• Irma Update

    Asked by geekling on Monday, September 11, 2017

    Irma Update

    Irma has passed by me. I am hunkered down in East Boca Raton, So Fla with a friend and her roomie. The tv, for us, was more scary than the storm to tell you the truth. We had some tornado gusts and a bunch of rain and my friend now needs a new roof but we are safe and dry and well fed and very very grateful.

    The power went off last night but came back on this morning. I do not yet know how my own house fared.

    The storm has reduced to a cat 2 which means that Ejourneys and boomers are less at risk. Since Bandit walker moved away from the coast of Daytona, her safety is more assured as well.

    The Florida Keys are semi demolished. It is my hope that everyone we know in the area is survived and in relative comfort.

    15 Answers from the Community

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Thanks for the update, we hope all is well at home when you get there.

      2 months ago
    • Molly72's Avatar
      Molly72 (Best Answer!)

      Very worried about you geekling, glad you are ok. What a terrible storm.
      How are your cats?
      Can I help you in some way?

      2 months ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      geekling, I'm so glad to hear that all is well with you. I hope your house is okay (and your cats), and that you'll be able to return home soon.

      2 months ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar
      Lynne-I-Am

      Thank you for the update geekling. Glad to know the worst of the storm is over and you are safe.

      2 months ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      Glad you weathered the storm. I heard the Hemingway House down in the keys also weathered well, and the 54 six-toed cats are all happy and healthy and dry.

      2 months ago
    • Lorie's Avatar
      Lorie

      Geekling so happy you are safe as I am in north west Fl. Our dog went nuts but my cat, who is scared of everything, kept his cool. Let us know how yours are. lorie

      2 months ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      @Lorie .. Cats are utterly freaked.they have been eating and drinking and using litterbox. One is hiding I know not where. One is pacing (workman may have let that one out when leaving door open(wont know for a while) and the other is ensconsed under a bed.

      They would not evacuate. The hiding one ripped open a plastic and metal hard sided cat carrier. The pacing one swiped and red ribboned me and the other prefers where she is. These are ferals, born in a backyard and not like ordinary housecats.

      2 months ago
    • MoveIt2012's Avatar
      MoveIt2012

      Good to hear you were and are safe. Good luck with the cleanup/recovery.

      2 months ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      geekling, I'D like to be ensconced under a bed! And I appreciate your term "red ribbons," though I'm sorry she did this to you.

      So sad about the Keys.

      2 months ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      So happy you were able to return to your house. Was it in livable condition? Do you have to have it inspected before you can move back in? Did you have homeowners insurance? Don't worry about your kitties. Ferals have amazing survival skills.

      2 months ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      No power, BoiseB. Miserable mess in there after the water heater leak. Got up most of the wetted carpet but not all.

      Until there is power, I am not moving in. Once there is power, I can survey the mess. The fridges and freezers will doubtless leak as well. Emptied fridge and freezer as well as possible. No sense letting food spoil. Try to imagine no lights in 90 degree heat where an open window provides no relief. Some folks have generators. I do not.

      We walked on a beach this evening. Water had come up way past the ocean front road and sand was everywhere. Had a little scare walking back as bridge was stuck (in closed position, thankfully) so we hied over it on foot while cars were turned back.

      Excitement. Then, because the salt air made us feel so much better, we (and hubdreds of others went out for pizza at one of two local establishments (within a block of each other) had reopened for business. The first one was out of crust. The second one had a delightful argula and teeny sweet peppers on top.

      It was delicious.

      Also found my hostess a roofer to repair her roof. Apex Roofing is coming tomorrow. John White, the owner, is an old friend from better days. Hope I will be so fortunate when my repair woes come around.

      2 months ago
    • andreacha's Avatar
      andreacha

      I'm so sorry to hear about your home being damaged.I hope the missing cat returns. By the time it hit here in North GA it was a tropical storm only. I am sitting for my niece's 2 cats and have 3 of my own. I was praying I didn't have to evacuate with 5 cats. Atlanta area had lots of damage. I have someone coming at the end of the week to take a look at my trees on 3 sides of my house on just a little under an acre (manufactured home) and decide how many I want to be removed. He has a lumber mill so it won't cost me anything. The wood is his.Some are 125 feet tall. Mixed - pine and hardwood. Some of them are 2 ft. wide. I lived in FL many years ago and had serious damage too. With us, mold can be deadly. I pray you are able to salvage your home safely.

      2 months ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      Geekling. please be sure to get an industrial mask if you are going to be working in your house. Destroyed houses can be very dangerous to those with compromised immune systems.

      2 months ago
    • Lorie's Avatar
      Lorie

      Geekling, I've worked with Ferals snd it probably will take them some time to adjust. bless you for giving them a home So sorry about the damage to your home. I was very lucky and my power has just been restored. Lorie

      2 months ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar
      Ejourneys

      Very glad to hear you and your friend came through fine. Sorry to hear about the structural damage (I had posted my update before reading your follow-up comments; we're fine over here). Fingers crossed that your home can be repaired quickly and safely. Hugs.

      2 months ago

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