The Treasure Coast and Beyond: Hurricane Irma

Before Hurricane Irma Arrives

September 9, 2017.  It is now 6:00 p.m. and I am writing this from Port St. Lucie, Florida.  PSL is a city on Florida’s Treasure Coast, which is on the South East part of Florida.  We have been awaiting the arrival of hurricane Irma for more than a week now and so far, it seems that we are going to be luckier than those who are living on Florida’s West Coast. The initial track showed that the eye of this massive hurricane would come up through Miami and continue up along the East Coast. Since then, the forecast has changed to show that Irma is going to cause the most devastation along the West Coast.  If you see the size of this Hurricane, you know that all of Florida is going to feel its wrath.  As long as it stays on its current track, I shouldn’t have too much to worry about.  Of course, no matter what any meteorologist says, a Hurricane has a mind of its own and it doesn’t care what people think… It will go where it wants to.

Current information on Hurricane Irma

According to Wikipedia (I know it is not a reliable source for research papers, but this is my blog and it works for me), “As of 5:00 p.m. EDT (21:00 UTC) September 9, Hurricane Irma is located within 10 nautical miles of 23.4°N 80.5°W, about 50 miles (80 km) east-northeast of Veradero, Cuba and about 115 miles (190 km) southeast of Key West, Florida. Maximum sustained winds are 110 knots (125 mph; 205 km/h), a Category 3 on the Saffir–Simpson scale, with gusts to 135 knots (155 mph; 250 km/h). The minimum barometric pressure is 933 millibars (hPa; 27.55 inHg). The system is moving west-northwest at 8 knots (9 mph; 15 km/h). Hurricane-force winds extend up to 60 nautical miles (70 mi; 110 km) from the center of Irma, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 170 nautical miles (195 mi; 315 km).”

Before Hurricane Irma

The far, outer bands of Hurricane Irma have reached us but it doesn’t seem much different than just a regular storm.  However, I took a drive earlier and I will have to admit that it was a little creepy.  I just wanted to go out and take a couple of pictures of Tradition (A beautiful neighborhood on the West side of Port St. Lucie. For more information or if you are looking to move to St. Lucie County and need to purchase or rent a home in the area,  I highly recommend contacting Cesar Trujillo, winner of the Agent of the Year (multiple times) at the top brokerage in the county: http://cesartrujillo.kw.com).

Tradition – Before Hurricane Irma
Tradition – Before Hurricane Irma
Tradition – Before Hurricane Irma
Tradition – Before Hurricane Irma
Tradition – Before Hurricane Irma
Port St. Lucie, FL – Before Hurricane Irma
Port St. Lucie, FL – Before Hurricane Irma

I knew that the coastal areas had been evacuated (I live at a much higher elevation out of the evacuation area) and I also knew that even Wal-Mart had closed its doors.  But driving around and seeing that every store was closed in the middle of the day invoked a very weird feeling.  Luckily, we were prepared to stay put during the storm but seeing this made me realize why we stocked up on food and water (very important when living in Florida in the summer).  Depending on Irma’s mood, it is quite possible that there would be no access to supplies needed to survive for days, even weeks depending on the damage.  While I do not wish this catastrophic event on anyone, I am glad that it seems that my family and I will be on the safer side of things to come in the next 24 hours.

Take a look at some of the photos I took during the day.  I plan on writing another post after Irma has passed and taking photos of the same areas.  Hopefully, the images will look identical to what you are seeing now.  Until then, wish me luck and pray for all of those who already have and will soon be affected by this devastating hurricane.

Before leaving, remember to check out my Adventure Gear Store (Click here to check out my store).  These are items that I have bought or would like to buy at some point in the future.  If you know of any other useful items that I don’t have listed, please comment and let me know so that I can check them out!  Thank you for joining me as I explore the Treasure Coast and Beyond!

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