In the late hours of Friday, October 7 and into the wee hours of Saturday morning, Savannah experienced Hurricane Matthew, along with many other cities along the coast of FL, GA, SC, and NC. Savannah has always been very fortuanate when it comes to hurricanes as Gerogia's coast is extremely small in comparison to other coastal states, and it is tucked in farther west than the other states. When other hurricanes have looked like they would hit Savannah, our cozy, little location along the Continental Ridge would help change the course of the past storms aiming them for SC and NC. Not so with Hurricane Matthew.
Old oaks were uprooted as 100 mph winds reeked havoc on our historic city. Many Savannahians took heed to the mandatory evacuation and headed north to escape the storm. My family and I chose to stay as the past had always shown that hurricanes just did not mean business in our area. Others, like our Co-Founder Cindy Dixon, knew that her Isle of Hope neighborhood would not fare well in even a small storm, so thankfully they sought safety in Atlanta.
Upon Cindy's return to her home on Tuesday morning, she was finally was able to witness the destructive path of Hurricane Matthew. One of the giant oaks in her backyard uprooted her concrete walking path and landed on her house (her dining room, specifically) but did not crash all the way through. Power lines were easily snapped with each tree and branch that fell. Her neighborhood's damage was one of the worst in the Savannah area, and power will not be restored for at least another week, if not longer. But through all of this devastation of our beautiful city, Cindy and many other Savannahians, have stayed optimistic and declared that we are "Savannah Strong". There will be much to clean up both physically, with debris, and emotionally, with lost homes and even lives, but we have come together as one community in our efforts to help each other out in this time of need.
If you have considered attending edcampSavannah on Jan. 28, 2017, make it a priotiry now. Savannah is still here, she is still beautiful, and her people are here to still show her off with open arms. Registration opens on Nov. 1, 2016. edcampSavannah is #savannahstrong and ready to host you for our best edcamp ever!