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Great Hurdling Hurricanes! September 13, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Nature, Word Play.

Hurricanes are no laughing matter.

Florence is packing a punch as she heads for the mid-Atlantic coast.

North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Maryland, Virginia, and DC are bracing for her arrival.  Each has declared a state of emergency.

Thousands are fleeing the coastline for higher ground.  People are boarding up homes and stocking supplies.


Having gone through an evacuation last fall due to Hurricane Irma, I sense the increasing stress and tension as we watch and wait for landfall.

Although hurricanes are no laughing matter, the following image of Florence’s approach amused me, providing me with some much needed stress relief:

As Hurricane Florence hurdled towards the East Coast, its final destination remains uncertain, but North Carolinians who appear to be in the storm’s path were taking few chances.

Hurdle ~ to leap over a barrier or obstacle in a race

Hurtle ~ to move rapidly or forcefully

Since Florence is NOT a track star, I expect the journalist meant to say “As Hurricane Florence hurtles towards the East Coast . . .”

Then, again, maybe she knew we all needed a good laugh.

Aah . . . that’s better! 


1. roughwighting - September 13, 2018

My daughter and son-in-law were FINALLY going to get away – by themselves – for a long weekend (starting Friday). My guy and I and the other set of grandparents were all set to babysit the three kids. Their destination? Charleston NC. Flight and hotel canceled.
Good news: They’re rebooked for Florida. 🙂 Please keep the sun shining there this weekend. xo

nrhatch - September 13, 2018

The weather should be just right for a warm weather get-a-way, with no impacts from Florence.

Have FUN with the grandkids!!!

roughwighting - September 13, 2018

Sounds ideal! And nice here in the Boston area this weekend, so we’ll spend a LOT of time outside getting young-kid-energy released. 🙂

nrhatch - September 13, 2018

Awesome! I’m sure your grandson will amuse you (and then us) with more of his sage zen-like advice.

2. Kate Crimmins - September 13, 2018

The grammar police are out although I expect with all the emotion going on that it’s not so easy to write.

nrhatch - September 13, 2018

In her defense . . . her by-line read Raleigh, NC.

3. Jill Weatherholt - September 13, 2018

Maybe she was writing the story on her iPhone!

nrhatch - September 13, 2018

That’s very likely. And she may also have been on her way to pick up plywood and bottled water and non-perishable food.

But it still made me smile.

Hope you’re far enough inland that you don’t feel prolonged effects from Florence. I saw that they were opening up the speedway to evacuees.

Jill Weatherholt - September 13, 2018

It was funny. 🙂
Thanks, Nancy. Time will tell. We are on the line for 12-18 inches of rain which is uncool. I’m hoping the strong winds stay away so we don’t lose power. If I drop of WP, you’ll know why. 🙂

nrhatch - September 13, 2018

Hope you stay high & dry . . . with power!

4. Joanne Sisco - September 13, 2018

I for one would never have noticed the error!

nrhatch - September 13, 2018

Neither did WordPress. In fact, as I pressed “Publish,” it highlighted “hurtle” and “hurtles” . . . leaving “hurdles” unscathed.

I just checked to see what WP suggested I use instead of “hurtle” and “hurtles” ~> turtle and turtles!

Great hurdling turtles! Now that is a funny image. Turtles as track stars!!! :mrgreen:

Joanne Sisco - September 14, 2018

bwahahaha – hurdling turtles! Yes, that’s a great image!! 🤣

nrhatch - September 14, 2018

Here ya go:

5. Tippy Gnu - September 13, 2018

Maybe when that reporter heard of the storm “track” she got confused.

nrhatch - September 13, 2018

Good one, TG!

6. anotherday2paradise - September 13, 2018

We were planning to only leave our son’s house in NJ, last Sunday, but fortuitously decided to leave on Friday instead as I was longing to get home again. Glad we did that, or we would have got caught up in the evacuation traffic on the I95 through The Carolinas. I also had to smile at the ‘Hurdling Hurricane.”

nrhatch - September 13, 2018

I’m glad you didn’t get caught up in the traffic. After being away for so long, it’s no wonder you longed to get home again.

7. rivergirl1211 - September 13, 2018

We have a lot of friends who still live in the town we used to and they were under mandatory evacuation….scary stuff. I can honestly say it’s the one thing I don’t miss about living in the coastal south.
Good catch on the hurdles. Things like that drive me crazy!

nrhatch - September 14, 2018

So . . . I just found you in my Spam Folder and gave you a “Get Out Of Jail Free” card.

TO OTHERS: If River Girl is a regular commenter on your posts, check your SPAM folder to see if she’s been ensnared. Here’s why:


rivergirl1211 - September 14, 2018

Thanks. Not sure what I did to be deemed Spam. That stuff tastes terrible!

nrhatch - September 14, 2018

If the problem isn’t resolved by us “un-spamming” you . . . you can ask Akismet to help and they will wave their magic wands.

I’ve had to ask Akismet to help me twice (in 8 years).

8. Nowhere Tribune - September 13, 2018

Meanwhile in North Texas, we just want some rain.

nrhatch - September 13, 2018

Hope the skies open up for you soon.

9. Debra - September 14, 2018

I recently heard a newsperson mispronounce a word more than once in her delivery and had a chuckle. I can’t remember now what the word was, but I recall thinking that it was surprising to me that she wasn’t more familiar with the word. I certainly recall your experiences last year and was relieved when I saw that Florida wasn’t in Florence’s path. However, for the states involved, in particular the coast of North Carolina, I’m truly concerned. I can’t imagine what it’s like to know that monster is aimed right at you! And here we are with NO rain for months. Crazy!

nrhatch - September 14, 2018

Our friends in the Carolinas and contiguous states are apt to be in for a bumpy and WET ride over the next few days. I’m glad it’s not us in the bulls-eye this time, but it is bittersweet relief since I hate when anyone has to deal with natural disasters.

Life is a rocky road. 😯

10. diannegray - September 14, 2018

You and I both hate those big storms, Nancy – but we love a good malapropism! 😀

nrhatch - September 14, 2018

Yes! The English language is so “peculiar” and “unique” that it’s often fodder for humor.

And HI!!! Good to see you out and about.

11. L. Marie - September 14, 2018

You’re right, Nancy. We all need a laugh.
Hoping everyone will be safe.

nrhatch - September 14, 2018

It’s sounds like more than a few people decided to ride out the storm in a not-so-safe place. Fingers crossed they come out OK after the rain drains away.

12. rivergirl1211 - September 14, 2018

Thanks. Not sure what I did to be deemed Spam. That stuff tastes terrible!

nrhatch - September 14, 2018

Yes! Nasty stuff. Here’s hoping you will no longer be sent to Spam-A-Lot.

rivergirl1211 - September 15, 2018

But the question still lingers…. why? Why was I deemed a Spam loaf??

nrhatch - September 15, 2018


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