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Daniel Jones
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Re: Forgive me if this has been asked several times [Re: justmeinflorida]
      #98390 - Wed Sep 06 2017 05:37 PM

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at what wind speed would you consider boarding up the windows and doors?




I would do it at any level of hurricane....not for a tropical storm unless it was rapidly strengthening or possibly very close to hurricane force. Distance from the eyewall is also a factor. 75 mph is plenty to lift objects and throw them and you need that protection to keep from breaking windows.




This is going to be my first hurricane (besides Mathew). With the projected path as it is what will the impact be in our area? We're neighbors I live in Crystal Springs in a mobile home that needs a new roof (like last year). It's me and my 6 year old son, my best friend, her hubby and their three kids 2, 8 and 14. I need to decide if it's best to find a hotel/motel from Friday night to Monday or ride it out here at the house. Thoughts?




You cannot stay in a mobile home during a hurricane. You need to find shelter at either a well-built concrete block home or a designated shelter site. You're on the Western side of the state, so less of an impact given the current models and tracking, but do NOT take any chances, especially with kids.


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kapSt.Cloud
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Re: Forgive me if this has been asked several times [Re: Daniel Jones]
      #98396 - Wed Sep 06 2017 06:09 PM

Tropical storms and hurricanes spawn tornadoes! Do NOT stay in a mobile home during any tropical storm weather! Listen to your local news. The news usually reports people in mobile homes should evacuate. Be prepared to go! Bag packed with necessities. Now is the time to locate your nearest shelter!

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Re: Irma Preparations in Florida - Tips? [Re: Prospero]
      #98409 - Wed Sep 06 2017 08:31 PM



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Bev
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Re: Irma Preparations in Florida - Tips? [Re: Bev]
      #98416 - Wed Sep 06 2017 09:27 PM

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Update: If you're considering leaving it's probably too late.
There are no hotel rooms left in Georgia.

*edited by Moderator: I spent 5 minutes researching available rooms and came across quite a few.. see if this helps you out:

https://bookings.mapquest.com/hotels/res...ty_id=800047625






Thank you, I should have clarified. Rooms away from the coast are unavailable. If you'll note, the Jesup search returns rooms in Brunswick, none actually in Jesup.

I was first looking in Valdosta area, gave up and ended up toward Atlanta, at which time there was exactly ONE room left in atlanta, at the Ellis hotel. Pretty Bizarre.

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LadyStorm
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Re: Irma Preparations in Florida - Tips? [Re: Bev]
      #98419 - Wed Sep 06 2017 09:57 PM

For non hype tropical weather/hurricane updates in Flagler County go to https://www.facebook.com/FlaglerWeatherInfo/

Flagler County Resources:
Flagler County Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FlaglerEOC/
OR
Flaglercounty.org/emergency

Hope this helps all who may live in the Flagler County area, stay safe.

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thinking we were at when we created them"

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TPuppy
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Re: Irma Preparations in Florida - Tips? [Re: Bev]
      #98428 - Thu Sep 07 2017 12:29 AM

Actually several of my friends headed up to Georgia today to stay with extended family because of elderly relatives or just fear of crisis! Off the main roads (75 and 16) no hotels were available. Maybe the web sites don't update as fast with some properties. Or maybe they just decided to overbook like the airlines:)

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Lamar-Plant City
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Re: Irma Preparations in Florida - Tips? [Re: TPuppy]
      #98429 - Thu Sep 07 2017 12:32 AM

My brother lives in Port St Lucie in a rental house and is bugging out. They have to head to TEnn/Kentucky border to find hotel space. Gonna be a LONG trip with the looks of traffic now and them leaving in the morning....

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Bev
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Re: Irma Preparations in Florida - Tips? [Re: Lamar-Plant City]
      #98433 - Thu Sep 07 2017 03:05 AM

I have two rooms booked in Moultrie, GA, near Valdosta at the Regency Inn at $80 per night, but I won't be using them, I'm on the west coast and decided to stay.

