I decided not to evacuate. What a BIG
MISTAKE! Counting on the fact that Hurricane Frances is
about to hit Vero Beach about 100 miles north, I convinced
myself that it will pass fast and far, so why bother.
I did not have electricity or phone lines. I had my cell and
plenty of candles and supplies we figured we would be OK.
Around 9pm the winds were at 80mph and it was pretty scary,
then just ONE HOUR LATER, I felt like my house was going to
fly away or that my roof was about to lift off. It was dark
outside and I was unable to see much only the biggest and
tallest pine trees being bent down while their leaves were
flying away like feathers, the palm trees were bent down
almost to the ground before snapping back up. All of
this happening over and over again. We knew at this time we
were in the middle of this storm.
I closed all my bedroom doors, I have 15 windows on my house
and decided to put my kids and myself on the hallway next to
the bathroom. This is said to be the safest place to be in a
house. We called the emergency line to find out what
was going on. We have a radio but I seemed to have
bought the WRONG batteries so it was no good to us. The lady
was very pleasant and recommended to be patient, the
hurricane was now over Palm Beach and did not seem to be
TOMORROW! Then I PANIC! Yes I PANIC! My
husband was in Argentina, his father was ill and he was gone
a week before, I was alone with my 2 children, it was
getting worse by the minute, I started to cry because the
noises outside were terrible, everything outside was flying
around out of control.
I started to pray and pray then I felt like my heart was
beating to fast, I felt claustrophobic because I was in a
hallway with all the doors closed other than my bathroom
door, then a panic attack occurred, wow! I never felt such a
horrible feeling in my life, I was not able to sit anywhere
I had to go to the main door and open it just to stick my
noose out and breath some fresh air. Half an hour
later the panic attack was over.
I carried a book about angels in my chest with the picture
of Archangel Michael and praying for my children that
nothing would happen to them. I did not sleep. I know my
prayers were answered at 10:00 am it was over, I walked out,
get a good shoot to my lungs of fresh air, gave God a deep
thanksgiving, my house was intact meanwhile the others
suffered some damages anywhere from small to super big.
About 12:30 pm, I decided to get out, I heard in the radio
from my car that at Boca it was a gas station open that had
GAS and a Publix open, wow! MILK, the kids need milk, gas I
just have half a tank, I am going.
Everything looked like a WAR ZONE, some places the trees
were at the front covering completely the exit and entrance,
I got gas after an hour wait, I got Milk for the kids, but
in order to buy more I needed ICE, NO ICE AT ALL ANYWERE! I
called some friends in Miami and they came with Ice, food
and some more supplies, 12:20 am lights came on. Some people
and businesses did not get light until 3 days later, a week
later or more.
Today, September the 20th, Palm Beach is still working on
the damages. The peculiar thing about this hurricane is that
even though it was category 2, stayed hammering for 10 hours
or more at winds of 105mph. Some others have being a
category 4 but within half an hour are done.
Will anyone like to come for vacation next year? ;-)