Like I did with Katrina's little brush with Florida, I'll try to provide brief updates while I have electricity. It's about 3 in the morning and I'm the only one still awake. The wind just started whistling around outside--I'm not going to go out there to see what it looks like and I don't have a digital camera to load any pictures of it. I imagine the electricity will go in the next couple of hours, though it may hold out until we get the real storm later this morning--for Katrina, we kept it until the storm was practically on top of us, so if that holds, I guess by 10:00 a.m. (at the latest) we'll be dark.
We've prepped what we could, mainly for a blackout. Our landlady has shutters for the streetside windows, but none for the side and rear walls. They're sheltered somewhat, in the back by other units and on the side by a privacy fence and the house next door. We put duct tape on the windows in case they get broken, in a no doubt vain attempt to minimize the shattering, and Amy packed up her computer and wrapped it in plastic. Photo albums are on top of a tall bookcase, and we cleared out a closet to serve as an emergency hideout if things get really raucous, but I hope we don't have to go in there, because it would be cramped, to say the least.
Monkey has decided, by virtue of the fact that she will have been hit by both Katrina (full strength) and Wilma to refer to them collectively as Katrilma.
On the plus side, the weatherfolk keep noting that, once Wilma passes, a cold front will come through, dropping high temps into the 70s and nighttime lows into the 50s for a couple of days, long enough, we hope, for the electricity to be restored.
P.S. Quick film review--Go see Good Night and Good Luck. It is wonderfully understated and well-acted by all involved. Even McCarthy.