Thursday, September 7, 2017

Hurricane Irma


This is a notice to all of my regular readers, as well as visitors. Due to the situation here in Miami, Florida, I am a bundle of nerves, and am totally unable to concentrate on blogging. I know I need to reply to comments left on my "Can't Wait Wednesday" post. I also need to comment back on those blogs. However, in my current frame of mind, I am unable to do so. I may try to reply later on today, from my cell phone, as much as I can.

We are now under a Hurricane Watch. According to reports, Miami will take a direct hit. Those of you who are believers, please pray for us here in Miami, and all of South Florida.

Thanks to all of you who visit, read and comment regularly! God bless you all! 

 

20 comments:

  1. With all the respect, my dear friend, DO NOT WORRY ABOUT US!
    I still can't believe what's happening. I watch the news and all I see is destruction. First Harvey, now Irma... So much disaster, so many people losing everything. I really wish there was something I could do to be there and help.
    Sólo puedo enviarte un abrazo muy, muy fuerte, María, y rogar que Dios esté con ustedes ♥ Stay safe, my friend!

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    1. Hi, Antonela!

      THANK YOU for being SO SWEET!!! Yeah, I had to try and put my concerns about blogging aside. I just couldn't focus on it, with all the worrying....

      The reason I was SO worried was that Hurricane Irma was originally a Category 5 storm, and it totally destroyed many buildings on the Caribbean islands it passed through. Category 5 winds are EXTREMELY powerful! Besides, the projected path of the storm had it coming straight to Miami!! You can imagine how I felt....I prayed and prayed and PRAYED.

      The storm ended up going toward the west coast. We did get hurricane winds here, but in Category 1 and 2.

      You're right that there's been SO much destruction.... Hurricane Harvey brought MASSIVE flooding to Houston, Texas. So sad.... I wish I could do something, too. Well, I did donate to help Harvey victims.

      ¡Muchísimas gracias por tan lindo comentario! ¡Te envío un fuerte abrazo desde Miami a tí, también! ♥♥♥♥

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  2. Oh my gosh, you shouldn't worry about blogging right now. We all totally understand! I wouldn't be able to concentrate on that stuff either if I were in your shoes. Just make sure to stay safe. Will be thinking of everone in the hurricane's path! Sending you safe vibes from Belgium :)

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    1. Hi, Stephanie!

      Oh, WOW, you live in Belgium? LUCKY YOU!!! There are NO hurricanes there! Lol.

      Thank you SO much for the emotional support!! Yeah, I wasn't able to concentrate on blogging AT ALL. I was WORRIED SICK that we were going to get Category 5 winds. Those are INCREDIBLY powerful!! Thank God, though, we didn't!

      Thank you SO, SO much for such a lovely, thoughtful comment!! I'm SO glad to be back to blogging!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)

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  3. The boys and I are sending tons of prayers and good thoughts your way my friend. Whenever you are able to, please let us know you are doing ok.

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    1. Hi, Barb!

      Awwww.....you guys are SO SWEET!! I prayed and prayed and PRAYED A LOT myself. I was SO scared we were going to get Category 5 winds, but thank God, that did NOT happen.

      I'm now trying to catch up with comment replies and comments back. Everything is pretty much back to normal by now.

      Thanks for such a WONDERFUL comment!! HUGS TO YOU & THE BOYS, AS WELL AS "WOOF, WOOF" TO THEM!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)

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  4. I am thinking of you, your family and everyone in the Path of Irma. Stay safe and take care.

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    1. Hi, Brian!

      Thank you SO much for your concern!! We have thankfully weathered the storm. The damage on the west coast was worse, unfortunately. We did have a lot of downed trees, but no structural damage to buildings, as far as I have seen. But seeing all those trees made me sad..... I LOVE trees!

      Thanks again for the concern and thoughtful comment!! <3 :)

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  5. Please don't worry about anything but YOUR SAFETY, Maria.

    HUGS and prayers coming your way and for everyone in Irma's way.

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    1. Hi, Elizabeth!

      Oh, THANK YOU so much for such a NICE comment!! Prayers and hugs were EXACTLY what I needed as this monster storm approached Miami! Thankfully, we only got Cat 1 and 2 winds. Besides a LOT of downed trees and power outages, we didn't get that much damage. Downtown Miami was FLOODED, but the waters receded VERY quickly. I was VERY sad about the trees, though, as I LOVE trees!!

      Thanks again!! HUGS!!!!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)


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  6. I am praying and thinking of you and your husband, Maria, as well as everyone else in Irma's path. I hope you are safe. Sending hugs and well wishes.

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    1. Hi, Wendy!

      THANK YOU so much for your concern!! As I told Elizabeth in my reply to her comment, hugs and prayers were EXACTLY what I needed to soothe my nerves, as that monster storm approached! Fortunately, we didn't get the SUPER powerful Cat 5 winds Irma was originally packing! We did get some flooding, and lots of fallen trees (which made me VERY sad, as I LOVE trees), but that was about it. The west coast got hit MUCH harder.

      Thanks again for the lovely, thoughtful comment!! HUGS TO YOU AND MOUSE!!!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)

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  7. Hugs and all positive vibes to you and your loved ones! Stay safe <3

    ~Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles

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    1. Hi, Brittany!

      THANK YOU for your well wishes and hugs!! SO SWEET of you!!

      Fortunately, we didn't get that much damage down here, as we were hit with Cat 1 and 2 winds, and not the Cat 5 ones that had been predicted. Plus, the storm shifted to the west. I feel so bad for the people on the west coast, though, and the Keys....

      Thanks again for your concern!! HUGS BACK!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)

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  8. So glad to hear you're doing okay after the storm. Keep safe! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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    1. Hi, Renee!

      THANK YOU for your well wishes!! We didn't get that much damage down here, as the predicted Cat 5 winds never hit us, thank God! We did get a lot of downed trees, though (which made me VERY sad, as I ADORE trees), and some flooding. No structural damage to buildings, as far as we've seen.

      You're very welcome for my visit to your blog! Thanks for your concern!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)

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  9. Hope you are still safe and taking plenty of time to relax! <3

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    1. Hi, Erica!

      I go back to work tomorrow. Schools were closed all of last week, plus the last three days of the week before, in preparation for the hurricane. (I teach Adult ESOL part-time, from Monday to Thursday.)

      Everything here is okay except for the downed trees (SOB...) and the lack of power in some areas. Many traffic lights are still not working, so one has to be careful when crossing an intersection, either by car, or on foot. Also, some supermarkets don't have all of the food items they usually sell. Other than these things, we didn't get much damage from the hurricane, thank God!

      We got our power back last Wednesday. Basically, we've been trying to get our lives back to normal, like everyone else. And yes, I've had some time to relax!

      Thanks for your concern!! <3 :)

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  10. I hope you are well and didn't get too much damage! Best wishes Maria!!!

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    1. Hi, Greg!

      Thank God, we didn't get any damage at all! In fact, as we drove around Miami, we saw no structural damage to buildings. We did see a LOT of downed trees though..... :(

      The storm's eye did not pass over Miami, as had originally been projected by the weather forecasters. This particular storm was very unpredictable, and, almost at the last minute, it veered off to the west coast. It made landfall on Cudjoe and Big Pine Keys, causing devastation there. Key West also suffered some damage, as well as flooding.

      I was off work for a week, and will return tomorrow.

      Some areas of the city are still without power. There are traffic lights that are not working. Thankfully, our loss of power didn't last too long; we lost it early Sunday morning, and regained it on Wednesday.

      We're all getting back to normal. SO happy about that!! :)

      Thanks for your concern, Greg!! <3 :)

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