SEPTEMBER 1, 2019: Beginning to hear more warnings about Hurricane Dorian. Strikes fear in my heart. Still traumatized from having to rebuild from Hurricane Floyd years ago.
SEPTEMBER 2, 2019: Storm growing. Concerned about Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. Not sure I would be brave enough to live on an island year ‘round. Can’t swim!
SEPTEMBER 3, 2019: East coast still threatened. Storm moving slow. Expected to be a Category 5. I’m wondering if I’ll be able to get out of town for my trip to Arizona on the 10th.
SEPTEMBER 4, 2019: No more procrastinating. Time to start putting away all the loose stuff on the deck, porch. I know the drill. We will at least get heavy rain and high winds.
SEPTEMBER 5, 2019: The Bahamas were pummeled with winds up to 185 miles an hour. News pictures are heart-breaking. Impact here expected tomorrow but tropical storm strength.
SEPTEMBER 6, 2019: Dreaded Dorian was a non-event for us – some light wind, a little rain. Grateful! Hundreds of people missing in the Bahamas. Death count expected to rise.
SEPTEMBER 7, 2019: Friends up and down the East Coast reporting in – lots of trees down and power outages but everyone safe. Lots of clean-up ahead. Bright, sunny day!
SEPTEMBER 8, 2019: Read a wonderful thing today. A bar in Florida that was decorated with $1 bills, stapled to walls, took them down and sent $13,961 to Hurricane Dorian relief.
SEPTEMBER 9, 2019: Can finish packing for Arizona trip. Charlotte airport up and running. No problems getting out of Richmond. Whew!!
SEPTEMBER 10, 2019: WESTWARD HO!!Richmond to Charlotte to Phoenix with my buddy, Kaye. 88 degrees in Phoenix (115 yesterday!) Friend, Vivien, waiting. Let the vacation begin!
SHARON CANFIELD DORSEY is an award-winning poet and author of four children’s books, two books of poetry and a memoir entitled, Daughter of the Mountains. Watch for her new travel book, Road Trip, debuting in November, 2019.