Today is Wednesday. (That is for my benefit, not yours. It is terribly hard to keep track of the day of the week while working at the Florida Sea Base.) Alex is a hurricane this morning with 80 mph winds. It is expected to grow to Cat 2 strength before landfall. As of 05:00 EDT, the tiny village of San Jose de Los Leones is the projected point of landfall. The strongest wind and surge will occur to the north of there. I have been thru a Cat 2 storm. It is not pleasant. Please keep these folks in your prayers today.
Our local NOAA forecast is “A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 92. Southeast wind between 10 and 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.” The NOAA marine forecast is “Southeast winds near 15 knots early…decreasing to 10 to 15 knots by midday. Seas beyond the reef subsiding to 2 to 4 feet. Seas inside the reef subsiding to 1 to 2 feet. Nearshore waters becoming a light to moderate chop. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms.” The small craft advisory has been lifted. The wind is laying down. By Friday the wind should be 10 knots or less.
The Florida Sea Base is far enough from any major shopping opportunities (Walmart is 57 miles each way) that we do most of our shopping via internet or catalog. I have two small packages that I hope arrive today. One is for me and the other is boat parts for one of our captains who was at sea and asked me to purchase on his behalf. We do what we can for each other down here. Last month (due to my part in the delivery of the BSA Centennial Eagle from Slidell, LA to the Florida Sea Base) I spent over $4,000 of my personal money on BSA purchases. I was reimbursed in a timely manner (they still owe me $36 but I can live with that) but there is still an element of stress having that type of obligation.
That’s enough for now. I need to prep for this morning’s staff meeting. I am hoping for an uneventful day in the disaster control department at Florida Sea Base.
It’s 08:40 and I’m back. Capt. Rich and Matt McClure went to Ft. Lauderdale to pick up Spare Time, the power boat used in the tubing program. She blew an engine 2 weeks ago but is now repowered and hopefully ready for duty. The disaster department has been a disaster so far. The mornings can be brutal in the crisis control center. We have a 22 year old adult demanding to be removed from a vessel 65 miles from here because he doesn’t feel well. Davis Tours is running late and people are paniced about missing flights. Just a bunch of little things that stress people out. Nothing really unusual.
Aboard S/V Escape