As I write this, Central Florida is one day away from bearing the punishing brunt of large and dangerous Hurricane Irma. While I completing the back-up process on this computer and before I put it away for safekeeping, I want to share some thoughts about Irma and about us Central Floridians, her supplicants for the next 48 hours. I did the same in advance of Hurricane Matthew last October, but I sure as hell hope this is not the start of an annual tradition.
I was worried about Matthew last year. Because he stayed off the coast and this area was on the western side of the storm, we had several hours of tropical storm conditions, but not much damage here, 50 miles inland. Irma is coming up the other side of the state and the present forecast models pretty much agree on a path through Central Florida as a major hurricane. [Read more…]