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   This morning (9:ooam) water gauge is up to 1.28, so it has risen over 3 inches since Monday. We are still getting rain bands coming through, but really they are more wind bands than rain. Another gray day, have not seen birds this morning. The cranes came last night and then took off.
   We were spared any tornadoes and large rain amounts of those to the east of the storm down along the Atlantic coast. Some places flooding up with up to 15 inches. I would not be here to write if that were the case at my house. I would be swimming out  of here.
  As for Fay, she is near Cape Canaveral and trying to gain her momentum again so she can hit us as a hurricane up the coast between daytona and Jax. She is persistant and so very very slow. This is the slowest tropical storm I ever saw. We may be feeling these effects through Friday then must watch another system trying “its’ wings” out in the Carribean.
   update later in day….

This is the lake level this morning, (1.03) on tall gauge. Look just beyond that to see top of smaller gauge that is finally disappearing beneath much needed rain water that has been continually filling the lake during summer thunderstorms. We still have a long way to go and with Fay threatening to do a “Charlie” – Charlie was our first hurricane in 2004 that rammed into the west coast and followed I-4 through the middle of the state. So I am getting a bit prepared, have gas for generator, bread and peanut butter jelly, cat food, bird food, etc. I threw loose stuff into garage and did put up only two plywood boards over my bedroom window because there is a tree right there. But I won’t bother with the others unless Fay turns into a category 2. 
    This will be a 3 part series about how it is to get ready for hurricane, the day of the hurricane and after the hurricane. I will take the same pictures the gauge and marsh on Wednesday. 
    Wonder if this will be like 2004, one hurricane almost every two/three weeks or if it will be a dud??? The rain bands will probably hit us which is good. The lake has lots of room for now.  The news channel 13 is always on to watch the progression and on the computer, we go to NOAA to watch the progression and water vapor and the details they offer.
   We can’t take it too lightly, as with Charlie, both neighbors got trees through their roofs. I am hoping this won’t be such a big event, but there are also possibilities for tornados. We will wait and see and I will update you on what the storm looks like and how it effects us. I may add photos today just of wildlife if anything fun is running, flying, swimming around….

 Looks like we might get some rain today. The sun bloomed, and then the clouds tackled it! It’s gray, but no rain yet. the morning did bring out the ‘regulars’.
A young cardinal was curious about the camera. The blue jays move fast, they take their food and fly, the others are more leisurely. The anhinga flies in, but if he sees me taking the pictures, he spreads his wings and threatens to leave, but he didn’t this morning. On a gray day like this you really appreciate how the flowers stand out, sometimes mother nature just likes to brag…

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