One year ago this morning, we were sitting in our bus parked in Alabama watching Hurricane Irma make landfall in the Florida Keys.
We had just tied up our boat in Marathon, picked up our bus in Melbourne (also in the potential storm track) and evacuated. (Recap: Marathon & Hurricane Irma)
It was a crazy time of our lives, and one of the hardest things we’ve had to do.
But we were incredibly blessed to have sustained little damage to our boat despite a direct Cat-4 strike. A day doesn’t go by that we don’t forget that.
Here’s a quick video we just recorded:
While we intended to cruise as far north as we could reasonably get this season to ‘escape’ the prime hurricane areas, our own energy levels just couldn’t sustain that pace. We slowed things down this cruising season to re-charge and enjoy our stays.
We’re currently snugged into a ‘hurricane hole’ in North Florida about 16 miles inland and this past week tracking Hurricane Florence has stirred up a lot of emotions for us.
So much so, we decided to just extend our stay in our current spot for the remainder of at least peak season.
Florence is looking to be just as bad as Irma was (or even worse!), and we hope that if you’re in her path – you’re not reading this post, but instead activating your hurricane plan.
A couple times in the past few days our current location of Jacksonville has been in the risk zone – but at present time she seems to be staying north of us.
That could change at any time – we’re just one wobble away. And we could have some impacts even on her current path.
We’re tracking things very closely and at the ready to activate our own plans if needed.
Here’s some of the tools we use for tracking storms during the season season to hopefully stay one step ahead:
- National Hurricane Center – The official projected path, assembled from several modeling systems. We check here regularly throughout the season, and instinctively wake up at 5 am (we’re NOT morning people) for first morning forecast.
- Tropical Tidbits – Levi Cowan is a PhD candidate meteorologist, and puts out his analysis of storms in YouTube videos. We pretty much tune in for every one to get his take. He educates and explains how different weather systems can impact storms, and he’s non-sensationalist. Even when the official forecast may say one thing, he explains how things might play out differently – and he’s often spot on.
- Windy – This app and website beautifully displays weather data and projections. So beautifully, you may forget the impending doom. We use this tool all year round for wind, wave and storm forecasts – but particularly so for comparing different tropical system models.
- WeatherNerds – A great collection of weather tracking tools and ensemble modeling.
- Mikes Weather Page – Another great collection of weather tracking tools.
Please stay safe, wherever you are. It’s been a crazy year already weather disaster wise, and looks like some more ahead.