ZZ’s daily cats – Oreo and the fallen banana plant

Wednesday Sep 13, 2017.

Three days after hurricane Irma. Still no power at home. Cats don’t seem to. Other as much as we do. Oreo is enjoying the shade under the fallen banana tree. All the leaves were ripped by the wind. The stem was broken. Not sure the baby bananas will mature…

ZZ’s daily cats – two days after hurricane Irma, still no power, cats are all fine

Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017.

FPL says they will restore power to all homes by the end of this weekend. Living in an area with lots of trees, we do not have the unrealistic hope to get power back right away. Just that everything in the fridge is melting away…

Cats are all fine though. The indoor ones are spending lots of time on hard surfaces (or not).

The outdoor community cats are all like nothing had really happened. The scared Big Head is spending more time in the backyard than yesterday.

ZZ’s daily cats – the day after hurricane Irma

Woke up in a quite sunny morning, no more wind and no more rain. Our house is intact and the yard damage is as expected and minimal. He only thing gone was the already wobbly shed. Neighbors are all out cleaning the debris – mostly broken off tree branches and leaves on the ground. Coral Gables still has many blocked roads. And we only wish the power will be restored soon…

Cats don’t seem to be bothered by the heat in the house as much as we are.

Are the community cats have survived the storm. Oreo seems to be really hungry and sleepy. Shortie and Big Grey are their usual selves. Big Head is more timid than before.

ZZ’s daily cats – post hurricane Irma update

9:00pm, Sunday, Sep 10, 2017

Tropical storm forced wind is still blowing, but it’s safe to say the worst has already passed Miami.

The community cats seem to have endured the storm fine. We’ve seen all five of them at different times of today, and four of them this evening. Oreo is the one with the best appetite.

We took a short drive around the South Miami and Coral Gables neighborhood right before dark. Our own damage is nothing compares to the neighborhood’s. Many roads were blocked by fallen branches or trees.

In Coral Gables, some huge trees such as this banyan tree fell and completely blocked the house.

Beautiful Santa Maria had become a fairy road.

This fancy rainbow eucalyptus tree has almost no leaves left…

University of Miami, we’ll check you out next time.

ZZ’s daily cats – the outdoor five before Hurricane Irma lands

Noon, Saturday, Sep 9, 2017.

Five of our regular community cats lounging in the backyard. Shortie and Big Head sit on the new home made cat condo. Friendly Oreo enjoys the now laid down cat tree. Big Head and Oreo are just lounging.

We can restrain your free souls. Hope you’ll all be fine after the storm!

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ZZ’s daily cats – the Friday before Hurricane Irma hits

Friday, Sep 8, 2017.

Things are looking slightly better but still uncertain with hurricane Irma.

Lots of effort boarding up the balcony door…

Home made cats condo to providing some hiding place for the community cats.


ZZ’s daily cats – the Thursday before hurricane Irma hits

Thursday, Sep 7, 2017.

Most people are off starting from today in preparation of hurricane Irma. We are staying not only because we are not in the evacuation zone, also because we have too many cats to care for. While obviously it’s still too early for the community cats to worry about anything yet…


ZZ’s daily cats – the Wednesday before hurricane Irma hits

Wednesday, Sep 6, 2017.

Hurricane Irma now officially looks like real.

Work place will be closed at 4pm. This is Ben and the community cats in the morning.

In the evening, we assessed the balcony door and went to get concrete bolts. The neighborhood ACE hardware has become very popular these days.

Such a serene night. We really hope Irma will stay in the ocean.

ZZ’s daily cats – Tuesday before hurricane Irma hits

The Tuesday after Labor Day weekend, 2017.

The most talked about thing at work right after the long weekend is hurricane Irma. Having lived in south Florida for 13 years, I’ve experienced quite some hurricanes such as hurricanes Katrina and Wilma in 2005. But this one SCARES me.

Still in denial, we started preps. Don’t know where to start. Cats certainly know where to enjoy themselves.