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    Hurricane is coming, batten down the hatches

    September 10, 2017
    By: Michael Abrams
    Tallahassee ssee

    Everyone knows it’s coming and and everyone is preparing for the worst, hoping for the best.

    Hurricane Irma is heading for the state’s capital city, after devastating islands in the Caribbean, leaving 25 or more dead, and numerous others facing dire results of flooding and homelessness.

    Last minute shoppers scurried to the stores which will be closing later this afternoon, as the winds this morning about 10 a.m. were beginning to shake some of the trees in Tallahassee neighborhoods.

    It’s going to be a bad time from midnight Sunday to midnight Monday, according to our information.

    While many people have the option of leaving the city, it seems that most have decided to stick to their homes. In some cases, people who left other areas of Florida have the irony of spending the time with their relatives in Tallahassee, where they never expected the hurricane to follow them.

    Tallahassee is usually pretty safe from the big storms, not usually on the beaten path, so when one comes around people have to learn all over again the routines that are demanded.

    In old days, the idea was to fill the bathtub with water, which has many uses, including getting the plumbing to flush. We haven’t heard of water problems during the hurricanes, but it you are on a pump and well, it probably serves to have as much water saved as possible.
    People are buying a lot of ice.

    The gasoline pumps around town are mostly drained.

    Some rare persons own a generator, which ought to keep the major appliances on line, but these are expensive items and not everyone can afford them. There is going to be a run on chain saws, just like there was after Hermine which is the last hurricane that struck our area.

    We have decided to stay around, and, like many others, our main worry is the danger from large trees in our yard. Those who live near water or low lying areas have flooding to fear, so it’s no picnic for anyone.

    Our neighborhood is one of the older ones, and like many people who grow to love Tallahassee, the trees have made a difference. It’s nice to come home to trees, but the downside is that they fall on roofs.

    The bill for a new roof is probably $10,000 or more these days. Insurance will pay more if the storm has no name - but once it has a name, the deductible is probably going to be $3,000 or more. The question is whether it’s worth it to pay $20,000 to get rid of all the tall trees in a yard.

    Life is full of uncertainties. The neighbors on all three sides of us have told us they are staying. It’s good to go out and find you have neighbors who are always willing to offer help if needed.  And they will get our help, too, if needed. Trading phone numbers is a capital idea.

    Please stay safe.