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Never lost power here, but the roar of wind has been replaced by the hum of generators as pretty much everyone around us lost power.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
-------------------- South FL Native... experienced many tropical systems, but actually had to put up the panels for: David ('79) - Floyd ('87) - Andrew ('92) - Georges ('98) - Frances ('04) - Wilma ('05) - Matthew ('16) - Irma ('17)
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