Monday, October 10, 2016

Mancat Monday

It's Mancat Monday to me, but to Mom
it's probably clean up day from
all the debris from Hurricane Matthew.

Hurricane Matthew took a good swipe at
Northern Florida, Friday OCT 7.
Watching the impending arrival on TV was
akin to watching a horror show.
It was only making my nerves worse,
but it was important to keep an eye on what
was happening.
The worst part of the storm hit our area around
2pm. Close to 4:30pm there was a loud
pop and thud and the lights went out.
The storm was raging pretty good.
But it was mainly a wind event.
There was a lot of rain but that wasn't any
worse than a bad thunderstorm.
As it turns out that LOUD pop & thud
was a power pole being toppled over by a downed
tree. Unknown at the time was that tree also
made two other polls collapse. There was
loose hot wires in the street.
The police were in our neighborhood that night
to fix the problem with the wires.
The next day our electrical company worked
at least 10 hours trying to restore power.
FL's Governor had made it a high priority to get
the power back on. HE did a remarkable job
during this storm.
But at 10pm the electrical company gave up and
left with no power restored.
They were back the next day at 7am.
At 10:30am the lights came on.
I cannot begin to tell you how grateful I was to have
electricity again. Our lives are so dependent on it.
I have to say again the Governor did an amazing
job making sure that all the electrical companies
had the manpower needed and still need.
He was all over the State making sure each County
had what it needed and he did a tremendous job.
Matthew spared Jacksonville the catastrophic blow by
making two wobbles East. When he went by
Jacksonville the eye was 40 miles off the coast.
That 20 mile wobble to the East spared Jacksonville Beaches.
But those beautiful homes and businesses along
the Coast are a mess. Many are condemned as unsafe.
But most survived and they will make repairs.
We were very lucky.
VERY lucky.
With a Major Hurricane.
Aside from the power issues the big thing is the cleanup.
I had one huge limb fall, thankfully away from the house.
As horrible as Oct 7th was, the next day was sunny.
beautiful and the temperatures were really mild.
What a contrast!
They record keepers say the last time Jacksonville
had a major hurricane was 118 years ago.
I can only hope that I never live long enough to see


  1. So glad to hear that you have escaped the brunt of the hurricane. Electricity is so vital and sometimes we easily take it for granted, but once it's out, we know we can't live without it.

    Happy to hear everyone's safe.

    Emma and Buster

  2. I'm glad that you came through Matthew without too much damage, other than clean-up and an electricity outage. That is something to be thankful for. I'm purring lots for those who got the worst of it.

  3. I'm glad to read that you were so fortunate; I haven't heard of any deaths or injuries in the U.S. due to the hurricane, not like Haiti, the poor souls. The safety of everyone in the storm's path is worth the price of no electricity for a while. That's enough of hurricanes for a while, I hope.

  4. We're glad you're safe and that you have power again.

    Our purrs and purrayers to all affected, especially those in Haiti.

  5. So glad you are safe and sound and your power is back on!

  6. Good to hear you came through this fairly well.
    Hurricanes are so dangerous and so so much damage.
    Hope you do not have too much to clean up.
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ

  7. We are very glad you came through this all safely! The longest the Woman has ever had to go without power was in Sammamish after a bit windstorm when the power was out for four days. They were lucky, if they had lived in their home in Duvall at that time, it would have been about two weeks.

  8. You be lookin' quite handsum today. We're so glad dat ya'll are okay. We're continuing our purrayers and hope ya'll have a good day.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Raena

  9. Oh for sure October 8th here in NC was very similar to Oct 7th in FL. You are correct the wind with Matthew was the worst I've ever experienced. Just relentlessly blowing and howling and it rained 15 1/2 hours here non stop.

    Thank goodness the sun did shine and again and lets hope no one has to experience the wrath of a storm like that again
    Hugs madi and mom

  10. Very glad to hear you're okay and have power back!

  11. We're so glad to hear that you didn't suffer too much from Matthew ! It sounds so scary ! Good luck to your mom, we hope the clean-up doesn't take too long. Purrs

  12. Sounds like it was very scary. Glad you are all safe.

  13. dood....we iz veree glad everee one iz safe & sound....troo lee....thanx bee two God for it....N pleez tell yur mom, if her livez another 118 yeerz; a hurricane willna bee de onlee thing makin de nooze !!! ♥♥♥☺☺☺

  14. You are looking very handsome Ping. I am glad you are all safe after the storm, and your power has been restored.

  15. Ping is a cutie. I am glad you are all OK and have your power back.

  16. The Lord be thanked that you are all alright. are THE man of the Hour!!!

  17. That storm sure sounded terrifying...I'm so glad it's done and that guys are doing ok. Ping, your eyes are incredible!

  18. We're so glad that everyone and everycat is okay :)

  19. We sure are glad you are okay, we were worried. No power is no fun either. Hugs!

  20. Looking good,Ping! We're glad Matthew wasn't too bad and you have power again.

  21. Ping, I love your eyes! Such a beautiful color.
    We are glad to hear that you got your power back. It sounds like you have some very dedicated people helping you get things back to normal.

  22. Florida WAS VERY lucky!! My friend in NC got it BAD and she isn't even near the coast!

  23. We are so happy that the major problems were a tree limb and power outage. Such a devastating storm with lost lives and so much damage. So happy you are safe! XOCK Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  24. What a relief to know you escaped that monster storm relatively unscathed.

    Yup we sure are dependent on we have a generator hooked up to the gas line, but, well its only going to work if the gas stays on too:) We do have a lot of old fashioned nonelectrical things stashed away for times like that. But you do need it to 'stay connected' to our furends all over the world! Can't do without them either:)

  25. That's terrifying! Just glad you're all OK.

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie


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