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Hurricane Wilma Photos, Day 5

No power, no food, no gas...

2005.10.28 Friday by Robert Giordano
 

Okay, so if you've been keeping track, you know that Hurricane Wilma struck South Florida around 4am EST Monday. I went out to get pics later that day and posted a few of them in my first hurricane blog. Tuesday, I went out again and posted more pics in my Day 2 blog.

Wednesday, I went to my office and nowhere else because my truck was almost on empty. My office actually had power, probably because there is a hospital 2 blocks away. I spent the night at the office, on the floor, resting on top of my sleeping bag and a pillow. Thursday, I went out looking for gas and I took a few more pics. I waited in line for about 3 hours and pushed my truck along by hand so I wouldn't run out of gas. (photo below) When I finally got to the pump, I was only allowed to have $20 of gas, which basically gave me a quarter of a tank.

Today, Friday, I went out looking for gas again. I drove really slow so I would use the least amount of fuel. I saw lines that stretched for what looked like a mile. I finally found a station that had only opened recently and the line was only 4 or 5 blocks long. (photo below) I waited in this line for about 2 hours, once again pushing my truck the entire way. I was only allowed another $20 of gas, so now I had half a tank. The last photo in this set is a closeup of my truck as I waited in line. A black bird (a raven??) landed on the roof of my truck as I was taking the shot of the gas line. I saw a few of these birds fly past but only one of them landed on a vehicle and it happened to be my truck. If you are familiar with my Edgar Allan Poe site, www.PoeStories.com, you'll understand the irony.

Once I had enough gas to leave Florida, I went on a road trip. I had power at the office but no internet and no phone. I had dialup at home but no power and food was scarce. Halloween was in 3 days so I decided to visit the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond and Poe's grave in Baltimore.

photo by Robert Giordano

photo by Robert Giordano

photo by Robert Giordano

photo by Robert Giordano

photo by Robert Giordano

photo by Robert Giordano

photo by Robert Giordano

photo by Robert Giordano

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