The Horrible Ordeal Of Hurricane Issac.

Friday, August 31, 2012



All I can say is that hurricanes are a horrible ordeal for a lot of people . So many people will be homeless because of Issac. This monster was not only a big wind maker, but a serious surge , and rain maker. This storm was more than a category one in my opinion. I have seen many hurricanes, and I know what it's like to see hurricane winds , and very large gusts.

I thought Joann, and I , and Becky would get threw the storm without losing electrical power, but we lost it Wednesday at around 3:00 A.M. I woke up to darkness in our home.

Quickly our home began getting hot. I asked Joann to hand me the flashlight that was on a dresser near her. My right foot was in severe pain, and I could hardly walk. I picked up a portable fan that runs on eight large batteries. Joann, and I checked inside our home to see if everything was alright. Our nine cats were doing fine.

I planned ahead with a lot of ice in the freezer. The ice lasted all threw our blackout. I grabbed my portable CB radio to listen to police bands, and weather forecasts. We opened the curtains of our large bedroom window , and I watched tall trees bending, and swaying back, and forth, and taking on fast hits from powerful gusts. I prayed that the gusts would not knock trees on our power line.

I held the portable fan toward Joann, and Becky for thirty six hours. I only pointed a little bit of the fan air on myself. I did not want them to suffer from heat. It was dark, but our home was heating up. Air conditioning is like Heaven to us. I can barely live without it. I do not know how in the world ny mother, and father, and my brother, and I survived without air conditioning , but we did. Now I can not live without it.

I was short tempered, disgusted, stressed out, and hated Issac for being so darn slow. It just tortured everyone in it's path that knew they would get flooded homes. It lingered, and lingered, beating on everyone in many states.

I thank God in Heaven that the death toll was not high in numbers . New Orleans has a very nice wall now created by the Corp of Engineers. It took billions to build it.

Still hurricanes beat down homes, and people with high waters, high winds, and with there aftermaths.

During the day I would set up the fan where it could be pointed at Joann , and Becky. I watched the fan carefully because our lives depended on it. This morning I woke up with the fan setting on my chest. My hand was practically glued to it securely so that it would not slip from my grasp. If it would fall it could stop working, and we would suffer horribly.

I opened my eyes. I did not know that I fell to sleep three hours holding the fan on them. Joann was sitting beside me , while Becky was sleeping. The first thing I said was," Are you, and Becky alright ? Did you get enough air ? Did the fan help ? Joann said, " Don't worry, we are fine."

I woke up short tempered. My nerves from the anxiety, and stress made me a bit awful . I said, " I told you, and Becky to get out of here because this lousy place is a hot box , but you are hard headed. Why didn't you listen to me, and get the hell out of here ? I could bring you, and Becky to a shelter, or to you're brother's home.

Joann said, " I wish you would stop trying to make us leave. I am getting tired of you trying to make me leave? I told Joann that Becky may not be able to take the heat when it comes after the storm, and even now.

Joann said, " Becky, and I are fine, and you need to take something for you're nerves. "Becky did get hot a few times between battery changes of the fan. It was just a twelve inch diameter fan, but it was like gold to us.

I changed batteries after twenty four hours of using it. Carefully I changed them so that I would not break our precious plastic fan.

Next time I will be prepared. I will definitely buy two more fans. I will order them like I ordered the one we have. Joann told me I should point the fan toward myself once in a while. I said, no , I want it on you, and Becky.The ice in the refrigerator was vital. In case we would get over heated, the ice could bring down our temperatures. I asked Joann, and Becky a thousand times if they were alright. They said they were fine.

The fact of the matter is that people these days depend on air conditioning if their up in age, or disabled. Joann, and I are nit young, and Becky is of course more disabled than us .

Today being Friday, I laid in my bed with my fan pointed at them, I fell into a deep sleep, and woke up to the sound of our air conditioning kicking in. In the name of Christ God in Heaven, our power was back on, and it felt so wonderful to have cool air again.

