Saturday, January 16, 2016

Paradise?

Venice was host to a soaking rain and extreme wind yesterday morning.  A roof was ripped off a shopping center building on Route 41 in what they called "thunderstorm wind,"  wind of considerable force moving in a straight line.  It only lasted seconds but the damage was done.

It happened here in the park four years ago to friends who live here.  Their sun room imploded and the roof landed on a car down the street.  Again, only seconds in length but the damage was done.

This morning the puddles have dried up and dew is glistening in bright sunshine.


The big news in Venice is that the library, built in the mid 1960's, will be torn down.  They have been unable to pinpoint the source of moisture causing mold throughout the building.  They have given up trying and will knock the whole thing down.

Building are so expendable around here.  Most of us snow birds come to Florida for the weather, to escape the raw cold and snow of winter, but in its own way the climate here can be most inhospitable.

It used to be a common car bumper sticker--Venice is Paradise.

Still, like anyplace, when it is beautiful, it is beautiful.

12 comments:

  1. Pretty photo. Let's hope there are no hurricanes this year.

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  2. "... only seconds in length, but the damage was done." How true, Olga. Our son, who lives only blocks from where the tornado took out the houses in Rowlett, drove us around the area yesterday. It's unbelievable what damage a few seconds can cause. Let's pray that 2016 is less volatile.

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  3. Weather is going to be more and more difficult to predict, understand or appreciate.

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  4. If any place was truly paradise, everyone would want to live there. I guess it's a good thing there is no perfect place.

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  5. I can see leaving Vermont's extreme cold but it seems to me Florida is the opposite extreme. Perhaps somewhere between the two?

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  6. Florida holds a certain beauty you only understand when you live there. The heat, humidity and mosquitoes can be enough to keep you away but once you find its uniqueness it really grows on you.

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  7. I wondered how you had fared when I heard the weather report. Glad you dodged the bullet. My brother is down that way now and they missed it all by being near the Everglades for the week.
    Stay safe and dry.

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  8. And this morning, the wind blows again ...

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  9. Glad to hear that you suffered no ill from the storm. Sorry to hear about the library. Will a new library be built?

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  10. Would that wind have been called a micro burst? I know those cause a lot of damage in a very brief time.

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  11. We get those wind shears here sometimes. They can knock down great swaths of ancient lodgepole pines in a matter of seconds. The thought of a beach right now does seem a little like Paradise!

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  12. The weather lately really is scary. Being in southern California with all the predictions of severe El Ninos has me really concerned. We need rain, we do not need a deluge. Be safe.

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