A few scenes from during and after Hurricane Idalia.
We had many deadfalls, but no property or personal damage. So we were much luckier than many others.
This still just looks like heavy rain, but the video shows the wind was blowing. Idalia’s eye went a few miles east of us, but those were probably still 60 mph winds from the north.
Here’s a video playlist.
We had to chainsaw our way out our front gate.
Then I charged the electric chainsaw with an inverter in the Prius.
Even our banana plants weathered well. They are protected from north winds.
Gretchen likes camping.
Banana spiders can find a place to spin webs.
We do not like to see this. A large double slash pine fell, and took two smaller ones with it.
The day after I cleared the back driveway. Including sawing myself into a corner.
Our power was for less than three days. Also for our neighbors on Quarterman Road.
And this morning, it’s back on.
As of 10 AM, Saturday, September 2, 2023, outages are down to 23,950, or 34%. That’s fast work.
This is partly due to MDR Construction, Inc., a contractor, presumably hired by CEMC.
On facebook, Colquitt Electric Membership Corporation wrote: “As of 8:00 PM on August 30, we have 55,140 meters without power. Crews are responding to all affected areas. In addition to 13 Colquitt EMC crews, we have 26 crews from MDR and 8 mutual aid crews.”
Our rain gauges only go to 5 inches, so we don’t know how much we got.
However, the nearest river gauge shows more than 6 inches.
Needless to say the rivers rose many feet.
There are a few more pictures on the OPF website.