Frances has slowed down to a mere 9 miles an hour. As of 2:00pm, it was 190 miles east of Miami. The national hurricane center is anticipating landfall by Ft. Lauderdale or West Palm Beach, but is cautioning that Frances might make a left turn making landfall in the Miami area. Even if it doesn't make that left turn, we will probably feel winds of 70 miles an hour or more. Right now, we are experiencing a second feeder band that is bringing winds of about 20-25 miles an hour.
We are as prepared as we can be. The only problem I foresee is that my bathroom window shutter is actually not attached to the wall, which makes the shutter useless. I will have to remove stuff from the bathroom, and keep the door closed. There's nothing we could do about it as of now, and we don't have a long enough ladder to climb up to the window. Even if we did, we wouldn't be able to secure it because it's very windy. All we could do now is wait.
I do have to say that it's been a long day, and it's only 4:53pm. I feel as if it's 9:00pm. It also doesn't help that the house is dark. We woke up at around 7:30am to get our gas tank filled up, and been working all day long. I bleached the bathtubs so that we could fill them up with water (I know this sounds weird, but if the city shuts down the water we will have fill up the tubs in order to drink, bathe, and to flush). We also pulled in all the patio and balcony furniture from outside. Dan backed up his computer, and did a whole bunch of stuff outside of the house. In other words, we're pooped.