This post is written for Sunday Photo Fiction.


I live 85 miles northwest of Orland, Florida. Irma is taking dead aim at us. Being inland we do not have to worry about storm surge, but winds will be a major concern. We are taking all precautions.

In his mind, he could not picture what this area would look like if their predictions came through. It was so peaceful now.

“Wind gust up to 135 miles per hour, with sustained winds of 90 miles per hour. Residents are ordered to leave the area immediately. Not tomorrow, not in a couple of hours, but NOW”, the governor’s statement blasted from the television.

He had already made up his mind to stay. He was too old he told himself to just up and move. To where he asked himself? No family reached out with welcome arms offering refuge.

The only highway into the island was now shut off by the State Police. The passing police cruiser warned that if he stayed they would not be able to rescue him.

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“This is Troy Bridges, television 5 news reporting. One of the victims of recent hurricane Irma was found in front of his television today. Apparently, he made no attempt to leave the area. Efforts are underway to contact family members.”


13 thoughts on “Irma

  1. Sunday Fiction September 16, 2017 / 7:30 am

    I’m glad you weren’t too badly affected by the hurricane.

    It is sad that this is how some people are due to not being able to communicate with family members.

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  2. ceayr September 12, 2017 / 11:36 am

    Sadly predictable. I guess that too many old folk are abandoned by their families these days.

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  3. neeltheauthor September 12, 2017 / 4:14 am

    Stay safe Danny and hope you are unaffected by the onslaught of the Irma. Your story was written very well and accurately brought forth the sense of hopelessness and anxiety surrounding this catastrophe.

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    • Danny James September 13, 2017 / 3:53 pm

      Irma’s eye passed just a few miles to the west of us. 85-100 mph winds at our house. No structural damage just lots of trees down. No power as of right now (Wednesday). Expected up time is Sunday. No gas at gas stations; few stores open. and it’s getting hot (90 degrees this afternoon) without air conditioning.



  4. sailajaP14 September 11, 2017 / 10:40 am

    Sad ending but a dash of reality seemed inevitable in your story. Loved your take on the prompt!

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  5. sailajaP14 September 11, 2017 / 10:24 am

    Sad ending but seemed a dash of reality seemed inevitable in your story. Loved your take on the prompt!

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  6. michael1148humphris September 10, 2017 / 6:31 pm

    Hope all is well.

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  7. loisajay September 10, 2017 / 11:41 am

    Stay safe, DJ. I am up in the Panhandle. With all this talk of Irma moving to the west, she has (again) shifted and we are (so far) out of the cone of uncertainty. Awful ending to your story but it happens…sadly.

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    • Danny James September 10, 2017 / 11:57 am

      Thanks for the kind words. Hope it does not effect you too much.



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