Happy hump day boys and girls. Just sitting here getting ready for a visit from some chick named Irma. Like who names their kids Irma these days? NOBODY. Except of course the National Weather Service. Apparently they try to pick the weirdest names for hurricanes today. Back when I was a kid (and before that if you can imagine it) they used regular names like Donna, and Carol, and Betsy. Now they try to think up the craziest names for hurricanes. Hugo and Katrina and Wilma were all terrible. And currently we have Irma and Katia hanging around. No wonder these storms get so nasty. If you were named Irma, you'd have a bad attitude too.
Irma looks to be a beast. Category 5 right now, winds of 185 mph with gusts to 225. That's tornado like. According to the current predictions, Irma is expected to make landfall in southeastern Florida which is a fair piece away from me. As a category 4. Which means wind speeds from 130-155 mph. I don't want to be flying a kite in that wind. Luckily for me, I'm up on the west side of the state. Based on current predictions, the worst of the storm should be to my east. Good for Tampa/St Pete. Not so good for Miami, Ft Lauderdale, Ft Pierce, and Daytona Beach. Of course even with as good as the weather service is now, they still aren't sure where landfall will occur. Things can change. So we're preparing for the worst and hoping for the best. Just got some gas for the cars, we've got a lot of food and paper products. I gotta get the spare tank filled for the gas grill in case we lose power and we have water being delivered Friday. Storm should be here sometime on Sunday. Even if it goes up the east side of Florida as predicted, we'll see a lot of rain and hurricane force winds over here. Just not the flooding and storm surge. I'm good with that. If things change on the weather front I may be out of touch for a bit. Like that's unusual.
So time to sign off. Hope everyone stays lucky and pray for the people impacted by this storm.