Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Just days ago, we were sitting peacefully on this beach enjoying the sun. The little girls loved digging in the sand. They jumped waves, flew a kite, and half-buried Big Sister in the sand. We visited Brookgreen Gardens (a national historic landmark) that sits just across the ocean highway. We had seafood dinners at local restaurants at outside tables more than once.
And tonight, we are sitting at home watching the TV news talking about coastal evacuation that is scheduled to begin tomorrow. How quickly life can change. Hurricane Matthew is aimed at our coastline. We are far enough inland that the impact for us will be secondary. Local school buses have been sent to the lower part of the state to assist in the evacuation, so bus riders here who can't find another way to school will be excused for the next few days. Anyone with family on the coast will likely have house guests for a few days. The big convention center miles from us will be turned into a shelter for hundreds, if needed.
We will continue to watch the news and offer prayers for those who are in the direct line of the storm. And prayers for those in the Caribbean who have already suffered the impact of Hurricane Matthew.