from the others yet.
It's raining here, Flood warnings. Ian shifted a bit to the east, so the remnants are likely to come closer to us than previously anticipated, but shouldn't be too bad. I have cat care shift at the rescue tomorrow, so I hope it's just rain I have to get through and not flooding.
 
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Is it going to hit where you are?
Got to feeling a bit melo-dramatic when I posted that!

I'm in California, but things look awful bad over in Florida. Cape Coral appears to be a disaster, but we'll know more. I have a friend there, and we're all worried about her and husband. 179 MPH (288 KMH) eyewall winds are nothing to sneeze at. The good news is we have a robust help establishment in this country. This will put it to the test.

We'll eventually have a terrible earthquake and anyone who wants to is invited to pray for us out here in advance. We'll need it too.
 
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I think the wild horses are north of where it is supposed to make landfall. I think their instincts are to get away from the beach and huddle together in a group.

It's amazing how ferals are able to survive.
I think you're thinking of the ones on the barrier islands on or near the Virginia border.

When I was a kid in elementary school, teachers LOVED "Misty of Chincoteague" and read it to us. Misty of Chincoteague - Wikipedia
 
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Should you run or should you stay? That's a tough calculation.

The fact is that running is often fraught with problems, especially if you don't have a lot of resources.

Many have criticized 'non-evacuators' who haven't left their homes for Hurricane Ian — but some TikTokers say they can't afford to leave (msn.com)
You are right that evacuation isn't always an option. I remember seeing a newsreporter in 2004 who asked Louisiana residents why they didn't evacuate and it was logistics preventing them. Some of the people didn't have cars because they use the bus; others had a disabled person for whom travel is difficult plus more lacked money for fuel, lodging and food. Animal rescuers stayed because they wouldn't leave their charges behind. I know of a FB friend who had to stay in her car with her cats because the evacuation shelter that allowed pets was extremely stressful with excessive barking (and sometimes fighting) plus she feared that a dreadful accident with a loose dog could happen.
 

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Should you run or should you stay? That's a tough calculation.
I have thought about this as I keep reading about people calling 911 because they are stranded in their homes due to flooding and from those who are asking for "wellness checks" for love ones they haven't heard from.
I'll admit, I'm slightly "judgy" about these calls. Calling 911 if you are not in need of emergency/medical assistance...I mean...you know...you decided to stay...you knew this was a possibility...and obviously, being able to travel would be difficult to impossible during and in the aftermath of the hurricane due to flooding and debris blocking access...if you can't get out...how do you expect people to get in??? It takes time and if you're just "stranded"...hate to say it, but you're not a priority. So if you're not in immediate need of emergency/medical assistance...figure it out; And if the storm is still raging on, hunker down and pray until crews can get to you safely.
But that's where my judging ends because I would probably be one of those who, if I didn't have a comfortable place to go that could take us ALL in...including my pets...I would have probably stayed put. I would not be able to live with myself leaving my pets behind. But...I also would not be calling for help if I wasn't seriously injured.
Obviously, I have never been in a situation like this...and probably will never be in one...thankfully...so who knows what or how I would do in the heat of the moment...but like I said, I KNOW that I would never leave my pets behind. I also see myself forgoing food for myself during an evacuation if all I can carry is cat food...it's a lot easier to find human food than cat food I imagine in a situation like this...and if all else fails...well, start calling me a cat...YUM! lol!.
 

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Those calls is why the Lee County FL sheriff made the casualty estimate that he did. They got a lot of calls after they could no longer rescue people especially from the barrier islands. He is particularly concerned by Sanibel which had it's only land route off the island destroyed. They have rescued hundreds but they haven't begun the grisly task of clearing houses or what is left of houses.
 
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Those calls is why the Lee County FL sheriff made the casualty estimate that he did. They got a lot of calls after they could no longer rescue people especially from the barrier islands. He is particularly concerned by Sanibel which had it's only land route off the island destroyed. They have rescued hundreds but they haven't begun the grisly task of clearing houses or what is left of houses.
In all fairness, it sounds like the Sheriff was a bit overwhelmed. And who wouldn't be?

I'm hoping that his horrifying casualty estimates are the product of an emotionally overworked imagination instead of hard data.

But, praying too.
 

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'Queen of Versailles' Florida mega-mansion sustains massive damage from Hurricane Ian

I don't think there is a lot of sympathy for this. They have been building this monstrosity for 18 years and have yet to spend a night in it. They just finished the gold inlay on the crown molding and that is on the floor under the water now. If I remember correctly that guy made his money off time shares which was a shady business, then the bottom fell out of that.
 

