Having lived in Houston Texas for 10 years and worked in New Orleans during and after Katrina, I have seen exactly what a powerful hurricane can do and it’s not pretty. These category 3, 4 & 5 storms are devastating – they turn freeway signs into candy canes and houses into piles of sticks. Trees snap and land on cars, houses, the road and most dangerously, power lines and the wind howls like you can’t imagine…but that’s not the first thing you notice.
Once the power goes out, you’ll start sweating because no power means no AC and it’s not like you’ll be opening a window. With the current forecast at 90F or higher, it will be miserable. If the storm is very bad, the chance of the water also going out is high. That means no running water, toilets or way to wash your hands or brush your teeth. And I haven’t even mentioned all the horrible stuff the storm could do – fires, trees through houses, roofs getting sucked off, floods, etc…
Evacuate, listen to your officials and leave. Don’t wait until Friday, go now. Is picking up and leaving a pain in the ass? YES. Is your life and your families safety worth it? YES.
And be prepared to get stuck in your car with lots of traffic. Take food, water, medical supplies and extra cell phone battery chargers. I’d also pack some pillows and a cooler too. Make sure you have a full tank of gas and as you evacuate, keep filling up your tank so you don’t run the danger of running out of gas along the way. And if you have pets, make sure you have there food and water and supplies too.
We are looking at the most powerful storm in the Atlantic ever, take Irma seriously and evacuate. Be safe.
And if you evacuate and the storm misses you, then be happy you, your family and your home are safe and then consider donating to help those affected.