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genie

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Re: Irma
« Reply #15 on: September 08, 2017, 06:36:56 PM »
No hotel rooms left in Florida - none.  They're not telling people to evacuate anymore. There is no place to go. Can't go east or west and going north is clogged.

South Florida could easily expect water 6 - 12 feet above ground level - that means homes are going under water (Trump's home included)

In some areas, they're going to allow driving on the shoulder of roads. They will not be opening the south bound interstate lanes ( called contra-flow) to go north because trucks are trying to get in with supplies, emergency vehicles, plus law enforcement, electric vehicles. 

U-Haul trailers / trucks in 54 locations are allowing all there vehicles to be borrowed for 30 days to help people move.

State Trooper cops are escorting gas trucks to everywhere. The countries best "first responders" are coming in.

The house across from me has a Ryder Truck the size of a moving hauler. I think they're putting all their low-level furniture in it.

This is a history making storm - what luck to have another one behind it.


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« Reply #16 on: September 09, 2017, 02:51:43 AM »
I can't imagine what you're going through. Keep safe, Genie and Gli.

We never have that kind of weather here. Just rain and a bit of wind, and a lot of dark grey skies. We had a fairly good summer, though. A couple of mild summer evenings on the terrace and hot days and cool nights. Even Shetland and the Orkneys had nice, sunny weather.

I've been thinking of you a lot, these past days, Genie. I worry.
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« Reply #17 on: September 09, 2017, 08:56:45 AM »
It is starting to look better for my side of the state.  It's looking like a cat 3 on my side. I'm not sure where Gli is exactly, but I think he's more westerly than I am. They're still telling the barrier islands to evacuate, but I'm not so sure I will go.  Still waiting for that thing to spring loose from Cuba, hit those hot waters and make its turn.

The great thing is that I would only have to travel about 5 miles to high ground. Wouldn't have to go anywhere near where all that traffic is clogged - so, I can wait until the last minute to go. My deadline is about midnight, I think.

I'm going to talk with my B-i-L (next door). I know he wants to stay, so he can get his generator going to save the refrigerator contents.


Category    Sustained Winds    Types of Damage Due to Hurricane Winds
1    74-95 mph
64-82 kt
119-153 km/h    Very dangerous winds will produce some damage: Well-constructed frame homes could have damage to roof, shingles, vinyl siding and gutters. Large branches of trees will snap and shallowly rooted trees may be toppled. Extensive damage to power lines and poles likely will result in power outages that could last a few to several days.


2    96-110 mph
83-95 kt
154-177 km/h    Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage: Well-constructed frame homes could sustain major roof and siding damage. Many shallowly rooted trees will be snapped or uprooted and block numerous roads. Near-total power loss is expected with outages that could last from several days to weeks.


3
(major)    111-129 mph
96-112 kt
178-208 km/h    Devastating damage will occur: Well-built framed homes may incur major damage or removal of roof decking and gable ends. Many trees will be snapped or uprooted, blocking numerous roads. Electricity and water will be unavailable for several days to weeks after the storm passes.


4
(major)    130-156 mph
113-136 kt
209-251 km/h    Catastrophic damage will occur: Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.


5
(major)    157 mph or higher
137 kt or higher
252 km/h or higher    Catastrophic damage will occur: A high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last for weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.



I do not live in a "framed" home. My house is cinderblock.

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« Reply #18 on: September 10, 2017, 10:53:51 AM »
Still here, still have electric, but our worst weather will be in the next 24 hours. Being on the back end of the hurricane, called The Dirty Side, exposes us to tornados, along with high winds and rain. Damage in our area expects to be light. Still think my fence will go. LOL

With the potential for state disaster only a few days ago, I cannot believe what our governor, President, and and other county managers have put in place.

(Central Florida area) We've got 7,000 Army guards (armed) posted for lots of duties, like traffic control for downed traffic lights, looting prevention, and rescues as the storm leaves.

Just heard that we have 1500 BlackHawk helo's and Red Cross vehicles packed into one of the Orlando stadiums.

There are a ton of first responders waiting just outside the unsafe zone in the states above us. Lot's of electric men and their trucks, Federal Emergency Management, more Red Cross and lots of other organizations lying in wait.

