This is a Verizon Wireless store in Mobile; and no, it's not a blast from the past back to Hurricanes Ivan or Katrina. This is a current photo taken at McGowin Park.
Not only is this Verizon Wireless store closed today, it's been boarded up.... to prepare for Hurricane Irma? I mean, I really don't know why this is -- but it seems that would be the reason.
A few stores in our area have been closed due to Irma. Publix is closed, and that makes at least a bit of sense. The grocery chain has a big distribution center in Jacksonville, and getting groceries to the stores in Alabama and NW Florida has become problematic.
We've heard (not confirmed by us) that some Starbucks locations in our area were closed, as well. Why?
I can totally hear the thought process from a management team based hundreds, or even thousands of miles from our area. "Big storm coming to the Southeast, close down the stores so our employees can evacuate." And the employees go.... um, okay?
The key to better decision-making might be to pay close attention to what the National Weather Service is saying; and then consult a map.