After escaping Irma and returning home, it was heartwarming to see how the government (federal, state, and local) and private enterprise worked together to prepare for and clean up after Irma. It was also rewarding to see people behave themselves when stress levels are high and gas in limited supply.
Heading back south, we saw convoys of US Army troops. Some of them worked with local police blocking highway exits into areas that were flooded (around Savannah, GA).
We were very fortunate leaving FL on Saturday, before the hurricane hit our area. Traffic moved freely and we had plenty of gas. However, the return was much more frustrating, driving ten hours to go about 250 miles. And with the people came some closed gas stations and lines at others, but we made it back to the Tampa area without any problems.
We were very fortunate as was the area where we live. We had a downed tree that leaned up against our neighbors house but there was no damage. Some other trees were down in the neighborhood and that was about it. I was told that we got somewhere between one to three inches of rain, far less than projected. Our grass had not been cut in three weeks which is nothing compared to people who are still without power nearly ten days later in our hot and humid environment. We are slowly getting back to normal. Children started school after a week’s respite and everyone is back to work around the Tampa area.