St Simon’s After Irma …

The lovely Gayle and myself are safely in Ohio looking out onto Lake Erie.

Until a few days ago we were staying on St Simon’s Island in Georgia, guests in the house that you can see in the video below. This was shot by a neighbour, our friends evacuated to South Carolina and are also safe but have a lot to do when they are eventually allowed home.

Currently residents are not allowed to return, a curfew is in force for those who chose not to leave. 90% of Glynn County is without power, trees are down, roads and bridges are being checked for damage.

Irma Update …

This morning’s news …

The Glynn County Board of Commissioners has called for a mandatory evacuation for ALL OF GLYNN COUNTY effective at 8:00 a.m., Friday, September 8, 2017, in anticipation of Hurricane Irma. Residents should evacuate immediately.

Following Governor Deal’s declaration of a State of Emergency, the Glynn County Board of Commissioners and the City of Brunswick have issued a State of Emergency for Glynn County. During the period of the State of Emergency, a curfew will be in effect from midnight to 6:00 a.m. until Tuesday, September 12, 2017. County offices and courts will be closed starting 12:00 noon on Friday, September 8, and will remain closed on Monday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 12.

Glynn County includes the beautiful St Simons Island. Good friends will be hitting the road.

May everyone have a safe journey.

It would be nice if the storm could track away into the Atlantic.

Irma …

After a fabulous week on St. Simons Island, which I will get around to sharing, it was time to leave. And by coincidence a very good time to leave. Irma, the strongest hurricane to form in the Atlantic has been meandering north over recent days, has ravaged some of the Caribbean Islands and is bearing down on Cuba. It is tipped to hit Florida on Sunday.

A mandatory evacuation order has been issued for the Florida Keys. Police and outreach workers will begin taking those of Miami’s homeless that refuse to go into refuges into custody for their own protection tomorrow. The conurbation centred on Miami is home to 6 million people.

St Simons Island and the nearby city of Brunswick in southern Georgia are on high alert, it is likely that they will be severely impacted in the coming days but no mandatory evacuation has been ordered yet.

Gayle and I picked up our Chevy in Jacksonville this morning and we have been part of a procession of Florida number plates up the I-75. We are safely ensconced in Atlanta.

Our thoughts are with all of you who are in the firing line.