Thursday, October 27, 2005

Wilma Update

We spoke with our upstairs neighbor, John, last night and learned what it would've been like experiencing Wilma firsthand. Since most of our windows and 2 sets of sliding glass doors face west, he saw mostly sheets of water and heard the rattling of the wind-whipped sliders. Out of our south-facing bedroom window he was able to watch the debris fly by. What was most unnerving, he said, was when he woke up Monday morning and got out of bed. When he reached the dining room and saw the swinging chandelier it confirmed what he had felt - a swaying building. Our building is constructed with a cable system, and it is supposed to sway in high winds, but I'm not sure if I have the constitution to be on the 17th floor (and in John's case the 18th) when the building is dancing like that.

John told us to expect a different place upon our return since most of the landscaping is gone. From West Broward to the city many trees have come down. This is the second year in a row now that we've lost trees due to hurricanes. It's very sad.

Hundreds of thousands are still without power in both Broward and PBC. But we're hoping we'll hear from more friends soon.

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