I waited all week to make the decision to stay or evacuate. After reports Matthew was losing strength, I decided we would stay. I made a grocery run for the essentials. Wine. Junk Food. Water. Wine. Chances are you will lose power so you need food that doesn't need cooked.
I now understand the difference between a thunderstorm and a hurricane. The newscast don't do it justice. Hurricanes bring incredibly warm weather. The rain swirls around in all directions. The wind is crazy strong. I vote for thunderstorm every time! Which says a lot because this was the weakest category to experience. I wouldn't want to see a 4 or 5.
After driving from the north side of town to the south without any luck, we headed to the island looking for warm hearty food and coffee! With a little begging from the boys, we took a quick peak at the beach. I was shocked how calm everything was. The ocean honestly looked like nothing had ever happened. The calmest I had ever seen it. Not sure if that is a weird ocean aftermath thing or freak occurrence today.
Wilmington was prepared for the worse with it's hurricane shutters, plywood, and sand bags.
We are so so lucky the storm didn't require those things here.
Today, which is Tuesday, is our second day without school! The kids are ecstatic. Me not so much. Monday was cleanup day which the kids weren't so happy about. Those branches weren't going to pick up themselves! Things looked so much better when all was complete.