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Our Weird Experience with Hurricane Florence

I admit it. I tend to bury my head in the sand. On the other hand, my wife is an alarmist. Sound like a marriage made in Heaven?

Well when we first heard Florence (then a hurricane) was coming head on toward North Carolina and, logically, according to past storm behaviors, Virginia, my wife immediately reacted. I pooh-poohed the situation, advising my wife wait until a couple of days or so before the storm would arrive to make sure the event would even happen. This is because many worries never materialize at all.

Well it came closer and closer. Then something really strange happened. The track, according to the so-called European model, suddenly veers from striking North Carolina, to turning downward toward South Carolina, and traveling in a kind of clockwise circular path, skirting around Virginia! Wow. How weird is that! Before too long, Americans began to recognize the European model was correct.

Well, we were assured rain would still be very heavy upon us (we are in Nelson County, Virginia) and afterward, wind, perhaps even a rogue tornado, would visit us. Monday morning, through the day, and so on...

Well, there has been some rain and local radar has shown large, orange centered yellow structures traveling overhead. But they were moving pretty quickly and mostly not dumping any rain! We saw the direction of the yellow blobs shift from traveling northwest, to north, to northeast, all traveling at a good clip. To me, this meant the storm was dissipating and that explained the northeast blobs.

And the rain appears to have stopped! Not that there will not be some more, but I do believe the rain is no longer a problem.

So let's wait and see how the wind turns out. If it, too, dissipates, I will probably dream about all this some time in the future. It is just too strange, weird, even eerie not to.

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MegL wrote on September 17, 2018, 12:46 PM

Very lucky for you. I hope it continues that way. Very sad about others who have died and those flooded out.

Kasman wrote on September 17, 2018, 6:44 PM

Really glad we in Scotland don't get hurricanes. The worst weather we usually get is the tail-end of a storm after it's made its way across the Atlantic - strong winds but not hurricane force.

VinceSummers wrote on September 17, 2018, 7:29 PM

We even missed the wind! Tragic for those just south of us. Tragic in a huge way.

lookatdesktop wrote on September 18, 2018, 12:13 PM

Wonder why the word 'moving' is linked in your post. As to the subject of that hurricane going in the direction of the European model, I am so happy it did not hit as hard as a Cat 4 or Cat 5. I even prayed that somehow Hurricane Florence would die down while it was still at Cat 4. God must have been listening to my prayer. Because it did go down to a Cat 1. The season of tropical storms is not over yet, so it will keep some of us up at night.

VinceSummers wrote on September 18, 2018, 12:33 PM

Just before its weird expected course became known to me, a fellow writer told me he would pray for me and mine. Then it did what it did. I soon wrote back that while I appreciated the outcome, somehow - just somehow - I didn't think he was THAT good that God would change the course of the storm for my sake. And, really, I am very, very sad it hurt and killed others, just south of me.

VinceSummers wrote on October 11, 2018, 9:00 AM

Will we successfully dodge Hurricane Michael (not that we have any say in the matter...)?