This past week has been one of the most stressful weeks due to Hurricane Irma. This storm was so massive; one of the strongest storms in the Atlantic Ocean. Irma strengthen to category 5 hurricane with sustained maximum winds of 185 mph for more than 24 hours. She was 400 miles wide; larger than the width of the state of Florida and could potentially cause catastrophic damage for this entire Sunshine State.
Everyone was so frantic as we all prepared for the worst. It was like apocalyptic doomsday scene from a movie. Water was running low, food on the shelves were emptying quickly, the demand for gas was at an all time high. There were people fighting for supplies; threatening lives. It was a mad house.
I was constantly looking at updates to decide what plan of action I should take. I was feeling a bit uneasy but remained calm even though the news gave me quite a bit of anxiety. I ended up evacuating to North Carolina to stay with my family. The drive took about 18 hours due to all the traffic from everyone trying to leave. Thankfully my family and I all made it there safely.
We all anxiously kept our eyes and ears on Irma and hoped for the best. Mercifully Hurricane Irma quickly weakened as it made landfall in Florida. Even though Irma spared my area some weren’t as fortunate. Irma devastated Southern Florida and destroyed numerous Caribbean Islands. Unfortunately some lives were lost. My heart aches for them and hope they can get through this difficult time.
Hurricane season has been so active this year. One storm after another. I can’t wait for all these tropical storms to dissipate; 2 more months! In the meantime here are a few photos I wanted to share from my last trip in North Carolina before all this hurricane madness went down.