Right now the eye of Hurricane Irma (Category 3 as of 9-9-2017 11:55 p.m.) is moving further away from Cuba. Gold Coast, known as Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and the Palm Beaches, will not be hit. It looks like it aim my Grandfather’s property in Little Torch Key, miss Cape Florida but sideswipe Marco Island and southwest Florida such as Naples, Ft. Myers, Cape Coral, Sarasota, Bradenton, St. Petersburg/Clearwater and Tampa. Go to nearest evacuation center. Brace for impact.
What prompted me leaving my beloved Florida is changing of landscape. No longer Florida is sleeping state where everything are at standstill and carefree. Now all bustling and humming with life. Land boom of 1920’s in South Florida prematurely ends the growth of Hollywood, Florida with two hurricanes repeatedly hit within same Hurricane season in 1925. Nature tells us which plants have successfully transplant, withstand the force of nature, while others gone through wind power, drought, and interrogation from pests and animals.
Whether non-native residents move in La Florida must withstand test of time like coming of the storm. Flocking from Sunshine State to seek shelter and safely out the harm way is cheating. Nevermind to those who do readiness in this storm but they would miss the feeling of being impacted. My family had lived beyond 6-miles mandatory evacuation zone in Hallandale, Florida. We seldom driven away from our own house to seek shelter in remote region such as up in Deep South states. Why leave if eye of the storm go that way or this way? Several islands in the Philippines has entire inhabitant came out of storm bunkers are accounted for. While thousands Filipinos and Filipinas perished in meteotsunami and storm surge after the eye of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda, 2013) passed over.
Hurricane Andrew (1992) came on fast as swift as lighting. Coming from Bahamas and spinning straight west and its eye were on track to hit my hometown. Woke up at 4:30 am I found my dad in the living room was up and looking out the taped-up window. Oh boy all the branches and treetops were wildly spark with electric wires. Purple! Orange! Yellow! Red! It was glorious until the blackout around 4:40 am. In course of the night Hurricane Andrew decide to turn slightly south. It went over Biscayne Bay, shy away from Miami and hit City of Homestead. Wide dislocation on civil service ensures looting and utilities outage such as water and electricity. Ours was a week without power; thanks to wise city commission of Hallandale: they wisely invested backup generators which permit steady pumping and disperse water. ABC News had interesting coverage on Andrew after 25 years.
At one time when I was young Hurricane David (1979) were on track terrorize South Florida, my family stayed with my Grandma Ardeth down in Miami. Overnight they passed over and hit the Palm Beaches. Hurricane King (1950) made landfall downtown Miami. The destruction was not far beyond what Great Miami Hurricane (1926) had produced. My fascination remains with Labor’s Day Hurricane (1935) and death of highway workers and little railroad that could. It destroy the legacy of Henry Morrison Flagler’s Overseas Railroad. Deep in bankruptcy, Florida East Coast Railway opted to abandon the enterprise of going over the sea and hand over to State of Florida Highway Department.
So I have witness aftermath of Hurricane Andrew north of county line. Soon after Miami-Dade Emergency Agency went on-the-air national-wide and blew off the steam at President George H. Bush and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), military and cavalry of utility companies across the nation flock in. Beaching front of Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood Beach I would see steady overhead helicopter flying back and forth from Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale. Their assignment to provide relief to widescale destruction Hurricane Andrew caused.