Matthew has not completely left the building but he has packed his bags and is certainly on his way. I've stopped listening to the news since there are too many widely divergent forecasts. I know that while it is still stormy, the sky is brighter than it has been in more than 24 hours.
I lost power for a total of less than five minutes. Thank you Duke Energy for the underground lines and good infrastructure. Most of my friends lost power for hours. One still has no power and based on previous experience, likely won't have it back in the near future. I don't think she has such nice things to say about Duke Energy.
There is minor damage in my yard. One panel in the fence is hanging by a thread but a couple of nails will fix that. A few palm fronds are down which is no big deal. I have a 10-12 foot Bird of Paradise that took a beating. I think it will make it but I may have to trim it back by half. My pool is looking decidedly pond-like but that will just take some chemicals. Hopefully the large frog from the front yard won't take up residence before I get the chemicals in.
My county is still under a mandatory curfew until 7 a.m. tomorrow morning. People are chomping at the bit but officials warn that after an early assessment there are downed trees blocking entire streets, traffic signals out and construction debris blocking roads. I'd like to get out for a bit but have everything I need (and more) and am happy being home.
All in all, I'm feeling like the worst is over and it's time to get back to regular life. Tomorrow I'll be hauling all my pool stuff back out and heading out to check things out. I'll post photos of the aftermath of Matthew in the area. Thanks for weathering the storm with me.