Now that we are back home along the Grand Strand of South Carolina, just an hour's drive from Ocean Isle, we are following an even more massive power surge that right now is tracking toward us: Hurricane Matthew, which is expected first to do heavy damage in Haiti and eastern Cuba. Currently, it is a Category 4 hurricane, the second most powerful. The approach of such a monster storm fills me with anticipation as much as it does fear (though that could change).
When I worked part-time in my college years for the Lexington (VA) Gazette. the article I wrote for that weekly (now merged into the News-Gazette) that made me most proud was about a massive snowstorm that brought Rockbridge County to a standstill. I had to gather information from many sources and put it together, and my piece filled the front page.
So now we watch Weather Channel, local TV, and Internet reports about Matthew and all the quirky changes of track that usually go with hurricanes, and we wait. It is time to make preparations, and a plan for staying or leaving. It is time to have a weather eye out again and to respect the power of Nature.