Hurricanes and Irksome Irma

Jayne On Weed Street is becoming more a quarterly publication.  There are events that get in the way of even the most well-meaning writer.  Things like hurricanes!  Besides the stress and expense and toil of evacuating from my home, I will not complain too loudly because when you see people losing EVERYTHING,  you feel some gratitude that your home was spared.

We evacuated on a Friday, a day ahead of the mandatory evacuation notice, but when irksome Irma, made a left hand turn, it seemed she was headed more toward Augusta, (where we had evacuated) than our home in Savannah.  So we packed up the cooler, the dogs and luggage to check out of the hotel and drive into the Twilight Zone.  NO ONE seemed to be driving to Savannah or SOuth for that matter.  Yes, we headed back to the hurricane.  On Monday morning, the view from our front porch looked like this, as Irma came blowing through Savannah.  Hurricane Matthew had toppled  centuries old trees and mountains of branches on Skidaway Island 11 months before, but Irma’s wrath was surging water. .  Crossing the bridge to Skidaway Island looked like this as the water rose.  The salt marsh disappeared.   A few days later, all was back to normal.   The rope bridge, as is pictured on my cover page, also disappeared.  The local fowl wondered about the new landscape.

When the winds died down, the birds  began to sing.  The butterflies carried on as usual.  Alligators showed up in unexpected places because water was everywhere.We have come to love our Southern home ,  but how many times can you be irked by hurricanes before you begin to second guess your choice of new home?


About Jayne in Georgia

Wife, mother, and owner of pets much loved. Gardener of three decades, amateur photographer, ardent about art, antiques and books.
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8 Responses to Hurricanes and Irksome Irma

  1. Glad you and your home were safe from disaster. I can only imagine a water crisis because I’ve never been involved in one. We were without power as a result of a hurricane a few years back, and, of course, I’ve been buried under feet of snow. I guess there is no perfect place to live anymore because of the changing temperatures. Savannah is certainly beautiful. 🙂


  2. Pauline says:

    So glad that you and your house are safe and hope that you will continue to be so. It seems that living in paradise has its downside unfortunately. We have been watching the hurricanes on our news and can’t believe the utter devastation on some of the islands. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.


  3. pbmgarden says:

    Glad you are safe, but sorry for how terrorized you must have felt.


  4. To answer your question…a lot! Harvey hit our small suburban community with nearly 3,000 homes, over 165 businesses, our library and YMCA flooded. We also had Rita and Ike in recent years and before that Tropical storm Allison and Hurricane Alicia. Yup, we are still here.


  5. Karen B. says:

    I’m relieved to hear you are doing okay. I think hurricanes have gotten much worse and more frequent. Still, you live in such a beautiful part of the country. You could always move to Southern California and worry about the next “big” earthquake! 🙂


  6. “Hurricane season brings a humbling reminder that, despite our technologies, most of nature remains unpredictable” Diane Ackerman
    I love reading your blog! Keep on telling your stories!


  7. bittster says:

    Glad to hear you’re fine, and I think you enjoy the other 360 days of the year so much it’s still worth it!
    Still it wouldn’t hurt to keep a list of the things you can’t bear to lose. Throw them in the trunk and you have a little less to worry about, the rest can all be replaced.


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