Hi everybody, thanks for all your prayers.
Well, we survived, and I pray that we never have to go through anything like that again. The eye came directly over us and it was a Category 2 when it passed. We're so thankful it was moving as fast as it was, any slower would have done significantly more damage. As it was, our neighborhood lost tons of trees and there was some structural damage but overall not too bad. Lots of shingles gone, some windows blew out, and our neighbors had car damage from a tree falling on it, but it's driveable. As for us, one of our maple trees in front of the house was totally uprooted and landed in the street. A sweet gum tree in back lost a bunch of big branches which landed on our roof and screen enclosure of our patio. It bent the screen enclosure but didn't destroy it, and we think the roof is okay, we haven't found any damage. We didn't even lose shingles. We have a beautiful live oak tree in the back yard which is now tilting toward our neighbor's yard, so that'll have to come down. There's a bright side to everything, though. We've been thinking about putting in a pool but didn't want to cut down our beautiful trees. Well, they're coming down now anyway, so I think our decision's been made for us. LOL
Our street was blocked in both directions by fallen trees, so we couldn't get out right away. But we have such great neighbors, everyone banded together and got chain saws out and we all helped each other get cleaned up. The street was passable within a few hours on Saturday morning.
We lost power about 9pm Friday, and it came back on again yesterday about 2:30pm, thanks to a crew from Southeastern Electric in Mississippi who came down here. Less than 48 hours without power, so we're blessed. There are many others still without, though, and it's going to take some time. As bad as it looks in our neighborhood, there are other parts of Orlando that are far worse, and to the southwest of us, and of course, the poor people where it made landfall who had deaths and total destruction are really the ones that need prayers.
Our house has storm shutters, and they paid for themselves many times over in those few hours. If we hadn't had them, I would have been 10 times more terrified than I was. But I just can't get over my great neighbors, the way we all banded together. Things like this really bring out the best in people. After the storm passed Friday night, everybody came out with flashlights and we were all walking around and we just couldn't believe all the damage. But it was like a party atmosphere because nobody got hurt. Saturday and yesterday we all worked together at clean up, and when the power kicked on we were dancing in the streets.
My fish seem to be okay, too. I had battery powered air stones going in the tanks. The water in my QT
tank got smelling bad, so I opened the hoods and did a 30% water change yesterday. Then the power came on and I put a fresh carbon filter in it. The water looks a lot better today. And my other 10 gal
looks good, too. The 75 is empty, the cycle had pretty much finished, but I'm not sure what shape that one's in. I'll do water tests on all of them today.
I took lots of pics, so when I get some time I'll post them.
Thanks again, everybody, for your concern. I hope everyone else will check in and that they're okay.
It's a beautiful sunny day here today. We're counting our blessings.