Labor Day is traditionally the “end of summer,” but clearly it is not the end of the hot weather, particularly in Florida. We visited St. Augustine and New Smyrna Beach over Labor Day weekend. The weather was cloudy but hot. It was a nice day to be on the beach. Many people took advantage of the long weekend. Interestingly, Hurricane Irma was on the mind of local residents, even though it was 2,000 miles away and the forecasters were not sure where it is going to land.
Just two days after Labor Day, people are preparing for the worst. Irma, now a category 5 hurricane is headed toward Florida, somewhere. While I was in Sam’s Club, the bottled water supply ran out. People at Home Depot were stocking up on lumber and other essentials. Having moved from the mid-west, hurricane preparation is new to me.
So will the beaches on the east coast of Florida be hit or will the west coast be clobbered. The beautiful picture from Labor Day may soon be a memory. It will depend on Irma.