First off, I have to start with a huge, enormous, giant thank you to everyone who called, texted, DMed asking about my parents down in Miami.
As a quick update to those that may not have known – my parents ended up riding out the storm separately. My mom spent Friday – Monday in the emergency room dealing with an issue that had been plaguing her for weeks and ultimately came to a head at the worst time. She was admitted earlier in the week, spent two days there, got released and then had to go back in right before the storm hit. She said it was a little chaotic and very crowded (she didn’t get a room until Sunday morning) but safe.
My step-dad was home by himself along with their three pups. If you’re wondering why they didn’t evacuate, it’s mostly because of their dogs. They have three labradors, one of which is pretty old and wouldn’t be able to sit in the car for the long ride north. My step-dad is also a native Floridian with experience riding out storms so they made the decision to stay.
It was a worry-filled weekend but thankfully they are safe and sound. Still without power and some minor wind damage but otherwise well. They fared much better than so many of our Florida neighbors, especially those to the west in Naples and Marco Island and to the South in the Keys.
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