Preparations for IDA are now either completed or well under way. Yesterday was a busy day.
We got the cabana almost all battened down. Furniture is up on blocks, plastic furniture placed inside and one of the three windows is now covered with plywood. They would all be done except the battery pack on my portable drill ran out of juice. Will put up the remaining two this morning. I'm not that afraid of flying debris hitting the windows. The windows are aluminum and as anybody who lives here knows, it is impossible to install them leakproof. Don't ask.
On the homefront, plastic furniture has been stowed, plants put in safe places and the boards are waiting to go up on the ocean facing windows. The wind will drive the upcoming rain through every little crack it can find in the windows. Better to have them covered to help deflect as much water as possible.
I was somewhat surprised yesterday to find the grocery store so deserted. No panic. Not many shoppers. Nobody stocking up. I imagine today will be different though. Interestingly, the only area of the store almost depleted of product was the potato chip/snack aisle. Probably all snatched up by tourists as the only portable food source they know!
I think we are in between leading bands of IDA at the moment. Waves are cresting out front at around 5-6 feet but only the foamy surge makes it to shore. I can see a bit of blue appearing on the horizon this morning. A welcome sight. We have a constant wind. Not a breeze but nothing to be concerned about at this point. (until I try to carry large pieces of plywood later!)
The eye of IDA is due to pass us sometime around 1pm tomorrow. I hope so. Most of these storms hit us during the night. I hate not being able to see what is going on.
So, not to worry. We are doing fine and are well prepared for anything that IDA brings our way. Have a nice weekend. I'm sure mine will be interesting!