Although Mondoville is well inland, we’re being affected by the preparations for the arrival of Hurricane Matthew later this week. The governor has ordered an evacuation from the coast, which means about 1.1 million folks are headed West, many to Columbia and environs, of which Mondoville sits on the Northwestern fringe. Milk, eggs, and bread are in short supply, as usual in these situations.
Mrs. M’s school is dismissing early today, both because of the pending traffic issues and because some local schools may be used as evacuation shelters. Many schools to our east have already been closed for the week, and I wouldn’t be surprised if our public schools were to follow. The college, meanwhile, proceeds as per usual, and if current predictions hold true (he said, knocking wood), we shouldn’t expect more than some breeziness and an inch or two of rain — if that.
Of course, after the floods of 2015 (almost exactly a year ago), lots of folks around here have grown a bit gun-shy, me among them. Still, I’ve seen the people of Mondoville (and South Carolina in general) pull together in situations like this in the past, and as I look at Facebook, I see signs of that again, with folks offering food and places to stay for people from the coast.
All the same, I’m really hoping the storm may drift farther out to sea, toward the eastern edge of the “cone of uncertainty” (a phrase of which I was aware for years, but which has become more common in my vocabulary since I moved down here). Wherever you are, I hope you stay safe and pleasantly dry. And I hope that in a day or so, we can all enjoy some French Toast.