With the hurricane coming to Florida nobody can truly predict which direction it's going to go. I've been trying to follow the news today, and they seem to be quite contradictory.

It's difficult to distinguish real news from fake. Thus, Irma was called in some pieces of news category 6 hurricane, the category which doesn't exist.

But in reality, category 5 or 4, going to strike the east coast or the west coast, it's disastrous.

Florida Governor Rick Scott ordered that all public schools, colleges and universities be closed through Monday. The governor warns residents:

"Irma is wider than our entire state and is expected to cause major and life-threatening impacts from coast to coast," he said Friday. "Do not put yourself or your families at risk," he added. "If you have been ordered to evacuate and are still at home, please go."

The situation very much resembles one from a horror film. Difficult to believe in reality of what's happening.I didn't want to place any photos of devastated hurricane - hit areas or updates of the move of this beast. There is a lot of it online.

I just want to tell our WA friends who live in Florida that we are with you in our thoughts and prayers, and we wish you to stay safe.

Please do your best protecting yourselves and your families, we are sending our best prayers your way.


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I'm sure they appreciated your prayers as that monster storm approached, Vera! Irma was tough on many people in the Caribbean and Florida, as well as some eastern seaboard states. :)
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verazhelvis Premium
Yes, Todd, God manifested his glory in keeping all our friends safe. But how very scary it all was!:)
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You must have a direct line to The Big Guy! :))
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verazhelvis Premium
Yes, I do, and he told me something right now....:))))))
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I hope it was something important, dear! :)))))))
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verazhelvis Premium
With the Big Guy everything is big!:)))
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You are so right, Vera! :)))
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verazhelvis Premium
Yes!:)))
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BBrandt Premium
Thanks Vera,
It sure was an experience that I won't soon forget nor do I want to do again anytime soon.

Bruce
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verazhelvis Premium
Glad to see you safe, Bruce. Lots of people here were praying for all of you there. Had no idea so many WAers live in Florida.A disaster certainly not to wish to anybody to go through. Hope your family is OK and your home didn't suffer too much damage.:)
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cosmicradio Premium
We truly appreciate all the prayers of our friends, Vera. This is truly a life and death situation. :)
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verazhelvis Premium
Yes, Rick , but with all our prayers, life will take over.:)
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cosmicradio Premium
It sure can't hurt, Vera! :))
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Afro Gringo Premium
Please dont forget us in Puerto Rico. May God protect us all.
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verazhelvis Premium
Oh certainly. I wasn't aware of you being there. May no human lives be lost and may this monster go to the sea!:)
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verazhelvis Premium
Just wanted to ask how things are with you, Anthony?Hope you are OK.:)
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Afro Gringo Premium
We got off major damages, luckily. No power for 6 days, water 7. Thankfully we had generator and water tank.

I pray floridians are able to recover quickly.
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MCrim Premium
Many of us also have friends and relatives living in Florida. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. Please, stay safe!

mitch
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verazhelvis Premium
Yes, we should pray. Thanks, Mitch.:)
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sanketnaik Premium
Saw a gif of a shark in the streets of Florida, will pray for everyone in Florida to be safe . i wish Irma passes away quickly
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verazhelvis Premium
Yes, thank you, Sanket. We all wish that.:)
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AishaLabefo Premium
Thanks for sharing Vera. Sending everyone in Florida lots of love and prayers.
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verazhelvis Premium
Yes, they need it now, Aisha. Thank you.:)
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Vera,

I have 3 friends in Florida. Yesterday I telephoned with a couple living in the middle, at Ochechobee lake. They told me they are staying as they were worried in case they try to drive out of Florida, as it is so long, to get caught half way with no more petrol.
I will try to contact the other friends today.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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verazhelvis Premium
Yes, difficult to imagine. May God keep them safe.:)
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pablocortina Premium
Wishing all impacted by this calamity the best of luck. Our thoughts are with you
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verazhelvis Premium
Yes, they do need our prayers. Right now.God keep everybody safe.:)
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Cindyda1 Premium
Thank you, Vera, for your thoughts and prayers our way! And thanks to the rest of you for your thoughts and prayers as well! My thoughts and prayers go out to others too in more serious areas than where I am!
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verazhelvis Premium
Yes, I do pray Cindy. May God loosen the hurricane's grip and give wisdom to people as to what to do.
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StPaul Premium
Sure lets remember our friends in our prayer and its our duty to pray for all
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verazhelvis Premium
I like it, how you put it Paul. I certainly feel it absolutely necessary for us here to pray for our friends in view of this disaster.
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jetrbby80316 Premium
PLEASE evacuate and do what authorities say especially near the shore. Homes and property can be replaced, but YOU and your FAMILIES cannot.

My devout prayers are with you all, and please do everything to remain safe.

Thank you for reminding us of the most important things Vera.
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verazhelvis Premium
Yes, Kaju, wholeheartedly agree- escape if still there is an opportunity. Though they say, roads are congested already.
Our concern and prayers are with you, friends.
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WaynePro Premium
I too will be sending prayers to everyone in harm's way. As a former Floridian who went through Hurricane Charlie in Punta Gorda I know the challenges.

Wayne
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verazhelvis Premium
You can give your advice then, Wayne. How did you protect yourself?:)
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WaynePro Premium
Well, I lived in a water community, meaning that we had canals where we could park our boats behind our homes. The first thing my neighbors and I did was protect the house - windows, etc. then set extra lines on the sailboat, etc. I had previously filled up my cars with gas and had extra diesel fuel for my boat because it had a generator. my ex and picked a safe spot in our house for us and our cats to hunker down.

In retrospect we should have probably left the area. We were very lucky no windows were broken and I had some roof and lanai damage and we had minimal storm surge. But we had no power for about 2 weeks.

I think you need to heed all the warnings. The biggest risk is the storm surge.

Take care and be safe

Wayne
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verazhelvis Premium
Thank you,. Wayne, Yeah, the safest would be to leave the state for some time. Going to be really bad there.
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HalimNajm Premium
My prayers with all in the effected area. I hope all will be safe. I can't imaging what is it like
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verazhelvis Premium
No, me neither.I was writing this half believing it's true.
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Catwoman1459 Premium
Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers. Luckily I live in a no flood zone but the impact will still be damaging. We are now preparing for the worst and hoping for the better. I'm sure I will be without power for several days so if you don't hear from me you will know why. My prayers go out to everyone who will be affected by this devastating hurricane.
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verazhelvis Premium
Are you from Florida too?Very dangerous, whatever area it is.No one knows how this thing will be moving. Take care! My prayers are with you,Cathy.:)
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Catwoman1459 Premium
Yes, I am in north Florida so hopefully, it won't be as bad here as it will be further south.
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verazhelvis Premium
Hopefully not.:)
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TammiP Premium
Indeed. Prayers and best wishes o anyone in the path of this monster...

T
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verazhelvis Premium
Yes, Tammi. They badly need it.:)
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subcpo14 Premium
Our thoughts and [rayers are with them. Thanks for the post. J
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verazhelvis Premium
Yes. Thanks for commenting, Jay.
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abrosco Premium
Yes. For sure our concern and prayers are for all our brothers & sisters in Florida.
Richard
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verazhelvis Premium
I pray that God send it to the sea, like Jesus sent evil spirits to the pigs.
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MKearns Premium
East coast , west coast, could be the Gulf by Sunday!
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verazhelvis Premium
Some famous meteorologists say it should be east, some west.Can't believe this all is true.
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