I haven't had the opportunity to update everybody here in the rain regarding hurricane Ian.
As most of you know I live in Cape Coral where we were very affected by this catastrophic hurricane. Just a day before the hurricane landed the news was saying it was going straight to Tampa and basically hours before it changed course and came directly to us. Wednesday morning started raining and windy but by noon we knew it was real! The eye of the hurricane passed through Sanibel all the way to Cape Coral with winds of 150 mph and yes it felt like 200 mph our house was shaking! This was between noon until about 8 pm and then calmed down until the next morning.
We lost power right by noon and by 3-4 pm our front door almost blew off! Thank God one of our friends had an internet connection and guided us when was the right time to go outside and support the door with a piece of plywood. Actually that was right when we were in the middle of the eye of the hurricane, usually that's when winds slow down. Let me mention that we had this door recently replaced at the beginning of the year and it's a hurricane impact doors.
Those were very scary and stressful times! Our house suffered some damages, the water we received from the front door, our lanai and some roof issues, but all this is secondary. We will fix all these problems later on.
At this point We are so GRATEFUL to be alive and that we didn't get hurt during the hurricane. My family and friends are ok too. God is the best!
Until today, a week later we still don't have electricity. We understand the electric company is working very hard and is getting electric to some sections of the City little by little.
Our community is strong and everybody has come together to help in any way we can. Some people were less fortunate and lost everything. Sanibel and the Islands were totally devastated.
We have received a lot of help from our neighbors from the East Coast and other near by Cities. Driving through highway I-75 you'll see trucks and trucks full of water, food and supplies. Since this is going to take time for recovery, if you can help through any organization related to hurricane Ian please do because there is still a lot of help needed here.
We stayed at our friend's house for few days after the hurricane, now we are in a rental place for this week. Hopefully we get the power back in our house by the weekend.
All this has been a reflection of how sensitive our lives are, that life can change in seconds. Funny how little things we take for granted every day, like taking a warm shower ah! or having a hot cup of coffee or being able to text and talk to your loved ones!
Thank you to everyone who reaches out to see if I am ok. Thank you Joan Cox
Southwest Florida stronger than ever, WE WILL REBUILD