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Keep your snacks stocked or eat cold beans and franks

The Tropics don’t seem to want to slow down lately.

If Matthew was not enough, then it was time for Jose, Maria, and Lee to join the group. Who knows who else will try to join in the rest of hurricane season.

This happens to be one of those groups that you just don’t want to join. Those hurricanes can certainly pack an unwanted punch, just ask all of those islands and Texas, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

Both Matthew and Irma showed just how mean and angry they were at the coast and even inland in several states.

While Irma was one for the record books, all of the others that are following her need to learn some new directions. If only these hurricanes would just play with the fish out in the open water, then everyone would be happy.

Unfortunately, just like some students who do not want to do their work, none of these storms like following directions.

Powering through a storm is never fun, but before I say more, I want to thank all the linemen, emergency workers, and all of those who had to brave the storms so far to keep everyone safe. Their time and dedication were appreciated.

Our last storm was during the day and it seemed to never want to end. If a storm has to come here, I would rather deal with them at night. You might hear things, but you don’t see them and that’s a good thing in my mind. Hugo showed me that, if that one had been during the day, I would have seen an actual tornado barreling through our backyard. Nope, not for me. I’ll see it the next day.

Before the storm arrives, it is very important to remember to have your hurricane preparedness kits ready and on standby since these wild ones out in the water cannot make up their minds where they want to go.

One of the things you cannot forget is to have your hurricane snacks on standby. When you get ready to purchase the snacks, keep in mind they need to be nonperishable items that can keep for a while should there be power outages and other obstacles during and after the storm.

Of course, those snacks have a downside. They have calories and become very tempting to eat before the first gust of wind or drop of rain. When forecasters have to tell you about a week in advance that a storm is coming, that means those who stay put have to stock up a little early on what are usually not the healthiest of snack options.

While everyone should prepare early for storms, I am not sure that means go and buy extra bags of Oreos or maybe a few more bags of Doritos or whatever snack you prefer. It is very tempting to want to eat your hurricane snacks ahead of the storm, but it is important to have some discipline and hang on to them until they are needed.

I know, easier said than done, but I am sure you would be happier biting into an Oreo you saved than having to eat a cold can of beans and franks because you finished off the cookies a day earlier.

So, as these storms keep threatening, avoid that temptation and make sure to keep your cabinets stocked with storm snacks, eaten during and after the actual storm.