Hurricane Irma. Will it strike Florida’s Gulf Coast?

Hi, friends and readers:

If you follow this site then you know I live on a small barrier island on Florida’s Gulf Coast, west of St. Petersburg. The Intracoastal Waterway is about 40 yards from my house and the Gulf of Mexico is about 100 yards away. In other words, I’m surrounded by water.

Normally, my location’s quite safe form flooding, but now Hurricane Irma, a Category Five storm, has entered the Caribbean Sea and is headed in Florida’s direction. If it hits here my house is a goner.

Now, I have lived in Florida all my life,  most of it on the Gulf Coast, and I don’t panic over hurricanes. Predictions by the weather people are often inaccurate. It’s quite possible Irma will turn north into the Atlantic or west toward Mexico, and then I’ll be fine. But if it comes here I’ll have to grab my valuables and my insurance policies and then evacuate to a friend’s house who lives on high ground.

Wish me luck ….

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