It seemed like Heaven. The room immediately cooled down. Outside it was ninety degrees, and inside it felt like a hundred. I had my fan on Becky, and Joann . Our sweet Becky, and my sweet wife did not suffer. I laid in bed with my portable CB radio, a flashlight, and with my fan.

I may not have been a big money earner in my life, and maybe I am not all that brilliant, but nothing will stop me from doing the things I must do for Joann, and Becky, and for our animals.

I made sure that Joann, and Becky ate the best of our food in our home. I was satisfied with cans of green beans, and water.

Tomorrow I plan to buy some ground beef to make hamburgers, and I will buy ice cream, and some really good things for our home. When you do not have to suffer, it is a great time for a celebration. I am going to cook some great food tomorrow for my family of Joann, and Becky, and for our animals.

This hurricane was a monster, just like Katrina. I know it for a fact because I experienced the wrath of Katrina. Two thousand people died because of Katrina. It could have been worst, but the loss of even one precious life is always just as bad.

Ice, and air conditioning are precious. I know because I did not have either one during Katrina. Katrina was a killing machine. This one would have been just as bad, but the governors, and mayors, and city officials everywhere worked very hard to provide many states with safety for lives in peril.

This will be another expensive hit on America's bank book until some researchers figure out how to protect the world from natural disasters, protecting lives will always be a great expense monetarily to our country. Money is not as important as life, but money is important for quality of life.

The worst is over. We are waiting for our rivers to crest, and cause floods. Issac was not funny. It caused the Mississippi river to flow backwards, and the old Mississippi is one really large river.

Thank God this was not a serious killer, but it could easily have been.


God Bless Everyone.



Comments 25 comments

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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

I can't tell you how often I thought of you and your family as I watched that storm. I was not in any danger but I can tell you it blew some heat our way because we had been having fall like weather but today was up in the 90s and I couldn't bear to be outside so I know how miserable it must have been for you. I only have those little hand held fans that are about a dollar and run by battery, need to look for your big kind. So glad you are all OK and have a real party tomorrow friend! GB


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I'm not sure where you live, but I'm in S. Fl. and we were prepared, but got only a lot of wind and rain, thank goodness. We have some flooding. I wrote a Hub about being prepared for any natural disaster. I was thinking about Issac and how people should be prepared. I'm glad you and your family are OK.

Goodnight, Mary


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi my friend so glad to hear you road out this bad hurricane safely and you and your beautiful family are all doing well. Our Lord Jesus Christ has kept you and your family safe and sound. Thanks my friend for the update .


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear Jackie Lynnley : Thank you dear heart for writing. I bought our portable battery operated fan threw the internet. It runs on eight D sized batteries. Your hand held fan is a great idea too. Anything that can help keep a person cooler is wonderful. You are very kind, and I am so proud to have you're friendship. God Bless


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear kashmir : Thank you for visiting my precious friend. I am so blessed by God to have you're friendship. You are right in the wonderful things you say, and you're kindness in thinking of others the way you do is a joy to our hearts. God Bless You, and you're precious family.


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear mary :Thank you for passing threw. We listened to the weather channel when Issac went threw parts of Florida. You're state was in our thoughts, and prayers. I will read you're hub , and enjoy the knowledge you share, and I will write about things that I hope will be helpful to others too. Wishing you many blessings of love in the caring arms of Christ. GBY.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Hello Dear friend, so happy that you and family came through the storm without serious damage. It's so funny, in a way, how important a small fan and a flashlight can be, I'm so glad you had them. Bless you and family..Cheers my friend..


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BlossomSB 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

I have been praying for you and your family and I'm so glad to hear that you are all OK. God bless.


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear allways exploring : Thank you precious heart for you're kindness. Glad it is over for us. I wish the west could have gotten some of our rain. It would have helped Kansas, and many other states that grow corn, and has fires, and droughts. God Bless You , and you're family.


