WELL. Coming at you live, from Birmingham AL! I have received so many messages by email and social media from you guys, so wanted to let you all know we are safe!
This has been quite the adventure. Our entire city (Miami Beach) went under mandatory evacuation order on Thursday morning. Fam/friends have either left for other FL friends/fam not in the evacuation zones, or have left the state, like us. As of now, the track of the eye is NOT predicted to directly go over Miami, but it is expected that we will still get some kind of hit. Currently there are numerous tornados in our region, so I am still feeling anxious about everyone’s safety back in FL. And we already received notification that our power is out, so I’m really really glad we are not at home.
I always knew a hurricane was a risk when moved here, and had informed Josh that when it happened, I wanted to GET OUT. That sounds so easy! Simple! You just leave, right? Book a flight or a hotel, or stay with fam?
HA. NO. It’s actually like 939224 decisions, each of which feel very high stakes, made while you are getting increasingly tired. We ended up deciding to initially leave Friday, then changed to Thursday, THEN to Wednesday night when we heard reports of increasingly nightmarish traffic and gas scarcity. At the point when we were making these decisions, the storm was predicted to directly impact Miami (Miami Beach is just to the east, connected to the mainland by bridges/causeways). It was too late to book a flight anywhere – everything was taken as the mass exodus and frenzy began.
The whole thing has been physically and emotionally exhausting, and it isn’t even close to over. I am of course happy that our locale looks like it will NOT get the brunt of this storm, but of course it’s horrible that it’s hitting the West Coast of Florida.
I have an odd mix of guilt / anxiety about leaving and not knowing how hard it will be to get back. We keep trying to plan the timing of our route back and honestly if there’s anything I should have learned by this point, it’s that these CONES change and it’s hard to plan ahead. You just have to kind of take each step as it comes.
CURRENT CONES –
NOTES I am taking to remember this ordeal . . .