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Let's start it off: We just got power back on after 72 hours of darkness. Everybody outside is honking their horns (pft, like they have any gas left in their cars?), screaming and yelling, and it's very refreshing to have power.
I learned so much from this direct hit from Hurricane Wilma. I have stories that I call tell you that would take you back to year 1800. I have stories to tell you about FEMA and their crap service. I have stories to tell you about damage.
No lights meant at night we have to use lanterns and flashlights. No electricity meant we had to listen to the radio. It also meant no air conditioning, no refrigerator, nothing. No phones -- have to add that. We cooked everything and anything on the grill. Eggs, hotdogs, chicken, pasta, soup.. Outside were families, children, everyone. Everyone came together, made new friends, went for walks around the city, did things that have never been done before in this area of Florida. It was an amazing trip back to the 19th century. Would I ever want to do it again? No. 72 hours of nothing. But it was an experience I will never forget.
Now let's get on to FEMA. FEMA needs to be dropped, the entire project. I have to tell you that. They're slow, unorganized, oh and I have to tell you that they'd rather help out the poor people with no power over the richer people with no power. We all have no power, we all need ice and water, but oh, you want to send 20 FEMA trucks to the run-down areas of Florida but only 1 truck to the richer areas? You heard me. There was only one truck from FEMA in our area. Here's the BIG thing about FEMA - First they promised ice and water in my area at 12pm. Oh, then 2pm. Then 3pm. Then 5pm. Then they came on the radio and said "we do not want to tell you when the trucks will arive." Yup, they had no idea. They aren't organized? THEN the truck arrived 30 minutes before curfew. It was dark, and guess what? No power = no lights. Broward County Sheriffs (BSO) brought spotlights and many squad cars with lights on so that we could see. The big thing about this? FEMA sent us water -- but no ice. There was a COPS moment when I went walking with my family. A guy got out of his car and was walking and yelling. The police would have used forced with guns, however, the guy finally went back into his car.
Damage.. about $10 billion worth of damage. Downed power lines, downed trees (almost every single tree is gone), roof tiles have been blown off .. and I'm talking about MY area. In areas 15 minutes from here, the buildings are not as sturdy. Windows blown out, roofs torn off, billboards cracked in half.. In the news you see Fort Meyers and Naples. THEY DID NOT GET HIT WITH THIS STORM! Northern Broward County did. Guess where I live? Yes, you guessed it. The place that got hit the worst. And no one even cares to look for us. Didn't make landfall here, right? But, ah, it was more powerful here.
I bet you don't even know how many people were out of power? 2/3rd the population of Florida had no power. About a third probably still doesn't. There was no Wilma coverage in USA Today other than a 3 inch x 3 inch article. Is it really that unimportant? So we still have to do all of this Katrina stuff, yet, we got hit just as bad? Oh, I'm sorry, WORSE. They got rain, we got wind. Wind = damage, rain = flooding. Damage = much most costly than rain.
I have no school until next Monday. Don't know about after that if there won't be any.
Hurricane Wilma was an experience like none other.
THE SKY WAS AMAZING AT NIGHT. IF I COULD HAVE TAKEN PICTURES, I WOULD HAVE. IT WAS THE MOST AMAZING THING I HAD EVER SEEN IN MY ENTIRE LIFE. YOU COULD SEE THOUSANDS OF STARS, EVERY SINGLE LITTLE DETAIL IN SPACE, AND IT WAS JUST ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE.
There's no cable right now, but I can tell you this. Hurricane Wilma was something that was unlike anything I've ever experienced.
OH OH OH, and they do plan on having atleast Tropical Storm Beta in the upcoming days.
I have about 50 pictures to post. Will someone recharge my camera battery for me?