Waiting for Irma by the Bay
It's been so long...
This is the warning map for South Florida on the first NOAA bulletin on Saturday 9 at 8:00 AM.The eye of the hurricane trajectory don't pass through Miami but goes up straight to the Gulf Coast. I wonder how the shell beaches of Sanibel and Captiva would look like after the storm. It will surely be the right moment to find some Volutes (Scaphella junonia) and other shells rarely seen on the coast. Collectors must be ready.
The first victim of the wind in our home is a large sea-raisin tree cut in two. At that moment pelicans, gulls, terns, jackdaws and parakeets were already hidden in the trees most sheltered from the northeast wind. The squirrels had taken their precautions a few hours earlier. At high tide (11:15 AM), with a coefficient of 91, the houses on the edge of the bay were already taking a few waves. At around 3:00 pm, when the gusts of wind reached 45 mph (72 km/h), the frigates disappeared from the sky and the palm trees began to lose their palms. Now the gusts are close to 50 mph (80 km/h). Irma has slow down to Category 3 hurricane and the trajectory has traveled steeply westward. The waters of the bay have taken a more opaque and dull green color than usual, and the sargassum accumulate under the influence of the wind.