Well, I conquered my fear of hurricanes by sitting outside in this one nearly the entire time - yeah, a category two (borderline three for our area) and no I'm not crazy!! Am I??
After living through a category 5 (Andrew 1992) I figured I would have to see what the power of Mother Nature could do. Actually, the only way I could have done this safely was to be sitting against the door and corner inside my carport. The winds were blowing northward and they didn't happen to be blowing up into the direction of the carport. Soooo.... I got to watch things fly down the street and it was daylight when most of the action began. A few times the brief but very strong gusts (they said about 134-140) scared the hell out of me and I went running back inside. The sustained winds of around 100 were wild enough. Somewhere in that period of time I tried to open the front door (it's facing west) and no way, and I quickly shut it before it would have been flung open and me with it, lol!
Injuries sustained - long scratch on lower leg from lime tree branch that wacked me on the carport, and a ding in the head from a Mountain Dew can, empty (the CAN, not my head, lol!) but it hurt like hell. Oh well, I was the one out there watching this while the others took a peek every now and then or tried to sleep. (lol, I couldn't!)
House injuries - too many shingles gone, leaks, and those whirly ventilation things (what the heck do you call them?!), both gone, big holes in the roof. Every tree in the yard except the citrus and and two palms are gone. Thank goodness that the guys living at my house did all the yard cleanup for free. It took a small bulldozer to do it.
I set my studio up on the carport after we got power back (it took 11 days) and it's a real PITA with the wind and not very comfortable, but I have nothing else to do but make beads all day.
What really sucks is that something was wrong with my my Canon DV and I couldn't get any of this recorded. Ohhhh I was SO mad! I taped Katrina which paled in comparison to what Wilma did here. It was quite an experience and very exciting, but I'm not looking forward to the next one, ha ha ha....
BTW - my plywood shutter message to Wilma is becoming "famous" in our town! Credits given to my tenant.