You should have been here last night.
Hurricane Arthur paid us a visit bringing his Category II eye wall winds to within a few miles of where Sea Bird is docked. It was a... different vibe.
Yesterday was a flurry of activity. The forecast was for a close call with not much more wind than your typical afternoon thunderstorm. People we have not seen yet at the dock were here working on their boats. Stripping off sails, dodgers, biminis, etc. I vacillated on removing the dinghy from it's davits until Carol reminded me that if you are wondering if it is time to reef, you are already too late. Down the dinghy came, to ride out the storm safely on the dinghy rack. I left the sails up and storm tied them with lines, doubling down on the dock lines and rigging them so they could be adjusted from the boat. Charged flashlights and emergency radios, etc.
Then, we waited. The forecast was wrong.
The storm built in from our starboard side, clocking around counterclockwise and finishing on our stern. Lots of noise, rain, wind, motion, and going up on deck to adjust lines. About 3:30am things started to abate and I was able to get a little sleep (one eye open).
We spent the day putting things back together. All in all, not a horrible day, but, if it's all the same to you, I think this will be my last hurricane.
*Note: I originally named the storm Andrew, incorrectly, and have corrected my mistake. Thanks, Vicki, for the heads up. Monty