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As Tropical Storm Sandy was formed on Wednesday and getting stronger and in our vicinity of the world, I thought back seven years ago. (Has it been that long?) That's when we were hit by Hurricane Wilma. I didn't know if my memory served me well, so I went back and checked and sure enough, it was October 24, 2005 that we were hit. Exactly seven years ago.
This just serves as a reminder that we aren't out of hurricane season until November 30th. And we've seen storms form even after that. And it's this time of year that many of the storms that form, do so in the Caribbean Basin.
I know, we hear all the time about August and September being the peak of the season and then when we get through September we sort of breath a sigh of relief and sometimes let down our guard. We just can't do that. This time we'll be impacted somewhat, enough to close schools. The winds will most likely be tropical storm force, we'll get heavy bands of rain, the surf will be pounding the shoreline and we'll see some beach erosion.
But as long as we're not walking along the beach as Sandy passes by, we're probably going to be okay. Just make sure(if you haven't done it already) that you have lose objects that can fly around, brought inside. Things like lawn chairs, bird feeders and light plants. I brought my grill onto the screen patio just in case.
I kind of take a line from "Godfather III" and paraphrase. "Just when I thought I was out, the season pulls me back in."