Hurricane Irma decided Navarre was not for her. She looked at us for a while, taunted us by moving west and west again and again and one last time before she made the turn to the alluring Florida Keys. We are a grateful community.
We learned a lot in the 10 days we were watching her every move. The post office may deliver through rain, wind, sleet and snow but a hurricane will stop them in their tracks. And the effects of that are multiplied throughout the entire state. So even though we weren’t impacted by Hurricane Irma’s wrath, we were impacted by the ripple effects that happen. That’s OK. We lived without one day of mail. We still have homes, electricity, water – our lives were not disrupted.
We learned that even if you haven’t yet received a call from the school district, it can close on a dime. The Governor of the State of Florida calls you at 7:30 p.m. and says there will be no school tomorrow or Monday and you do what you have to do to close the schools. That’s what Tim Wyrosdick did in the middle of a school board meeting Thursday night. We were there and we reported it and really got beat up for spreading ‘fake’ news because people had not received their phone call. Silly people, we don’t do ‘fake news’ – ever.
We learned what most of us already knew – hurricane tracking is fluid. The weather is continuously changing, which changes the track of a storm. Forecasters can predict what the hurricane SHOULD do considering the surrounding conditions, but they can’t predict what the storm WILL do. It’s the same with people. We can predict certain behaviors by a person’s past behavior and we can tell you based on those things and the things going on around him how he should react – but how he will react may be completely different.
The thing all hurricanes have in common is they are unpredictable. Then we get mad when the forecasters are wrong. They are putting all of their meteorological education and training, intuition and past experience into predicting the track of a storm and they really have fine-tuned it. They throw the best they have at it and in the end it is a work of nature controlled by nothing but atmospheric conditions that are constantly changing.
We learned there are two phases to preparing – the early birds and the last minutes, which turns out to be good. The early birds go and buy everything up way in advance and it leaves time for more trucks to arrive before the storm so the last minutes can buy what they need. If everyone prepared at the same time supplies would run out and not be replenished in time for the storm. So good job on preparations.
We had a lot of evacuees from all over the state stay in our area. Our hotels were filled to the brim with anxious visitors wondering if their homes had survived the storm. We have heard some touching stories about the generosity that is flowing from our community. If there is one thing we know about Navarre – when tragedy strikes everyone steps forward and helps others. This is one of the most caring and generous communities you could ever live in. We are proud to be part of it.