183: Hurricane Irma Update & Return
Power is on. Mobile Phones Work. Drinking Water Safe. Internet ✅
Just wanted to say hi Medium. I was out of content-creation-commission for 2 weeks because of Hurricane Irma, but slowly getting back to the swing of things.. Here is a quick video I made with the update and some footage from Irma.
I live in Naples, Florida. We got whacked by Hurricane Irma on Sunday 9/10/17. I am safe. My friends and family are all safe. My cottage was not damaged, so I am thankful and lucky and I am ready to resume my business of teaching and inspiring people to live the life they want. Inconvenienced for two weeks, but I like roughing it, so I pretty much enjoyed the adventure (I lived out of my VW Bus for a year, so this was a piece of cake).
I was without power, internet and drinking water (tap) for 11 days. It was not bad for me as I have no kids or pets. No A/C in Florida can be a little dangerous for many, but I was fine. Keeping iDevices charged was the real challenge and I made a game out of.
I pride myself on consistency and creating daily content, but Irma did not care about my upload schedule and there was only so much I could do. I did keep my Instagram Stories updated when possible and recorded a couple of podcasts and did a few Facebook Lives from the beach when I was feeling generous about my iPhone battery allotment.
The Irma Story Podcast Episode
I managed to record 2 podcasts using my Shure SM7b Microphone, Zoom H6 recorder and MacBook Pro. I had to stop when my laptop ran out of battery and head to a cafe that had power and recharge. You learn to be efficient when racing the clock against batteries.
Uploading the podcast to Libsyn and creating my show notes blog post in Wordpress was a bit of a challenge due to lack of good internet, but I managed to do so with an iPhone hotspot (and lots of upload time). When there is a will there’s a way.
I was happy with the podcast and got a lot of positive feedback from listeners.
Show Notes for Episode 106:
Hurricane Irma originated off the coast of Africa The most intense hurricanes to hit the US since Katrina in 2005
The first major hurricane to hit Florida since Wilma in 2005.
Irma maintained the highest Category 5 rating with wind speeds topping 185 mph
It hit the Florida Keys as a Category 4
It was a Category 3 when it touched down on Marco & Naples with sustained winds around 140mph.
Hurricanes build their strength over warm water.
Land and mountains break hurricanes apart.
Hurricane season is from June 1 — November 1.
They get named each season in alphabetical order starting with A, so Irma was the 9th Hurricane of the season that had potential to make it our way.
Hurricanes do not sneak up and there is plenty of time to prepare for them, but evacuating or driving north is not always the best answer because nobody really knows where it is going to hit until the hurricane center confirms its path 2 or 3 days beforehand.
By then it may be too late to leave because flights sell out, roads get jammed and as in the case of Irma, gas runs out or low and that is just to name a few obstacles in trying to leave remote areas like Southern Florida.
Hurricane Irma was the size of Texas and covered both coasts of Florida.
Evacuating has so many variables to consider and it’s not an option for many and it’s not always the best decision.
Leaving town takes a lot of time away from work and costs a lot of money to travel and stay in hotels or fly.
There are often pets and kids and it’s not always the best decision as you may end up in a worse situation than what you could have prepared for.
Homes in the tropics and sub-tropics which is what Naples is, are built for hurricanes and newer homes are nearly indestructible.
There are two models that predict the path of a hurricane…the US model and European model. Europe they say is historically more accurate. The US model had Irma making a destructive blow on Miami and Europe had Irma head to the Southwest tip of Florida, aka Naples. Europe was more accurate, unfortunately.
90% of Collier County had no power or drinkable water
Gas for automobiles was scarce and only a couple of stations had fuel and cars waited in line for hours to fill up and many were turned away.
Cars were the only way to charge phones, but with limited gas, people did not want to run out of fuel.
No power=no Air Conditioning which can be very dangerous in Florida, especially for babies and elderly
AT&T only worked in pockets with very bad service.
Many inconveniences and some homes were very badly damaged, but…
We are safe and will get back to normal soon enough.
Thanks for the story, Irma, but you will not be missed.