So I decided to take a few weeks off from social media before my daughter’s wedding. I was just getting ready to jump back in. Then, Hurricane Matthew came barreling up the coast and everything was not "alright, alright, alright".
Like most of the East Coast I spent a few days last week glued to The Weather Channel. Once again Savannah, Ga was extremely blessed as Hurricane Matthew turned east ward at the last possible moment. Don't get me wrong, we have a ton of damaged trees, homes, businesses, and a few deaths due to Hurricane Matthew. BUT it could have been way worse!
My only complaint would be the lack of information on if evacuate would take place, what the evacuation timeline would look like. CEMA would not disclose when those evacuations would take place, used jargon that lay people do not understand, and just gave out minimal information. I heard from many people “All I want to know is if we evacuate what day and estimated time will it happen?”. I know South Carolina said on Tuesday “if things stay the same, we will begin evacuations Wednesday at 3”. Chatham county island residents went from “consider leaving the islands” to “all of Chatham county evacuate east of I-95” in just a few hours. This lack of transparency on CEMAs part left employers scrambling at the last minute to close and families that weren’t even being told to consider evacuating to have to leave, quickly. Those on the barrier islands were planning and ready to evacuate but many of those inland but east of I-95 were surprised that they were be considered to evacuate.
OK, that’s it for the negative. Once we evacuated everything was ‘alright, alright, alright’. I am driving my son crazy saying that every time I hear Hurricane Matthew. Hey, in stressful times we take our laughs anyway we can.
I am impressed with how well our community has come together to help each other secure their homes, clean debris, and help out strangers. I used my super ninja like skills and snuck back onto to island Saturday just as Matthew left the area. My husband and I drove through Whitemarsh and Wilmington Island assessing over 30 homes for friends and families. We did not go down one street that wasn’t blocked with downed trees, power lines, or both. Every road, subdivision, major and minor areas on the islands had damage. Rows and rows of houses with trees in them and then a random house or two with no noticeable damage.
The picture at the top of this blog is from a friend’s house. His truck was sitting next to the tree. During the hurricane the tree blow over with such force that the truck was pushed up. The roots to the tree and the tree feel. The truck came back down resting in the large whole the roots left behind. The only reason the truck did not fall farther into the whole is because of the boat attached to the back of the truck.
The damage is great here in Georgia but the community spirit is greater. We are Savannah Strong. We showed Mathew that everything in Savannah will be ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT.
(Sorry for any typos, I am work on little sleep on an air mattress with no power)