Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Surviving Irma

We're happy to say that Irma is gone and we survived her wrath!
Truffle's safe place during Tropical Storm Irma

We've heard about Hurricane Irma for two weeks and were prepared for a major storm to hit the East Coast of South Carolina and move through our state.  Original projections had the eye going right over the middle of the state where we live.

Aunt Vicky came up from Lady's Island, SC since the barrier islands were evacuated. We were prepared to "weather" the high winds, heavy rain, and possible tornadoes. Luckily for us, Irma turned West and didn't hit our coast directly. However, she was so large that even though the eye totally bypassed our state, we were on the Northeast side. We had some wind on Sunday, but woke up Monday morning to rain and wind.  It wasn't too bad yet, so Mom Paula met her parents for lunch and came home afterwards. She decided to give us some calming treats when she came back home to help ward off Truffle's storm anxiety. Truffle appeared to sense the change in weather because she went under her chair. At least she didn't hide under the bed. Mom Paula also had our Sleepypod® Mobile Pet Beds nearby and ready if we needed them.
Brulee relaxing on one of her multiple scratchers

The high winds and rain began around 3:00 pm. The girls did okay until we lost power the first time a little after 4:00 pm. This freaked out the girls because there is always some type of noise in our house (we have 3 fountains running all the time and usually a TV turned on) and the house became totally quiet and they could hear the high winds and rain. Both girls headed to the back of the house.  Truffle went under the bed and Brulee sat at the end of the hallway until power came back on about 1 1/2 hours later.  Once the power came back on, both girls came to the front of the house. Just when both girls were getting settled in the front of the house with wind gusts at 50+ mph, the power went out again.  It only stayed off about 20 minutes this time. Truffle cautiously came in the living room and jumped on the footrest and then found her way onto Mom Paula's lap (which is highly unusual). She stayed there for over an hour.
Truffle on Mom Paula's lap

The high winds and strong rain continued until after midnight. We were very lucky there were no tornadoes or thunderstorms. No trees or large limbs came down. Aunt Vicky checked with her neighbors and her house on Lady's Island was fine. We dodged a bullet on this one.

We continue to purr for our friends in Florida.

31 comments:

  1. We're glad Irma wasn't as bad as they said it would be and you all are okay.

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  2. Wow - what a sense of atmosphere I feel in this post! Well done, I almost felt the wind!

    I am glad you girls are all OK!

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  3. Thanks COD ! It's over !
    I'm really happy you all are O.K.
    Have an easy week, girls
    =^x^=

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  4. We're so glad Irma wasn't as bad as expected for you.

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  5. Poor Truffle and Brulee!! I didn't realize you'd still be impacted with super high winds. I'm just glad you are all ok! My sisters came up from Florida, they were able to get a last minute flight out of there. We pray for those in Texas and Florida who were impacted by the hurricanes.

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  6. We are glad you did okay. We didn't even have winds that high and never lost power. We are wondering what the people who were buying all that water are going to do with it now...

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  7. It sounds like Truffle and Brulee did really well given the circumstances! I think it is so sweet that Truffle sat on your lap, I think she was trying to comfort Mom Paula.

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  8. Happy to hear you all are safe and sound. I've been in hurricane Sandy so I understand. Mom, Brulee and Truffle survived. Yeay!

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  9. So glad that there were no huge tornadoes and that the kitties are safe. I am devastated by how many little furry ones have been displaced due to Irma and Harvey.

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  10. What a frightening experience for you all but so glad you didn't experience anything too serious. I'd love to hear more about the calming treats-I'd like to try them on my nervous cat when we leave the house.

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  11. I'm glad you all are ok! That's interesting that the kitties were nervous when the power went out and with it all the sounds. Our house tends to be on the noisy side - mainly cause we live right off a busy street, but also because we usually have music or a TV on. I wonder if Ruby would be scared of silence, too.

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  12. We sure are glad y'all are okay, we got lucky up this way.

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  13. I'm glad everyone is OK! Our power went out for a few minutes earlier this week but Mr. N didn't seem troubled. But the house is usually pretty quiet minus street noise.

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  14. What a frightening experience and am so happy you are all ok.

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  15. I've heard about Irma this past weekend and how many lives it has already effected. I can't imagine how scary it would be as I don't live near Flordia. I am glad everyone made it ok! Let's pray for those who are still struggling.

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  16. I'm so glad to hear you made it unscathed. Such scary stuff; so much destruction.

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  17. I am so glad that you guys are all okay! This was one heck of a hurricane. Thank you so much for providing an update.

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  18. We had no idea that you felt the storm as much as you did so glad to hear all are safe. We were watching it closely too as we still may retire in Myrtle Beach so were very glad to see it head west. But not that it was as damaging though. Sandra and Dolly

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  19. I'm glad to hear that you didn't have any damage and that your power didn't stay out too long. It's so hard to predict storms. Who would have thought Jacksonville would have severe flooding?

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  20. I would have had a kennel handy and hoped I had time to put the pets in it before we were all blown around...scary...glad you made it through. Thanks for the update.

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    1. I had their Sleepypod Mobile Pet Beds very close and ready if needed!

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  21. So very glad to hear you all are safe and okay. My cousins live in Florida and were in the evac zone, but opted to hunker down. Thankfully, they, too have weathered the hurricane. So scary - your sweet girls, so glad they weren't spooked. Snuggled on Mom's lap is the perfect place to be for some love and reassurance. Hugs to all.

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  22. I'm glad you and your girls made it through this storm. Sounds like Truffle decided a little extra TLC would be therapeutic for her, for you, for both of you. The ability of animals to want the snuggles just at the right time never ceases to amaze me.

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  23. We're glad you didn't suffer too much from Irma. Purrs

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  25. I'm glad you are all okay and made it through the storm without too much trouble. :)

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  26. I'm happy to hear that you and your family are safe. It sounds like you were very prepared for the storm. Thank you for sharing an update and letting us know that you, Truffle, Brulee are ok. Hugs. Take care.

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  27. Those sweet girls! They were so brave! Hugs! -Valentine (& Mom) of Noir Kitty Mews

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