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Re: Hurricane Irma
« Reply #50 on: September 09, 2017, 11:21:55 am »
Our wind forecast has gone from the low 70's to about 90 with the westward shift of the track. We're hunkering down but we do have the shelter option in case it gets worse.

wow, I thought you were already gone in the roadtrek. It would have been a good idea. I'm still home, been prepping for days, the new track has the eye going over us as a cat 3. I think we're going to a relatives newly built concrete home in plant city. wonder how much I'll have when this is over. There's a bunch of folks whose live are about to be upended... everyone stay safe. Steve
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Re: Hurricane Irma
« Reply #51 on: September 09, 2017, 11:40:50 am »
Steve, my very best to you, and your family. Hoping this storm approaches, then veers off towards North Korea.
 

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Re: Hurricane Irma
« Reply #52 on: September 09, 2017, 01:36:23 pm »
I second the idea's of; moving to a stronger/higher building..
                                 the storm veering off and hitting North Korea..

Prayers are with ya'll.

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Re: Hurricane Irma
« Reply #53 on: September 09, 2017, 02:54:23 pm »
Alan here in  Ft. Lauderdale Fl.    We are completely enclosed w/hurricane impact glass w/accordion shutters over then and claim shell awnings over other windows that are impact glass. The garage door is hurricane rated and is our only way out of the house. Just praying to roof doesn't come off.    When the power goes out (it will go out and may be out for months) I will be able to release the door from the electric opener and open it. Tube is full for flushing the toilet. The gas grill has two tanks off gas of propane for cooking.  The power generator has gas and should keep the refrigerator and a few lights on. Have food and bottle water for several days.    Looks like we may not have the heavies load of the storm here but the West coast north off the keys are going to get it head on.      Prayers go out to everyone who is facing this storm.    God Bless     ALAN                             

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Re: Hurricane Irma
« Reply #54 on: September 09, 2017, 03:08:00 pm »
Mary & I've done a few odds n ends & have put away some of our outdoor junque.

Looks like better news now cuz she's slowed down to 125 mph & is moving west, away from Mijami. Oh yeah! :great:

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Re: Hurricane Irma
« Reply #55 on: September 09, 2017, 06:32:03 pm »
Ain't live grand? Be safe all my brothers from a different mother.
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Re: Hurricane Irma
« Reply #56 on: September 09, 2017, 07:28:51 pm »
    Does anyone know if I need to close the vents under my roof (soffit area) that go into the attic or does the attic have to Breath to relieve pressure?  Getting some rain and winds from time to time then the sun comes out here in Ft. Lauderdale area.     Alan is S. Fl

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Re: Hurricane Irma
« Reply #57 on: September 09, 2017, 10:05:20 pm »
I've never closed mine during a storm, and haven't heard of anyone else that covered the vents..

Ride safe, Ted
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Re: Hurricane Irma
« Reply #58 on: September 09, 2017, 10:58:10 pm »
I fergot to mention the others in Florida:
      Alan / Steve / Steve / Steve / Steve / Steve / Paulie / Eddie / Jorge / others,, what's your plans?

Hunkerred down or bugged out??

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Re: Hurricane Irma
« Reply #59 on: September 09, 2017, 11:04:29 pm »
AS you've told me too many times...  I ain't new. I'm old.   ;)
Sheltering in place is the polite way of saying, hunkered down...
  {I also; ain't polite!}

Stay safe Buddy.
      We're worried about ya'll.

Ride safe, Ted

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Re: Hurricane Irma
« Reply #60 on: September 09, 2017, 11:22:59 pm »
Thoughts and prayers for all the southern brothern ( and sisters).
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Re: Hurricane Irma
« Reply #61 on: September 09, 2017, 11:59:21 pm »
    Does anyone know if I need to close the vents under my roof (soffit area) that go into the attic or does the attic have to Breath to relieve pressure?  Getting some rain and winds from time to time then the sun comes out here in Ft. Lauderdale area.     Alan is S. Fl

I have heard that closing up a house real tight is a bad thing. Pressure differences from one side of the house to other can tear off a roof.
But, don't quote me or listen to me, I'm just a cartoonist.

If it was my house, i'd try to let it breathe.

I'm watching storm on radar on Weather Channel andriod app. The storm has stalled and slipped to south at the moment.
That indicates it's about to turn.  :(

Just updated...moving again in northwest direction... :(
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Re: Hurricane Irma
« Reply #62 on: September 10, 2017, 12:07:27 am »
I've never closed mine during a storm, and haven't heard of anyone else that covered the vents..

Ride safe, Ted


Thanks for the word Ted. I go in-touch w/3 builders, 2 said I shouldn't have to do anything and one asked "what's a soffit".   That's why I called 3.    Tornado watch ended in my area a little more than a hour ago. Heard nothing outside my house. More prayers to be said.     Will continue tomorrow (if the power is still on)  since the storm will be here sometime in the morning.     God Bless to ALL.       Alan in S. Fl

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Re: Hurricane Irma
« Reply #63 on: September 10, 2017, 12:18:01 am »
AS you've told me too many times...  I ain't new. I'm old.   ;)
Sheltering in place is the polite way of saying, hunkered down...
  {I also; ain't polite!}

Stay safe Buddy.
      We're worried about ya'll.

