We're not in the eye of a hurricane, but we've had some stormy weather here in Saint-Aignan too. Yesterday was windy in the morning and then rainy, especially late in the day. Walt and Natasha had just returned home from a long afternoon walk when a heavy rain started falling. While they were out walking, I took these photos.
When I zoomed in on the clouds, I got the photo below. The sky was quickly getting darker. The rain didn't last very long, but it was hard. Weather forecasts had predicted 28 mm (over an inch) of rain for late Friday night and early Saturday morning, but we only got a quarter of that. I'm not sure how much more we got in the gauge in the evening, because we haven't checked it yet.
A lot of the grapes out back have been harvested now. There was a scramble to get as many grapes picked Friday afternoon because of the predictions of heavy rain. It's downright cold here this morning.
I'm still tracking Hurricane Irma by watching CNN and checking Accuweather and the U.S. National Hurricane Center site. I'm worried about my old California friend and colleague who now lives near Naples in SW Florida and is riding out the storm in her house. The Google Maps screen above shows the neighborhood she lives in, called Island Walk. It's more water than land, and the square mile it covers is home to some 3,300 residents. It appears to be about five miles from the Gulf coast. I've never been there. Maybe my friend, who's in her 70s, will have changed her mind and moved to higher ground by now.