As we all know, some visitors are far more congenial than others. Some visitors are the type you can't wait to be rid of -- some visitors like Hurricane Irma.
At first it looked as though Irma would head up the center of the Florida peninsula. Then it shifted to a path along the west coast and my concern for property escalated. I watched the Venice weather -- mandatory evacuation of the island part, hurricane warning/watch, storm surge warning, flash flood warning, and, to top things off like a cherry on this disaster sundae, a tornado warning. Water was shut off in Venice due to a broken main. In the end, Irma downgraded and wobbled, leaving external damage but structures mostly intact.
My bougainvillea was damaged. That thing is more or less a weed. It has an ardent will to survive and no doubt will thrive once again. The frangipani was uprooted. I am not sure whether it is salvageable or not. It is beautiful in full bloom, when I am not there to enjoy it. Through the winter months it looks like a strange leafless shrub that Dr. Seuss might have drawn. I am not entirely sure I want to salvage it.
I have yet to hear about anything inside related to the leak in the roof. I will make a trip down to deal with that once hurricane season has settled down. I surely hope it will soon!
Some pictures from the news:
Fishing pier at Sharky's showing how the gulf waters were sucked back out by the force of hurricane winds, preparation for the surge. This is four miles from my place. Surge was less than was predicted at first.
Looks like palm trees just decided to take a nap in Sarasota!