Posted: 4:48 am Wednesday, September 6th, 2017
By Ann Kelly
In 2004 we sat here at the station and thought that Charley was going to be “the one.” We had to hightail it over to the Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center and that’s where we were for the next 36 hours. But as we know Charley made that last minute right hand turn and once again Tampa Bay was spared. I’ll be honest, Hurricane Irma makes me very uncomfortable. It’s a monster storm that for as much preparation as we all make is almost beyond comprehension with the pure strength of it. And we are all must trying to do our best. I drove past Costco yesterday and it looked like it was under siege. Two other stops were the same with shelves emptied of water with the promise of more on the way. Just look at all the posts on social media with people searching for the basics like water. Right now it’s long lines, empty shelves and a lot of people wishing they could wish Hurricane Irma away. Don’t we all. But please take time to double check that prep list.
When I finally got home with way too much nervous energy I spent most of the afternoon moving a lot of things out of the sunroom and into the living and dining room that’s just a little higher. The bookshelves are empty, one or two very cherished items will come with me when we begin storm coverage and only one piece of broken glass through it all. But just looking at all that and not knowing what I might come home makes me take that deep breath and just trust in a higher power.
I’ll be with you through Hurricane Irma along with our partners from Ten News, home of StormTracker Ten to track Irma, let you know where those sandbags are and where you need to go to be safe. I have a number of friends who are leaving today, heading north and they are all in my prayers. It’s hard to stay behind but I’m glad to be here as part of the CMG Cox Radio Tampa group that will be here through the storm. Now would also be a great time to download our TuneIn Radio App so we can also be there even when the power goes out.
All we ask is that you don’t take chances. As hard as it is for me to walk away from the house I know those are things. I can replace those. I can’t replace friends as easily. So please take along some patience as you get the food and water supply set. Let us know how you are on Facebook and Twitter. Love to you all, and be safe.