Our Brush with Hurricane Elsa


Before I even knew there was a storm brewing, one of my coworkers told me, very concerned, that we were going to get hit by a hurricane. I had not seen the news and had no idea what he was talking about but since he just recently moved to Florida I told him not to worry, we don’t get hit by hurricanes here. I told him of a local Indian legend that says there is something under the ground here in Pinellas County that repels hurricanes.

Indeed, I believe there is no record of Pinellas County Florida ever getting a direct hit by a hurricane, although a few have come close. Several years ago Hurricane Charley was predicted to slam right into Tampa Bay but suddenly, and unexpectedly, veered east and hit the Ft. Meyer’s area. Maybe the legend is true.

Yesterday that same employee asked our boss about the company’s inclement weather policy. I couldn’t help but laugh. Since we are a small business, I pictured that written down in a big manual somewhere.

My wife was concerned too but not about our safety. Her concern was that we might lose power and thus the ability to cool ourselves. She wanted me to make sure I had the batteries charged on our alternative power supplies.

The worst of the storm was supposed to pass by, just offshore, between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. We watched the weather that evening but there was barely a breeze.

We went to bed around 10 p.m. but left the bedroom door open incase the storm got bad and the cats wanted to be with us. Chris showed up around 2 a.m. and proceeded to bother the hell out me by scratching my neck and face. After a while I put him on the floor and lured them all out of the bedroom buy getting out the Stella and Chewy’s. I then went back to bed but realized I forgot to look out the window so I went back out to the kitchen and looked out the window. None of the trees were moving from the wind except a lone palm tree. Not sure what happened to the hurricane. Perhaps it was repelled.

This morning everything looks fine. There is no flooding and no debris that I can see from my house. Now I have to go to work. No excuses today.

39 thoughts on “Our Brush with Hurricane Elsa

      1. foguth

        Indeed – weathermen/women seem to thrive when they have bad weather purrdictions. I often wonder if they are behind the global warming nonsense.
        Purrseidon

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          1. foguth

            Exactly! I had a good laugh when they changed from global warming to climate change… From what I’ve observed, the climate has been changing since this world began… guess someone must have told them NASA has been purrdicting a mini ice age for years – and pointed out that these traditionally begin with a few warmer years.
            Purrseidon

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  1. onespoiledcat

    Elsa couldn’t make her mind up where to make landfall AND she didn’t seem to want to be as awful as the weather forecasters wanted her to be. Storms give them lots more “air time” on TV you know…….seriously though, it really hammered Cuba so glad it didn’t do a whole lot in Florida!!!

    Pam

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  2. Genevieve Petrillo

    In NJ, that’s like the million predicted snowstorms that don’t show up. We turn our pajamas inside out, stay up late, don’t do homework or prep lessons, and get the supplies to make cocoa laid out on the counter top. Then wake up to a cold drizzle and have to go to school…. Bummer.

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  3. lois

    Inclement weather policy….so funny. I worked in Risk Management, and up here in the FL Panhandle we get plenty of hurricane activity. We had a joke policy that we handed out. It started with Cat 1 Hurricane (Leave early to give extra time to avoid fallen trees and limbs) and went up to Cat 5 (Velcro will be provided to keep you attached to your seat when the doors and windows have blown out. For those who survive, chocolate cake will be served at 3 in the break room). We thought it was a riot. Management was less than impressed.

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  4. databbiesotrouttowne

    glad everyone is safe in your area; that’s a GOOD THING !! šŸ™‚

    last week I think it was, “rain was predicted” for like 7 days in a row
    with no letting up in sight

    I had to laugh at the comment FROM the weather dood; I guess
    people were giving him a hard time for the extended forecast, because
    he came back saying; “people, it’s NOT going to rain EVERY SECOND
    for the next week”

    šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚

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