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Mon Sep 11 2017 08:17 AM
Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area


Can anyone tell me conditions/damages in the Haines City/Winter Haven area of Polk County? These small communities don't make the news broadcasts.

My parents live in Sebring and reported - no power since around 8 PM last night, tons of branches down, but they didn't lose any of their big pine trees which I feared would have dropped on the house. Guess Charely really thinned out the weak ones. A friend in Ocala still has power and some big oak branches came down but the tree stayed up. I imagine its a mix of stuff like that. Even in my neighborhood some trees are fine, others are just pushed over (some onto houses), a few are completely uprooted, while other have snapped or broken.

Got time lapse video and few panoramas to share but it will take a bit to organize and upload them.

Never lost power here, but the roar of wind has been replaced by the hum of generators as pretty much everyone around us lost power. Several boil water orders are in effect in Broward. Sun just came up so starting to watch the news and get a feel for things, still VERY concerned about the Keys. Naples got wacked but early video just showed damaged roofs and downed trees/power lines - nothing Andrew-like where structures completely failed.

Current conditions are light breeze wind south at 8 to 10, pressure 29.6, overcast skies with a few breaks but light to moderate rain as trailing bands come thru.

Early wind reports (from
North Perry Airport (Broward County): 109 mph
Miami International Airport (tower observation): 99 mph
St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant: 99 mph
Ochopee: 92 mph
Coral Gables: 90 mph
Fort Myers (Southwest Florida International Airport): 89 mph
Marathon Key: 88 mph
Deerfield Beach: 86 mph
Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport: 84 mph
Juno Beach: 83 mph
Miami NWS/NHC office: 81 mph
Tampa Bay: 78 mph
Clearwater Beach: 78 mph
West Palm Beach International Airport: 77 mph
Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport: 75 mph
Port Charlotte (Charlotte County Airport): 74 mph

Looks like mostly Cat 1/2 levels

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