Hurricane Florence and Raleigh

Derek Maul lives and writes in Wake Forest, NC

It seems that all the Internet is interested in right now is controversy, catastrophe, bad behavior, scandal, and disaster. At least this week there’s a hurricane on and we can enjoy a partial break from reporters mining the consistently productive open pit disaster site known as Washington DC.

News organizations tend to over-hype the (potentially) sensational. They want to promote themselves, snag viewers/listeners/readers, and persuade us to come back repeatedly for “the latest bulletin”. Rather than reporting that – because of a shift in the hurricane’s path – such-and-such a metropolitan area is likely to see calmer winds and significantly less rainfall, they leave viewers with the impression it’s going to be catastrophic everywhere when they’re really talking about the Outer Banks and the coastal plain.

Inconvenience (for us) not Catastrophe:

Don’t misunderstand me, I know this is serious and I don’t intend to downplay the impact on tens of thousands of people. Florence is going to inflict tremendous damage on the coast and heavy rainfall will cause significant problems inland too.

I get the need for caution, even here, and we have enough non-perishable food etc. for up to a week without power. But when a friend asked me if we were well prepared (“Do you have water, extra fuel, and a chain-saw?”) I replied, “Yes we’re well prepared. I have crackers, tuna fish, and a ton of toilet paper.”

Around here it’s still good news that drives my writing. I already shared about the exciting day we had at church Sunday. Then, yesterday evening, 230-plus people got WFPC‘s Wednesday’s Together off to a great start.

I also did a few hours of yard work Wednesday and took some photographs. If we do have any damage from Florence at least I’ll know what the place looked like just before it happened!

My Big Plan:

So my big plan today and tomorrow is to get as much writing done as possible, just in case we do lose power for a few days. Those deadlines won’t go away even if the electricity does.

I think I’ll head down to the kitchen in a minute and make myself another pot of coffee. You know, thinking about it I do admit I would be more than inconvenienced if I had to go without coffee for a few days.

If we do have a coffee deficit disaster maybe I should probably call the local news – you know they’re going to be looking for something sensational to report.

Stay safe y’all – DEREK





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Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at, and there’s always something new in the works.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.

Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.

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