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You are right that evacuation isn't always an option. I remember seeing a newsreporter in 2004 who asked Louisiana residents why they didn't evacuate and it was logistics preventing them. Some of the people didn't have cars because they use the bus; others had a disabled person for whom travel is difficult plus more lacked money for fuel, lodging and food. Animal rescuers stayed because they wouldn't leave their charges behind. I know of a FB friend who had to stay in her car with her cats because the evacuation shelter that allowed pets was extremely stressful with excessive barking (and sometimes fighting) plus she feared that a dreadful accident with a loose dog could happen.
My Mom and I have discussed what we would do in the event of a terrible disaster, and evacuation is not an option for us. We have a boarding facility. I cannot leave these dogs and cats that aren't even mine, and there would be no way to transport them all. I can't imagine being on vacation 500 miles away only to show up and realize the owners of the place evacuated and left my pets inside for who knows how long with no access to food, water, etc. We also have barn cats, our own pets, and chickens that my Mom would never leave behind (they're backyard pets). We have plans and things like that, but just up and leaving....not gonna happen.
 

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'Queen of Versailles' Florida mega-mansion sustains massive damage from Hurricane Ian

I don't think there is a lot of sympathy for this. They have been building this monstrosity for 18 years and have yet to spend a night in it. They just finished the gold inlay on the crown molding and that is on the floor under the water now. If I remember correctly that guy made his money off time shares which was a shady business, then the bottom fell out of that.
I watched a documentary about that place when the construction was still fairly new. I'll keep it as kind as possible but I couldn't stomach them at all. And there was a big thing about her daughter committing suicide years ago, and how it was handled. IDR the details but I really felt kind of disgusted by the whole thing. Ugh.
 

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'Queen of Versailles' Florida mega-mansion sustains massive damage from Hurricane Ian

I don't think there is a lot of sympathy for this. They have been building this monstrosity for 18 years and have yet to spend a night in it. They just finished the gold inlay on the crown molding and that is on the floor under the water now. If I remember correctly that guy made his money off time shares which was a shady business, then the bottom fell out of that.
"Man plans, God decides ".....classic
 

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I watched a documentary about that place when the construction was still fairly new. I'll keep it as kind as possible but I couldn't stomach them at all. And there was a big thing about her daughter committing suicide years ago, and how it was handled. IDR the details but I really felt kind of disgusted by the whole thing. Ugh.
I watched the documentary also. They also had a show earlier this year which picked up where the documentary left off. Victoria died from an accidental overdose. She was only 18. So sad.
 

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I think you're thinking of the ones on the barrier islands on or near the Virginia border.

When I was a kid in elementary school, teachers LOVED "Misty of Chincoteague" and read it to us. Misty of Chincoteague - Wikipedia
The ponies you're thinking of live on Assateague Island, north of Norfolk across from the Delmarva peninsula. Chincoteague is on the mainland across from Assateague, and every summer, the ponies are herded up and swum across the channel to Chincoteague as Marguerite Henry described in her book. I was a big fan of Misty, and begged my parents one year to take us to Pony Penning Day, and so we went. We lived in northern Virginia at the time. The northern part of Assateague is in Maryland and designated a sanctuary. The ponies have been there several hundred years, thought to be descendants of Spanish horses shipwrecked on the island.

I have thought about this as I keep reading about people calling 911 because they are stranded in their homes due to flooding and from those who are asking for "wellness checks" for love ones they haven't heard from.
I'll admit, I'm slightly "judgy" about these calls. Calling 911 if you are not in need of emergency/medical assistance...I mean...you know...you decided to stay...you knew this was a possibility...and obviously, being able to travel would be difficult to impossible during and in the aftermath of the hurricane due to flooding and debris blocking access...if you can't get out...how do you expect people to get in??? It takes time and if you're just "stranded"...hate to say it, but you're not a priority. So if you're not in immediate need of emergency/medical assistance...figure it out; And if the storm is still raging on, hunker down and pray until crews can get to you safely.
I'm more than a little "judgy" about this. People were warned and a mandatory evacuation orders were given. If people didn't leave because of simple orneriness, they should be charged with the cost of the rescue. Maybe next time they will leave. The local government could make arrangements to transfer people that can't go on their own - buses, the bedridden, etc. One hospital did manage to evacuate its ICU. Whatever needs to be done should be done. Everyone knew, and I've lived through a few hurricanes myself.
 

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I'm about to head out for my cat care shift at the rescue and, based on the map, it looks like the power might be out there. They have a plan in place, though, as long as I can get there okay. I don't think there's any flooding or trees down in the path I take, but I'll bet the stop lights are out. Hopefully won't be a lot of people out and about yet at 8:20 Saturday morning.

Husband and I were talking about evacuating and we wouldn't if it meant leaving our cats. One of the saddest things I remember about Katrina is not allowing people to bring their pets with them. It was heartbreaking.
 

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DD had to leave work early because they lost power (she's in Raleigh NC). Most of the traffic lights were out but she was able to get home ok. I was surprised that they lost power since the storm had downgraded by then. I never lost power in SE Florida. It flashed a few times but never went out completely.
 
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