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Old September 7, 2017   #16
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I respect your decision. I hope and pray you don't come to regret it. Mother Nature's fury can fool you!
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Old September 7, 2017   #17
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Well, it's going to be a 4 out of 5 Hurricane by the time it reaches here, and it's not that there's nowhere to go it's just that there's no wait way to get there if we did because all the interstate highways are parking lots where nobody is moving. By the time that we try to get where we're going it's likely we would still be on the road and the hurricane would be hitting while we're in our car!
Our house is concrete block Construction with a post Hurricane Andrew up to code roof and we have aluminum storm panels to go over every window and door. We have removed every projectile possible in our yard, and while this will not be any fun, I think we will most likely be okay. My husband and I are also quite strong and able-bodied which helps things quite a bit.
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Old September 7, 2017   #18
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Marsha, I can not imagine what I would do to survive the hurricane. I wish you everything end over well. I'm thinking about you.
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Old September 7, 2017   #19
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Thank you everyone so much I appreciate your concern. With all due respect go where? And go how? The interstates are now a bumper to bumper parking lot and will stay that way. Gas is very hard to come by. Airline tickets are not possible to get. Still weigh less airline tickets then there are passengers that want them. Couldn't take a dog that big on the airline anyway.
We are Floridians and with all due respect this is not our first rodeo so to speak we know how to prepare because we do this every few years. It's not something you ever get used to but you do learn how. I'm not too worried we're not near the coast and things should be okay our house is very sturdily constructed. Again I want to thank all of you for your deep and heartfelt concern and it really warms me to know that you care so much.
Marsha,Jet Blue is charging only $99 to get folks out of FL.

https://www.google.com/search?q=airl...&bih=824&dpr=1

Hopefully that is an option for you and DH.

Carolyn, who sees you updated while I was typing this post.
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Old September 7, 2017   #20
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150 miles but the smoke is really bad this year.
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Old September 7, 2017   #21
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First warnings officially posted.
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Old September 7, 2017   #22
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Marsha,Jet Blue is charging only $99 to get folks out of FL.

https://www.google.com/search?q=airl...&bih=824&dpr=1

Hopefully that is an option for you and DH.

Carolyn, who sees you updated while I was typing this post.
Yes cheap prices, but try to actually get a ticket, lol. Not that we would anyway, not with a huge dog and 2 cats in the plane's animal hold.
If I was insecure about the strength of our house I would be leaning differently.
BTW- did everyone see where the 11am has it even further east, the more the better. You guys up in the NE, keep going outside and wafting your blankets east to push that low into the Atlantic in a hurry, lol! That Atlantic high needs to weaken fast.
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Old September 7, 2017   #23
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Marsha, be safe...
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Old September 7, 2017   #24
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Wow the whole flow of this thing is creating the wierdest weather up here - extremely hot and humid for us and especially this time of year, it may be hotter now than it was in July. There is quite a strong wind blowing as well. There is like a heat bubble around us and going on for days now. Just tell me Marsha, which way do I flap my apron?
I'm very glad to hear you are strong and able and well prepared, and your home built with extreme weather in mind!
I hope Irma loses a lot of steam as soon as she touches land.
So much about hurricanes is unpredictable.
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Old September 7, 2017   #25
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A sobering Local Statement from MFL: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/WTUS82-KMFL.shtml

Here is some of it:

POTENTIAL IMPACTS
-----------------

* WIND:
Prepare for life-threatening wind having possible devastating impacts
across South Florida. Potential impacts include:
- Structural damage to sturdy buildings, some with complete roof
and wall failures. Complete destruction of mobile homes. Damage
greatly accentuated by large airborne projectiles. Locations
may be uninhabitable for weeks or months.
- Numerous large trees snapped or uprooted along with fences and
roadway signs blown over.
- Many roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban
or heavily wooded places. Many bridges, causeways, and access
routes impassable.
- Widespread power and communications outages.

* SURGE:
Prepare for life-threatening surge having possible devastating impacts
across coastal Collier, Mainland Monroe, coastal Miami-Dade counties
including Biscayne Bay. Potential impacts in this area include:
- Widespread deep inundation, with storm surge flooding greatly
accentuated by powerful battering waves. Structural damage to
buildings, with many washing away. Damage greatly compounded
from considerable floating debris. Locations may be
uninhabitable for an extended period.
- Near-shore escape routes and secondary roads washed out or
severely flooded. Flood control systems and barriers may become
stressed.
- Extreme beach erosion. New shoreline cuts possible.
- Massive damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks, and piers.
Numerous small craft broken away from moorings with many lifted
onshore and stranded.

Also, prepare for life-threatening surge having possible significant
to extensive impacts across immediate coastal Broward and Palm Beach
counties.
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Old September 7, 2017   #26
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Marsha, how far are you from the coast? How much above sea level?
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Old September 7, 2017   #27
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Marsha, how far are you from the coast? How much above sea level?
20 miles from the coast, about 20' elevation, which is high for South Florida.
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Are you sure it's 20'? I was checking earlier and this map shows 3'. Click on a location and it displays the elevation.
http://en-us.topographic-map.com/pla...ation-7041984/
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Old September 7, 2017   #29
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Marsha, sounds as if you have made prudent plans with the currently available options, though if an opportunity appears for all your pack to get out safely, I hope you'll consider it. Our thoughts and hopes and prayers are with you. And Kip says he'll be pointing his nose eastward and panting vigorously to help blow that thing out to sea, says big dogs have to look out for one another and if all the US big dogs could get to puffing simultaneously maybe . . .

Watch out for grumpy displaced pythons!
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Old September 7, 2017   #30
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My husband is on his way down to get the daughter and grand kids from Orlando. He loaded up enough gas to get him down and back in case he gets delayed and can not find gas from TN. He was a driver so knows many of the other roads than hwy75. I am still a bundle of nerves. I wish I could have gone with but with kiddy car seats no room for me. I watch Mikes weather page http://www.spaghettimodels.com/ to keep up to date.
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