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Good bye Matt (Matthew part III)

Some of you have been wondering what eventually transpired to our home and family after Hurricane Matthew struck last Saturday. And I imagine my not posting for a few days may have led you to wonder.


Our Internet went out.

We all lived!

Here is what our house, or at least our back yard, resembled after Hurricane Matthew. 


We were blessed.

We went to bed Friday night as the winds of the Cat 3 or 2 storm were approaching Beaufort, SC (about 2 hours to our south).

We went to bed wondering what were we in store for that night? What would happen during the night while we slept? What would we wake up to? Would we hear a crash in the middle of the night.

So when I woke up around 7:00am Saturday (OK 6:30 cause I was making a video and I had to change my clothes cause all of you might be watching).

Yes, a welcome sigh of Relief!

My shower curtain did not blow away.

Still the hurricane was about an hour away from our town and had not arrived yet. It now appeared the eye would go right across Charleston. The winds did actually died down around 10 or 11am or so here as the eye passed. It was actually kinda disappointing after the big media storm build up.

“Come on Matthew! Is that all you got?”

Then Matt packed his bags later that morning and headed to Myrtle Beach, leaving drier but just as powerful gusts from his rear, er, from behind him. The winds, after the rain stopped, were every bit as serious as before the storm.

Still we were very fortunate. My whole neighborhood was actually. It just looked like a summer rain out front Saturday morning.

It wasn’t until I decided to go out and  return the Red Box flicks before late fees hit drive around exploring our area that morning I saw what effects Matt had on us. Mainly it was just fallen trees and downed fences. Completely bearable!

Especially since it wasn’t my fence that was laying down. 🙂

I was most concerned about the Storm Surge of Matthew the days leading up the storm. I knew the storm itself was not going to be a catastrophic one. Luckily we never saw anything resembling a Storm Surge at my house, 20 miles inland. Below are some pics of what the surge did look like in the tidal creek that goes behind our house.

Here is the creek at high tide the day before Matthew:

Tidal Creek before Matthew

Tidal Creek before Matthew

You can make out the boat docks or landings as well as a good foot high Lowcountry grass across from the homes.

Here is what the storm surge did to those homes, again 20 miles from the coast:


The docks are gone and the water is a good coupla yards up into the backyards (Yikes!). The outer layer of the sea grass is practically covered.

What did the Storm surge look like in downtown Charleston?

Remember this pic of the pink house on the Battery from last summer?

A pink flamingo colored property, reminiscent of the plantation owners in the Caribbean

A pink flamingo colored property, reminiscent of the plantation owners in the Caribbean

Here is what Matthew did to introduce it to the Atlantic ocean:

King Street at the Battery

King Street at the Battery

That first pic was taken from on top the wall of the Battery so the water in the second pic had to breach that wall and accumulate there on King Street.

Still, it could be worse, right? Right Haiti?

And the effects of the storm did vary up and down the coast. I understand Interstate 95 in South Carolina, a good two hours from the coast, was just devastated with accidents and the 85mph traffic coming to a halt.

I could go on and on about Matthew’s wrath but I guess you all know the story by now.

As for us, we never lost power. We didn’t lose a shingle. My cable did go out Saturday afternoon around 1pm just as my team was ready to score. But if that is the price I must pay for a hurricane, so be it. I was lucky!

Say a prayer for those in Haiti and seriously think about doing what you can, anything, to assist the people of that poor Caribbean country.

There ain’t no trying to reason in Hurricane season…

Thanks for dropping by and looking in!

Tune in again for my next post with (more ) evidence that I may be the missing link…….

and I am not talking about my dancing…

You all are great!

Matthew is no Saint


You know it is going to be a long day when Jim Cantore and the Weather Channel pull into your town.

Welcome to Hurricane Central!

Well, no, not really.

I wanted to send a post out to family and friends about what we are doing with the approaching storm headed our way. Maybe anyone reading this post, and the few I have planned later this week as the storm approaches, can get a little feel for what is like on the coast with a hurricane headed your way.

Well Monday we received word we are in the path for a category 4 hurricane. Cat 4’s are nothing to take for granted. The good thing about hurricanes is that they do give you plenty of time to plan.

So Monday we got the word Matthew was headed our way.


Tuesday our great governor tells us to evacuate THE STATE!

Not the coast but the state.  How many people does that uproot and put on the roads? The hurricane is not due to hit our area until early Saturday morning. She is telling us to get out on Tuesday.

So Wednesday, the next morning at 8am (4 days from hurricane landfall) the bread aisles looked like this at our local grocery store after hurr announcement:


And the aisle selling water looked like this in the morning:

bi lo water

Fortunately for our area, my job (a.k.a. the snack man) is to make sure all the grocery stores and convenience stores are stocked with snacks and my warehouse looks like this:


The snack aisle will be full for anyone preparing for doom and gloom when the power goes out.

It’s too bad I don’t sell gasoline…


So why the ‘mandatory’ evacuation notice so early?

Sixteen years ago, Hurricane Floyd was to plotting to hit our town and that governor waited until  24 hours out before he said, “Get out”.

And that made GRIDLOCK on the highways; everyone leaving at one time. A 90 minute car ride took 6 hours. Everyone’s temper grew.

A local artist, Steven Jordan, tried to capture the errant evacuation with a tongue-in-cheek painting like this:


So here is one time that we DID learn from our mistakes!

Hope for Humanity!

This hurricane we have 3 days to evacuate. So nice job Nikki!

Still I hear the highways were still very slow…

on Wednesday

for those that chose to go..

Other parts of our ‘State’s’ evacuation, speaking a learning from our mistakes, are:

1) they opened up the in bound lanes on our highway to out bound on Wednesday. So instead of 3 lanes leading out-of-town there were now 6 lanes.

2) They brought in over 300 school buses for the homeless and people with out cars so they too could evacuate,

Take a look:

So what did I and my precious little girls decide to do?

We are ‘weathering’ out the storm!

First, I have to work. There are grocery store shelves to be filled!

Second, the girls have off of school! 

Several of our neighbors are staying put too.  So last night I weather proofed the outside and pool deck. We did stock up on batteries and water.

Ahh, we already had plenty of snacks on hand. Snack man!


Still, living this close to the coast you still tend to worry.

We have all seen the disaster stories. Jim Cantore and the Weather Channel won’t let us forget on the catastrophic possibilities This area still talks about Hurricane Hugo some 25+ years ago.




We actually live about 20 miles from the edge of the continent but the area’s water reservoir is about 800 yards from our back yard.

I found a Storm Surge web site then that can help us predict how much danger (drama) we are in when it starts to rain.

Here is a pic of the water level behind us with a 5 foot storm surge. We live on the paper clip looking thingy (road) that butts up to the woods that borders the water…

5 foot storm surge

and so here is how far the water rises at a 10 foot storm surge…

10foot storm surgeNot much difference is there?

So that will help me sleep at night when the storm bands sweep over head and drop the Atlantic Ocean on us.

Ironically, this storm is hitting exactly one year since that freakish storm hit last October the 1000 year storm (seriously, that is what it is called), which dropped over two 1/2 feet of rain on us over two days.

Remember that? It went right over top of us…



So this ‘little’ Hurricane Matthew is only supposed to drop a measly 10-15 inches of the wet stuff on us.


Thanks for the invite Gov. Nikki but I think we are going to stay.

Oh by the way, Matthew appears to be meeting his girlfriend, Nicole, out in the Atlantic. 

Matthew, meet Nicole

Matthew, meet Nicole

God only know what these two have planned when they mix it up!

Stay tuned…

What are your thoughts?

What would you do?

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