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Friday, October 01, 2021

This just in: The latest weather reports show that there is no hurricane heading toward Florida this weekend. On this current track, no hurricane will make landfall on the coast of Florida, and there’s expected to be no accompanying rains or storm surges as a result.

To repeat: No hurricanes are threathening Florida this weekend.

(End Transmission)

Those of you reading this outside the state probably think I’ve lost it (and I have, but long ago, and that has nothing to do with this). Floridians reading this also may think I’ve lost it; but at the same time, could have the same odd feeling I’ve got:

For the first time in what seems like forever (but is really only six weeks or so), we’re not nervously waiting for the next big storm to strike somewhere in the state. Instead of having storm preparations on our minds, or at least in the back of our minds, we can actually experience a weekend free of hurricane anxiety.

I’m not sure I remember what that’s like. To know that I can go about my usual errands on Saturday and not get stuck behind some moron dragging a piece of too-big plywood behind his car. To go out and party Saturday night and not worry about being awoken early Sunday by insanely howling winds and pelting raindrops. To stop by the grocery store for a couple of items and not have to navigate around panicky shoppers loading up their carts with enough junk to ride out the Rapture and Armageddon combined (unless their roof gets blown off). It’s quite the novelty.

And yet, I can’t help but feel a sense of loss. No one wants the storms and the misery they bring. But we definitely got into a rhythm: Alert watch, emergency supplies, evacuation, power outages, etc. That rhythm, which became routine, is now disrupted, and initially at least, it feels like something crucial is missing.

Am I getting all nostalgic now, after my disgust from the last storm? God, I hope not. And if I am, I’m sure it’ll pass by the middle of tonight.

- Costa Tsiokos, Fri 10/01/2021 02:12:28 PM
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