Weather + Driving
I don’t do well with bad weather at baseline. Driving home from work on summer afternoons often feels like a round of lighting roulette and it’s stressful. I do it, but I hate it.
Yesterday’s drive home was the scariest experience I have ever been behind the wheel. Seriously, ever.
My typically 25-30 min drive on local roads took me two hours and at one point I honestly did not know whether to keep driving or abandon my car and take cover in a pawn shop (because the area that was the worst didn’t have many options). At various points, I truly regretted not hunkering down in my office for the night and sleeping on the hard floor but I also desperately wanted to get home to the kids AND did not want to make the drive in the dark, so I left at 4:45.
We had multiple tornado warnings (I love how they all suggest going to a basement when south FL HAS NO BASEMENTS) and the streets had waves like an ocean in some areas. Non-SUVS were just left in certain places and people were walking in inches of water. I was driving our bigger car (Highlander) and was still unsure as to whether I could make it across the worst of the spots. Josh was in the Prius (!) but he works to the west of where we live and things were not nearly as bad in that direction.
Our nanny had made it in mid-morning and managed to pick up the kids (they go to school a few miles east of where we live, and I work a few miles east of that). Broward County Schools are closed today, which means our school will be too. And my easy call week with nights and weeks covered has turned into a source of extreme stress because I am absolutely terrified having to do that drive all over again and unlike when we have a hurricane there is no hospital emergency plan enacted. AND the flood watch continues.
I may ask someone who lives much closer to cover but I am not sure it would be a popular move since there is no official closure. BAH. It would have been so nice to have a calm normal week of call. I know that obviously I am not the only one impacted and I am grateful for the emergency workers who have braved these conditions to help others.
(But also, I just wish today I could stay out of it.)
UPDATE: It was much better today and I made it in!! I actually drove a friend who lives in the neighborhood and works in my office because I felt safer as a pair. But OMG hopefully it won’t pour again today (it might).