Happy ending.


Waiting for Irma’s eye by candlelight.


My son and his friends made it through Irma just fine.  They stayed a friend’s home about 10 miles inland.   By the time Irma barreled into Tampa, it was only a Category 2.      The storm surge was no where near what the forecasters were predicting, probably because the eye turned back inland, away from the coast.

One weird thing that happened was that hours before Irma arrived, the entire Tampa Bay lost all its water.  Photos of it looked like a desert or a moonscape (one is shown below).   It was very strange.   As Irma passed to the north, the water came rushing back in.  This phenomenon also happens before tsunamis but of course this wasn’t a tsunami — the wind literally sucked all the water out of the bay!  Tampa Bay is quite shallow though.  It’s possible to walk for a mile into the water and without it getting any deeper than about 3 feet.


From the videos my son posted (until the power went out), it seemed like he and his friends were actually having a blast.  He took videos periodically, but the worst of the storm didn’t come until very late at night, so he was unable to take videos of that.  The power went out and they lit oil lamps and candles.

He said it got very hot, because of the lack of power, so it was not possible to run the A/C or even fans, and of course they couldn’t open the windows.

At about 2 AM he texted that he was directly under the eye!  The wind and rain suddenly stopped, and he said he could see a few stars.   A few minutes later the wind picked up again, but it was less intense.   So he went to bed.  It was a long day.

When he woke up this morning, he took another video of the damage, which was mostly just fallen trees and branches.  No structural damage to the houses that I could see.   A tree branch was wedged under his windshield wipers and part of it inexplicably got stuck inside the car door.  But all in all, things didn’t look too bad, and today he returned home.

When he returned to his complex, it was not underwater as he had feared.    However, the power was out and there were trees down and one tree had fallen on top of another apartment in the same complex., crushing its roof!

My son said he feels even closer to his friends now that they’ve been through this experience together, so I think it was a good thing for him and it’s certainly something he will always remember.

We are feeling Irma’s effects here today in western North Carolina.  It’s rainy, windy, and cold.  I think I’m actually going to put on the heat and curl up under the covers with a book and go to sleep.   It’s that kind of weather.


More good news!  All 54 Hemingway cats in Key West (I wrote about them the other day since they were directly in Irma’s path) and their caretakers are safe!



About luckyotter

Recovering from C-PTSD due to narcissistic abuse from childhood. I was married to a sociopathic narcissist for 20 years. Proud INFJ, Enneagram type 4w5. Animal lover, music lover, cat mom, unapologetic geek, fan of the absurd, progressive Christian, mom to 2 Millennials, mental illness stigma activist, passionate anti-Trumper. #RESISTANCE
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10 Responses to Happy ending.

  1. bobcabkings says:

    Thanks for the good news about your son and his friends. I’m relieved the storm turned West and here in Highlands, NC we are just getting the fringe. The current forecast is for top winds of 30mph (down from 40 predicted yesterday) around midnight. It is amazing how much tall pine trees can whip around without breaking.

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  2. bobcabkings says:

    Reblogged this on cabbagesandkings524 and commented:
    LuckyOtter has good news about her son and Irma.

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  3. rugby843 says:

    Good news! We need it today especially

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  4. Alice says:

    Yay! Thank you for posting about your son! He has been in my thoughts and prayers.

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  5. happymustang says:

    I just read your blog & I’m so happy your son & his friends are safe & well!! Also that the kitties & their caretakers are also. I think Big Cat Sanctuary weathered out Irma but they’re OK too. And 8 horses were placed in their owners home with their owner & rode out the storm. So some happy news.
    What remains is recovery & all being safe as that monster moves up the coast. Prayers to you & your family.

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  6. darkphoenix74 says:

    Fantastic news that your son is safe, and those beautiful kitties.

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  7. Dave says:

    I share the moment with a smile for you, and your son. He was in my good thoughts as the storm progressed. I’m very happy that this is the news you bring after the storm. As I begin to filter through several people in Florida close to me, I am grateful for the end story.

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  8. nowve666 says:

    Congratulations to you and to him. Glad the vigil was a “blast.”

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  9. ashualec says:

    Who says the prayers do not work, here is the testimony.
    Happy for you and your sons, his friends and the Hemingway family.

    Be blessed!

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