Hurricane Ian – A Descent into a Hellish Experience


For those who went through Hurricane Irma a few years back, it looks now like a cakewalk if projections prove to be accurate. Especially for Fort Myers. For many it’s a flight to safety. For many, it’s a decent into a hellish experience.  For those without money or transportation the alternative is the so called shelter. Let me show you what Dante’s inferno looks like in a couple of clips.

As many know I retired and lived in Fort Myers. I had planned on staying with friends in Tampa at the time of Hurricane Irma. At the last minute Irma took a turn and at the time looked like Tampa now was a target. Long story short, I decided to head North at the last moment. Into a shelter. At the time, few shelters would take pets. I was expected to dispense with my 15 year old cat.

Finally at the last moment, the shelter I was sent to was totally filled and a school around the corner opened.  They let me keep my cat in a locker room. Better yet, there were only about a hundred of us dispersed throughput several classrooms. I was one of the lucky ones. But this is not about me. For most, lest we forget, their experience was anything like mine.

I still have many close friends in the community where I previously lived. Several are determined to stay in place. My prayers for their safety and for all my friends and for the community that I so much enjoyed.

After Irma I determined to return North. That chapter closed.

Let’s keep our thoughts and prayers for all those who are going through this difficult time. Especially those who are forced for whatever reason to be in a shelter.

Let me give you a couple of clips of the Fort Myers shelter during Irma. For those who had neither the money or transportation to escape. For those who waited too long.

More than six million Floridians had been ordered to evacuate, with at least 54,000 scattered in 320 shelters across the state. Still, for thousands, finding a shelter not at capacity had been hard to come by.



Here is an update on the worried folks who were trying to get in and how the shelter held up. 500 shelters for hundreds of thousands evacuees.



Our best wishes and prayers for Floridians. 





20 Responses to “Hurricane Ian – A Descent into a Hellish Experience”

  1. Baysider Says:

    Sobering. I feel for all who, like the man with a tiny mobile home, say “it’s all I have.” Read Erik Larson’s graphic book Isaac’s Storm on the Galveston hurricane of 1900. Way too close to the action, you can feel the water rising as a 25-foot dome of water moves across the city. Clown World offers comic relief to this periodic tragedy. And your videos on shelter give us a human reality. In LA with fires you never have to evac the whole town at once like this.

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  2. Terri D. Says:

    You could have come here for Irma! Pets are always welcome. But that was five years ago. Now, the wind is creepy loud and strong here in Lakeland. We are expected to get 12-24 inches of rain overnight. and we are 15 miles north of the eye going through Ft. Meade/Bartow on the way to Orlando. Hoping the power stays on!!

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  3. the unit Says:

    Been through my share since 1947 (unnamed one).
    Here a progressive (not yet with a EV) fleeing south Florida last night or maybe this morning.

    I am so saddened for all those, left and right, have to go through in the aftermath. 😦

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  4. Mustang Says:

    I’m very glad you made it out, Bunks. You’re safe now, and I’m glad about that, too.

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  5. markone1blog Says:

    In this morning’s post at my site, I blogged on the report that Biden called Democrat mayors, but not Governor DeSantis. Although the press has remained silent on this, can you imagine the howls if George W. Bush or Reagan had neglected to call Democrat governors at the center of a crisis?


  6. markone1blog Says:

    The last that I heard, Ian may be at a category 5 hurricane. Having weathered only category 1 and 2 hurricanes and a few tropical storms that resulted from hurricanes, I cannot imagine being caught in that. I pray that those in the track got out.

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  7. Ed Bonderenka Says:

    Today, my nephew Ian graduates Parris Island in South Carolina.
    I keep reading these news reports about Ian hitting the coast today.
    He’s a good kid.

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