Since I just now got my power back, I'm taking this time to blog what I can.
Well, this hurricane was surprising, and very depressing. Some trees around here that have held for years (even against cat4 storms) toppled over onto my yard. Luckily, none on my house. For those of you not in Florida, the gasoline shortage in a power-less area, which has already been under a gas-shortage is no pretty picture. There was plenty of road rage to go around. Street lights fell, roads littered, and the worst thing about this is that at the end of it all, Broward simply rode the coat tails of Miami-Dade county. What I mean is, since we weren't in the spotlight, the government got lazy, and left us to straggle ourselves. Luckily my neighborhood is stable, and we helped each other.
And even worse, trailers. Sheets of flying metal coming from behind my house are rather scary when winds are above 50 miles per hour, and the trailers that those sheets of metal came from can be considered destroyed. My aunt, who lives some minutes down the road from me had her trailer thrown down the park's mini-street, in something along the lines of a domino effect.
On the subject of school, Thursday before last (at least I think so, I haven't been well on time ever since the second day I lost power) was supposed to be the Senior-Freshman High Tech picnic, hopefully they'll reschedule. I haven't gone north of my house this whole time, but I wonder if much of the schools have power. Most of Broward's power lines are down, my area being one of the last to be brought back up. I'm sure Ft. Lauderdale has power, but the Broward County School Board building, I hear, has been destroyed as well. Imagine that, heh? Well, I'd gladly go to school just to lend a helping hand, which I'm sure they'll need.
My sister took some nice pictures on her SLR digital camera of some of the damage, I will upload them and post the links on here in a follow up post.
I wouldn't say I underestimated this hurricane, I never would, but the only thing I really want to put out here is this:
The sky never looked so beautiful at night without all of the ambient, yet it never sounded so horrific with the hum of generators, screams of chain-saws, and the cries of children.