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Irma and Florida
« on: September 06, 2017, 07:31:43 am »
From everything I am seeing, it looks as if Irma is going to hit Florida, hard.  Latest projections and spaghetti models from this morning (0800 EDST) had Irma turning north at the tip of the state, then progressing upward through the center of the state. 

THESE MODELS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Over the past couple of days, the models have moved east from the western side of the state.  I expect them to move further east.  While this gives me greater faith that my home on Florida's west coast may actually survive the next week, the people from the Keys to Jacksonville are in deep kim-chee. 

Miami floods when there's a heavy rain.  It will certainly sustain major damage from Irma and may become little more than a memory.

It is increasingly difficult for people to evacuate the state.  The Interstates are jammed going north.  Gas stations are running out of fuel or actually have run out.  It is a panic situation all around.  There is no bottled water in the markets (Publix shelves were stripped of everything that even looked like bottled water.   Home Depot was empty as well.)  It's impossible to buy a generator.  Plywood is unavailable.  Dintymoore Beef Stew and Hormel Chile are nothing more than memories.

My own home and Haz's place are at high points on the Pinellas Peninsula with elevations over 40 feet above sea level.  That means we won't see any damage from potential storm surge.  So, if the winds don't destroy our houses, we should weather this storm.

Nonetheless, please keep us in your prayers, my friends.

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Irma and Florida
« on: September 06, 2017, 07:31:43 am »

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Re: Irma and Florida
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2017, 07:42:33 am »
Hang tough Crusader, and good luck! Keep us informed when you can.
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Re: Irma and Florida
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2017, 07:48:41 am »
Please, above all else, stay safe (and dry). My prayers are with you and all in the path of this storm.

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Re: Irma and Florida
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2017, 01:45:46 pm »
On the list, CR!  Give our best wishes to Haz!

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Re: Irma and Florida
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2017, 05:47:08 pm »
I'm about 35mi north of Pinellas in Pasco county... 34ft and 2' above ground level, couple miles inland from the Gulf... like CR commented, if it stays east we'll most likely be ok... will board up depending on the final track... stay safe

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Re: Irma and Florida
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2017, 05:56:03 pm »
You're on the list too, Les!

Good luck...be well and safe.

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Re: Irma and Florida
« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2017, 07:09:59 pm »
Have you heard about people selling cases of bottled water for $100 and some places selling gasoline for $10 a gallon? That's what happened with Harvey and it could be even worse with Irma.
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Re: Irma and Florida
« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2017, 09:14:49 pm »
Prayers and best wishes to you guys.
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Re: Irma and Florida
« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2017, 07:19:22 am »
JumboFrank... the State of Florida prosecutes documented cases of price gouging....IIRC $2500 per incident

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Re: Irma and Florida
« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2017, 07:35:50 am »
St. Martin, St. Bart, Barbuda, and the British and US Virgin Islands all took direct hits. I'm guessing it will be days before we actually find out how bad. All lines of communication are down. Thus far all we've seen is a few seconds of cell phone video. My guess is there are going to be many deaths from this monster. (8 already confirmed on St. Martin).

It was reported on Fox News last night, the governor of the Virgin Islands has issued an order to confiscate citizens weapons. Much like Ray Nagin did in New Orleans after Katrina. The NRA is already bringing suit against the government there. It is a U.S. Territory. Tucker Carlson talked directly to the governor there, and he tried to back pedal out of it for 2 straight minutes. He didn't sound too convincing. Everyone is going to be watching, and asking citizens who live there questions. So we'll see how all of this pans out. Nothing like taking something that's already bad, and doing something stupid to make it even worse. 
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