Update 10/07 1 p.m.: Thankfully Matthew didn't hit hard here in South Florida. It was a close call and everyone's prayers were answered! It was a lot of work to prepare for this guy and I'm just glad we were over prepared and not under. Wishing all the folks in the Carolina's the same outcome!
Update 10/06 6 p.m.: Time to go inside and start this hurricane party! Everyone please be safe!
So I personally have never done this before a storm....but I was told it's a must to hit the beach and see the big waves.
The waves weren't as spectacular as I imagined them to be but the wind was cray cray!
Update 10/06 11 a.m.: Everyone is scrambling to get their houses ready and secure for these high speed winds. They are predicting winds over 100 MPH.
So trimming palm trees is a must. You don't want flying debris.
Now all the beautiful trees look naked!
Everything needs to be reinforced! This is why plywood becomes such a hot commodity when hurricane season hits.
Of course...storm shutters! Hurricane 101.
Update 10/05 6 p.m.: Living in South Florida is usually the greatest. However, when hurricane season hits, and an actual Category 4 storm is brewing, it starts to seem a lot less wonderful. I live in West Palm Beach, which is right in the projected path of Matthew's wrath.
Here's what it's like preparing for the storm of the decade.
Gas is sold out. Completely.
Publix. Home Depot. Forget about it.
Basically everything is closed for the next few days.
If you are lucky enough to have shutters, you put them up stat.
If you don't have shutters, well then you're at Home Depot buying plywood.
Which is a hot commodity during hurricane panic season.
I'm just glad zip-ties weren't sold out!