It was September 11th 2017. On a not so bright and early morning. 2am to be exact. A horrible hurricane, occurred around the area where I live in Florida. It was a frightful time for everyone and here is how my family and I lived through it. (caution: Kids below 5 cannot read this or have this story read to them. It might give them the creeps.)
As usual, my dad was the one who informed us about this scary disaster that was about to happen. That’s because he watches the news more than the rest of us in the family.
On Thursday, after school, it was announced that they will be no school on Friday because families had to prepare for the hurricane. Now this was beginning to get serious. Hurricanes are dangerous because they knock down houses, kill people and cause floods. I was kind of anxious but also looking forward to experiencing a hurricane for the first time.
Anyway, once we heard what others were doing to prepare for the hurricane, we also went to the store to get some water, bread, canned food (mostly anything that you don’t have to cook to eat it), torches etc. It was hard to get stuff from the stores because there were long lines and people had already bought so much that the stores were running out of the things we needed to get for the hurricane. My mom and I went to all the stores in our area and we couldn’t find a torch.
After days of buying and watching the news, the day was here. Lucky for us, the area we live in was not going to be hit by the hurricane so we didn’t have to evacuate our area like thousands of other people had to. So instead of moving to Alabama as we had planned, we stay at home in Florida. That night we decided to sleep in our study room which is closer to the front yard and away from the tall trees in the backyard.
We moved the table in that room out of the way and brought down two mattresses to sleep on. It felt like camping as we all had to sleep in the same room. The lights started flickering and the trees in the backyard kept swaying from side to side. They were kind of dancing in slow motion. As the lights continued flickering, we quickly pulled all electrical equipment from the plugs, turned off the lights and went to hide in the room we had prepared. It was dark and scary and with the rain and wind, we somehow went to sleep.
In the morning, the lights were back, but there was a lot of strong wind. Many leaves and branches had fallen from the trees; the whole place was one big mess. We turned on the news and saw how downtown had flooded badly. After taking a bath, we went out to see all the damage that the hurricane Irma had caused in the area. I couldn’t believe what I saw, houses had flooded, trees were uprooted from the ground, cars were swimming in water, boats were damaged, there was power outage almost everywhere. Even the traffic lights were off.
It was a pretty scary experience. Even though I feel bad for all the damage caused by the hurricane, I am thankful that no one died from the hurricane. This hurricane was very dangerous. We were out of school for a whole week. Dear God, no more hurricanes.