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In 2009, only 2 non-hurricanes/tropical storms/tropical depressions did hit the United States. Both hit Pensacola, FL. Pensacola, FL didn’t (to my knowledge anyway) do anything to piss off Mother Nature.

The Dids and Didn’ts of Non-Hurricane Ida

Panic did ensue fueled by the media as is the norm. The normal few didn’t run en masse looking for a room on  Interstate 65 North.

CNN vans did appear for the massive destruction that didn’t happen.

McDonalds did close on the day after the storm or didn’t open the day after the storm – depending on your point of view. BagelHeads, on the other hand, did open for business on the day after Ida

Pensacola Beach didn’t get washed away neither did Perdido Key, Dauphin Island or any or the other barrier islands. Water did cover some of the beach roads in spots.

The Pensacola Bay Bridge didn’t get swept away by the massive storm surge and waves. It did get scrubbed and all litter removed by the fierce 25 mph winds.

Wal-Mart did sell out of water, bread and batteries very early in the day before Ida arrived. Water, bread and batteries didn’t sell out at the other stores in the area. Neither did ice or good sense.

The Emergency Operations units of several local counties did meet to assess the situation, produce threats and managed to close the local schools. They didn’t get to use their damage assessment units as there was no damage.

School children did get to enjoy a 5 day holiday as opposed to a 1 day holiday. Parents, who had to take the day off from work didn’t get paid and didn’t enjoy it.

One lonely soul did show up at Discovery Day Care to drop his child off so he could go to work. Discovery Day Care didn’t open.

324 people did lose power due to the non-hurricane. Thousands of people didn’t lose power due to the non-hurricane.

In 2009, only 2 non-hurricanes/tropical storms/tropical depressions, Claudette and Ida, did hit the United States. Both hit Pensacola, FL. Pensacola, FL didn’t (to my knowledge anyway) do anything to piss off Mother Nature.

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Wanda M. Argersinger

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2 comments

  1. I don’t even remember us having Claudette if that has any barrier on how it REALLY affected us. Here I sit at home, (because I have a friendly boss, not because I was told the office was closing today) and its just a normal day outside.

  2. Spending the first half of my life in GB and the second half in SF, (btw, that’s not “Great Britain,” but rather Gulf Breeze, I’ll take good ol’ earthquakes over hurricanes any day! The stress and time preparing, anticipating the worst, praying the best, is not an issue when the earth begins to shake, rattle, and roll! Now I live in what’s known around ‘these parts’ as “Tornado Alley” and you’d think by the local ABC coverage, we were preparing for the sky to come crashing down or the world to come to an end! What is it about a little wind and rain that makes everyone go nuts? That’s not to say I’m not sensitive to those who have lost their homes because I am, it’s just so much time is wasted on worrying, anticipating, and preparing when, usually it’s nothing but a tropical storm! That’s my rant for the day! Great blog! Loved it cuz it’s so true!

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