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Old 09-07-2017, 03:26 PM   #1
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Stay safe, Border folks in Florida!

In the meantime, this hilarious column made me laugh until I about cried. I made a trip rather like he talks about after the April 27, 2011 tornadoes tore up jack around here. We were out of power and my then-83-year-old mother was going bananas without her TV. Soooo, I loaded her up and we went to Rome, GA to stay with my sister. A potty break at the McDonald's in Fort Payne went a lot like this one, although we were able to get inside.

I dropped Mama off at sister's, went to a hotel, checked in and nearly ran them out of hot water taking a shower. It had been a couple of days.

http://seandietrich.com/hurricane-irma-cometh/

(Sean lives in South Alabama, so he's been through this a time or two.)
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Old 09-07-2017, 04:33 PM   #2
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Yes, please stay safe everyone!

Pippinwhite, thanks for the comic relief! So funny.
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Old 09-07-2017, 06:55 PM   #3
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Yes, take care, Floridian Borderers!

My older sister and her sons live in Tampa, so it seems my worries aren't over yet either.
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Old 09-07-2017, 09:28 PM   #4
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Thoughts and prayers for those in Florida and Irma's path too. Do have some friends that are there and others including my family that was there evacuated. My aunt was going to go down there as she has a condo in Florida but is staying here for now but is worried about her place.
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Old 09-08-2017, 01:48 AM   #5
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I can't believe what a monster of a storm this has turned out to be and right on the heels of the massive devastation in Texas and Louisiana.

Everyone keep safe ... I have friends in Naples and the panhandle who tell me they are not evacuating yet and hope they won't have to. Not sure if that is wise but they said they are prepared to get out if advised/ordered.
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Old 09-08-2017, 11:17 AM   #6
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Everyone please stay safe !
I have a nephew, his wife and their kids who live outside Clearwater and relatives on the Panhandle. My nephew has evacuated and my sister and BIL who live in SC may be doing the same thing.
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Old 09-08-2017, 01:41 PM   #7
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Yes, prayers for everyone in Irma's path!

I have a friend in the Tampa area too and hope she stays safe!
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Old 09-08-2017, 02:51 PM   #8
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Update As of Friday Sept 8 @ 11am EDT

Key points:
If you are in a mandated evacuation zone, evacuate. These zones are created for a reason, and Irma is not a storm to be toyed with.

Irma will be tracking north-northwest along the Florida peninsula. The most recent consensus of models is that this track will run inland along the peninsula from south to north, which would keep the East Coast in the more dangerous right-hand side of the hurricane.

Impacts will extend along the length of the Florida peninsula. There are no recent precedents for Irma’s expected north-northwest track. The best analog would be Hurricane Cleo (1964), which took a similar NNW track along the eastern peninsula. Cleo was a much weaker storm than Irma, though, weakening from a Cat 2 at landfall near Miami to a tropical storm near Savannah, GA. Hurricane Donna (1960) traveled over land from the SW to NE sides of the peninsula; Donna was a Cat 4 near Marathon and still a Cat 1 at Daytona Beach.

The highest risk for the worst winds is in South Florida, including the Miami area. The very strongest winds will be in the eyewall just east of Irma’s center as it moves north. Parts of Broward and Palm Beach counties have not experienced sustained Cat 2/3 winds since the 1940s. Winds will be stronger at the upper stories of high-rise buildings. Many windows not up to current code will be blown out.

In southeast Florida, take shelter outside the evacuation zone in as sturdy a building as possible. Mobile homes are not safe shelter in the winds of a major hurricane.

Dangerous storm surge is expected across Miami, the Florida Keys, and the Everglades. Inundation of 5 – 10 feet above ground level is possible. The surge may be highly variable and quickly changing along and near Biscayne Bay in the Miami area.

Dangerous storm surge is expected in the Naples and Marco Island areas, especially if Irma tracks on the west side of model forecasts. Surge may peak here during the southwesterly onshore winds after Irma has passed just to the north. Residents must heed all evacuation orders.

Dangerous storm surge—potentially higher than the surge during Matthew—can be expected from northern Florida to southern South Carolina, especially along the Georgia coast. The concave coastline in this area tends to concentrate storm surge. The surge may be even higher in Georgia than in South Florida, even if Irma has weakened by the time it reaches Georgia. The surge may be similar in magnitude to what was observed last year in Hurricane Matthew.

Power outages will affect millions of Floridians and could last for days or weeks.

Tropical storm force winds may extend well inland across parts of southern Georgia. These could be strong enough to topple trees and knock out power.

More info and detailed maps etc at link

https://www.wunderground.com/cat6/ex...headed-florida
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Old 09-08-2017, 04:48 PM   #9
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Please stay safe all Florida and east coast Borderers. I know NMB resides there, but not sure of anyone else. Prayers for everyone!
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Old 09-09-2017, 10:22 AM   #10
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MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Irma’s outer bands blew into South Florida on Saturday as residents scrambled to leave ahead of the massive storm that’s now aimed at the Tampa Bay area and the state’s Gulf Coast.

https://apnews.com/8aeee2664ccb42fdb...n-from-Florida

About 5.6 million Florida residents ordered evacuated and more than 500,000 residents on the Georgia coast.

Thoughts and prayers for everyone.
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