Greetings from Florida

The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 to November 30. To date, two named storms – Alberto and Beryl – have already formed off the U.S. east coast. My family has lived along the Gulf Coast of Florida since 1995. Our late summer arrival was neatly tucked between Hurricane Erin and Hurricane Opal, both of which made landfall in the small harbor town near where we live. Opal, which at its peak grew to a Category 4 Storm (maximum sustained winds of 130-156 mph), is now a retired name. She wiped out a two-mile stretch of Highway 98 along the gulf coast between Fort Walton Beach and Destin. It took more than two months before the road reopened. In our home less than three weeks, we were on the road and evacuating the area within five hours of pending landfall reports. Our kids and I wouldn’t return for two weeks – how long it took to restore electricity. When

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