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear Blossum : Thank you dear heart for you're wonderful prayers. We love you too. Prayers, and authorities warning people everywhere to seek shelter, and responders, volunteers, Red Cross, fast working electric power workers have helped save many lives. Very few were lost even though a few are cherished like thousands because life is precious. I am very happy that our country has such a great warning system with weather folks that notify islanders, and coastal residents of impending dangers of storms when they are near. God Bless You, and you're dear loved ones dear heart.


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Poohgranma 4 years ago from On the edge

My dear friend, I am so relieved to read that you and Becky and Joann made it safely though the storms, although you suffered some discomfort. It's just awful when the heat and humidity take your breath and zap your strength. I knew in my heart though that you would be as prepared as possible because you have always done such a wonderful job of looking after your family.

Every year I think of buying a gas generator with enough power to at least keep our refrigerator and heat or air conditioner running, but each year something else comes up that we need the money for. I will have to start a separate savings for a generator and just get it done. We lost power for a few days about four years ago due to an ice storm and we had the gas heater on the front porch to at least keep us from freezing to death but it was cold! We only lost electrical power so I could also cook on our gas stove. I have an old fashioned coffee pot that works on the stove too so we can have our, all important morning coffee..ha ha.

I will keep you in my prayers, as always. Please give our love to Becky and Joann.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

I am so pleased you, Joann and Becky came through the storm unharmed - it must have been an awful experience for you all. I hope you enjoy your good food and celebration, love and best wishes to you all, Lesley


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear Phoenix : Thank you for writing dear heart. Storms will always be , and aggravation, but knowing how we can prepare ourselves better can make them easier to face. I know you all deal with problem weather conditions too, so I guess we have to try to prepare ourselves. Thank you again for writing, and wishing you, and you're family well as always. God Bless You.


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear Lesley : Thank you dear hear for writing. We will try to prepare better for any future storms. Next time I will have a generator. I saw one that we can afford so next time we will be prepared if we stay home. God Bless You Precious heart, and all of you're precious family. Thank you for you're kind visit.


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MomsTreasureChest 4 years ago

So glad that all is well and you are all safe!


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

That must have been so scary for you. I'm so glad you were able to say that you are ok. Hopefully, there will be no more storms or at least they will stay away from land. Take care.


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear MomsTreasureChest : Thank you precious heart for writing , and for you're kind thoughts. Wishing you many blessings of love in the caring arms of Christ for you, and you're cherished loved ones.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Praise the Lord dear one - I know it was a terrible ordeal to have to go through, but I am grateful that you are safe. God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear Faith Reaper : Thank you for writing dear heart. I could't wait for it to end. God Bless You Dear Heart.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 4 years ago

Stars, I am so glad that you all made it through the hurricane safely with minimal discomfort. I was checking the reports... I am so glad that Joann and Becky stayed and endured it with you as well and you are all safe! WONDERFUL!

We have just returned from San Francisco from my eldest brother's Memorial Service. He passed after a brief illness... Take care of one another!

May our Lord comtinue to Bless & Keep You ALL in HIS Love, Grace, Mercy, Joy, Peace & Blessings!


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear Mr.s DeBorrah : Thank you for writing precious heart, and we are so sorry, and very saddened over the loss of you're dear brother. We managed to survive the storm dear heart, with God's help.

Wishing you, and you're family peace in the midst of you're loss of a dear family member, but God is surely near him dear heart.

God Bless You, and you're loved ones dear heart.


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CyberShelley 4 years ago

Glad to hear you are all well, I have never been through a hurricane and I admire your tenacity. Thank you for writing this, your friends understand what a hurricane is like to experience and in this way your friends are with you and wishing you well.


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear Cyber Shelley : Thank you so much for you're kind, and wonderful thoughts. Having wonderful friends is always a joy in our hearts. I depend on our friends for a lot of great psychological support in many discussions, or subjects. Everyone means so much to us. God Bless You, and we love you too. GBY.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

So glad to hear your were all well.

Take care and enjoy your weekend.

Eddy.


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear Eiddwen : Thank you for writing precious heart. We cherish you dear heart. GBY.

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