Have a Happy Halloweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen~
UPDATE 3: Mega update dump because I suck, oops-I've been asked if we're in the path of the hurricane, and although it changed directions and is going to partially pass through Georgia, our town is outside/on the outskirts of the storm's predicted path, and our area hasn't received any flood or evacuation warnings so we should be okay.
Coming back on to give a hurricane update. The storm's path has moved further south and we may experience a little more rain than we thought- we're to be in the tropical depression zone when the storm starts to die and break up, and we're more in the outskirts of the hurricane's range it looks like. Still no evacuation warnings in our area.
Another quick hurricane update--the storm path has changed a little with the path now curving more once it reaches Georgia and traveling up inland, missing a lot of the east coast while heading through a lot of the areas people were evacuating to. The storm has slowed and lost a lot of strength, dropping to a category 2, expected to be a category 1 in a few days time.
Storm surge has dropped to 11 feet. Flooding predictions are unchanged, though.
For us personally it was just really cloudy and a little windy today. We're still fine, guys. The change and extension of the hurricane's path may have just inched us slightly back onto the outer edge of the storm system's reach.
Also, to those who have been attempting to contact me: for whatever reason my cell service was super shitty today. Also, I didn't move over old contacts to my phone so please let me know who you are if you're texting me.
Another hurricane update--the storm has been downgraded to a category one and is now considered a tropical storm rather than a hurricane, however, the storm surge and rainfall is still posing a real threat for people in the storm's path. It's moving slowly, causing it to hit people longer. Unfortunately, fatalities have already been reported for some people who tried to hold out during the flooding.
Things on our end were mostly sunny, then cloudier and a little overcast in the evening.
Small, accidental hurricane update. Last night while looking at the radar maps I came to the realization that I had a massive brain fart and forgot just how close to Atlanta we are... So we're actually well within the hurricane's (tropical storm at this point) path rather than simply being on the outskirts. Whoopsies. 🙃
Anywho, it's still warm here, and I'm sure we'll be okay.
Another storm update--the first part of the system has reached us, and so far it's just been overcast and a little drizzly. Also there's some wind.
The storm has been varied in strength all evening, with bouts of rain and wind. Everything's all good as the storm's lost a lot of strength and will likely pass over us without event.
UPDATE 2: Florene has lost some more power and is now only moving five miles an hour, and is right about to hit the coast and make landfall. Storm surge is expected to be 11 feet at most, and the overall path has changed again. It's gonna curve up dramatically when it reaches Georgia and is going to go far inland up north, missing the east coast as it heads toward the country's northern border.
UPDATE 1: Florence has lost a lot of strength in the last several hours and is now a category 2. The first waves and strong winds have by now reached the coast and skies are dark all over this part of the country. The predicted storm surge has increased from 13 to 15 feet in some areas, and people are being cautioned that although the hurricane has lost windspeed and is traveling slower the predicted flooding and rainfall is relatively unchanged. The storm MAY last longer than originally expected, with some areas being hit as late as Monday. They've also shown that the hurricane's path is now reach higher north towards the very end as it curves back up after hitting Georgia and the furthest corners of the Carolinas, and the depression zone could span several states heading northward.
Hey, everyone! If you follow my uploads then you've probably seen my status and poll by now, but I thought I'd cover my bases and throw up a journal, too. I didn't think my first spoopy-skin holiday journal would . . . be about a hurricane, but life is funny like that sometimes.
What we know so far:
Basically, hurricane Florence's path changed AGAIN and now it's projected to go even further south and Georgia just declared a state of emergency.
This is supposed to be "a storm of a lifetime" with other lesser storms that resembled it having not occured for decades.
It's going to hit as a category 3 and develop into a catergory 4, making it of rare size and threat.
There's going to be a storm surge of about 13 feet (which is a LOT IF YOU LIVE NEAR THE COAST. IMAGINE SOME SINGLE STORY BEACH HOMES ALMOST COMPLETELY UNDERWATER, BROS).
The storm is moving extremely slowly and thus will linger and drop rains and spawn tornadoes for days over the span of a few states from Thursday or Friday morning until Saturday.
1 million people have already evacuated, with more projected to leave as the storm's path continues to shift. The evacuation for the storm's center concludes at 8:00 PM (in less than three hours).
Hundreds of thousands will be without power for (probably) a few days.
What does this mean for me?
Well, as most of you who are familiar with me and endure my rambling about home, I recently moved to Georgia from Wyoming at the end of last year (just in time for a record-breaking storm like ya do), and . . . I mean, I'm not actually really worried. Or at least, I wasn't, but even my housemates who have lived here for their whole lives are getting a little more nervous. We're definitely going to get heavy rain and wind (wind is no big deal because AGAIN I'm from fucking WYOMING. Windy city who?), and may have some power dips here and there. Originally, we were just going to see a bit of bad weather and were just outside of the storm's reach. HOWEVER the updates today SEVERELY changed the game for thousands of people in the southeast. The storm's projected path moved a little more southwards and now more evacuations are under way as the storm is only about 400 or so miles away from the coast. My town is now inside the tropical depression zone and is more within the outer edges of the storm's reach. We definitely won't get the worst of it, though it'll linger in our area a little longer than in others due to the curve of its path. We've got food so even if weather does get bad we won't have to jet out to stock up on shit. Tim and I always keep a pack of water bottles and TONS of snacks in our game room, anyhow. Our property is on a hill overlooking a deep creek so any water will just flow down and disappear in the woods behind the house. We're more sheltered where we're at due to us living off the highway and being surrounded huge ass trees.
HOWEVER. Some of these trees are old, and they're all ENORMOUS (that's coming from someone who grew up in the Black Hills area). A lot of them lean towards the house, as well, and the house we live in admittedly is already kind of falling apart due to it being a little older and having gone through an entire move--some walls lean, the ceiling and floor sag in places, there are quite a few holes, etc. We very well may encounter some leaks even if a tree doesn't end up falling on us, though due to a nasty leak a few months ago we still have materials for patching them.
Again, we're probably going to be fine. We aren't in an evacuation zone, but that being said I may disappear for a few days or be slow with my uploads as we watch the weather and go in and out of possible power outages/surges.
To anyone in the danger zone:
Please leave. I know in the south you guys are more used to heavy storms and annual hurricanes/flooding, but this storm is something that most people alive haven't seen before, and it's shaping up to be one of the major storms of the century. They're legit talking about how they've been stocking up body bags on the news for anyone who stays behind. That's not a joke, BTW. If you can afford it, don't risk it. I don't want anyone endangering themselves just because they don't feel like leaving while they know they could.
Please stay safe, guys.
I may give additional updates as theings continue to develop, but the storm will be here tomorrow or Friday at the latest, and we've already had stormy weather these past few days as it draws nearer.
Until then, all I have to say about our current situation is "ope."
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