I've always hated summer. The heat makes me grumpy. My perfect world would have 3 months of winter, 4 months of spring and 5 months of autumn. You will note that summer is not included in my perfect world.
We've already had our first little band of gusty wind and rain from the farthest reaching band from Hurricane Dennis. It lasted less than 10 minutes but much more is on the way.
Poor Florida. We've taken far more than our share of weather this last year. Dennis is predicted to make landfall close to Pensacola. Poor Pensacola had the brunt of last big hurricane of the season last year, the first tropical storm (T.S. Cindy) this year in June and now it looks like Dennis is going to storm onto shore there as well.
Everyone in Florida and along the Gulf Coast of the US is watching this storm closely. It's early in the season to have a storm this strong. The Keys are pretty much evacuated except for the die-hard Conchs who will not leave. I imagine most of SW Florida has moved inland as well. The whole state is in for plenty of wind and rain for the next couple of days but it the storm stays in the middle of the Gulf and doesn't sweep right up the peninsula or the coast, that is the best case scenario.
The orange X in the 4:00PM, July 8th NOAA weather map below is where I live. The NNOAA site is great if you want to track the weather. Here's the URL for the weather screens, loops and static.
Here's hoping that come Monday, we have electricity and no major damage.
Time to batten down the hatches. Hope to be back soon.