I often joke that they should just start direct flights between Cape Cod and Naples, because it seems the many Snow Birds here wind up in that pretty town on the Gulf Coast. When I lived in Syracuse, some of my friends had homes or had family members with homes on the east coast, near West Palm Beach. But low-key Cape Codders seem to prefer the equally chill West Coast of the Sunshine State. Only today, there is nothing chill about Florida. The entire state is being run over by Hurricane Ian.
As of this writing the eye of the storm is just beginning its slog over land. We're seeing the first images of the damage, but there is much suffering ahead. My heart goes out to all in its path.
Thanks to all the dedicated meteorologists and the technology at their disposal, there was ample warning to assess the risk and decide to stay or go. My son in Tampa respected the order to evacuate and is currently riding out the storm in a Gainesville hotel. Luckily he has power and internet and he's able to work remotely from his room. Best of all, he is safe. We hope there's a house for him to return to.
So much water in Florida, so little out west and in Massachusetts. With all we've figured out, we haven't yet found a way to "bottle" the surplus for distribution where it's needed.
For now, I'll watch the news like everyone else, and hope our friends and family in Florida make it through this nightmare.