Gideon's Mom
#11
It's moved further west so while we will get cat 1 winds, we won't get any worse than that. We are well situated for a storm like this. The only issue for us is how long power will be out. We have a generator, but it can't run the A/C and what is life without A/C.
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#12
Glad you'll be safe and sound. Hopefully everyone else in Irma's path will see minimal damage.
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#13
Irma was weaker than they thought over Cuba, so isn't as powerful as they feared coming into the US, still nothing to sneeze at though. Key West will be about 10 or 11 feet under water at some point. I'm still praying for all those people.
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#14
How is everything looking for you this morning? When will it be past you?
Linda

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#15
WooHoo!! We got our power on last night, about a week sooner than I thought was even possible.

But my mom and dad had a minor house fire due to the storm... They live in town, so guess who gets to help clean up the mess. Don't get me wrong, I love that my parents are near by and I can help them out when they need it, but unless you have had a house fire, you have no idea what a mess even the smallest fire causes. YUCK!!!
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#16
So glad you have come through Irma OK. Sorry to hear about the house fire at your mums. I do know the mess that will be before you but at least the home is still there to clean. When my aunts house burnt to the ground many many years ago there was nothing left to clean. She escaped her bed ridden state with the help of the old man who lived next door who's house caught fire while helping Aunty Annie.
Easy for me to say when I am not doing the work but give thanks as you go.
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#17
You can't believe how thankful we are!! The fire probably started in the middle of the night with one of the power surges that goes with a storm. They lost power around 3 in the morning. The neighbor's children went by the neighbor's house to make sure she could get her generator started and discovered they were missing something vital and had to go get it. When they came back, they saw smoke billowing out of my parents roof and went and pounded on the door. My parents are 79 and 87 and don't get around well and could have easily been trapped in there before they even realized there was an issue.
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#18
Oh wow, what a narrow escape and what an amazing chain of events that saved them. They were being looked over. My aunts house we suspect was set on fire by her doctor. It was a long time ago when smoking was not tabu and even doctors smoked, can you believe it ? His habit was to tend to my aunt in the bedroom and then when comping back to the lounge/dining he would light a cigarette , have a puff and then put it on an ashtray on the sideboard while he went to wash his hands. We had seen him do this many times. The doctor had been only ten or so minutes before the house went up. They were old 1920's workers cottages, all timber. The houses were close, only 3 or so metres with a fence in between. While the old neighbour was dragging my Aunt from her bed the flames leapt to his house and both were burnt to the ground in no time at all. Poor Auntie Annie never really recovered as the shock seemed to trigger onset of dementia and she went down hill quickly. Poor love had lost her husband Uncle Alec only months before.
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#19
Wow! My aunt's dementia was triggered by a shock too, but it was a car accident that did it to her. That's one of the things I worry about with my parents. My mom isn't in good health, CHF, and has dementia all over her side of the family, starting at close to the age she is now. My dad had a major heart attack 17 years ago, and he's no spring chicken. This is pretty tough on them. The house is still livable, so they won't go stay somewhere else, but the electricity can't be turned back on until the wiring from the fire is fixed and probably the circuit breaker panel totally replace. The firefighters hosed it. Then there's the holes through the walls and the water damage. And, since we live in a furnace, I mean Florida, they have that blown in insulation, a foot deep. You wouldn't believe how far a bit of that stuff can spread.
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#20
Thank goodness they still have each other, it is a burden shared and might help each be stronger due to their care for the other. It would be good if you could coax them out of there even just for a few days. Jeez, with your climate mould is going to be a worry. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family !
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