Thursday, August 21, 2008


Yes, this is the tropics, in a matter of speaking. FAY, which, I thought was just fading, has made a comeback. The rain leaden storm is making a third landfall in Florida. East Central areas of the state are being soaked...some places have seen as much as 30 inches of rain in the last 24 hours!!! If it continues its deadly path, it will bear West again and make another in the Panhandle. By the weekend it could be in Mississippi and Alabama raising havoc.

I tell you, things can change in a minute in this part of the world. Not a reassuring thought for anyone. Ginnie was right, rains have to be a priority forecast. High winds are blamed for a lot in a Caribbean storm, and they do cause the most damage in a big storm...but rain can be just as deadly and more destructive because rain lingers and then takes so long to retreat. Flash flooding gives no advance warning and most insurance doesn't cover flooding automatically, as people in the aftermath of KATRINA found out three yeas ago. All we can hope for is that we are seeing the worst of the season here in Florida.

Moving is suddenly again on my mind. The fact that we are getting older, Florida weather can be so unpredictable and everything is going up fast from gas to food to everyday things you count on to live pleasantly, gives me a sense of urgency. The expat in me can take another move, I am sure, and sooner than I thought. Planning will be fun! who cares about FAY!!!

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