With the current ‘once-in-ten-years’ hurricane battering Cuba and headed for Florida, our UK relatives see the scenes of Floridans and Carolinas fleeing the coast and immediately presume the worst. In Tennessee, being on the fringes of hurricanes is not unknown, but the wind-speed predictions for our part of the world for the next five days remain below 10 mph, so I guess there will be survivors! We are more prone to see tornados (in the season) than hurricanes, but usually we’re on the fringe for them too. So, fingers crossed as we watch the great escape from the coast on TV.
I’ve said many times that we wish we lived closer to the coast. This is not one of the times. Our great friends Richard and CJ, who run a gymnastics club in Florida, have taken down a lot of equipment to safer storage and closed their building. Fingers crossed for them, too.
CJ appears briefly in my third book, Against All Odds: Richard, another Brit, appears in all three.