Our Story Of Hurricane Florence
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Our Story Of Hurricane Florence

Well, the sun is out! We survived Hurricane Florence!!

I really wanted to put out a well written blog post about this entire nightmare named Florence, however, I’m finding it pretty difficult to find words to put to it. It was scary and still is, as the Cape Fear and Little River’s still have not crested.

My husband and I had to go out in the middle of it to assist our neighbor across the street, who’s husband is on a ventilator. They had a piece of siding that was torn part way off and banging against the house. We were afraid it would break the window of their bedroom. Watching my husband on a ladder 10 feet up, in the middle of the hurricane with the wind and rain was an experience to say the least, but we needed to make sure they were safe.

I think I will just show y’all some pictures so you can get an idea.

 

Our Neighbors Front Yard
Our Neighbors Front Yard

 

The Side Yard Of Our Property
The Side Yard Of Our Property

 

Road To Back Property Washing Out
Road To The Back Of Our Property Washing Out

 

The Back Of our Property
The Back Of Our Property
Water In Our Crawl Space and In Front Of It
Water In Our Crawl Space and In Front Of It
Road In Our Neighborhood Being Washed Over
Road In Our Neighborhood Being Washed Over
Nope, Can't Go That Way
Nope, Can’t Go That Way
Flooded Yard and Driveway On 217
Flooded Yard and Driveway On 217

The pictures above and below are the property and then the house.

The Water Is Getting Close To This Home
The Water Is Getting Close To This Home
Praying They Got Out
Praying They Got Out

It seems as though “truck problems” come with every hurricane. During Matthew, my husbands truck broke down in our wedding reception parking lot and had to be towed a few days later. This time, it appears that there is a transmission problem with the truck. We were on the way to the transmission shop and then…..this!! We were within a couple blocks and couldn’t get there.

Road Closed On The Way To The Transmission Shop
Road Closed On The Way To The Transmission Shop
Hurricane fashion
The Latest In Hurricane Fashion

Of course you still need to eat, so we had tacos one night. The next we had shrimp scampi and green beans. We had purchased a generator after Hurricane Matthew so we were able to us our electric frying pan for several of our meals.

Taco Dinner
Taco Dinner

Just a couple exits down from us here, Highway 95 is closed. If y’all aren’t familiar with Highway 95, this is the main highway that runs from Florida to Maine along the East Coast.

Highway 95 Flooded and Closed
Highway 95 Flooded and Closed

Getting to Wilmington and the Coast is pretty impossible right now. I know this looks like a river, however, this is Highway 40. Last evening they had to have police and military get into boats to bring in security for the area.

Highway 40 Near Wallace, NC
Another View Of Highway 40. Raleigh To Wilmington

When we have a “Girls Beach Trip” we usually go to Topsail Beach. This is a picture of a hotel and restaurant that we usually go to eat at called The Breezway. White caps in the parking lot from the walkway which is several steps up from the parking lot.

The Breezeway
The Breezeway

We always stay at The Jolly Roger Inn and Pier. Here is a before and after look of the pier.

Before - Jolly Roger Pier, Topsail Beach
Before – Jolly Roger Pier, Topsail Beach
After – Jolly Roger Pier
The reports say damage is moderate but still standing!

Last night, we had some severe storms roll through and this tornado was a result of it. This touched down just down the road from our home.

Tornado - Monday September 17 2018
Tornado – Monday September 17 2018

Wilmington is pretty much cut off. In order to bring in supplies the Army came to the rescue.

Chinook Helicopter Bringing In Supplies To Wilmington NC
Chinook Helicopter Bringing In Supplies To Wilmington NC

I would like to take a moment to thank our Police, Fire, EMS and Military. I also would like to give a big thank you to all of the Linemen from NC and all around the country that came in to help us. Everyone is working so hard in extremely difficult conditions. Lastly, I would like to thank all of you that sent up prayers for my family and North & South Carolina.

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