I have to release the reservations by noon tomorrow for full refund, so if you know someone who needs them pm me and I'll give you all the information you need.

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Bev
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Re: Irma Preparations in Florida - Tips? [Re: Bev]
      #98434 - Thu Sep 07 2017 03:08 AM

Super helpful: Download Waze on your phone. It's real time traffic info updated by other waze users and there are a LOT of waze users. I found off-interstate routes tonight nearly empty while I-75 came to a standstill up near Gainesville.

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Lamar-Plant City
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Re: Irma Preparations in Florida - Tips? [Re: Bev]
      #98459 - Thu Sep 07 2017 10:38 AM

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Super helpful: Download Waze on your phone. It's real time traffic info updated by other waze users and there are a LOT of waze users. I found off-interstate routes tonight nearly empty while I-75 came to a standstill up near Gainesville.




WAZE is a great GPS map program. I have had problems trusting it in certain situations but when I didn't, I regretted it. I love the real-time hazards that are shown like stalled cars and on-the-roadway objects. It's gas price feature is nice too as long as people are updating them. I actually use Google maps AND WAZE when I travel for comparisons.

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Re: Irma Preparations in Florida - Tips? [Re: Lamar-Plant City]
      #98535 - Thu Sep 07 2017 09:14 PM

From Pinellas County (with a few Tips included):

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Pinellas County declares state of local emergency
Mandatory evacuation orders start at 6 a.m. Friday; shelters to open at noon

Please see attachment for formatted news release

• Mandatory evacuations of all of Level A
• All mobile home parks (countywide) included
• Level A special needs transportation begins at noon
• Additional evacuations up to Level C may be ordered to start on Saturday. Levels B and C may leave at residents’ choice prior to the order.

The Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners has declared a state of local emergency and authorized county officials to begin mandatory evacuations at 6 a.m. Friday for Level A and residents with special needs. Level A includes coastal residents and those in low-lying areas, as well as all mobile homes in every part of the county.

Residents in these areas will have from 6 a.m., Friday, through 8 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10, to evacuate their homes.

Emergency shelters will open at noon on Friday. Open shelter locations will be as follows:

- Tarpon Springs Middle School (501 N. Florida Ave., Tarpon Springs)
- Palm Harbor University High School (1900 Omaha St., Palm Harbor)
- Dunedin Highland Middle School (70 Patricia Ave., Dunedin)*
- Oak Grove Middle School (1370 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater)*
- Largo High School (410 Missouri Ave., Largo)
- Gibbs High School (850 34th St. South, St. Petersburg)
- John Hopkins Middle School (701 16th St. South, St. Petersburg)*

*Special Needs/Pet-Friendly Shelter

Evacuation notifications will be announced via Alert Pinellas, Ready Pinellas, the county website (www.pinellascounty.org), social media and through local media. Emergency shelter openings will also be announced through these channels.

As county officials continue to monitor Hurricane Irma, additional evacuations may be announced for Saturday up to Level C, if necessary.

A decision will be made Friday evening based on the 5 p.m. weather advisory. Additional information will be made available to the local media and the public.

The National Weather Service is forecasting Hurricane Irma to make landfall in Florida by Sunday. While the storm’s exact path and potential impact on Pinellas County is not yet certain, evacuations are planned to ensure citizens have adequate time to leave those areas that could be threatened.

Ways to find your evacuation zone:

• Visit www.pinellascounty.org/knowyourzone
• Download the Ready Pinellas app, or the Pinellas County Doing Things mobile app.
• Call (727) 453-3150 and enter your 10-digit home phone number (must be from a landline)

Residents can also call the Citizen Information Center at (727) 464-4333 to get preparedness information including how to look up their evacuation zone. Spanish-speaking call-takers are available. The CIC will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today.

