Madeline and Lester have decided they both want to visit our islands...one right after the other... Madeline is the first one, due to arrive sometime in the early morning (like 2 am!) hours of Thursday (tomorrow) and Lester follows behind her and supposedly arriving on Saturday.
The image above shows the path Madeline is expected to take, to the south of us and Lester to the north of us...The blue dot on the NE coast of the island is the area where we live...At best, we will be affected by rain and we expect some wind, but even though projected paths show we will miss a direct hit from each, we're preparing as best we can for all eventualities, because you really never know what they will do, as no matter how sophisticated all of our weather predictions can be, hurricanes seem to have a mind of their own.
My father taught us to always be prepared (yes, he was a scout master at one time!) and my actual list is much more detailed than below, but basically, this is what we routinely do to prepare for emergencies.
Car gassed √
Manual can opener √
Bug out kits (just in case) √
Personal papers /documents √
Phone charging √
Camera battery charging √
Battery radio √
To Do today:
Wash tub (after showers)
Fill tub w/water
Finish securing stuff outside
Bungee-tie back lanai furniture to railings (and keep fingers crossed)
Bring in back lanai plants
Several areas of our island were quite affected by Iselle, which was a Category 1 Tropical Storm in 2014, and our island has been spared from the effects of a full-on hurricane, but we're preparing for any eventuality and hoping for the best.
Except for a few last minute things to still do, we're as prepared as we will ever be. It is now out of our hands. Whatever will be, will be and we have no control over it.
Thank you to all our family and friends who have sent messages, prayers and good thoughts. If we lose power and land line, I will call my sister Sandra in Miami and let her know how we fared.