Monday, June 25, 2012
Tropical Storm Debby.... get me an oar, or 2!
Wow.... we have had a deluge in my little corner of Florida. Some of the suburbs here have had 12-16 inches of rain in the last day and 1/2.... at Casa Quido, we had about 8 inches. The gully behind my home that separates my townhouse back yard from a little slice of forever wild forest (where I've seen a lot of deer!), started filling rapidly with runoff yesterday. By 4 pm Sunday, it was nearly full to the brim, and I started to worry it would overflow and flood the lanai.
No such bad luck! I did lose electricity several times yesterday, and hunkered down inside the house, unwilling to brave tornado watches and the likelihood that I wouldn't see 2 feet in front of my face if I went out in the car.
This morning, the active storm and tornado spottings had moved due east, although the forecast was for more rain here along the coast, since Debby is meandering around in the Gulf like it was a bathtub, on a path going a full 3 mph. When I opened the garage door, I had to move limbs (several) from the driveway. I was nearly blown over by the wind. I had to leave the subdivision by the back way, since the front entrance and street were flooded out. This was one of many road floods and closings here today.
Apparently, right after I left, the big wind took down this enormous (20+ feet) pine in the back, ACROSS the gully. It crashed down across the gully and onto the kitchen windows and roof of my townhome, missing by inches. No rain yet tonight, but more is forecast, and the winds are terrific. Always remember... Florida in June? Not a good time to visit!