When the wind blows…..

Earl’s got to die – Goodbye Earl, The Dixie Chicks (2000)

A lot of people are keeping a close eye on Hurricane Earl. My family made it through Hurricane Hugo – we were 200 miles from the landfall point; and didn’t think there was a reason to leave. Hurricanes begin to lose their strenth once they hit land; they are cut off from the ocean, which is their power source. We thought that be the time it got here all that would be left would be some strong wind gusts.

Hugo got a running start – that thing metastasized and picked up speed before coming ashore. And our “strong wind gusts” turned out to be a full blown, madder than hell hurricane. It hit during the night, so we couldn’t see what was going on outside, thankfully. The power went out about 10:30 PM and wouldn’t be restored for a week.

The local news came on at 6 AM, and at the time we owned a van with a TV in the back seat. We went out to start the van and watch the news and discovered that the large trees in our yard had fallen. Four of them were in our driveway, so we wouldn’t be going anywhere for a while. All told, a total of 14 trees were down in our yard, along with too many limbs to count. We also learned that my high school gym – being used as an evacuation center – had collapsed, but quick thinking by the football coach got everyone out of danger.

One of the stations was broadcasting and we found out that the entire state was pretty much wrecked. A hurricane is not a small thing; they can be hundreds of miles across. So while Earl is expected to turn and just “scrape” the North Carolina coast, they are still in for a blast. The coast is being evacuated.

So a lot of people in the Carolinas have their eyes open and are watching this monster closely. Just like the Dixie Chicks song, Earl’s got to die!

In the song, they killed Earl by poisoning his Black-Eyed Peas. We’re gonna need a lot of peas!


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