The above image is a satellite image of Hurricane Isabel hitting my home region back in 2003. I was 16 and to my memory, it is the worst one I have experienced since moving here in 1995. I had no power or running water for a week. The damage sucked and it was one of the worst ones for this area. It still is used as a comparison.
But that was only a category one. If that. Matthew on the other hand is predicted, when it impacts the area, either grazing or landfall, as a category two. I have never experienced a category two hurricane and this frightens me, especially since I am pretty much own my own with just me and my cats.
I am probably thinking about going across town to stay with my mother and her dog at her apartment in the long run but it hurts me to leave the house and not be here. I don’t know what to do or what the future brings. Each time I see the newest predictions or the National Hurricane Center, it keeps bringing the track closer. It’s really starting to get to me.
Tonight, after I get off from work at one of my jobs at 2 am, I am going to Walmart to stock up on supplies.
I already have two cases of water and I found a giant water cooler which I can fill up. I have some double AA batteries, working flashlights, I know I have some glowsticks somewhere, some spam, and a bottle of rum. I am heading to Walmart tonight to pick up some last minute things like cat litter, cat food, extra batteries, tiki lamp oil for some oil lamps I found while cleaning, extra food, withdraw some cash, and get some gas canisters if needed. And pick up a big book. I am thinking Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace. For real. If not, a clean notebook to either write some new fanfic or plot my NaNoWriMo 2016 novel so I can channel some of this anxiety into my writing.
Hopefully I’ll dodge this hurricane though.