10 Sep 2017

The Calm Before The Storm: #HurricaneIrma Heads for Home in Tampa Bay

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My mind won’t stop. I’m mentally and physically exhausted from the past three days of pepping, stressing, watching, thinking, hoping, praying and wondering what the next 48 hours will bring.

The calm before the storm.

UPDATE: Sunday, 9/10/17 3:48pm:

Hurricane Irma Live: ‘Biggest Thing’ to Do Is Pray, Florida Governor Says – The New York Times

Morning walks up the Hillsborough River are daily. Not a cloud in the sky and the water so calm.

But this was today’s work:

We started early and worked all day. And my mind has not stopped going.

Will we have a home to go home to? Will my kids have a school to go back to? Will our friends be spared? Will our friends be ok? Will our city be ok? What will change? What will be spared and what will perish forever?

We packed up only what we needed. A few valuables, paperwork, 4 kids, a dog, a cat, water, food and fled 45 miles north. We boarded up our house. Said, “Be safe” to our neighbors who were weathering the storm and we left. We don’t know what to expect. We are safe for now with loved ones and family. We will wait.

Here’s a glimpse of what we saw today. Tomorrow can only tell what happens next.

And when Walt Disney World closes (5th time in history), Publix shuts down until Tuesday at 8am and Walmart closes until further notice, you know $hit just got real.

Be nice, Irma. I just want to go home.

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Marisa is a Mama to 4 kids and resides in Tampa, Florida with her family. Connect with her on Twitter @TampaMama to learn more about Tampa Bay and things to do with kids, Florida family travel, travel adventures and tips or her secret parenting tips for staying alive while wrangling 4 kids. She has a "official" business background in marketing + PR + events, but now plays daily with social media strategy, brand development and digital media. Days are long. Life is short.
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