Ride safe, Ted

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We're as safe as we're gonna be. As the forecast shifts the track west, it looks a little better for us. Except for possible tornadoes! Southeast Florida has already had some. Gimme a hurricane anytime over tornadoes!
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Re: Hurricane Irma
« Reply #64 on: September 10, 2017, 01:39:41 am »
Sheltering in place is the new term! That's what we're doing. Thanks for asking. And, thanks Zgirl for the offer. I've got the plywood over the windows and gas for the generator. Just wish the gennie was big enough to run the A/C!

Hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, wildfires.....  we count our blessings as we have been threatened by much, but survived so far! 

When I was a kid in Alabama, we used to open the windows to "relieve pressure" when a tornado was coming through.  I can't tell you if it made any difference or not.

As an adult living in TN after moving from CA, we had a "straight line wind event" called Hurricane Elvis. 
It was worse than most of the the tornado events I lived through in AL and caused more damage and extended power failure than I ever experienced (except for maybe the Northridge earthquake).  I took my Labrador Retriever into the middle bath and taught her the Lord's prayer while we listened to all manner of stuff hitting the house..... 

I have to add that forever-after, whenever there was a storm, she would go to the hallway outside of the bathroom and sit and stare at us as if to say:  "What are you waiting for you idiots!"

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Re: Hurricane Irma
« Reply #65 on: September 10, 2017, 03:13:23 am »
Many prayers for all of you in harms way.
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Re: Hurricane Irma
« Reply #66 on: September 10, 2017, 10:41:05 am »
I decided to stay. The decision has been questioned two mornings in a row as I wake up to western shifts in the track both days. The house is as prepped as it can be, and I've coordinated with my neighbors for mutual support and relief. Most of them are staying as well.

I'm hosting friends from Key West and Key Largo. They came here rather than going to friends in Daytona Beach because they thought the eastern track would hold. They're being good sports about it anyway.
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Re: Hurricane Irma
« Reply #67 on: September 10, 2017, 01:42:56 pm »
 
   Alan here in Ft Lauderdale Fl area.   The power has gone out several times thru out the night and this morning but it keeps coming back on for now.   Winds are strong and the rains are heavy when they come.    The worst is yet to come the way the storm is moving but we are not in the eye of the storm so we should be OK. As long as the roof does no come off the house we will be fine.   Everyone on he West coast don't wait any longer thinking it won't come your way. It is coming!  Time for more prayers.       Be SAFE PEOPLE.    Alan in S. Fl        PS: Paulie, what are you experiencing by you??

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Re: Hurricane Irma
« Reply #68 on: September 10, 2017, 06:57:06 pm »
It's been nasty, but not that bad. Got a purty big twee down on our cages that busted 2 windshields. I haven't checked the backyard yet...so we'll see...  :-\
ps - juice has been ON cept for a quick blip  :great:
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Re: Hurricane Irma
« Reply #69 on: September 10, 2017, 07:18:10 pm »
 :great: Whew! Glad it's not worse.
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Re: Hurricane Irma
« Reply #70 on: September 10, 2017, 08:03:34 pm »
We'll keep you guys, and the others in the area, in our prayers.
It looks like we're going to get a relatively mild glancing blow here in Jax. The rains have started, and as of now, we've got about 5" (the pool makes a good rain gauge!).
Having seen the effects from tornadoes, the difference is size, and concentration.
No one really survives a direct tornado hit (unless they're in a real bunker, or underground). Tornadoes can be very localized - friends had the garage completely ripped away, and only lost some shingles on the house that was less than 25' away.
with the size of a hurricane comes extended wind times, more widespread and longer-lasting winds, and of course the water. A hurricane doesn't just take out two utility poles - it takes out miles of them. It doesn't knock down a clump of trees, it levels whole counties.
Neither are very pleasant... :truce:

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Re: Hurricane Irma
« Reply #71 on: September 10, 2017, 09:46:57 pm »
Eye wall is north of Ft Myers, and we're starting to get the howling winds now in Melbourne.  Winds at about 40 mph sustained.  Lots of tornado warnings, thankfully we've been lucky there.

Can't say how happy we are to have roll down shutters installed and closed.  Picked the year to have those bad boys installed!  We're still several hours away from the worst of it, but faring well.  Still have utilities, blessed so far.

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Re: Hurricane Irma
« Reply #72 on: September 10, 2017, 11:26:56 pm »
Sending prayers for everyone caught in Irma's sights :(. I am very thankful for not having to get first hand experience)
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Re: Hurricane Irma
« Reply #73 on: September 11, 2017, 02:33:46 am »
Sending prayers for everyone caught in Irma's sights :(. I am very thankful for not having to get first hand experience)

Thankya. It's kicking pretty good around here about 30-50mph. Somewhere around 5" rain so far, not an issue. Small branch through one screen in lanai. Forecast now calls for the eye to hit us with winds of 80 to 105 mph for about a 2 hour duration starting about midnight. That will be fun(not).
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Re: Hurricane Irma
« Reply #74 on: September 11, 2017, 03:07:02 am »
Keep you head down Steve.
We're cheering for ya'll.

Ride safe, Ted
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