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Sunday, October 30, 2005

eeny meeny miny mo

i picked the wrong way to go! when we left lake placid on sunday, it looked like wilma was headed more north. hah! but at least we have the hurricane shutters in fort lauderdale, and the house is very strong. i made a yahoo photo album of photos taken after wilma.

we were very lucky, only tree damage and some ridge tiles gone from the roof. my best friend in lauderdale sustained major damage in her 16th floor condo, at one point she was on her knees praying cause she didn't think they were going to make it.

downtown lauderdale looked like a bomb went off, there was glass all over the streets.

the poor little towns along highway 27 (the highway that goes up through the center of the state, and the road we take to lake placid) were dessimated. tuesday morning when we drove dd back as she has school, there were huge power lines down, we actually drove over them!

2 photos, one showing an intact power pole, the right, a power pole completely mangled. these things are massive!

there were no power trucks anywhere, which told us the problems in south florida were massive.
mobile homes actually flipped on their roofs, cars smashed sideways into utility poles, it is surreal.

before we left, i put all my baskets, photos, and paintings in the downstairs bathroom which has no windows, and stuffed a towel on the outside of the door. never hurts to be prepared ;-)

as of friday, there were only 16 gas stations open in all of broward county. we are very lucky, after katrina, tom bought a generator. i think we were the only house in the neighborhood that had power ;-) tuesday when we headed back to lake placid to drop of dd, we filled up tom's brother's gas dock and our gas cans, so we had plenty of fuel for the generator. but no phone. so no computer, torture i tell you, pure torture!

thanks to all my friends who worried about us, and btw, the screen porch came through with nary a tear. and the moomers are all fine, tom is down bush hogging right now.

i've missed all my internet buddies, big mwah! to you all!


Blogger Cathy said...

Thank heavens - bloglines did not update your blog so I have been checking anyway. Glad to hear the cows weathered the storm too. Ohhh, 16th floor condo... what views in good weather but not the place to be in bad. Colorado can have your name on it somewhere :-)

9:57 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

So glad to hear that you are safe!

9:46 PM  
Blogger June said...

Wow. That's just... Wow. So glad you made it through!

11:36 PM  

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