As some of you may know, or may not know, I am from Brevard County…Palm Bay. I don’t even think it’s known as a major city, or on the map, really. We’re a small city, close to Melbourne and Melbourne International Airport. I’ve been through a few hurricanes while living here, atleast since 1997. Maybe it’s because I’m more mature now (I know, real funny), but i’ve taken every single precaution I could in regards to Hurricane Matthew. My parents have been disabled for the past 5 years, so I had to take over being the ‘adult’. I was able to convince my sister almost last minute to evacuate the category 4 hurricane that was coming to hit us within HOURS. Meaning 5 hours later, Matthew hit. All we know is that it destroyed Haiti and killed over 700 people. I wasn’t going to chance my parents lives on Matthew. We got them out of harms way, just in time. Granted it shifted, and Brevard wasn’t hit as hard as we had predicted, but listen – this is Mother Nature. She does what she wants, when she wants…regardless of the lack of damage she may have done in some spots this time, she’s done worse in others. I’m thankful for those of my friends who rode the hurricane through, but I want to make everyone very aware-If you hear the TV broadcasters, or radio personalities, and me, URGING you to leave or evacuate…PLEASE do. Evacuating may seem like a pain in the butt, but it will be SO worth it knowing you didn’t risk your lives or your families. We wouldn’t tell you to if we didn’t think it was a big deal. Yes, the hurricane didn’t do as much damage as we may have thought it would have, but did you see what happened to Haiti? We are going by that. Don’t be complacent. We haven’t had a serious hurricane in over 10 years. It does NOT mean we are invincible. Many of us have had a few shingles come off our roof’s, or some flooding. Some branches and trees falling over in our yards, or even our wooden fences torn down. It’s safe to say we could have seen worse if the hurricane came 30 miles closer to us. I’ll be thankful if my pool didn’t flood my home. I count my blessings for each and every one of you. Please let us know of the damage done, you may have not had it as bad as your neighbor across the street.