For those of you who have never been through a hurricane, I will do my best to try to describe it.
You work your a$$ off getting ready, especially if you have a lot of outside stuff or if you haven't lived in a place long.
Shutters or plywood. Secure the garbage cans. Secure the grill. Secure the patio furniture. Secure anything else that could become a missle. Make sure the coconuts are out of the trees and the palm trees have a "11 and 1 o'clock trim" (although you should have done that prior). Make sure the scooters and bicycles are safe. Drive the car to higher ground if possible.
Usually, much of this is being done as the wind picks up. It is still really nice weather, but getting windier and gustier.
Make sure you have enough supplies. water, gasoline for the generator, water, canned food, water, munchies, water, batteries for the flashlights, and water.
Bring whatever tools inside that you may need to do emergency repairs or break through the roof. Dig out the Coleman lantern and cookstove and make sure you have enough propane. Find all the flashlights.
Make sure the generator runs and the oil level is good. Find all the extension cords. Install window A/C's in windows if you are fortunate enough to have central air.
I am sure I am missing some stuff, but this is all stuff one does before a storm when it is still hotter than sh*t out.
Take a shower.
Go have drinks. You earned it.
Eventually, the clouds will start rolling in as the winds continue to increase. You head home because all the bars in KW are closing.
You turn on the TV and watch the storm as it approaches. You become a weather channel and Channel 7 (Miami) junkie. Ditto on every weather site you know on the internet.
The first storm squall hits. It is like a strong thunderstorm where you live. The wind is blowing at maybe 30 MPH and it is raining buckets. It lasts for a 10 minutes or so. It stops, but the winds continue and the sky has multiple shades of grey, made worse because it is getting dark.
You head back inside and watch some more TV. The squalls keep coming and are becoming more and more frequent with shorter intervals between. Your eyes are glued to the TV and computer screen.
The winds continue to increase and are now gusting to 50-60 MPH. The lights flicker a few times. You know it is only a matter of time and run to get the flashlights and get the generator extension cords in place. The floor looks like a snake pit as a result.
The lights go out during a particularly bad squall when a gust hits your house that you swear must be 90 MPH. It's dark. You fire up the generator and get the lights back on as well as the refrigerator. You also plug in a window A/C and fire it up. If you still have broadband, you get info from the laptop. If the power outage is widespread (and it likely is), there is no cable. If you have satellite, most likely the wind has moved them from the optimum position so they don't work either. The winds are now blowing HARD and the rain is nearly constant and coming down sideways. The trees are bending in the wind.
You go to bed and try to sleep.
In the middle of the night, you hear a number of loud bangs and other scary noises. You have no idea what they are but you hope to hell it isn't the house coming apart. Sleep is difficult as the wind is now howling (and I do mean howling-literally) outside. You get maybe 2-3 hours of sleep. You get up and look at your watch. It's 4 am and the wind sounds like a freight train. You have to go the the bathroom, but first, you have to find the flashlight. Mission accompished, you try to go back to sleep. No deal. So you get up and try the internet. No signal. You turn on the radio. You can't find a station.
You are now isolated totally. You have no idea whether everything is OK as close as the house next door. It's a very lonely feeling.
As light comes, the storm is still raging. A few hours after daybreak, it starts to diminish, but very gradually. You just want it over. You have already read a book and a half. You decide to take a shower.....by flashlight.
Within another couple of hours the storm has declined to the point where it stops raining. You go out to survey the damage. There are tree limbs everywhere, one on top of your neighbors car. He is also out, as is nearly everyone in the neighborhood. You all meet and share stories. The drone of generators makes it hard to hear. The wind is still blowing and all of a sudden, here comes the rain again. It's a feeder band from the storm and they will continue, on and off for 24-36 hours.
As soon as you pick up the yard and open the house back up again, you go out and have a drink or 20 and congratulate yourself for making it through another one.