Riding Out Hurricane Matthew, Wishing I Was In Hendersonville NC

Decorated Shutters for Hurricane Matthew

Photo: Decorated Shutters for Hurricane Matthew







While we were in Hendersonville NC last, I bought my husband a t-shirt at Sherman’s that said, “The mountains are calling and I must go.” And that’s exactly what my instincts told me to do as it become obvious that Matthew was coming to visit the Treasure Coast as a category 4 storm. I thought if we could just get on the turnpike and seek refuge in the Round House nestled in the safety of the mountains, everything will be alright.

But the traffic reports I retweeted showed the turnpike backed up and not wanting to get stuck on the road during this hurricane, it was with a heavy heart we made the difficult choice to ride out the storm with the family at home.

Hurricane Matthew Storm Shutters

Photo: Hurricane Matthew Storm Shutters



Hurricanes and I have history. Eleven years ago we stayed for Francis and the flat deck part of the roof was ripped off right above my bedridden blind father’s head. We were lucky enough to have the roof repaired just in time for Jeanne to hit a mere three weeks later. Following my assistant principal, we evacuated to Tampa.

What Francis left, Jeanne took.

After the storm we left my dad in Tampa with my sister and all our fur babies and came back to survey the damage. They ended up staying in Tampa for two more weeks.

Driving up our street, the facade of the house looked fine but the ceiling fan from the family room was in the oak tree. That told us that nothing was alright.

It was two years before we could move back into that house.

Friends were texting us, telling us to get out of Matthew’s path, not realizing the point of  return had come and gone.

Shutters were up, supplies in containers in the kitchen. Vessels to catch rain were out and a Visqueen roll was handy to cover blown out. We even had a plan for when (not if) the roof started to go. Matthew was a category 4 and Jeanne was a 3…so we were ready for the worst but hoped for the best.

Matthew was to come closest to the Treasure Coast at about 2 a.m. We all took our battle stations while keeping one eye on the local news station until the inevitable power failure took our connection to the outside world away.

No Views During Hurricane Matthew Lockdown

Photo: No Views During Hurricane Matthew Lockdown


The worst part of a hurricane are the noises. Listening to the unrelenting wind is maddening because you can’t see outside. Debris is hitting the shutters but you don’t know what it is and the garage door is breathing with Matthew…it makes you scared in a way you can’t describe.

At the height of the storm I put ear plugs in my ears, I just couldn’t listen to the gusts of wind pushing at the huge Live Oak in my front yard. My mind was running wild with all the what ifs. What if the canal overflows and sneaks into our house? What if a tree falls on the house? What if we lose everything again?

“If only we can make until morning we will be ok.”

Looking back, I have no idea how we never lost power or cable. And when we finally opened the front door around seven in the morning…we were shocked at what we saw. The world as we knew was all still where we left it.

The yard had debris but nothing major. Walking around the perimeter of the house we saw no shingles on the lawn but we did notice my angel statue face down under the gardenia. I bought that statue after my mom passed away. My husband I and looked at each other, how could we have forgotten that outside? Why wasn’t she blown away?

We were extremely lucky, had the storm jogged ever so slightly to the west, the eye of Matthew would’ve come on shore and taken our little seaside fishing village out to sea.

Anyway, tomorrow is my birthday and I already received my gift.

By the way, the next time Hendersonville calls…I will answer!

Gotta go help take the shutters down.

Grateful Karin – adventurer and story teller!!

Follow me on Twitter @karin13773564

Send Us Your Hendersonville NC Business & Community News & Events

Ask Hendersonville NC News, Events & Business

Ask Hendersonville North Carolina is excited to announce that you can now submit your Hendersonville and Henderson County NC news & events to us on our website. We have two forms where you can easily add your information to, send to us, and we will then review and most likely post it on our website. Then we will send you the link to the post. Here are the two forms:

  1. Post Your Blog (This is where you can write an article to submit to Ask Hendersonville NC. This can be also used by photographers to send us a featured photo each month of their work)
  2. Post Your Event (This is where you can post your upcoming event if it is in Hendersonville or Henderson County NC)

This feature is available on the Ask Hendersonville NC website because sometimes you have some great info, or news; or maybe you just want to tell a story about a fantastic experience, but nobody wants to hear it. That is where we come in. Some online and offline publications will only write about your business if you are their paying clients, and others will only feature you if they think you will become their clients. Not here. We want to get the word out about you, your company, and what you do!

Now we do not want your bad or controversial news. You will need to call either one of the local newspapers or the Police Department if it is that serious. We are about the good news, in your business and in the community; so please send us that.

