Dorian Misses Jacksonville - 09/04/19
04 September 2019 | Jacksonville, Florida
Tried to sleep in but woke up early and started watching the latest on the Dorian Hurricane status. The hurricane was moving in a north westerly direction at 8 mph. It was staying off Florida and heading our way. We had breakfast. Watched the news. Showered and dressed. Then took our leftover pizza with us as we headed to our house. We stopped at Queens Harbour and found their guard house empty. There was a posted note for the mandatory evacuation. We also noticed that the gates were missing, so we drove in to check out our friends' boat. Their boat dock was empty so we gave them a call. They secured their boat in another area. We found the location and checked that their boat was in great shape. Then we drove to our house. It was raining lightly at times. All the businesses were closed for the hurricane. We spent the rest of the day doing more cleanup. Despite the frozen foods being removed yesterday, the freezer was filthy. The plastic tray at the bottom was broken on one side but I could not remove it to clean it at the sink. I put some detergent in a pail and wiped it out. I was wondering what was at the bottom on this tray. It looked like coffee grains. Mark confirmed it was dead bugs, which really made me want to throw up. Also, the fridge had an Error on the control panel. We ran our dishwasher with a cleaner because the inside looked like it had a film over the inside of the door and the inside as well. It almost looked like someone scuffed up the stainless coating. Mark worked on rekeying our door locks. He had a few issues. Then he got our central vac going and worked on vacuuming all of the baseboards, cupboards & closet shelfs. I cleaned some more windows. Our house has a huge number of windows. The water level in on our canal was rising. We took a break for lunch. Microwaved our leftover pizza. We watched the rain running down the window. The canal level kept rising. Dorian was just going by the entrance to the St Johns river, but out around 80-100 miles offshore. It was very quiet in the neighborhood. Most of them did not evacuate. We didn't see anyone around. 2 pm was high tide. Our water level continued to go higher as the water entered our channel. The dock across the canal was already under water. Our boat lift was touching the water. The gusts of wind were noisy as the wind speed reached over 25 knots, or at least that was our guess. The palm fronds on our trees at the back of our house were being whipped around with the strong gusts. I went out back to take some pictures but it was raining lightly. Put together an email with one of the pictures, just to let everyone know that we were safe during this hurricane. The outside of the back doors were also filthy. I took a bucket with soap and a scratch pad and was able to clean it too. Used the hose to wash it all down. Decided not to do any more as we wanted to wait until the storm was gone before we do anything on the outside of the house. Helped Mark move our big refrigerator away from the wall so he could unplug it. Apparently, there was a Youtube video on the error number. Our fridge only just fits between our cupboards, so it was a tight squeeze. There was something spilt on the floor under the fridge. I sprayed some Simple Green on it and was able to clean it up. We were exhausted, yet again, as we drove to Chris & Robert's beautiful condo. We decided not to visit the beach today. Not sure if we could even get to the beach with the curfews and closures. I was just happy to go back to the condo and put my feet up. We enjoyed a drink and some chips and humus as we caught up on the local news and the hurricane track. It looks like Dorian could touch land around the Carolina coast. The winds were blowing pretty steadily. I took some pictures off the balcony. The amount of water out back was incredible. We could see the IntraCoastal Waterway, clearly and the water was spilling into the area behind Mira Vista. It was pretty much a lake out back where there is normally greenery. Just finished dinner. We are watching the movie, Believe Me. Not used to watching movies with commercials. Should have taped it instead. The gusty winds have died all of a sudden. It's very peaceful here. I do believe we will both sleep well. Thanks for your emails and messages. Hope everyone continues to stay safe.