A CORKMAN living in Florida has described how he and his family have bunkered down in a gymnasium as the State is battered by hurricane Irma.
Morgan O'Sullivan, a UCC graduate from Blackrock, who is now living in Boca Raton, Florida, said: “We have spent the last two days in a hurricane shelter, glimpsing at our phones for updates and trying to catch news reports on the TV without alerting or panicking our children."
"Our shelter was a giant gymnasium where approximately 100 people stayed. Shelter, food, drinks and air beds were all provided.
"Movies were played constantly on big screens to allow people's minds distract from the potential horrors outside. Children had a games corner, while teenagers played on a basketball court.
"A sense of calm was of paramount importance. Yet, we all wondered what was going on outside as we have lived in our own little bubble these last couple of days."
"Rumors circulate of trees blocking roads and apartment complexes, air conditioning units being ripped off roofs and untold amounts of rain.
"Yet the reality is that the east coast has gotten lucky and the west coast of Florida will have suffered the greatest impact."
Tomorrow brings a new day. We will be allowed to leave the shelter and return to our homes. It is then and only then that we will know of the real impact of Irma on our own homes. Will we have suffered damage? Will we have power? If so, how long will it be before it comes back?
The scary thing is that there is a long way to go in the hurricane season yet. The end of November cannot come soon enough.