Here are some of the benefits of posting on our blog:

  1. We have a huge reach – with all of our followers on social media between both Facebook and Twitter, and also our network in other neighboring cities, we can get the word out locally to Hendersonville, Asheville, and Western North Carolina; and also regionally to Charlotte NC, Greenville SC, Atlanta GA etc. And with the proper applicable hashtag use, we have a national and worldwide reach.
  2. You establish a landmark online – this story is not only read now, but it becomes a permanent part of Ask Hendersonville and history. What you write counts and makes a difference.
  3. You get a link back to your website – when we do a post about you, we try not to leave any “dead ends” in the article. We provide a link to you, so if someone reading the post wants to learn more, they can easily click on this link and go to that information.
  4. Your news may not be big news to some – but it is to you, and us! Maybe you have a new employee, new menu, new company vehicle, new piece of art that you created, new line of clothing, new beer you are making, or anything decent that you want to share with the community. Maybe you are a writer and want to send in a guide of what you did in Hendersonville NC. Send it in and let us post about it.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Hendersonville North Carolina Hashtags For Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Hendersonville NC Hashtag Instagram

Hashtags are codes used as a social media tool to categorize conversations online. We have come up with a few for Hendersonville North Carolina, but first let us explain how they work.

Making a hashtag is simple. Simply add the number or pound sign (#) before any word. Try it with anything you are posting. Like… “I went out to eat #Lasagna last night!” Or make up your own such as… #KellyIsTheQueen and use it, and click on it. You will have made your own feed out of that hashtag. The moment you add the # sign before any word, it turns that work into a link, and turns that link into a feed page of its own. Then you can click on it, and see everyone else’s posts who turned that same word or phrase into a hashtag.

Lets say that you are on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and you are writing about food in Hendersonville NC. You would add the assigned hashtag #hvleat to your post. Then when someone clicks on that post, they can see everyone’s post who used that hashtag. This is an amazing communication tool in that a hashtag pulls the specific conversation of everyone involved over to one feed and page. That means you do not have to go to each person’s Twitter account to see what each person is saying. All you have to do is make sure everyone involved is using the proper hashtag, go to the hashtag page, and you will see the full conversation.

As you can see in the photo above, we searched the #hendersonvillenc hashtag on Instagram and found a bunch of great photos that the community has uploaded. And in the photo below, we searched the #hvleat hashtag on Twitter and found some foodie conversation from the community.

Hendersonville NC Hashtags for Twitter, Instagram & Facebook

Here are some #hashtags that you can use for Hendersonville NC:

  1. #hvleat – food, restaurants, desserts, and anything foodie related
  2. #hvlnews – news related or newsworthy info
  3. #hvlbeer – beer (mostly craft beer), breweries, beer for sale, drinking beer
  4. #hvlrealty – real estate for rent, sale, lease; including
  5. #hvlshop – browsing & shopping, also items for sale
  6. #hvlwine – wine, wineries, wine for sale, drinking wine
  7. #hvlcoffee – coffee, beans, roasting, drinking coffee
  8. #hvlcider – cider, cideries, drinking cider
  9. #hvlstay – hotels, bed & breakfast, lodging, camping, rv, places to stay
  10. #hvlmusic – music, musicians, musicals, music events, bands, concerts
  11. #hvlart – art, artists, drawings
  12. #hvlwed – weddings, rehearsal dinner, bachelor and bachelorette parties
  13. #hvlhike – hiking, trails
  14. #hvlauto – automotive, cars, trucks, SUVs, 4-wheelers,
  15. #hvlpets – pets, cats, dogs, animal shelters
  16. #hvlpics – photos, photography, pictures
  17. #dthvl – anything to do with Downtown Hendersonville NC
  18. #hendersonvillenc – anything to do with Hendersonville North Carolina
  19. #HVL – this is the short hashtag for Hendersonville NC, but for the most part we do not use the hashtag #Hendersonville by itself as it could also refer to Hendersonville Tennessee, where Taylor Swift lives.

Hendersonville North Carolina Celebrity TMZ

Hendersonville North Carolina has been seeing a lot of celebrities around town these past few months, due mostly to the Dirty Dancing Movie Remake happening in the community. And the great thing about it is that the celebs are not hiding. They are out and about eating, shopping, and meeting folks in our little ole hometown of Hendersonville NC.

Jennifer Lopez J.Lo at Renzo's in Hendersonville NC

We caught J.Lo (Jennifer Lopez) at Renzo’s, eating some of that delicious Shrimp Scampi!

Dirty Dancing Cast & Crew at Mountain Deli Hendersonville NC

Then some of the Dirty Dancing crew and cast stopped by Mountain Deli for their craft made sandwiches!

Jennifer Lopez J.Lo at Kilwin's Hendersonville NC

Then J.Lo had to get her sweetness on, and ended up at Kilwin’s in Downtown Hendersonville!

Do you have a celebrity sighting and/or photo taken in the Hendersonville NC area? Send it over to us and we will write about it, giving credit to you. Or you can also write about it yourself on the AskHendersonville website.