Monday, October 24, 2005

Wilma, It Came, It Rained, It Left (At Least Here)

Let me begin by saying my thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by Hurricane Wilma both in Mexico and in Florida. I'm sure there are those who are going through extreme difficulties right now because of Wilma, and while I thank God for my blessings, I pray that he blesses you in the future.

I am happy to report that Wilma was significantly better here than I expected. It came ashore about 200 miles south of me, with tropical storm force winds (30-60 miles/hour) extending this far off. It made landfall this morning around 7:00 a.m. as a Category 3 hurricane. While this is a very serious weather event, I thank God that it wasn't the monster that Wilma was in my last post about her, nor the goliath the wreaked havoc on the Yucatan Peninsula.

To be honest, the effects here were minimal and bearable. Windy, rainy, and strangely cold because of a cold front that hit just barely ahead of the hurricane. Fortunately this cold front seems to have assisted in weakening and shifting this hurricane. Overall the only signs of the hurricane was an abnormal amount of wave action on the bridge I cross to get to work. 4-6 feet waves on a body of water where just white tipped waves are abnormal. I also saw a few branches blown down and one road sign snapped in half. The latter was probably caused by a small tornado (as we've been under a tornado watch since last night).

As I type this I've heard that there is only 1 death so far, but the hurricane is just now hitting the east coast. I'm also hearing that the Miami and Florida Keys area is taking a pounding and won't know how bad it is for a little while. I pray for the friends I have in that area that they are safe and will recover from any sort of hardships caused by Wilma.

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