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Waiting for Irma in Tampa Bay Area

Waiting for Irma in Tampa Bay Area

We’re waiting for Hurricane Irma in the Tampa Bay Area. The projections, which become more accurate as the hurricane comes closer, have the ‘eye of the storm’ coming straight at us, as a Category 3 (or 4). We are on high ground and the building is solid. Appreciate your thoughts and prayers.

I met a neighbor’s daughter in the community room a little while ago. She drove here from Fort Lauderdale 2 days ago with her young children in order to be in a safer area. Of course, Irma’s projected path shifted westward since then. The young woman’s husband is in Iceland on a job interview.

My big brother, Jerry, just called. He wants me to move back to Michigan. To be considered!

There will be a power outage soon. Will blog when I can. Everyone, wherever you are, be safe.


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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends–with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.

34 Comments

  1. jilldennison

    Keep safe, my friend. You are in my thoughts and heart.

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    • JoAnn Chateau

      Thanks, Jill. My area suffered much less than regions south. Will try to post later.

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      • jilldennison

        I’m so glad! No electric outages? Take care … look forward to hearing from you.

      • JoAnn Chateau

        Thanks, Jill. The electric was out today for several hours, but back on now. I saw that over 2000 power companies from 50 states and Canada surged to FL to help.

      • jilldennison

        Yes, when there is a crisis, everyone pulls together! I just wish it didn’t take a crisis to make that happen. But, at any rate, I’m glad you are not living in darkness!

  2. Decker

    Thoughts and prayers are with you and yours

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    • JoAnn Chateau

      Thanks, Decker. Survived. Irma greatly reduced before reaching us here.

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      • Decker

        Very happy to hear all is at least…better!

  3. Rosaliene Bacchus

    JoAnn, my thoughts and prayers are with you, your loved ones, and all those who will soon have to face the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

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    • JoAnn Chateau

      Thanks, Rosaliene. My area had minimum damage, as Irma lost steam by the time she reached us. Power outage right now. Will post later.

      Reply
    • JoAnn Chateau

      Thank you, John. Ready and waiting.

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      • John Fioravanti

        Watching CNN in Naples – just awful!

      • JoAnn Chateau

        I know it was bad. I have barely caught up with hurricane news. Doing that next.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Thank you for caring and watching with us, John.

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      • John Fioravanti

        You’re welcome, JoAnn. A convoy of Hydro 1 vehicles from Ontario are en route to you guys in Florida to help your Hydro guys get the power back on.

      • JoAnn Chateau

        That is very good. We had electricity through the storm and lost it this afternoon. Appreciate the help from Ontario!

  4. Sue Dreamwalker

    JoAnn you and yours are held within my prayers my friend.. Stay safe and your brother may be right.. Glad you are on higher ground.. I recently spoke to a blogging friend who was staying put as the choice of transporting her fourlegged babies out and the uncertainties made her dig in.. But she is only a mile from the ocean..
    So I am pleased you are higher.. Thoughts and prayers your way xxxx

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    • JoAnn Chateau

      Appreciate your prayers, Sue! Yes, pets complicate logistics, and only some of the hurricane shelters accept small pets. I hope your friend is safe.

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      • Sue Dreamwalker

        So do I, no word, but power is out, And hope you are OK too JoAnn xx

      • JoAnn Chateau

        We were lucky in my area. Irma down to Category 2 before it got here. I’ll post later. Power is out, although my building has auxiliary power in some areas. I hardly know the local news. Trying to catch up now. Hope you’re friend is OK.

      • Sue Dreamwalker

        Good to know you are OK JoAnn and the power of the storm subsided.. Yes I heard from my friend, some structural damage to her property and outbuildings etc, but they are all safe.. Which is the main thing.. Thank goodness.. You take care… Big Hugs xx

  5. Robert A. Vella

    Please take all necessary precautions, JoAnn. As I’m sure you’re already aware, this is not a storm to be taken lightly. Stay safe, and keep us advised as best you can. Our sincere thoughts are with you.

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    • JoAnn Chateau

      Thank you, Robert. Yes, a huge storm, size and force. Storm surge, flooding will be extensive.

      Reply
  6. smilecalm

    I hitchhiked across the country from Calif back in 1975
    and hung out with an uncle living in Tampa.
    Wishing you safety, dear one.
    May you have food, water,
    and dry warmth 🙂

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  7. crazyauntcyn

    Thoughts & prayers are with you. My dad used to say, “Batten down the hatches”. Be safe.

    Reply
    • JoAnn Chateau

      Thank you, Crazy Auntie. The hatches are battened down. We expect to feel it around 8pm tonight (in about 5 hours).

      Reply

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