We were underway this morning, Wednesday, a little before 8 am. Leaving northern Florida we apparently were ahead of folks coming from farther north as we had a much easier driving day than yesterday. We had a short stint on I 10 and then went south on SR 19 to Crystal River and then west SR 44 to Wildwood. From there to Fruitland Park where the storage lot is located. We did see some trees blown over, some wires down and branches broken off as we drove south. There were more caravans of utility trucks also going south but not to the extent that we saw yesterday. At the storage lot, the owners told us that there was no electric and no water in their shop and they were going to lock up after we left as we were the last one expected in today. As we drove into The Villages we saw ponds that had expanded over the normal boundaries with trees standing in the water and there were ponds that normally are not ponds. Debris from palm trees, the old dried lower fronds mostly, was everywhere. Spanish moss that hangs on the southern oak trees was scatter on the grass under the trees. Landscaping crews were working everywhere raking up this debris into piles to be picked up.
When we got home we found everything to be in order and no problems. Our area did not lose power but some areas still are without electricity so we are told. It is good to be home. We are so glad that we made the decision to go away from here during this hurricane.
Forgot to mention that numerous gas stations were out of gas and those that had gas had long lines of cars waiting to gas up.
7 hours ago