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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!



Pam said...

Oh my goodness, Quid!!! I feel for you! I hope you didn't get any real damage from that tree. I do NOT like wind storms!!!! Flooding is not a real issue, thank God, for me here, at least it never has been.

I was hoping there would be a way we could wring out a few drops of the wet stuff via Debby. Unfortunately, she's lazy and seems to just plan on meandering along the gulf coast around your area then head back across and into the Atlantic.

Crazy weather! I'm holding my breath for my brother and his wife in CO with the fires all around them. So far, so good.

Take care and keep your water wings handy! Hugs!

Kelly said...

It's just a rainy mess for you down there! I'm really glad that tree didn't do any more damage than it did. Wouldn't that have been scary if you'd been inside and heard that thing crash!!

I hope Debby gets on out of there soon and gives y'all some relief. Wish she'd head this direction, but I know that isn't going to happen.

Serena said...

Oh, my gosh -- such a close call from that tree! Thank goodness it wasn't any worse. Hopefully, Debby will blow herself on out of there soon. Be careful!

Marion said...

It's always something, as Rosanna Rosanna Danna used to say. You're flooding, my blog friend in Colorado is close to having to evacuate her house due to those fires and the heat index here is 108. YIKES! I'm glad that tree didn't hit your house, girl!! I'm hunkered down under the A/C praying for a cool spell. Love you!! xoxo

Debby said...

You know, all these fervent wishes that Debby would just leave, well, they could kind of hurt a girl's feelings. Glad you came through this well. Yours is the first story I've read about being in the midst of the storm, though.