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Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area
      #98221 - Tue Sep 05 2017 10:15 AM

This post is for conditions/observations related to Irma in your particular area. Either weather or public reaction/response to it.

For example, in Orlando by Millennia there are two warehouse clubs next to each other (BJs and Costco) BOTH were slammed this morning with folks getting gas and water (and other supplies) being quickly bought out, some with multiple carts full of water.

The gas stations for both had long lines, and we are 5 days out, so it appears a lot are getting prepped early here in Orlando.




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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: MikeC]
      #98223 - Tue Sep 05 2017 10:37 AM

The Walmart here in Plant City (east of Tampa) had a delivery of extra water yesterday morning. We got there about 3pm and it was going out the door 2 cases at a time. We bought 2 of my daughter's preferred type but not an entire cart full. Remember to have a way to fill your tub(s) and seal them full of water if you are directly in the path (the drain plug will usually let it leak out over a couple of days). This can be a great reservoir of extra water for washing and flushing as well. Plus fill any buckets you have lying around. Please do not horde important supplies. Get what you and your family may need for 3-5 days as standby. Just my opinion/advice as a life-long Floridian.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: MikeC]
      #98224 - Tue Sep 05 2017 10:39 AM

Went to Walmart at 6:00 am in south St Petersburg and bought some of the last bottles of water they had (three 24 packs were left after I grabbed mine, and other shoppers were right behind me to get water). They did say they were going to get another shipment in later tonight. The store was as busy as a Saturday afternoon which I've never seen at 6:00 am. They were out of D sized batteries so I went to Sams Club a few blocks up at 7:20 am and it was slammed with people buying water and supplies. They announced they were sold out of generators. I bought my D batteries and they appeared to have a good supply, but there was a stream of people coming in as I left.

Around here people are taking this one seriously. In contrast, Hurricane Hermine barely raised an eyebrow.


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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: MikeC]
      #98225 - Tue Sep 05 2017 10:42 AM

I noticed here in Indiatantic, people where hitting the Walmart and Dollar store real hard for water and supplies. Also tanks of propane are starting to move where ever they are located. Word is definitely out there about Irma.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: B.C.Francis]
      #98244 - Tue Sep 05 2017 01:27 PM

Malabar Road Publix in Palm Bay is out of water, they said they may split a load tonight with the Bayside Publix. Lowe's is running out of batteries and water.

Folks really are paying attention, which is great to see.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: gsand]
      #98259 - Tue Sep 05 2017 03:46 PM

Gov. Scott has ordered tolls on all toll roads in Florida suspended, starting at 5 p.m

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: Tazmanian93]
      #98268 - Tue Sep 05 2017 04:49 PM

Collier County has closed schools for Thursday and Friday. No word yet about Charlotte or Lee.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: MissBecky]
      #98273 - Tue Sep 05 2017 05:04 PM

Line for gas at local BJ's Club (Coral Springs, FL) is double normal levels according to my wife.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: JMII]
      #98276 - Tue Sep 05 2017 05:17 PM


Miami Shores Publix was packed this morning at 9:00Am. I did video for Facebook showing the empty water area.
WSVN out front interviewing people.

some in my office are leaving the area.


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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: JMII]
      #98277 - Tue Sep 05 2017 05:17 PM

Miami-Dade County has cancelled school Thursday and Friday 9/7 and 9/8. But school will be open tomorrow

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: MikeC]
      #98278 - Tue Sep 05 2017 05:51 PM

Lee County schools are also closed Thursday and Friday.

Marco Island has issued a voluntary evacuation order.


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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: MissBecky]
      #98291 - Tue Sep 05 2017 08:46 PM

I moved back to Florida in 2003, into the Tampa Bay area. In all these years, Charlie's projected path had the biggest impact on people I know around here. In fact, many did evacuate and drive to Orlando only to be more frightened during the middle of the night when Charlie kicked some behind over there. Since then, most storms haven't have a big impact on reactions. Granted, Francis, Jeanne, a few tropical storms and other hurricanes have wreaked some havoc around here, but the general public reaction was barely noticeable.

Now all of the sudden, people I know, friends and family, some are buying plane tickets to get away, everyone else is stocking up on supplies, even people I know who are "doubters" for every storm are taking this one very serious. It's not like this is the first storm with a lot of publicity and hype, there is something else that is waking people up.

I'm even a little apprehensive and I am one to invite a storm.

There is an energy about Irma that has everyone's attention, and there may be something to it that is ominous.

Oh, BTW, today is the anniversary of Hurricane Frances passing over Tampa Bay.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: Prospero]
      #98299 - Tue Sep 05 2017 10:05 PM

I agree with you. I also thought all of us sat for a week and watched Hurricane Harvey just recently. I know up here everyone is extremely nervous. I just saw a post on my local media FB page about Irma's latest run. The comment section was all from here except one. She was in Jacksonville. She said they were out of water, running low on gas, the traffic was terrible and she said everyone was very nervous.

I have heard this from quite a few cities, no hotels/motels, low gas, no water, traffic was bad.
So, folks up here are getting ready which is weird because usually they couldn't care less. My Mom had to go out this am so she went for water, she went to 3 stores and couldn't find any. she said the traffic was awful and the stores were packed.

Http://fl511.com
- State of Florida road conditions...traffic flow, accidents, cameras for the whole State. Has a mobile phone app.




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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: LilE]
      #98302 - Tue Sep 05 2017 10:19 PM

Water is still available in the greater Deltona area in places such as Big Lots, Family Dollar, Dollar General, and stores like that. Those are usually the last places to run out because they're easily forgotten in a crisis. Several Orlando-based breweries have opened up their industrial filter systems for filling containers with water pre-storm. Check with your local brewery to see if they can and/or will do such, and buy a beer while you're there.

As of right now, Seminole County Schools (which I work for) has not made a determination for school closures. However, Friday night games have been moved to Thursday night. Normal Thursday night games (Fr/JV) have been moved to Wednesday or will be rescheduled. I'll update here as soon as I know more.


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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: Daniel Jones]
      #98307 - Tue Sep 05 2017 10:48 PM

You can use tap water people!

Fill containers.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: ftlaudbob]
      #98309 - Tue Sep 05 2017 10:53 PM

Not if you lose power and have a well. No power...no well unless you have a generator.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: kapSt.Cloud]
      #98311 - Tue Sep 05 2017 10:56 PM

Quote:

Not if you lose power and have a well. No power...no well unless you have a generator.




I mean now.Fill containers,you don;t need it to be bottled water.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: ftlaudbob]
      #98313 - Tue Sep 05 2017 11:13 PM

I have 3 large garbage cans. If it is headed this way, I will clean and sterilize them and fill them with water in my garage. Can be used for washing, flushing and in a pinch drinking (i have a Brita pitcher filter which should do fine to make it drinkable if there is a question.)

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: Lamar-Plant City]
      #98314 - Tue Sep 05 2017 11:17 PM

Quote:

I have 3 large garbage cans. If it is headed this way, I will clean and sterilize them and fill them with water in my garage. Can be used for washing, flushing and in a pinch drinking (i have a Brita pitcher filter which should do fine to make it drinkable if there is a question.)




Yea,what do you think people did before all this insane bottled water craze?

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: ftlaudbob]
      #98345 - Wed Sep 06 2017 09:44 AM

Lots of cancelations here at our hotel. Went from 90% occupancy to 40% in twelve hours. Probably go down farther. The functions that where scheduled all canceled also. Most likely close the hotel starting Friday night and Saturday for sure if watches and warnings go up. Looks like it`ll be a wash revenue wise. We`ll start getting ready for Irma after the 11:00 update if it stays the same.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: ftlaudbob]
      #98347 - Wed Sep 06 2017 10:42 AM

Quote:

Yea,what do you think people did before all this insane bottled water craze?




This drive me NUTS too. I'm still stock piling ice. It automatically converts to water when its cooling properties are exhausted

Lines in S FL for gas are reaching crisis levels, people are already losing their temper (and minds). Glad I fueled up last night, because today is an exercise in patience. First ATM I visited was offline but second was fine with only 1 car ahead of me.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: JMII]
      #98351 - Wed Sep 06 2017 11:22 AM

I no longer have relatives in Florida. (They moved to Texas now). But I advised them to do what I do regarding water storage for emergencies. There are a lot of food products such a fruit juice, soda, Malt and other brewing supplies, etc that are transported as concentrates in large food grade containers that by law cannot be reused. If you look around you can find these available cheap or sometimes free in 5 gal or 10 gallon jugs, buckets with lids, and even 55 gallon drums. They can be sealed, so that they do not spill or get contaminated easy. I don't think they are recommended for long term water storage, but I know a lot of folks that use them. After a careful cleaning they seem more suitable than a garbage can at least for short term storage since they are made of food grade plastic. It is probably too late to think about this now, but I don't know why more people do not take advantage of them.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: B.C.Francis]
      #98353 - Wed Sep 06 2017 11:58 AM

Citrus County Schools - District has not made any announcements
Hernando County Schools - Closed Thursday and Friday
Highlands County Schools - District has not made any announcements
Hillsborough County Schools - Closed Thursday, Friday
Manatee County Schools - Closed Friday
Pasco County Schools - Closed Friday
Includes all sports and extracurricular activities
Pinellas County Schools - Closed Thursday, Friday
Polk County Schools - Closed Friday
Sarasota County Schools - Decision regarding possible school closures to be made by Wednesday afternoon
All extra curricular activities on Friday will be canceled or rescheduled
Sumter County Schools - District has not made any announcements
UNIVERSITY SCHOOLS

University of Tampa: Closed Thursday through Monday, September 11
Includes classes, athletic events and all other acclivities

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Edited by Tazmanian93 (Wed Sep 06 2017 12:11 PM)


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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: Tazmanian93]
      #98368 - Wed Sep 06 2017 01:04 PM

I understand that Brevard County schools are closed Thursday and Friday

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: Tazmanian93]
      #98370 - Wed Sep 06 2017 02:00 PM

Highlands County Schools - Closed Friday Sept. 8 as well as Monday Sept 11

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: Reaper]
      #98371 - Wed Sep 06 2017 02:11 PM

Edit: Daytona State College will be closing at 2pm Thursday and will remain closed through the weekend. All classes and activities are cancelled until further notice.

Edit 2: Seminole County Public Schools will be OPEN on Thursday and Friday. It will be CLOSED on Monday. All extracurricular activities for Saturday through Monday have been cancelled.

Volusia County Schools will be closed Friday and Monday. Extracurricular activities cancelled from Friday through Monday.

Edited by Daniel Jones (Wed Sep 06 2017 05:34 PM)


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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: Daniel Jones]
      #98393 - Wed Sep 06 2017 06:00 PM

Osceola County public schools open tomorrow, closed Friday & Monday.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: leetdan]
      #98401 - Wed Sep 06 2017 06:46 PM

State Supreme Court closed all courts for Friday..individual circuit courts are closing starting tomorrow e.g 13th Circuit. Hills borough County, and some along the east coast not reopening until Tuesday or Wednesday. Anyone doing business with a Court is advised to check the Circuit Court's web page for the court nearest to them for closings.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: Daniel Jones]
      #98418 - Wed Sep 06 2017 09:48 PM

Flagler County Schools will be closed Friday and Monday.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: LadyStorm]
      #98456 - Thu Sep 07 2017 10:05 AM

Mandatory evacs starting tomorrow at 3PM for Merritt Island and Beaches in Brevard:





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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: MikeC]
      #98458 - Thu Sep 07 2017 10:28 AM

"MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Sept. 7, 2017) – As Category 5 Hurricane Irma continues to threaten Florida over the weekend, and with 9-foot storm surges expected along the Gulf coast, Manatee County officials today issued a voluntary evacuation for many Manatee County residents beginning 7 a.m. tomorrow, Friday Sept. 8."

http://www.mymanatee.org/home/government...Evacuation.html


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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: DeLandT]
      #98475 - Thu Sep 07 2017 12:56 PM

ST. PETERSBURG --
9/7/2017 - 12:20 p.m. update: Based on an abundance of caution, Pinellas County commission approves mandatory evacuation for Zone A residents starting Friday morning.

Decisions about further evacuations will be made by officials tomorrow.

"A storm going up the Atlantic Coast will not cause any major storm surge to the Tampa Bay area," said Bay News 9 Meteorologist Diane Kacmarik. "There are no watches or warnings issued for the Tampa Bay area, either."


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      #98480 - Thu Sep 07 2017 01:52 PM

ST. PETERSBURG -

1:50pm - Update: Pinellas County Mandatory Evacuations for Zones B & C will be in place Saturday 9/9/17 @ 7am per Pinellas County EOC.


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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: flnative]
      #98482 - Thu Sep 07 2017 02:00 PM

Quote:

ST. PETERSBURG --
9/7/2017 - 12:20 p.m. update: Based on an abundance of caution, Pinellas County commission approves mandatory evacuation for Zone A residents starting Friday morning.




How does this affect vacation guests in hotels and condos??

Edit: Everybody goes, nobody allowed on the beaches without a pass. I was scheduled to work on Clearwater Beach tomorrow, but won't be able to get there.

So thousands of Florida visitors will scrambling for hotel rooms! UGH

Edited by Prospero (Thu Sep 07 2017 02:35 PM)


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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: Prospero]
      #98489 - Thu Sep 07 2017 03:17 PM

St.Pete-Clearwater Airport will close Friday @ 11am est

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: flnative]
      #98508 - Thu Sep 07 2017 05:34 PM

Quote:

ST. PETERSBURG -

1:50pm - Update: Pinellas County Mandatory Evacuations for Zones B & C will be in place Saturday 9/9/17 @ 7am per Pinellas County EOC.





There is nothing on the Pinellas County EOC website about this........please confirm/double check your sources.


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      #98509 - Thu Sep 07 2017 05:44 PM

I called because I didn't know my zone and their website said it couldn't find my address. The Pinellas County EOC employee looked up my address and told me I was in Zone B and that B & C would be mandatory evac 7am Saturday morning. This was at 1:45 this afternoon.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: Tazmanian93]
      #98514 - Thu Sep 07 2017 06:32 PM

The exodus north on the highways must be a nightmare. Any up dates ?

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: B.C.Francis]
      #98516 - Thu Sep 07 2017 06:53 PM

Here ya go... https://www.sigalert.com/Map.asp?lat=27.82634&lon=-80.55367&z=3

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: Rubber Ducky]
      #98517 - Thu Sep 07 2017 07:10 PM

You can also use FL 511 for real time views of the interstates and major roads.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: flnative]
      #98518 - Thu Sep 07 2017 07:24 PM

Quote:

flnative:
I called because I didn't know my zone and their website said it couldn't find my address. The Pinellas County EOC employee looked up my address and told me I was in Zone B and that B & C would be mandatory evac 7am Saturday morning. This was at 1:45 this afternoon.




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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: Prospero]
      #98519 - Thu Sep 07 2017 07:41 PM

Just donated. Thanks for reminder.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: Rubber Ducky]
      #98521 - Thu Sep 07 2017 07:51 PM

Quote:

Here ya go... https://www.sigalert.com/Map.asp?lat=27.82634&lon=-80.55367&z=3




Impressive site, they also have an iOS app. Instant download - THANKS.

Gas Buddy lists stations with gas and power, so another good resource for those getting out of dodge.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: JMII]
      #98523 - Thu Sep 07 2017 07:57 PM

Cameras too.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: Rubber Ducky]
      #98530 - Thu Sep 07 2017 08:30 PM

All the news about I-75 backing up all the way to Georgia, and Tampa being overwhelmed. I'll bet, everyone thinks/thought it would go up the east side of the state. They took the turnpike etc, and headed NW.

A warning, If all of a sudden, it the track shifted to the west side of the state, I-95 will become a parking lot if a real panic sets in on those big population centers tomorrow and early Saturday morning.

Here in Cocoa Beach, there are no lines at any gas stations, and the Publix has everything except the big D cell batteries. Hardly any cars on the road. Publix stays open until tomorrow night, not sure about the gas stations. The Weather Channel has descended on us like vultures, and it's not "Hurricane Shield" Cantori, it's one of those sacrificial lambs. Well, there's one building that will be there regardless, Cocoa Beach Surf Complex, where the emergency folks stay, and they were filming in front of it. If they have the guts, (or lack of sound judgment) to stay, it'll be some great footage, backup generator, six stories and plenty of places to film from, all the way up.


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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: TheOtherRick]
      #98531 - Thu Sep 07 2017 08:34 PM

Cocoa Beach Publix was scheduled to close for a year or so on 9 Sep for remodeling ... but request from city manager to stay open an additional week to ease things after the storm was agreed to. So no matter what the sign says, CB Publix at Banana Square open another week.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: TheOtherRick]
      #98532 - Thu Sep 07 2017 08:39 PM

Quote:

The Weather Channel has descended on us like vultures, and it's not "Hurricane Shield" Cantori, it's one of those sacrificial lambs.



Well then the good news is that the worst of the storm will likely miss you! LOL

How many, countless in fact, hours I have watched Weather Channel anticipating anything near the hype they promote to end up yawning and bored. Even Harvey live footage was a joke at landfall.

Disclaimer: Not that I would want to watch any live human picked up and thrown around and harmed by a storm. But to see people walking in the background looking at their smart phones while the anchors appear to fight the breeze is a joke.



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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: Rubber Ducky]
      #98540 - Thu Sep 07 2017 09:30 PM

Quote:

Cocoa Beach Publix was scheduled to close for a year or so on 9 Sep for remodeling ... but request from city manager to stay open an additional week to ease things after the storm was agreed to. So no matter what the sign says, CB Publix at Banana Square open another week.




i didn't know they were going to close the whole thing down that long, I thought they were going to work around the expansion. At any rate, I'm talking about closing for the hurricane tomorrow night.

Spooky how few people on the road already. And everyone driving 10mph faster, and acting rashly.

Weather Channel said it's backed up from the beginning of the Turnpike to Atlanta. If 5am says it's gonna hit the western part of the state,anywhere over the center line, I-95 will be a parking lot. Might be regardless.


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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: TheOtherRick]
      #98579 - Fri Sep 08 2017 07:46 AM

Last guest out at 11:00 am then we`re closing the hotel. We`re going to batten down the hatches and lock it until Monday afternoon when I`ll make my way up A1A and do a recon of the property. It wasn't a pretty sight after Jeanne went through. I hope it isn't repeated this time.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: TheOtherRick]
      #98592 - Fri Sep 08 2017 01:41 PM

Quote:

All the news about I-75 backing up all the way to Georgia, and Tampa being overwhelmed. I'll bet, everyone thinks/thought it would go up the east side of the state. They took the turnpike etc, and headed NW.

A warning, If all of a sudden, it the track shifted to the west side of the state, I-95 will become a parking lot if a real panic sets in on those big population centers tomorrow and early Saturday morning.




US27 up the middle of the state was fine, like a regular day, about 1/2 the gas stations had fuel. Reports indicate is get crowded near Leesburg.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: JMII.]
      #98594 - Fri Sep 08 2017 01:53 PM

Looking at current Tampa radar....noticing showers moving east to west in bands...this is NOT normal summer weather but is showing some upper level influence from Irma's outflow....pretty cool since it is so far away.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: Rubber Ducky]
      #98597 - Fri Sep 08 2017 02:45 PM

Up here there are NO hotel/motel rooms left. From here to Gulfport and from here to Tennessee. No Rooms. They are closing some things in PC Monday like banks. They are having trouble keeping water stocked and some low gas spots, We are shipping gas down south from here.

I keep checking local EOC and nothing, I check local news and not much. Then I listened to the weather radio and their saying TS conditions possible Monday, Hurricane conditions possible Monday night and TS conditions possible Tuesday am.

Then I looked at the weather channel app and the red cone had moved from the big bend to over Pensacola. But the one on TV was only over to Apalachicola. lol

It doesn't matter, but if anything unpredictable happens and it does come W there is now no way to get out of here. Between summer visitors and hurricane refugees we would be slammed. One problem I have is my 84 year old Mom, she is deathly afraid of Hurricanes (terrified). She has been through smaller ones when younger, then she decided it was best for her to leave, so she usually left and like I said she lost her house in Opal.

So, I guess I'm going to go get the courtyard taken care of and put the sandbags out.

Can any of you shed any light on the forecast track, because their showing on the NHC latest forecast track it is still going WNW but on the weather channel their showing it going W@14mph? Plus the cone difference?

Thank you, and I hope those of you in her path stay safe...
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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: LilE]
      #98652 - Sat Sep 09 2017 12:10 AM

Seminole County Public Schools has announced closure for Monday AND Tuesday.

Deltona gas stations still have gas, but it is sparse. Most stations are down to 87 ONLY, and I've yet to find one on the GasBuddy app in decent distance with diesel. Lines are still long, unless you do what I did and go at 4 am. Mail service suspended until Tuesday, and most stores (including grocery) will be closing at 4 or 5 pm.


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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: Daniel Jones]
      #98682 - Sat Sep 09 2017 07:49 AM

All Publix in Flagler County closing at 8 pm for last minute supplies/medicine etc......

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: Daniel Jones]
      #98683 - Sat Sep 09 2017 07:51 AM

Gas available at US 27 and SR 70 Shell / Circle K, south of Lake Placid, north of Venus .

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: JMII]
      #98688 - Sat Sep 09 2017 09:04 AM

Just had a nice round of showers come in off the ocean here in southern Brevard County and that's just the beginning of the next 36 hours. I`m going to try and make a run down to beach and do a recon when the rain lets up

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: B.C.Francis]
      #98691 - Sat Sep 09 2017 10:30 AM

Back home... fastest run down US27 ever - not a car to be seen, all traffic lights blinking yellow.

A few light and quick feeder bands coming thru Coral Springs.
Winds gusting to 20 mph, pressure 29.7 and steady, trace of rain.

...the event has begun for us in S FL.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: JMII]
      #98704 - Sat Sep 09 2017 12:58 PM

Condition update - about the same...
Mostly cloudy with patches of sun, low fast moving grey clouds.
Winds gusting to 30 mph, pressure 29.6 and steady, trace of rain.


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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: JMII]
      #98712 - Sat Sep 09 2017 02:30 PM

Steady state here..

Overcast skies, dark clouds moving in.
Winds due E @10 to 15, gusting to 30 mph, pressure 29.6 and falling - just .1" of rain from 3 squals


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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: JMII]
      #98713 - Sat Sep 09 2017 02:56 PM

Here in Ormond Beach we have been getting a lot of rain and thunder moving in from the ocean. Not directly related to Irma but the pressure gradient between the high and Irma is allowing convergence bands to form. Total rain so far over 2 inches. Tropical storm force winds expected here Sunday afternoon or evening. Hope everyone stays safe.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: jastrowx]
      #98715 - Sat Sep 09 2017 03:30 PM

I don't have a way of measuring wind speed, but the winds on the east side of Ft Myers have really picked up since this morning. They are more sustained, too, with longer gusts.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: MikeC]
      #98718 - Sat Sep 09 2017 04:01 PM

Here in Homosassa Springs US 19 is a steady stream of North bound traffic. Everything is just about closed only 2 gas station are currently pumping gas and as soon as it is gone they will be closing .Everything west of 19 and for 1 1/2 miles east of 19 has been mandatory evacuated as of yesterday so stores and businesses closed. It's as if everything just disappeared except for the long line of slow moving traffic going North on US 19. A little rain shower came through but quickly left and we have a slight breeze .
Hope Irma passes by quickly.


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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: MissBecky]
      #98722 - Sat Sep 09 2017 04:33 PM

Quote:

I don't have a way of measuring wind speed




Hit up wunderground and look for a personal weather station near you. Here is the one I'm pulling data from:
https://www.wunderground.com/personal-weather-station/dashboard?ID=KFLPOMPA60

Just had our 6th squall push thru and based on radar a strong feeder band is coming up for Davie, Weston, Hollywood and Ft Lauderdale. Looks to miss me to the south. Rain is up to .2" now, wind due E and pretty steady in the 20 mph range, pressure 29.6 and falling

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: JMII]
      #98724 - Sat Sep 09 2017 04:55 PM

Fairly persistent rain here in NW Orlando coming in from the Atlantic. I think only related to Irma from a pressure gradient perspective.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: OrlandoDan]
      #98735 - Sat Sep 09 2017 06:49 PM

Starting to get tornados here in Broward One was about 16 miles west of me off US27, the other between Sunrise and Weston and finally one coming onshore in Ft Laud (Wilton Manors area). Plus one in Lauderhill. Getting thunder and lighting... really bad squall just pushed thru. Sky got really dark with heavy rain up to .5" now total

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: JMII]
      #98750 - Sat Sep 09 2017 08:52 PM

Near constant rain now with steady E winds in the 18 to 22 MPH range, rain was falling at .7" per hour during the last squall.
Rain appears to be training over N Miami and west to Miramar, 2" of accumulation there by radar estimates. Off shore storms have embedded lighting. They will reach my location in the next hour and look NASTY.
This is going to be LONG night since its not "bad" yet.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: JMII]
      #98760 - Sat Sep 09 2017 10:34 PM

Getting a steady 15-20mph wind here in orlando now.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: MikeC]
      #98763 - Sat Sep 09 2017 10:51 PM

Wind gusts to 34mph in Gulfport with a 20 mph steady breeze. It is a different sensation than a typical summer wind.

Is there a meteorological difference between wind speed and air volume?

Reason I ask, we get gusts and winds above 20 to 30 mph all year long. No big deal. But the past couple days the winds we have got at around 20 mph have pushed one of our bougainvillea's over and have moved a few old-timer bushes to a new side. It is odd, and to me it appears to not be the wind speed, but the volume of air being moved.

Is this something that has a formula???

It is as if there is a huge volume of air moving past at a steady strong rate. Like comparing the flow of the Amazon River (Irma) to a fast moving Colorado mountain stream (Charlie).


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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: Prospero]
      #98769 - Sun Sep 10 2017 03:13 AM

Amazing how windy it is here in Boca Raton given the distance to the center. Feel for those on the West Coast.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: MissBecky]
      #98770 - Sun Sep 10 2017 04:56 AM

Over 10 inches rain in Ft. Pierce , St. Lucie Village . Flash Flood Warning. Flooding of streets and some houses. Tv reports.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: Hurric]
      #98771 - Sun Sep 10 2017 05:49 AM

Didn't seem that bad overnight, then had a set of tornado warned storms move thru at 3AM. Just woke up and since then we gotten 3.3" of rain which is 1/2 up my driveway. Pressure down to 29.4 slight wind shift to SE @ 22 gusting to 40 mph. Power flickered once.

Storm radar estimated 5.6" of rain in Ft. Pierce.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: JMII]
      #98775 - Sun Sep 10 2017 07:14 AM

Just NW of Gainesville, and it's listed as one of the top the 10 cities to ride out the storm according to the Palm Beach Post. Here's the list.

Leesburg
Orlando
Sanford
Kissimmee
Palatka
Lake City
Naples
Ocala
Gainesville
Fernandina Beach

Boarded up my S/SW windows, never done that before. Good luck all, we're gonna need it.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: GlenJohnson]
      #98779 - Sun Sep 10 2017 07:57 AM

Quote:

Just NW of Gainesville, and it's listed as one of the top the 10 cities to ride out the storm according to the Palm Beach Post.




Naples? Are they kidding?

Eye is expanding, inner eye wall fell apart, new outer one taking over slowly, very open to the south but trying to fill in. Saddlebunch or Sugarloaf landfall within 10 miles of the center, but with they eye changing size its hard to tell where/when the NHC is going to call it.

Water has gone back down my driveway as the rate of rain has leveled off. Canal in the backyward has waves with whitecaps. Got a GoPro running time lapse from my impact glass French Doors.

Edit... forgot to mention: my brother who lives in Weston lost power about 30 mins ago.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: JMII]
      #98780 - Sun Sep 10 2017 08:09 AM

We are in North Port and have just begun to get the strong outer bands. We still have power at the moment. The eye is showing that it will pass either over us or very close on the last track. North Port is next to Port Charlotte but inland. We are not in a flood area thank God. We are surrounded by trees with no houses around us.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: JMII]
      #98781 - Sun Sep 10 2017 08:10 AM

Power just flickered twice here. Battery backups doing their jobs, router and TV stayed up.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: MissBecky]
      #98783 - Sun Sep 10 2017 09:03 AM

Over twelve inches rain parts of Ft. Pierce. A lot of Street Flooding.
At house in Port St. Lucie, Gust to 45 , sustained 30-35 for about twenty minutes last hour. Over half inch of rain in that twenty minute period


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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: Hurric]
      #98784 - Sun Sep 10 2017 09:10 AM

Just had a good rain with a couple of gust that might have hit 35-40 mph. I can hear thunder off shore. The show has just begun.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: B.C.Francis]
      #98786 - Sun Sep 10 2017 09:20 AM

Still relatively quiet here in central Pinellas County. Light rain with wind in the 15 - 25/30 mph range. First squall line is approaching from the south.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: MichaelA]
      #98790 - Sun Sep 10 2017 09:51 AM

Strong gusty winds here. Power is really flickering but still on for now.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: MissBecky]
      #98798 - Sun Sep 10 2017 10:27 AM

Winds are constantly above 20 now, with gusts up to 40. I bet some are higher, maybe 50 but not getting logged as such. A few small branches have snapped off trees. Steady but light rain. Pressure has been falling steady since midnight, down to 29.4 now.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: JMII]
      #98801 - Sun Sep 10 2017 10:39 AM

Flagler Beach 41 mph sustained recorded by trained spotter, report to NHC in Jax.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: LadyStorm]
      #98812 - Sun Sep 10 2017 11:36 AM

Very heavy squall band here in Plant City. Tornado warnings just a few miles north of us. Moderate wind but nothing too strong. Waiting until it is closer to put my last boards on...want to be able to see out as long as I can. Open on the north side, south is already buttoned up.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: LadyStorm]
      #98814 - Sun Sep 10 2017 11:57 AM

Conditions in Naples: https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/stationhome.html?id=8725110
Tide running OUT (-2.7 feet) as Irma sucks water offshore. Pressure dropping like a rock.

Local conditions here about the same - wind ESE @ 30 with gust to 40 (seems higher), steady light rain, pressure falling but very slowly, down to 29.4
Water level in street has dropped to almost nothing but normal sized puddles.
Canal in backyard has waves with actual white caps amazing never seen that before but waterway runs E/W so it actually building a swell with these constant E winds. Lots of small branches and leaves down, nothing big yet

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: JMII]
      #98818 - Sun Sep 10 2017 12:23 PM

Palm Bay - Tornado warnings since 5:30 am as thunderstorms in the bands move on shore. Periods of heavy rain. The ditch out front is already full and the road almost covered. Heavy rain comes and goes. There are some birds in the huge trees out here that are making some awesome calls. I have never heard anything like it.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: DMFischer]
      #98820 - Sun Sep 10 2017 12:43 PM

Just lost power here in Buckingham, east of Ft. Myers.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: MissBecky]
      #98821 - Sun Sep 10 2017 12:49 PM

Wesley Chapel FL, 24 miles N of Tampa
Just got a huge rain band. Hard rain and wind. Been overcast with drizzle since 6am now the heavy stuff is coming.
Power still operational, roads are already flooded from previous rains.

My weather station
https://www.wunderground.com/personal-weather-station/dashboard?ID=KFLZEPHY35#history

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: GeorgeN]
      #98825 - Sun Sep 10 2017 01:21 PM

Storm surge report: Water to top of sea wall in north central Flagler County; police report dune breach overwash at Malacompra Park northeastt Flagler County. Beach erosion on top of Matthew damage being compounded on A1A Flagler Beach.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: GeorgeN]
      #98826 - Sun Sep 10 2017 01:30 PM

Winds are really picking up here, starting to see 40 sustained with gusts to 60 reported on local personal weather stations. Not sure how accurate these things are but local news is reporting the same. Radar estimates align as well. Pressure down to 29.3, steady driving heavy rain, over 6.5" accumulation.

Virginia Key (Miami Beach/Key Biscayne) showing 70 mph which is a NOAA station so I know that data is accurate.


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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: JMII]
      #98829 - Sun Sep 10 2017 02:01 PM

Here in Ormond Beach, FL it was a tranquil morning with cloudy skies, only a few drops of rain and light winds. Abruptly about 1:15 PM both rain and wind picked up. We have light but steady rain, winds out of NE steady at 20-30 mph, gusts up to 40-45. A few palm fronds and small branches have come down. I guess this is the onset of tropical storm conditions at my location. Will try to post updated local conditions from time to time until I lose power.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: jastrowx]
      #98832 - Sun Sep 10 2017 02:23 PM

Cocoa Beach at 1315 — 11.29 inch/hour rain rate, dumped 3 inches rather rapidly. (Davis Wx System)

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: Rubber Ducky]
      #98835 - Sun Sep 10 2017 02:58 PM

Water is SLOSHing in the toilets, got another 3" of rain in just over an hour, total of nearly 9.6"
Wind is whipping at 50, gusting to nearly hurricane force now, incredible sheets of driving rain, lots of leaves/yard debris, but no trees down that I can see.

Got a small water leak around the frame of a window I have that faces east. If I had to guess its the surf coming off the next house over and going into the frame bolts that hold my shutters up

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: jastrowx]
      #98840 - Sun Sep 10 2017 04:10 PM

Steady stream of squall lines moving through Deltona. Winds are around 20MPH, gusts to around 40-ish. Already got about 3 inches of rain (free fill-up for the pool), otherwise pretty calm. Steady stream of traffic on Saxon Blvd, with people treating this more as an afternoon thunderstorm than anything else.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: Daniel Jones]
      #98846 - Sun Sep 10 2017 05:40 PM

We are in St. Pete. We evacuated our house in Zone A and went to Zone E. Some wind gusts & growling wind. Nothing crazy yet.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: WestFLJess]
      #98847 - Sun Sep 10 2017 05:45 PM

We're in the Antioch area of Plant City. So far, the highest wind gust has been 30mph at 4:54pm. Been raining lightly, but steady for awhile. Only 1.73 inches of rain so far.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: Littlebit]
      #98852 - Sun Sep 10 2017 06:19 PM

Satellite Beach on the grand canal. Squalls just like everyone is reporting. Winds getting more robust, maybe 30 sustained with 45 gusts. Water level in the canal is up 10-12 inches, just at the edge of my dock and seawall about to come over. Just for reference if you live here, Matthew pushed water about half way up my yard so flooding should not be an issue for you if Matthew didn't flood your place.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: richg]
      #98857 - Sun Sep 10 2017 07:04 PM

In Plant City, heavy rain for about the past hour off and on (mostly on). Some pretty solid wind gusts I would estimate at around 40 mph...maybe a tad more. Over 2 inches so far. I am waiting to put my last 2 boards on the north side. I hate being totally shut off from seeing outside. If Irma keeps heading north, she may pass east of us which will change my thinking. Interestingly, we have had a stead stream of birds at our feeder all afternoon. Some regulars and some migratories. Tufted Titmice, female House finch, cardinal, a ladderback woodpecker. THEY are not worried about the storm.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: Lamar-Plant City]
      #98858 - Sun Sep 10 2017 07:12 PM

Cable TV has gone out in south Cocoa Beach. Internet is still on, so it's not the cable itself. Electricity and cellular are still on. Electricity has been pulsing off for a split second every once in a while. Lots of wind and rain.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: Littlebit]
      #98860 - Sun Sep 10 2017 07:18 PM

Amazing how long this has been going on with conditions about the same. Pressure is down to 29.2 but has become steady. Wind is slowly shifting to the south but still in the same range (40 gusting to 60). Rain has leveled off, just kind of spitting now. Lots of leaves down but nothing like the salad shooter effect we got in Wilma. At one point the wife heard a "thud" and we though our shed had tipped over, so I ran out to look... but it turned out to be a roof mounted WiFi radio antenna system. I had one on my roof too as part of a failed ISP start up but I removed it on Thursday (along with my satellite dish) while putting up the hurricane panels. Apparently my neighbor didn't take his down so Irma did it for him.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: TheOtherRick]
      #98862 - Sun Sep 10 2017 07:36 PM

Power out in Snug Harbor.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: Rubber Ducky]
      #98863 - Sun Sep 10 2017 07:38 PM

And in Melbourne a little earlier: http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/2...urne/651848001/

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: Rubber Ducky]
      #98865 - Sun Sep 10 2017 07:43 PM

Power flickering a lot, but I still have power, highest gust so far here was 50mph, 30mph sustained.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: MikeC]
      #98867 - Sun Sep 10 2017 08:05 PM

Flagler Beach wind gust to 50 mph. Flagler County Northeast Florida. Gust measured by standard fixed Anemometer.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: MikeC]
      #98868 - Sun Sep 10 2017 08:07 PM

Melbourne/Brevard: Although the NWS products continue to show peak winds around midnite, USAIRNET's aviation weather for MLB — apparently updated more frequently — shows peak wind now and tapering sooner. http://www.usairnet.com/cgi-bin/launch/code.cgi?Submit=Go&sta=KMLB&state=FL

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: Rubber Ducky]
      #98870 - Sun Sep 10 2017 09:36 PM

Power is still on as of 21:34 in Kathleen area of Lakeland. Small limbs are down but no other damage observed.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: JoshuaK]
      #98871 - Sun Sep 10 2017 09:59 PM

Still blowing at TS level here, this is unreal its been like 24-30 hours of non-stop winds. Pressure is coming back up 29.3.
Found personal weather station that recorded a 78 mph gust here during 58 mph sustained winds. Winds are finally become SSW. Darn I say this is ending for us in S FL?

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: JMII]
      #98873 - Sun Sep 10 2017 10:38 PM

Flagler County scattered power outages, some downed trees, Beachside reporting 50 sustained, inland 40 sustained. Total of 7 inches total accumulation so far as of 10 pm

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: LadyStorm]
      #98875 - Sun Sep 10 2017 10:46 PM

We are directly west of the eye or maybe in the west part of the eyeball, North Port. It has gotten very quiet outside with only the occasional gust now. Waiting for wind to now come out of the other direction. We lost power around 7:30 and it was fierce here for a couple of hours as the eye was approaching.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: beachcrafts]
      #98877 - Sun Sep 10 2017 11:27 PM

Top gust was 75mph so far here, 986mb. Got some roof drip edging ripped off on the east side of the house that I can see.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: MikeC]
      #98881 - Mon Sep 11 2017 01:17 AM

Flagler County EOC 72 mph wind gust 50 mph sustained. Widespread power outages and multiple trees downed. Wind speeds measured)

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: LadyStorm]
      #98882 - Mon Sep 11 2017 01:35 AM

Been on generator power since 9:15 in NE st pete. Winds still gusting to 50-55 on occasion. Earlier probably hit 80 a couple of times.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: EMS]
      #98883 - Mon Sep 11 2017 02:32 AM

Some nasty squall lines have finished with Deltona for the moment, though the center still hasn't passed totally yet. Transformers blowing all over the place, and we're getting surges about once every 10-15 minutes. No idea on damage, though, way too dark to tell. The 4-year-old is snoring louder than the gusts at times. Wind peaked around 45 MPH with a gust at 65 MPH.

Edit: Lost power for bout 30 seconds with a nearby blown transformer. Saw 2 more go while checking the house for any water issues.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: Daniel Jones]
      #98884 - Mon Sep 11 2017 04:05 AM

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.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: enterlaughing]
      #98885 - Mon Sep 11 2017 08:17 AM

Quote:

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 weather.com):
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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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: JMII]
      #98897 - Tue Sep 12 2017 05:32 PM

My time lapse video is up...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxDYhOzGW6w

Sept 9th 4:45 PM to 9 PM then
Sept 10th 6:40 AM to 7 PM

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: JMII]
      #98898 - Wed Sep 13 2017 05:15 AM

Relatively light damage here. Tree branches and fencing down. Power remained on for the duration. I estimate we had sustained 50 mph with gusts to 70+ at the peak of the storm as it passed east of my location. Thankful it wasn't as bad as predicted.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: MichaelA]
      #98900 - Wed Sep 13 2017 09:18 AM

I tried to post conditions during the storm. My cellphone, I could read the posts on the site, but couldn't post. We had more than expected out of Irma here in Vero Beach. We were expecting 45-55mph and gust to 65. My personal weather station of course broke during the first big gust. We did record a gust of 84 before it broke. Lots of rain. I don't have any way to accurately measure that large of an amount,,but would guess somewhere between 12-16 inches of rain. The damage was minimal for the entire area. Mostly small limbs from the oak trees. Numerous people with out power still. FPL co-op is doing a remarkable job. 05, we were without power for 33 days total. We had power restored the next day after the storm. My wife and I have discussed the having 8 days notice to prepare for this storm. She thinks it might have been too much time. I'm inclined to agree. We shut down the business on Thursday to allow our people to get prepared and evacuate if they desired. My heart goes out to the people that took the heart of this monster. We know the feeling of losing nearly everything from 05. If it were not for the dry air and Cuba. This could have been much much worse.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: M.A.]
      #98901 - Wed Sep 13 2017 06:00 PM

Just got power on here. We got hit a little harder here than I was expecting. Brevard County got raked in various locations. Looks like some possible tornado action just a block in half from my house heading in a north west direction.

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      #98902 - Wed Sep 13 2017 07:57 PM

Our rental townhouse (Our old home) had major roof damage and a big hole in the ceiling in the garage.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: MikeC]
      #98905 - Thu Sep 14 2017 12:16 AM

Finally a chance to sit down and recap the storm from Plant City.
1 - Really not much of a storm. I am pretty sure we never had above hurricane force winds here except maybe in gusts. It has lost a LOT Of its energy before it reached us (thank the Lord!!). Once the central feature passed us, most thought we were in the 'eye', as the rain shut off like a spigot and the winds really died down. At that point, I went to bed knowing we were safe.
2 - For damage...my property had ZERO...fence went down on my neighbors behind but that is because they are too cheap to put it up right (gone down 3 times in 5 years). Leaves and light limbs down, raking continues apace. I really only saw ONE big tree down through the main street in my neighborhood. New rain gauge overflowed at 5 inches but I don't think by much!
3 - Many still without power. We only lost it for 14 hours and I barely got to shake the cobwebs out of my generator. A friend is using it since. MOST Of the power issues I see are because the utilities are doing a crappy job of keeping the trees away from the power lines!! MANY thanks to all of the power crews working round-the-clock to restore power.
4 - My mom's property on a Polk County Lake was a bit worse, but with the winds coming off the lake unhindered that is to be expected. Had a large cypress lean onto her house and damage the soffitt but it doesn't look like water got in. Power is off because a large old oak fell across the power lines....the burns in the grass and ground are pretty spectacular!
5 - Driving down Highway 60 through Hillsborough and Polk counties today, you really saw very little evidence that a hurricane had struck except for a few trees and power out to 3 or 4 intersections.
6 - It is obvious that Central Florida has had another major escape from a major hurricane. If it had gotten to us with Cat 3 winds, I shudder to think where we would be....RIP Irma!

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: Lamar-Plant City]
      #98909 - Thu Sep 14 2017 10:37 AM

I have been without power in the Largo/Seminole area since Sunday at 5pm. We received only 3.3 inches of rain from Irma, but the wind was the main event. I live at a higher elevation of Pinellas County just a couple miles from the coast, and we were hammered by hurricane force gusts between 10pm-1am on Sunday night/Monday morning with tropical storm force winds for an even longer duration. I estimate that we experienced speeds around 85mph, maybe slightly higher, when the wind turned northwest and came in unobstructed from the Gulf. Fortunately, the damage is relatively minor. Some trees/fences/signs down, shingles here and there, and tons of branches. A few mobile homes in the area experienced roof/siding damage and a power line came down in my neighborhood. These were some of the strongest winds I have seen in this area since the Superstorm of 93. We have definitely been lucky here.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: Ronn]
      #98910 - Thu Sep 14 2017 11:57 AM

Still no power or water here in Buckingham, where there is some of the worst flooding. FPL has said they hope to have the power restored by Sept 22. A friend in Lehigh Acres was told it would be a month for their power to be restored.

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: Ronn]
      #98916 - Fri Sep 15 2017 05:08 AM

Life in our country is getting better in Miami.
My sister took the cat out for a walk.
The cat tried to play with the leaves a little, but it was too wet around.


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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: Ronn]
      #98928 - Fri Sep 15 2017 04:02 PM

We are in the Antioch area of Plant City. We got hit pretty good. Lost quite a few trees and many branches. We received so much rain that most of our property was under water. Water out back was almost waist deep the night she hit. Water covered the driveway and was over the road in some spots. We have never seen so much water. We lost electricity Sunday night and it was restored about an hour ago. Thank God for our generator. One thing I can thank Irma for is convincing us to get a large standby generator, coming soon! Goodbye and good riddance Irma!

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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: Littlebit]
      #98940 - Sat Sep 16 2017 08:58 PM

Gulfport, Florida:
Power finally came back on around noon here. I can say, it is actually cooler inside tonight than outside for the first time in seven days.

On Saturday morning we woke up to The Hurricane Center aiming Irma right up Gulfport and St. Pete as a Cat 4 or so. Normally I'd be posting on this forum giving my latest blah blah blah, but the fear was a bit overwhelming and we scrambled to do even more preventative measures here.

Irma missed us, but even so our power was knocked out at 7:50 pm on the 10th. A big part of our neighbor's tree fell on our house around midnight. We were lucky that so far it appears the wind softened the fall and there may be no damage. Our yard was full of debris, and we still have a few piles of branches and debris. We lost a "Cassia" tree, a Bougainvillea, and had the dangerous Cherry Oak totally removed off our home and down to the stump.

Here's the rub...

The strongest gust we had in our yard was 38 mph. That was the moment we lost power. Our weather station kept collecting data all week, and even around midnight when the tree fell the gust was 37 mph.

Curious, Hurricane Hermine brought stronger gusts around here. But we never lost power. Hermine with it's 39 mph gusts did bring down a big chunk of the same tree on our roof that fell on our house this time. But all in all, around Pinellas County with hurricane speed winds, Hermine was nothing compared to Irma with tropical storm winds.

OK, as someone who has an electrical education, there is Voltage vs Current. So in the Hermine/Irma situation, it may be like Hermine had a peak voltage that was very high (wind gusts in the hurricane speed range around 80 mph in some places), but Irma had a sustained current (30 to 40 mpg winds that did not let up all around the county up to 65 mph or so) that was way more amperage than Hermine and very much more powerful.

Looking at the weather stations around here, Pinellas County barely had hurricane winds at all (if at all), so our week of no power for 400,000 customers was all from a powerful tropical storm effect from Irma. In order to recharge our cell phones, my wife and I drove around and there are some areas that are not touched and other areas that were slammed. Yet I am still looking for 70+ mph winds and Irma was just a tropical storm here.

Hmmm, BIG slow tropical storm vs. little fast Cat 1 hurricane? Big slow may be worse.


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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: Prospero]
      #98942 - Sat Sep 16 2017 10:51 PM

I just got power back on at noon today as well, making it almost six days without power since 5pm Sunday, 9/10.

Pinellas County definitely experienced some hurricane force gusts: 74mph at the St. Pete/Clearwater Airport ASOS and 87mph in Belleair. We will have to wait for the official post storm report from the NWS in Ruskin for the final numbers. There is definitely variation in wind damage. My area received quite a bit, but it doesn't look as bad a couple miles east in the central part of the county.

I used to have a personal weather station in my yard and it always under-reported wind by a large margin, so much so that I elected not to replace it for that reason. In most normal yard situations, it is impossible to place the anemometer at the appropriate height above ground and distance from obstructions to yield accurate readings.


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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: Ronn]
      #98981 - Tue Sep 19 2017 10:21 AM


Observation question ;

Observed little damage in the Stuart area....while riding in a 15 mile loop did not see a wire down.....3 days latter many out of state utility co. trucks riding or parked in groups but no one working as there was nothing to do....me and a lot of friends in other areas of the state were w/o power for 5 to 7 days..
my question is why did it take so long to restore power when there was so little visible damage to their system......does FP&L have a weak spot ????


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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: saltysenior]
      #98986 - Tue Sep 19 2017 05:00 PM

Power was out in my entire area of Boca Raton from Sunday about 4PM until either Friday or Saturday night. I traveled from Boca to West Palm and up to Melbourne. I think there is a marked decrease in damage to trees from about Delray north, but there is still considerable damage all the way up the coast to Melbourne. Trees in my area of Boca (east of I-95) took a considerable hit...I would say comparable to Frances in this area and not nearly as bad as Wilma. I think the only reason the tree damage wasn't worse than Frances is that there are fewer Ficus trees now. Where I see the most damage, there are ficus and other non-natives. I saw very little structural damage in this area and no flooding. Very few poles down and FPL generally did a much better job at keeping and restoring power than in 2004-2005.

Is there a radar loop recording of Irma as it moved through Florida that can be viewed?


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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: MikeC]
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Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area [Re: cieldumort]
      #99038 - Sat Sep 30 2017 04:49 PM

We ended up not evacuating after Irma's track changed away from the Savannah, GA area, although we did have our evacuation reservations made. Ironically, if we would have evacuated, it would have been straight into Irma's path if we could have even gotten there due to all of the gas shortages.

I'm glad I stayed home even though the conditions at my house were pretty darn scary, to say the least. We had a 5-6 foot storm surge on my small island which is a little southeast of the Richmond Hill, GA city limits. "As the crow flies", I'm about 10 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean, but lots and lots of marsh and a little land act as a buffer before you get to my house on the Ogeechee River. We had 6 inches of rain with tropical force winds that weren't bad at all. We've seen stronger winds here during a bad thunderstorm. But that surge? Wow. I've lived in this house on the Ogeechee River for the last 31 years, and I have never seen a surge like I saw from Irma. And I have never seen the marsh across the river from me 99% covered with water UNTIL Irma either.

Last October when Hurricane Matthew passed by my house, the water from the Ogeechee never even got into my backyard (on the river) except a very small patch on the lower right corner of my property which slants lower, and that was only for a 10x10 foot area. Irma was another animal all together. She took my neighbors dock completely apart with a forceful whoosh, and his dock was gone baby gone and so were some other docks not too far from me. Some neighbors got water in their homes. Fortunately I have a high lot, or the same thing would have happened to me.

Edit to say that I lost power for about 30 hours.

Edited by TPS (Sat Sep 30 2017 05:01 PM)


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