Crazy Storm Coming Through Orlando: Watch for Flying Grills!

Andreina just called me to tell me that the storm made our GRILL FLY! The photo above I took on 06/14 (the morning after the storm): it shows a tree across the street, by my office.

This is the wording from the Severe Thunderstorm Warning:

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL 347 PM EDT WED JUN 13 2007

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MELBOURNE HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR… ORANGE COUNTY IN FLORIDA.

* UNTIL 445 PM EDT

* AT 342 PM EDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL…AND DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED 5 MILES NORTH OF MAITLAND…OR ABOUT OVER LONGWOOD… AND MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 15 MPH.

* OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE…BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO… LOCKHART…OCOEE…PINE HILLS… FAIRVIEW SHORES…ORLOVISTA… WINTER PARK…WINDERMERE…BAY HILL… UNIVERSAL STUDIOS…DOCTOR PHILLIPS…WET N WILD WATER PARK… ORLANDO…AZALEA PARK…OAK RIDGE… UNION PARK…CONWAY…PINE CASTLE… SEA WORLD…BELLE ISLE…PLEASURE ISLAND…BITHLO…ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND LAKE MARY JANE

THIS IS A DANGEROUS STORM. IF YOU ARE IN ITS PATH…PREPARE IMMEDIATELY FOR DAMAGING WINDS…DESTRUCTIVE HAIL… AND DEADLY CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING. PEOPLE OUTSIDE SHOULD MOVE TO A SHELTER… PREFERABLY INSIDE A STRONG BUILDING BUT AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

IN ADDITION TO LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS…CONTINUOUS CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM. MOVE INDOORS IMMEDIATELY! LIGHTNING IS ONE OF NATURES NUMBER ONE KILLERS. REMEMBER…IF YOU CAN HEAR THUNDER…YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.

Lovebug Attack

We went for a bike ride over by Lake Monroe (Sanford, FL). This is the first and most likely last time we’ll be visiting that neck of the woods.

The ride was not that great, in all honesty: according to the Seminole County official map there should have already been a piece of bike trail in existence since 2005… I don’t know where it was, because we rode a good 45 minutes round trip and the only thing there was for bikes was a tiny space by the side of the road.

Besides that, there was quite a smell of fish by the lakeside… I mean fish as in PUAJJJJ!! Not fish, as in “Oh! It smells like sea water!” or something…

But the BEST part of all was the swarm of lovebugs we rode our bikes and the car through. In the picture you can see the result of the lovebug attack. Luckily, I was able to get it back to normal after a good water hosing and scrubbing.