For four years, I was on the Hurricane Team for James Crystal Radio, both in West Palm Beach and the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale areas. Each year, I polished up my reporter’s cap and got ready each and every hurricane season to help bring the news to residents of South Florida. And like clockwork, each and every year I had to put that cap away unused. Not one single major weather event occurred the whole time I lived there.
That isn’t to say I haven’t seen my share of hurricanes. In 1999, Hurricane Floyd worked havoc in Southeastern PA and New Jersey. I remember the pictures of the flooding in Darby, PA (which have been replayed over the last few days on the news) and the devastation in Bound Brook, NJ. My buddy Alan David Stein (no relation) spent a week on a boat reporting from there in the aftermath.
Then, there was Katrina. Living in Atlanta at the time, my wife and I hosted my sister-in-law and her family as they fled Mobile ahead of the storm. The effects of that one are still being felt today. New Orleans still isn’t the place I had visited just a few months before.
It’s hard not to appreciate the irony. Four years living in hurricane territory: Nothing. Flourtown, PA? Hello, Irene. Also, my first post on a real estate blog, and we’re talking about the weather.
Enough small talk. If you’re in the hurricane area, please be safe. We’ll chat real estate next time.