TRIVIUM Frontman Matt Heafy Checks In From Hurricane Irma
If you've watched the news at all this weekend, you are familiar with the mighty force of Hurricane Irma. It's hard to sympathize with climate change skeptics in a month where Houston was flooded, parts of the west coast forests are burning and now the Caribbean and Florida are suffering from hurricanes as well.
A metalhead in the eye of the storm is Trivium frontman Matt Heafy. Heafy spoke to DOMKcast and said this is the most intense hurricane of his lifetime:
"I've never done so much adult prep before for a storm. Got all the propane filled, gas filled. It's pretty crazy. Everything's starting to run out. The gas stations have no fuel, the grocery stores are cleaned out of water… yeah, the list goes on. But I think I have everything now. I think I'm good. I'm ready to hole up in the house and now I'm good."
Adding that he has "never had this bad of a hurricane come around," Heafy said that he doesn't expect he and his wife will have to evacuate during Irma.
"I'm looking at my garage right now — sandbags, non-ethanol gasoline for the generator, propane, oil for the generator, one of those cool battery instant-jumper tire-inflator things, giant plywood, tapcon screws, hammer drill," he said.
"I am the least handy person in the world, so I guess it's been good for me to have to do all this stuff," he added. "I feel like I definitely am a grownup now. I did this on my own. I'm, like, 'Wow! Cool! I pulled this off.'"
While Heafy was alive for Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the most catasrophic hurricane to hit Florida, he says he was too young to remember it:
"I was a kid and it didn't really hit our area — I was in Coral Springs at the time," he explained. "That's when I was really young, so my dad kind of took care of everything. I don't really remember what kind of stuff he did."
Heafy was posting updates all through yesterday as the hurricane was hitting his area and it looks like he made it through the storm fine:
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Hurricane prep with the missus. Wearing @creepercult , listening to @whileshesleeps "hurricane". Ha. #Repost @metalandhoney (@get_repost) ・・・ Only been home 12 hours and already hurricane prepping for water (including la croix) and non-perishables. #jetlag #floridalife #allthewater #icanliveoffcereal
He even managed a great meal before the worst hit:
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#Repost @metalandhoney (@get_repost) ・・・ It's been a long time since we rode out a hurricane. And never this bad as an adult. Trying to remain calm, but it's tough. We are safe in our home, but the anxiety of the noise can be overwhelming. Thank you all for the well wishes. We will be okay, just have to remain calm and keep The Office on the iPad (our happy place). #irmageddon
…and the aftermath…
Trivium bassist Paolo Gregoletto was also in the area and remarked that he was safe:
Have had no power for 24 hrs. Thankfully no major damage around the house besides a few trees that fell. pic.twitter.com/KL8EVUlzAf
— Paolo Gregoletto (@TriviumPaolo) September 11, 2017
Our best wishes to everybody in the path of the hurricane.