Week Four Update & Review: September 10 – September 15, 2017

Hello, everyone!

I wish you well that you made it through the hurricane as well as its aftermath. As I am writing this, I just had power restored to our home. There are no classes this week at the University of Central Florida due to the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, but we are scheduled to return to class next Monday, September 18. However, faculty and staff return on Friday. No doubt part of the reason is that the National Guard had stationed 1,000 troops at Spectrum Stadium on campus to help in relief efforts (https://www.ucf.edu/alert/).

Aside from this post, I do not have any work regarding my internship. Please excuse this due to circumstances. Instead, history has once again affected my family. As with Hurricanes Charlie and Francis in 2004, the fence that surrounded the house that was once my grandmother’s has been destroyed by the pine trees in the back. Hopefully, Irma did not bring bark beetles (https://www.britannica.com/animal/bark-beetle) like Francis did. We had to cut down all of the pine trees that filled the backyard as well as the front yard. But, due to city regulations, we could not cut down affected trees behind our fence.

Regardless, I will be helping my mother clean the debris and replacing the fence while I can tomorrow and Friday. Its funny that like last year with Hurricane Matthew, we lost power but my mother was smart enough to have a generator. If it was not for the fact I had to work, I would have been down there for both last year and this year. Oh well.

On the bright side, Hurricane Jose does not look like it will hit Florida, but its trajectory seems to be heading to the Carolinas. Please tell relatives or loved ones living in those states to prepare themselves for Jose while they can. Let there be no unnecessary deaths due ill-preparedness.

With classes resuming Monday, be sure to check back and posts will also resume with regular content. I am sure I will be helping in some capacity to readjust everything back to normal. Until then, have a safe weekend! Bye!

Author: 57r3l574d

I am currently a Graduate Student at the University of Central Florida and simultaneously employed by the university library's Special Collections and University Archives as a Other Personnel Service (OPS) Student. Expected to graduate in 2019 with a History MA - Public History Track.

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