100 Word Challenge: Trouble

Double red flags during Tropical Storm Lee

Hurricane Michael heads toward the Florida Gulf Coast and we expect it to make landfall as a Category 2 or 3 storm somewhere between Panama City and Apalachicola sometime Wednesday morning. The projected target area is about 45-50 miles southwest of where I live.

We chose not to leave, being just outside of the cone of the storm. We’ve ridden out storms before, and have our numbered storm panels to cover south-facing windows if needed.

I may not actually be online when this posts. Even though we are out of range of the actual eye, we are under Surge and Flood Warnings. That could mean loss of power and road closures..

(FYI – a storm surge refers to the surface wave of water pushed ahead of hurricane force winds which “surge” above the normal tide line. The area I live in can expect storm surges of up to 9 feet about high tide. To give a more extreme example, during Hurricane Opal here in 1995, surges were in excess of 30 feet leveling sand dunes that were as large as two-story houses and completely washed away the highway connecting Fort Walton Beach and Destin.)

The plan is to hunker down and wait Michael out. We have propane for the grill, full gas tanks in our cars, and plenty of food in the fridge and freezer. If we lose power, I have books and crocheting to keep me occupied. We already have tentative plans with the neighbor for a block party use up freezer stashes should be lose power for any extended time.

We have fresh water and coolers filled with clean ice. We’re ready.

So many friends offered their homes as refuge if we had evacuated and I am humbly grateful. The best people live in my computer. Thank you, to everyone.

Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.~ Euripides

This week’s word is:


What to do:

Using “trouble” for inspiration, write 100 Words – 100 exactly – no more, no less. You can either use the word – or any form of the word – as one of your 100, or it can be implied. Include a link in your post back here, and add your story to the Mister Linky list. If you don’t have a blog, you can leave your submission in the comment section, or as a Facebook status post. Remember to keep spreading the love with supportive comments for your fellow Wordsters.

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