Here I am - writing from a sunny North Carolina home while Hurricane Irma continues her trek toward South Florida.
The last few days have been a lot to take in. When you have young kids to protect, the only word that ever matters is "safety." So we canceled our family trip, got in the car, and traveled north. It wasn't easy. Everyone else seemed to be doing the same thing. 48 hours later - here we are.
I don't recall Florida previously requiring evacuation due to an oncoming storm. I remember Hurricane Andrew in 1992, but I was only 8 years old. I know my family didn't think about evacuating back then.
To put Irma's threat into perspective, I recently stumbled on this size comparison with Hurricane Andrew.
At this point, all we can do is prepare and hope for the best.
Stay safe out there.