Thursday, October 6, 2016

Update: Prepared for Hurricane Matthew

Thank you to everyone for your kind comments on yesterday's post. We are doing our best to be safe and prepared for Hurricane Matthew. We have all of our hurricane shutters up and bolted tightly in place over all our windows.

oz house prepared for Hurricane Matthew's arrival in South Florida

Our local news is telling us we can expect Tropical Storm force winds (30 - 60 mph) to start sometime early afternoon today. Graphics show that we will be getting hurricane force winds (above 75 mph) later this evening through the night into tomorrow morning.

Matthew is currently a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale. That means Hurricane Matthew has sustained winds - not gusts - between 130-156 mph.

If you see information about Hurricane Matthew on your local news and they show a map, 
we are located near West Palm Beach. 

We are sorry we haven't visited your blogs the last couple of days. We have been busy preparing for the storm. Don't worry, we have enough food and water to get us through the storm and for several days afterwards.

oz house shuttered in expectation of hurricane matthew

We will most likely lose power later today which means no computer and no internet. It is very possible we will lose cellular service as well. We are going to try and keep our social media updated for as long as we can so you can follow us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

If we lose power and cellular service (very likely), we will not be able to visit your blogs or update our social media, so we do apologize. We do have an old-fashioned landline telephone for just this type of occasion. It will go dead but it comes back more quickly after the storm. If we are not able to get our power and cell back for a few days, we will call Sugar the Golden Retriever to ask her to update you all on our status.

For all our friends who live north of us, who are in the path of Hurricane Matthew, we hope you all stay safe! We will be thinking and praying for everyone.




45 comments:

  1. Oz I cross my paws for you and your neighbors and I hope that the storm is over soon without damage and sorrows.... lots of POTP for all in the storm area....

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  2. We are crossing our paws that you weather the storm okay!

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    1. Thank you Casey. We are hoping for the best and are prepared for the worst.

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  3. Ring Ring Ring Ozzie sounds like you are totally prepared. Now make sure you do a piddle before the big winds come. Maybe Daddydog should get in those nice pots under the shuttered up windows you don't want them blowing away. You take care and stay safe.
    Sweet William The Scot

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    1. BOL Sir William! This photo was taken before Daddy-dog moved everything into the garage! My backyard is now completely empty...it looks sad.

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    2. Praying the winds are not taking you away and that your place is safe.
      SWTS

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  4. Stay safe friends and lots of hugs to you. Our friends are near Tampa and St. Augustine
    Snorts,
    Lily & Edward

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    1. Thank you Lily & Edward. Oh, we will say some prayers for your friends up North Florida!

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  5. Since it is Matthew, shouldn't it be a himicane?
    No cell phone? Good thing that you're not a teenager.

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    1. Yes, we always say it should be a himicane when it is a boy's name! BOL Good thing is right!

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  6. We are keeping you Oz and your family in our thoughts and prayers...stay safe. so glad you are well prepared. stella rose

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  7. Stay safe!!!!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  8. We're near Ft. Myers so not in the direct path of Matthew unless it wobbles a little to the west. I'm pretty sure we'll lose the Internet and the television service since it goes out on a sunny day for no reason at all. We'll be thinking about you guys and saying a prayer that you'll stay safe with no damage to property.

    Hugs

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    1. BOL Amber....that is the TRUTH about about the internet and cable going down! Even on a sunny day, which makes us even more mad. Thank you!

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  9. OZ, it sounds like you as prepared as you can be. We will be keeping you in our thoughts and
    pray everyone stays safe
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

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  10. We are about 10 miles north of you. We are hoping that the impact windows were worth the price. I did put up shutters on the back patio. I have 4 large sliders that I did not change to impact windows.My garage door is braced. Hoping for the best.

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    1. Oh friends, please stay safe! We will be thinking of you and all our friends up the southeast coast! Be sure to check in after the storm, when you can!

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  11. Eight paws and two hands (with fingers) crossed for you, Daddy Dog and Oz to stay very safe. It's scary. We're holed up in a hotel further west from us in Plantation, waiting it out. Thinking of you and Oz, Gina. Hugs.

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    1. Thank you Jody! So glad you are all safe! Plantation should be far enough inland to not get such bad winds.

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  12. We hope and pray you will all be safe. Know we are thinking of you and sending 'pawsitive' thoughts.

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  13. I am glad that you had time to prepare. Stay hunkered. Love y'all ♥

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    1. Thanks MK! We are glad we took several days to thoroughly prepare as well. Can you believe some were just putting up shutters this morning? So crazy.

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  14. Our paws are crossed and we are saying our prayers for you, Oz! Stay safe!

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    1. Thank you Molly and Mackie! Little winds and light rain are starting now but nothing major scheduled until later this evening.

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  15. You seem to know the drill quite well. Unless you work for the weather service, we don't expect you to stay in contact. Spend your time staying safe.

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  16. Glad you are ready. We've been watching Matthew's path on the News. Hang on to something solid, looks like it may be quite a ride. Paws crossed.

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  17. We are so worried about you, now that we know exactly where you are! Please stay safe. We appreciate anything you can do to keep us apprised of your safety, but that safety is most important right now.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets






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  18. Stay safe furiend!! Paws crossed Matthew leaves us all in one piece.

    xoxo,
    Matt & Matilda

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  19. Stay Safe buddy.
    Wags,
    RAnger

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  20. We are purring for you and everyone else in the path of Matthew. Stay safe!

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  21. Paws crossed that you guys do fine. It sounds like you're as ready as you can be. Hang in there.

    Love and extra storm licks,
    Cupcake

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  22. Oz, you and Ma keep safe pal. That is one mean storm.

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  23. We are thinking of you, Oz...Stay safe!

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  24. Praying that you all remain safe!!! xoxo DakotasDen

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  25. We are so glad you are well-prepared. Please stay safe, dear ones. We are thinking about you, and praying for your safety.

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  26. We hope you and your family are safe! We saw you posted since this so we hope that means you have electricity and whatever you need.

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Cairn cuddles,
Oz the Terrier