Hurricane Irma has moved out of Florida, and I finally got some sleep today. The curfew here in Orange County has been lifted, and people are starting to get outside again. The elevator in my building is still shut off, so I will be staying on my floor until that is turned back on.
I did get a chance to look around outside a little bit from my floor though. What I am seeing so far is about what you would expect the day after a hurricane… it’s not pretty. Trees are broken or just completely knocked down. Branches are scattered everywhere. There is unrecognizable debris. It is hard to tell, but it appears there may be some roof damage to nearby buildings. Metal signs are bent and twisted. As bad as that is, the people who live near me were the lucky ones.
It sounds like my friends all made it through the storm safely. However, some of them are now starting the process of cleaning up damage, unfortunately. Millions of people have a long road ahead of them to get life back to normal. For some people, clean up will take days. For others, the process of cleaning up and rebuilding could take weeks, months, or years. I always try to find a way to put a positive spin on things, and, as much damage and destruction as Irma caused in Florida, I am thankful we didn’t have to deal with the storm being as strong as it was when it hit numerous Caribbean islands. The storm was bad here. It was really bad. After seeing the strength of the storm here, I can’t even begin to comprehend what it must have been like for the people in the Caribbean. I hope people from around the world pull together to help those islands and help those people put their lives back together.
Hopefully tomorrow I can get outside and get a better look at things around here. If I can, I want to help people get life back to normal as quickly as possible. I just don’t know how much I will be able to do. Maybe the best way I can help is by staying out of the way. I guess we’ll see.
Once again, this isn’t a very detailed update. Hopefully I can update in more detail over the next day or two. I think perhaps the best thing for everyone tonight is to just relax and take a break from everything storm-related. Crews are working around the clock to restore power as quickly as possible to people who are still in the dark. While they are out working hard, I think it might be good for the rest of us to just take a breath. We made it. We’re safe. There is a lot of work to do as we move forward and get Florida put back together, but taking one night to unwind before that work starts could be a good thing for everyone.
People have shown throughout Irma and the preparation for the storm that we can pull together and love each other. People have shown that we can unite and set aside our differences. I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again… I hope people remember this time. I hope we can learn from this experience. I hope Irma is the turning point that this country (and this whole world) so badly needs. We all share one planet and we are all human beings. If we want to, we can all unite. We just need to stop talking about how nice it would be, and actually start to make it happen.