So, here I am again, in the midst of another major Florida storm. Tropical storm Fay has been trolling around Florida for about 4 days now, and it looks like it may be here through the weekend. The amount of rain she has dumped on the Central Florida area has been epic. Over 2 feet of rain has fallen on the east coast around Melbourne already. Cities and towns are underwater. The local news has forgotten the rest of the world and focused on the storm 24 hours a day.
I was here in 2004 when Charley, Francis and Jean took aim at the area. My house was boarded up for 6 weeks as the hurricanes blew over my home. Amazingly, Fay has been almost, if not more, damaging than all of them. The storms in 2004 moved through the area pretty quickly. Fay has lingered well past her time. As of this writing, she is moving at roughly 5 mph to the west. Now, this may seem like it wouldn't be so bad, but where I am, 5 mph would give us another 12 to 16 hours of rain, in an area that has already had 16 hours worth.
You might say "Yeah, but you knew the risks when you moved there". Yes, I did, but this storm is like none I have ever seen. On Wednesday, I felt pretty confident that the rain was going to miss us. Today, I'm worried that it is going to start coming in my back door. In 2004, the storms pretty much came and went, moving at a good rate of speed. Fay just seems to want to hover, making life miserable for all those in her wake.
I can hear you muttering again, "Surely you have flood insurance". Unfortunately, no. In Florida, the cost of flood insurance can be the difference between being able to afford a home and renting for the rest of your life. When we moved into our house 7 years ago, we did a lot of research and found that we were not in a flood zone, so we did not get flood insurance. "Moron!" you say. Yes, maybe, but even with 3 hurricanes back to back (Fay has never developed into a hurricane), we have never had so much as a threat of water coming into our home.
So, here I sit, waiting out another storm. The power has already gone out once in the house for 2 hours. It is strange when you fall asleep on the couch and wake up and there is no power. Luckily, it came back on long enough for me to find all my important storm items. I just hope that Fay decides to pick up the pace, and leave town before she causes more damage.