I don't know what I am doing as far as preparing for hurricane Felix. I have been checking the National Hurricane Center
about once an hour. Looking to see if things have changed. Papa and I went to the grocery store this afternoon to stock up on some things. I don't know if we are under preparing because everyone looked like they had their shopping carts full and some overflowing! I was peering into other carts to see what kind of things people were buying. We have an electric stove and no microwave so I was trying to buy foods that we could eat without cooking and avoid foods that would spoil in the fridge. People seemed for the most part to be buying their regular groceries. Just everyone at the same time in large quantities. We filled up the car with gas tonight. I did a load of laundry and now I'm baking some bars to have as treats if we are stuck in the house for a day or two.
We went to buy water from one of the stores in our colonia. That store was sold out already. We did find some at another. We only bought 2 jugs which is our normal amount we go through in a few days...now I'm thinking I might buy a few more. Papa thought maybe we should fill the pila with water if needed for flushing or washing and those kinds of things. We have well water and it doesn't seem to be connected to electricity that I can tell. We've lost power and still had water and also lost water, but still had power. I'll be happy if we don't lose either.
Sister was at her tutor's house tonight. Her house is on lower ground. She said she was really nervous but hoping for the best. We live close to each other, but on two sides of the river. We are on higher ground, while her home is lower. All along the river are people that live in shacks. There is potential that the river will rise and then who knows what will happen to those people.
As it is right now the storm has went from a Cat 5 to a Cat 4 since this morning. That's good that Felix is losing strength. Hopefully it will not gain again before it hits land. It is a little frustrating because I can't understand the local news and weather stations since they are all in spanish. I found out from Sister's tutor that all the schools in Honduras have been canceled for tomorrow. Papa didn't turn on the news to verify so we'll just have to hope she was right.
Tomorrow Papa's job is to go out and buy caulk for the windows and batteries. (dang it, we forgot the batteries while we were out). The windows leak if the rains are heavy with strong winds. I'm also going to go around outside to collect things that could blow away and bring the plants inside for a little protection since they are still babies in pots.
Papa is from Honduras but has never been in a hurricane. He missed Hurricane Mitch because he had moved to the US. We are pretty much two hurricane clueless people living in Honduras and about to get hit with a pretty good size one. I don't think Honduras will get out of this one the way it did with Dean. But then again...you never know.
I'll see if I can post tomorrow and maybe catch a few photos.
A little prayer:
Father in heaven, Your will be done. Be with us. Amen.