Hurricane Matthew. Honestly, whoever decided to name colossus, life-threatening storms after people should be forced to stand in a class 5. With NO rain jacket.
Matthew's the guy who brings the vanilla slab cake to the office when it's his turn on the birthday wheel. Matthew always hands in his reports on time and ties his shoes with a double knot. Just in case. Matthew does not threaten to destroy homes and livelihoods. And yet here we are.
Seriously though. Its been really crazy tracking Hurricane Matthew as it hits Haiti, Jamaica and the Bahamas and is now set to devastate Florida. At the time I'm writing this it is smashing through Nassau and has been upgraded to a category 4, possibly a category 5 over night. This is reported as being the strongest hurricane to hit northeast Florida since 1898. Tell me that doesn't give you chills? And now tropical storm Nicole is a brewing. (Nicole is the crazy but hot neighbour who brings jello salad to every neighbourhood party. Nicole is not destructive winds with tumultuous rainfall.)
Matthew is currently set to track up the eastern United States and boomerang around and is screwing over a lot of people in the process. We have dozens of friends who are cruising along the exact same route we'll be taking (that we should have already been on....) who have stopped at unplanned locations or are moving at a snails pace and changing course at every new weather report. Some are hunkering down. Others are just stuck. Waiting out the repercussions from the hurricane like storm surges and riptides. Exactly how we did not want to be.
So our delay is really a blessing. Would we have liked to have been halfway to paradise right now? Yes. But instead we find our selves happily working away on boat projects in our hometown, watching the leaves change colour and enjoying the perfect fall weather. Beautiful sunshine during the day with cool, blanket-snuggling weather at night. Thanksgiving at home? Yes please. Extra time to finish our projects? Sure. This beats the heck out of getting stuck halfway through the USA where our dollar doesn't count for much, election mania is reaching a fever pitch and we'd probably be eating a lot of canned goods. Oh, and furiously googling 'what to do if lightning strikes your sailboat'. Fun.
For real though, we are watching, thinking and even whispering little prayers for our friends who find themselves in the path of this storm. Batten down, throw some extra lines out and stay safe friends!