Shelter options:

Residents ordered to evacuate should consider the following shelter options:
• Stay with family members or at a hotel in a non-evacuation zone
• Stay at an emergency shelter; information will be provided at www.pinellascounty.org
• If you have special needs, be sure your caregiver begins to implement your plan. If you have no other options, register for special needs transportation by calling (727) 464-4333 or by contacting the local fire department. You may also travel to a special needs shelter on your own.
• If you have a pet and will need to stay at a pet-friendly shelter, you must register ahead of time. Visit www.pinellascounty.org/emergency/petpreparedness.htm

When planning to evacuate, residents are advised to consider evacuating a short distance (tens of miles, not hundreds of miles) to avoid the impacts of potential storm surge, significant rainfall flooding, and unsafe structures (mobile homes). Consider staying in safer structures that have window and door protection for hurricanes.

If your plans are to evacuate out of the area, please be aware of the uncertainty of the track of Hurricane Irma and that all of Florida is presently in the threat area. When evacuating, people should safely use real time traffic apps on their smart phones, such as Florida 511, to find the best route if roads become congested.

Barrier island residents who have registered for Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Access Permit are reminded to bring the permit with them when evacuating.

Stay tuned for weather updates through weather alert radios, local media outlets, the county website (www.pinellascounty.org) and county social media accounts; search hashtag #PinellasIrma.

Attachments:

/Irma_Release_-_State_of_Local_Emergency_9_7_2017_5_56_44_PM.pdf





A couple notes:

My wife being Diabetic is considered Special Needs. We checked and the Special Needs shelters suggest bringing a cooler for her Insulin as they don't provide a refrigerator. Hmmm, that would work for a few hours in a hot school gymnasium in Florida in late summer, but we can do that at home with our own ice and cooler (plus the Cooluli that we just bought that we can cool from our car cigarette lighter).

We also have a pet, a sweet little well behaved dog. So that limits the shelters available as well.

So we are staying here in Zone D which will likely not be an evacuation zone for this storm.

If we lived in Zone A or B, we'd have to look at a road trip somewhere...


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kapSt.Cloud
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Re: Irma Preparations in Florida - Tips? [Re: Bev]
      #98607 - Fri Sep 08 2017 04:13 PM

Bev,

You may wish to hang onto those rooms in GA with Irma shifting west. This storm is crazy!


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Re: Irma Preparations in Florida - Tips? [Re: kapSt.Cloud]
      #98753 - Sat Sep 09 2017 09:38 PM

Here is something NOT to have happen....preparations are going well. Got boards on my 'lives in Bermuda' neighbors house so I could put one car in their garage. Got half of my boards up (waiting on the north side so I can see out until things turn ugly). Got mom's house battened down and her over here. Plenty of supplies. Then....the garage door breaks this afternoon late. One side cable came off the spool. My neighbor helped my daughter get it up and we didn't worry until an hour ago when we wanted to put it down and it would NOT go....kept slewing sideways and going out of the track. Sent out a plea for help on Facebook and had a couple of people suggest things to do and call. My daughter found a video on YouTube that showed how to get the cable back on the spool....it was actually easy...took 10 minutes and we got it down!!! I shudder to think of it stuck up during this hurricane or someone stealing all I have out there in the night! The door guy is coming by early to check it before I try the motor again.....blood pressure returning to near normal....phew!!

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Prospero
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Re: Irma Preparations in Florida - Tips? [Re: Lamar-Plant City]
      #98757 - Sat Sep 09 2017 10:19 PM

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.....blood pressure returning to near normal....phew!!




Two days cleaning up our yard and storing outside art (projectiles), and all going smooth.

I was filling up a few medium to small sized plastic trash cans with irrigation water when the pump started to hiccup and spit! It's been a couple years since we needed any service, but here we were on the countdown of a major hurricane and our pump quit working. UGH!

In this case, a few solid wraps to the control box with my first seemed to shake it back into action. A sticky solenoid I presume. But tonight? Why of all times??



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