Tag Archives: Hurricanes

‘It feels surreal, being a Puerto Rican…’

“Puerto Rico” – as homeland, as concept – is personal for Miamians. Thousands of Cubans settled on the island after Fidel seized power, including my great great aunt, a San Juan resident until 1989. I’ve never visited its historical landmarks … Continue reading

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Everything is awful

Since January I’ve recited Elizabeth Bishop’s line from “The Bight” as if it were a mantra: awful but cheerful. As the worst week of the year inches toward some kind of dignified close, reminders why we’re fucked. First, Puerto Rico, … Continue reading

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The empathy of Donald Trump

I couldn’t think of this dialogue even after reading Terry Southern: Trump passed out yellow bags of rice and then started tossing rolls of towels into the crowd as if he were shooting free-throws. The crowd laughed and cheered him … Continue reading

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Irma update, FPL anger edition

My parents and several friends belong to the ten percent of FPL customers without power this morning. Although the utility had been promising full restoration for the southeastern coast of Florida all week, it revised its statements on Friday: now … Continue reading

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Hurricane Irma’s highest body count

While I’ve been posting about missing cable and internet and running out of James Salter novels to read, seniors are dying from heat exhaustion. In Hollywood Hills about twenty miles north of me, Hurricane Irma claimed her highest death toll. … Continue reading

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Irma, mephitic heat edition

A sense of normality returns when you and your loved ones have power restored. The disaster recedes; the cans of Vienna sausage get moved to the back of the cabinet for Hurricane Jose and his successors; the #firstworldproblems, such as … Continue reading

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Hurricane Irma, landfall edition

9:24. Nevertheless, I blended my breakfast smoothie! 9:24 a.m. My battery-operated radio, which worked during its test run on Friday morning, won’t work. I’m fucked on that end. 9:18 a.m. After a couple drinks, I stuck earplugs in and went … Continue reading

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We’ll say goodbye to flesh and blood: Songs about hurricanes

OK, folks, here we go! 1. Scorpions – Rock You Like a Hurricane 2. Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Like a Hurricane 3. Florence + the Machines – Hurricane Drunk 4. Jazmine Sullivan – After the Hurricane 5. CCR … Continue reading

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Irma, like a hurricane pt. IV

1. So here we are. News has improved for Miami-Dade and Broward counties. The forecast models have moved west, with Key West looking like ground zero. We will likely get sustained tropical storm force winds and occasional hurricane gusts, peaking … Continue reading

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Irma, like a hurricane, pt. III

Hi! Here are this afternoon’s updates: 1. So! The trend’s looking slightly better for southeast Florida: Irma keeps inching west. Now the keys, Key West specifically, are in a bowl of shit. The west coast up through Tampa-St. Pete looks … Continue reading

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Irma, like a hurricane, part II

Hello. Still more than forty-eight hours from a possible Hurricane Irma strike. Updates: 1. With school out and many businesses closing or about to close, streets are calmer. Governor Skeletor’s assurances about petrol availability have finally started paying off: every … Continue reading

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Irma, you are like a hurricane

Hello. Here’s what’s going on. 1. No gas station or market in Florida has water. This is due to an addiction to bottled water as powerful as to any opioid. A man in Coral Terrace may have to resort to … Continue reading

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