Thursday, September 02, 2004

The Drive Home

The drive home form Orlando was excruciating. I live about 35 miles to the West of the city so it normally takes 50 minutes to an hour to drive home.  Today, it took 2 hours and 5 minutes due to all the east coast evacuees moving to safer ground. Through Orlando rush hour traffic it took an hour to go less than 10 miles

There are mandatory evacuations of barrier islands covering at least 5 counties on the east coast of Florida. The storm surge could potentially be 10 or more feet above sea level. It could reach the edge of the roofs of most one story structures. It’s wise to obey the local authorities and evacuate. It would be foolish to stay.

Going home some gas stations were out of gas and there were long lines outside the places that have gas. The parking lots at Home Depot and Lowe’s were filled with vehicles. Lumber yards had long lines of people waiting to get plywood and other supplies. Police officers were inside some of the stores to preserve the peace.

I heard a report on the radio that the interstates and 4 lanes out of the area were bumper to bumper and stop and go. There was a report that 2 semi drivers were in the middle of the interstate highway having a fist fight. Things are getting tense.

Posted by Stevereno on 09/02 at 08:20 PM
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