Tropical Storm Ana…

…is the first named storm of the 2009 Hurricane Season and its effects appear to be coming our way. This is the part of atlantic beachlife that just set me on edge during August and September. And the weather people, oh, isn’t their excitement palpable, when they’ve finally got something to actually follow, instead of sitting around on-air discussing the ‘what if…?’ scenario of the new storm seaon.

It’s when they actually descend onto a region with their cameras and storm equipment and start interviewing the hapless residents of the town to which said hurricane or tropical storm seems to be approaching, that I start having all sorts of one-side conversations with the TV.

“Yeah, sure, it’s all fun and games for YOU, Jim Cantore. What about those folks who’ve got to nail plywood over their window and face possible evacuation? You’ll be safe, holed up somewhere with the resources of The Weather Channel behind you. YOU won’t have to fight with the insurance company to put your life back together after the storm blows through.’

And so on goes my muttering.

But the surfers like the storms; the waves that come from storms hundreds of miles away are what they wait for all year long round here.

So another season is heating up in the Atlantic. Let’s all say “hello” to Ana and keep it right here at atlantic beachlife for your personal ‘tropical update’. (Ana is the red graphic with the ‘hurricane symbol’ marking her.


  1. Rachel M. says:

    I hate this time of year. I have not forgotten the 2005 year of non-stop hurricanes and Wilma that finally knocked out power for 3 weeks. Ever year since I've prepared like I'm going camping for 3-4 weeks and now that I have a ton of gear I haven't had to use it! Speaking of, I have been a bit lax on getting food and water for this season, think I'll work on this over the weekend. Thanks for the heads up!

  2. I'm Julia says:

    Well, given my current post about storms, all I can say is "Hey, Ana! Come on over!"

    Not minimizing the power of a storm, or the possible damage & trauma. Just making the best of things, & enjoying the weatherman's drama.

    Hey, that's a poem.

    ~Julia @ Drawn to the Sea

  3. One Shabby Old House says:

    Hi Jeanie,
    I am a Florida gal myself. I don't like this time of year. Keeps us on our knees praying that we don't experience a year like the one of Katrina.

  4. faye says:

    Has it really been four years since
    those back to back storms cut thru
    the area. ?? We were without power
    for a week with storm 1 .. then after having power for a few days,
    storm 2 hit and it was another week
    without power.
    You do not want to be around an OCD person when there is a power

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