This week, there’s been a lot of worry about Hurricane Irma — which is headed right for Florida and then possibly to NC. Last year, Hurricane Matthew really hit NC hard and so many were devastated.
There was lots of flooding, fallen trees, wind damage, and widespread and prolonged power outages. Some areas still aren’t recovered and it’s nearly a year later.
To think that we could be hit again is super scary — and I’m praying that one of the more favorable predictions of Irma’s path will be the accurate one.
My family was really blessed — we were without power but otherwise okay. Many of our immediate neighbors were not as fortunate, as downed trees hit vehicles and houses. Luckily, no one was hurt in our little area — but it was still scary to walk around and see the damage.
At the time, I was training for my first every marathon which was scheduled for the very next weekend after Matthew. As soon as the skies cleared, I took off on my training run. As I ran around my neighborhood, I counted all the downed trees and lost county in the 40’s. It was rough — but as I snaked through the streets and avoided pointy branches and flooded roads, I was pleasantly surprised by how many neighbors out and about.
Power had yet to be restored, but the sun was shining bright and the weather was cool, so most folks were out of their houses and working in their yards. A handful more were out and just walking around to see what was open (nothing, not even Walmart) and which areas were hit hardest.
On my run this morning, I couldn’t help but be reminded of that day after the hurricane. It was about the same temperature and about the same time of day that I went on my training run to assess local damage. What a difference a year makes! Today, I didn’t see a single downed branch, damaged home, or downed power line. I also didn’t see another soul.
As NC preps for the impending storm, I really try to think about that day after the storm. The calm and quiet and cool. I try to think about the neighbors all outside and chatting with each other — relieved that the damage wasn’t worse.
I try to think about the light after the storm — while also prepping extra batteries and bottled water, because this stuff is scary.