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Old 09-08-2017, 11:36 AM   #201
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I will be riding out the storm in West Palm Beach. I have a townhouse with shutters up now. I will have elderly mother in wheelchair and disabled sister in wheelchair spending the storm with me. Their assisted living is clearing out. We had storm practice again last year, so we are well prepared. I'm not looking forward to this, but we are ready.
This is a case where being FI is a blessing so I know I will have options to pay for recovery as needed.
Keeping everyone safe is the most important thing now.
Wishing everyone the best as this passes through.
Wow... You are likely going to be hit with a cat 4 hurricane, hopefully your townhome is on high ground or pillars, but I doubt it.

If you live, please post photo of neighborhood after the storm so we can see what you survived.

Have you stockpiled water and food ? (filled the tub, etc).

How long do you think it will be until grocery stores are re-opened ?
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Wow... You are likely going to be hit with a cat 4 hurricane, hopefully your townhome is on high ground or pillars, but I doubt it.

If you live, please post photo of neighborhood after the storm so we can see what you survived.

Have you stockpiled water and food ? (filled the tub, etc).

How long do you think it will be until grocery stores are re-opened ?
A townhome on pillars or even high ground will likely be blown off the support. See the photos of Crystal Beach near Galveston, TX when Ike came in. ALL the beach homes on pillars were GONE (except one)! These pictures are a warning for those crazy enough to be on a beach home when this monster comes in:

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http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/07/26...omment-page-2/
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Old 09-08-2017, 11:59 AM   #203
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I live about 5-7 miles from the beach. I've lived here all my life. Lots of flooding issues over the years, but never had water inside the house. We will see. I have a second floor as a last option. It will be difficult to get Mom and sis up the stairs, but if we have to we will.
I am concerned but not panicked. I had an office in Miami during Andrew and saw what can happen in a Cat 5 so I am not unprepared. We have lots of food and water and a full tank of gas in the car. Very good shutters on windows and friends in the area that will help if needed, and I will help them if needed.
Hoping everyone stays safe through the storm.
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A lot of can-do people here. I hope you all have the best of luck.

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A townhome on pillars or even high ground will likely be blown off the support. See the photos of Crystal Beach near Galveston, TX when Ike came in. ALL the beach homes on pillars were GONE (except one)! These pictures are a warning for those crazy enough to be on a beach home when this monster comes in:

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Owners of 'last house standing' part of peninsula's comeback – This Just In - CNN.com Blogs
Im guessing they never rebuilt those homes?
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A townhome on pillars or even high ground will likely be blown off the support. See the photos of Crystal Beach near Galveston, TX when Ike came in. ALL the beach homes on pillars were GONE (except one)! These pictures are a warning for those crazy enough to be on a beach home when this monster comes in:

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We spent quite a bit of time there in the late 90s as Crystal Beach was a pretty good lodging location for birdwatching during spring migration. We rented beach houses a couple of times. I remember well seeing those photos after Ike. Incredible!
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I will be riding out the storm in West Palm Beach. I have a townhouse with shutters up now. I will have elderly mother in wheelchair and disabled sister in wheelchair spending the storm with me. Their assisted living is clearing out. We had storm practice again last year, so we are well prepared. I'm not looking forward to this, but we are ready.
This is a case where being FI is a blessing so I know I will have options to pay for recovery as needed.
Keeping everyone safe is the most important thing now.
Wishing everyone the best as this passes through.
Best of luck, and bless you for taking care of your mom and your sister.
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Watch until the end for the demo....

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Best of luck, and bless you for taking care of your mom and your sister.
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What is the video you linked to? Can you give a description, or opinion or something? Thanks
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We will likely stay put. Will decide tonight. Gas still available. We are under a mandatory evacuation but the odds of hurricane force winds is now less than 30%.
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I am in Seattle but my brother is in Merritt Island, FLA. He is going inland tomorrow (Saturday). Also have family in Atlanta and in New Orleans.

No hurricanes in Seattle, but we are overdue for "The Big One" (earthquake).
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At the same time that Weather Underground was screeching about approaching Irma-geddon for south Florida, the website was displaying an ad marketing a bayfront estate for only $2.25M. An unfortunate juxtaposition, to be sure. You couldn't pay me to live in Evacuation Zone A. I'm in Zone D, which is plenty of risk for my taste. My Dad's condo isn't in an evac zone; hopefully, between the two places I'll have somewhere to live after Irma finishes having fun.
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At the same time that Weather Underground was screeching about approaching Irma-geddon for south Florida, the website was displaying an ad marketing a bayfront estate for only $2.25M.
Boy, have they got their marketing all wrong. Someone else here just yesterday posted their FL property for sale for $12.57, much more realistic.

Found out my nephew and his buddy are going to sit it out in Orlando. Sigh. I thought he had sense enough to be on a cruise in Australia or someplace else on the other side of the world. Hope they make it through okay.
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Boy, have they got their marketing all wrong. Someone else here just yesterday posted their FL property for sale for $12.57, much more realistic.

Found out my nephew and his buddy are going to sit it out in Orlando. Sigh. I thought he had sense enough to be on a cruise in Australia or someplace else on the other side of the world. Hope they make it through okay.
He should be safe as Orlando is nothing but solid concrete after 35 years of building Disney, highways, hotels, retail, etc, etc. It's like being in prison. (I was stationed at Orlando Air Force Base in 1965 when it was orange groves, ants, other bugs, the base, etc)
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My daughter lives in Orlando with her family and one year old son. We've been in constant touch for the past week. They're getting the same warnings and such, but in reality, they are much safer than the folks on the coasts. If anything, they are overprepared.

In fact, if we should choose to stay permanently in South Florida, spending a hurricane with them is not a bad option.
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Now it is back to a Cat 5 and direct hit on the Keys.

You think everyone is out of there by now?
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Now it is back to a Cat 5 and direct hit on the Keys.

You think everyone is out of there by now?
Here's a live cam of Duval Street - see for yourself. http://www.liveduvalstreet.com

Edit to add - live cam of the highway getting out of Key West http://www.a1aweather.com/florida-keys.php

Looks like everyone is either gone or hunkered down.
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The video in the link is entitled "Hurricane Irma Update 8 September" and it is by Juan Browne on the blancolirio channel. Browne is a pilot who has an interest in environmental and flood management and has been following the Oroville dam situation since February. His balanced, factual coverage has won awards and he is now admitted as a fully fledged member of the press to tour the site. He is commenting on Irma from a distance but has put together some interesting facts, figures and footage which may be of interest to forum members. I hope that is helpful.
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The video in the link is entitled "Hurricane Irma Update 8 September" and it is by Juan Browne on the blancolirio channel. Browne is a pilot who has an interest in environmental and flood management and has been following the Oroville dam situation since February. His balanced, factual coverage has won awards and he is now admitted as a fully fledged member of the press to tour the site. He is commenting on Irma from a distance but has put together some interesting facts, figures and footage which may be of interest to forum members. I hope that is helpful.
Yes, it is! Thank you very much.
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