Sunday, September 10, 2017

Middle Of The Night

As I write Key West has winds well above 70 miles per hour teetering on sustained and a Category One hurricane, which if it were to get no stronger would be not that bad. Sure there are trees down and power lines torn up and so forth nut this storm has so much more to give. And the thing is it's not moving very fast at all, six miles n hour they say. The waters of the Straits of Florida are warm and all these factors lead some forecasters to predict landfall somewhere near Big Coppitt as a Category Four.
Or maybe not. These storms are nothing if not changeable and forecasters have the devil's own job keeping ahead of them. Sitting in the communications center at Key West PD the wind outside make you glad to be indoors and not to be someone's forgotten pet or abandoned stray. The thing about hurricanes that impresses me is their relentless natures. Sometimes in a rain storm you can catch a break, a pause in the action. Wait long enough and the rain will stop. Here it's been windy and raining steadily for seven hours with lots more to come. No pauses.
 It's difficult to describe living through a hurricane in the police station. I always work night shift so I am generally looking out into darkness and maybe because the storm creates its own myth or perhaps because the power tends to go out(!) it always looks extra menacing and dark out there. You can hear the rumbling of wind hitting the building and the rain slashing on the windows and palm fronds and it creates a feeling of being in a bubble like a spaceship surrounded by hostile alien atmospheres outside.  
I am not given to these flights of fancy but the abrupt contrast between the daily routines inside and the chaos outside is startling. You can get up and step away from your desk, heat some food, wash some dishes and walk back and its still there the wind pushing against the building and struggling to get inside and ruin your night. Inside the spaceship you watch the rain slashing horizontally with total detachment not allowing yourself to feel the threat. 
I cannot imagine how the people around Varadero the Cuban tourist paradise must be feeling with this storm never moving away. Exhaustion is setting in on this side of the Straits and I wish Irma would get on with it and go away. As of midnight it seems like we will have  another dozen hours of wind and rain and cold prying storm fingers trying to find their way into our serene work bubble we call the police station.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this update and local view. May you and yours and the first responders have what you need to endure this storm.

Anonymous said...

So I guess it's getting hairy around there?

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David Masse said...

Be safe Michael. I can't imagine.

Cody goldman said...

Thank you for the post, as I write this the eye is over you, please move faster Irma, just move on. I hope we here from you soon.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting! Be safe.

Mike from the loop road

Denise Kean said...

Be safe, thanks for posting!!!!

Anonymous said...

Be safe our prayers are with you
Mike E

Trobairitz said...

So glad you are in a safe space at headquarters. We've been thinking of you and hoping things go as smooth as they can with a hurricane.......Thanks for keeping us posted.

Anonymous said...

Hoping you and your family are safe. Thank you for the updates.

Steve Williams said...

The relentless nature of the storm has to be the worst. I remember spending a night in a tent during a backpacking trip in a storm that I thought would never end. And that was only two hours.

The wind has probably picked up since you posted. Hope the bubble holds. And pray no stray dogs come to the window and all are safe and sound somewhere.

Michael Webber said...

Stay safe Michael
Still waiting to hear how you all are down there

MyamuhNative said...

Worried about you Michael!
Hoping roads are passable to get you home when you are able.
Reports from Tavernier\key largo are grim.
Still haven't heard much about Big Pine and Bahia Honda.
If your wife and rusty need a stop in the way home, they have a place in Citrus county with us

Sandi Foster said...

just thinking about you... hope to read a new blog soon

Louis Vetter said...

Hope to hear something soon..

irondad said...

So glad you are able to update us here. Been worried about you two. Texted cell numbers I had listed but didn't know if they still worked. Then I thought, why not check the blog? So awesome to see. Hoping for the best for you.

Dan