ALL EYES ON HURRICANE MATTHEW
October 2, 2016 | Richard Sites
Here in South Florida, hurricanes are part of tropical living. Although I wrote recently about the statistical unlikely event of a hurricane striking Florida, when a major storm like hurricane Matthew appears and strengthens quickly, there is cause for concern.
Most of the computer models now have Hurricane Matthew, which is currently located in the southern Caribbean, turning northward toward Florida and the eastern Bahamas over the weekend. Exactly how far west it travels before making this turn will determine where it makes landfall in the mainland United States if at all.
We haven’t had a hurricane hit South Florida since Wilma 11 years ago. And statistically speaking very few ever make landfall in South Florida. They’re more likely to go up the Gulf of Mexico toward New Orleans and the panhandle of Florida or up the east coast toward North Carolina.
Preparations are underway everywhere here and we have lines at the gas stations with people filling up cars and filling up spare gas cans to run home generators. After hurricanes Francis Jean and Wilma state law mandated that gas stations had to install generation systems to continue pumping gas in the event of electrical outage so filling up gas cans is probably not needed anymore.
However, other preparations are underway. This morning I found a blog post demonstrating how Catholics are taking preparations to a higher authority by praying to Saint Medard. This is from the Catholic Review website: