It has almost been a year since Hurricane Florence hit our little island. The task to rebuild has been slow, but the production is promising. Although some areas of Topsail Island are in disarray, thankfully, the tourist season has been a productive one.

Born and raised in a small west Texas town, I have only known of tornadoes and drought. This type of weather I had only witnessed through news media and a movie with George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg. The expectation of what chaotic wind and water will bring is nothing I was prepared.

What I have learned as preparation begins again

  • Paradise has a price.
  • Keep your pantry/freezer to a bare minimum.
  • Keep all the essential paperwork in one spot.

As I peer out into the Atlantic Ocean and watch the waves begin to swell, I can’t help singing the words.

Livin’ on the edge, Livin’ on the edge.

it seems as though the landscape is always the most beautiful right before a storm