Not having enough shelters for those that had to leave their homes, they opened schools and high schools for refuge areas. About 1/3 will allow pets. Some are for "special needs", people.

There seems to have been a grass roots movement to collect the homeless living in tents are cardboard boxes in places they are known to frequent.

It's just been amazing the activity that is going on unseen. Many agencies were activated well ahead of the storm. The internet providers are lifting all fees to text on your phones. All roads tolls have been lifted in the whole state. Roads have been kept free of evacuators so that supplies, and all the helpers can get to needed areas quickly.  The governor permitted driving on the road shoulders on some of major highways.  It's kind of sad for those early evacuees to have migrated west, now having to evacuate to the east.

I can't see anything left undone. We are as safe as we can be and still be in the state.

I know Florida is more used to getting ready for hurricanes than most other states, but I have never seen anything as I have this year/storm. I think we're setting precedences that will set examples for other places expecting hurricanes.

For now, I have high winds, heavy rain accumulation and tornado's to look forward to, but nothing like it was two days ago.

I do have two nephews and their wives and kids, on the west side of the state.

Back later if I still have power.


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« Reply #19 on: September 10, 2017, 12:01:19 PM »
Dear Genie and Gli! Just can't imagine what you are going through! Hope very much that your homes will withstand and you will soon be back home safe.

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Re: Irma
« Reply #20 on: September 10, 2017, 04:40:22 PM »
I'm constantly roaming the internet and watching the news to be up to date on your Irma, Genie.
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« Reply #21 on: September 11, 2017, 10:59:57 AM »
Are you guys okay?!!!!

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« Reply #22 on: September 12, 2017, 08:43:44 AM »
Thinking of you guys! So very scary--every time I hear a report about the storm I send up a prayer hoping everything's going as well as it can down there. Stay safe!

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« Reply #23 on: September 12, 2017, 10:32:28 AM »
Genie must be without electricity. She's taking an awfully long time to post.
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« Reply #24 on: September 13, 2017, 08:48:43 AM »
Finally got power back a couple hours ago. We didn't have power, the internet, cable, phone and no cellular service.  Couldn't have called 911 if we needed to.

At the moment, I just need to have some sleep in this beautiful a/c.  Good to hear ice dropping in the fridge.  Be back later and tell you more.

I did lose the chimney and fence. Broke a favorite tree in the front yard, but that may still make it.

I'm ok.  Just exhausted.  Later.

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« Reply #25 on: September 13, 2017, 12:07:52 PM »
Thank God you're al right!
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« Reply #26 on: September 13, 2017, 06:38:51 PM »


I don't envy you, but we deal with wildfires and earthquakes on the west coast...!  Probably anyone who doesn't live in the US is thanking their lucky stars that they don't!  Mother Nature beats us up on a regular basis, doesn't she?  I'd call this child abuse!

I was going to tell you before I lost power about a new series on Amazon (?) I think.  It has to do with fire fighters, I think. Can't remember the name of it right now. But their first episode was all about the fires in Calfornia. Truly and interesting show. It showed some women firefighters that should be in prison but decided to go to fire school to be firefighters.  Rugged stuff.  If you can't find it, I'll look for it.

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« Reply #27 on: September 13, 2017, 06:44:11 PM »
Being without power for 4 days and having no radio I have no idea how the rest of the state made out. However, I can tell you how absolutely proud I am of our governor.

I think we had shelters for everything except the cockroaches.

Were there any deaths?

Why hasn't Gli checked in?

Lost 5 lbs.


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« Reply #28 on: September 13, 2017, 06:48:05 PM »
Thanks to everyone, Luce, Oso, Gli, Nath, DCM, Beb. for your thoughts and prayers.  They worked.


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« Reply #29 on: September 13, 2017, 11:23:11 PM »
Thanks to everyone, Luce, Oso, Gli, Nath, DCM, Beb. for your thoughts and prayers.  They worked.



Good to know that my prayers worked!  (I'm betting it was somebody else's prayers...)

Genie, I'm so happy that you're okay and that your house survived with relatively little damage!  What a week you've had!  Sheesh!


 


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