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Here comes Frances...

Discussion in 'The OT' started by Richard King, Aug 30, 2004.

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  1. Sep 5, 2004 #101 of 155
    SimpleSimon

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    My cousin took their plane from Boca Raton (or nearby) to New Orleans. They were wanting to fly back tomorrow - I don't think so!
     
  2. Sep 6, 2004 #102 of 155
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    Update on Ivan it is now 135 mph and still gaining strength as a category 4 and is moving a lot quicker than Frances is. It was only 5 am Sunday morning when they stated that it just became a hurricane and less than a day later it is a category 4 at twice the speed. I would hate to see how strong this hurricane will be in another day. This hurricane is a bit smaller than Frances though but am not sure with the weather patterns and all if they grow in size or stay relatively the same size.
     
  3. Sep 6, 2004 #103 of 155
    Richard King

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    Re Flight school. I rent an apartment attached to my house to an instructor there. She called yesterday on my cell (which is still working) to say that she will be shuttling the plane that she has been given charge of to another airport (from Alabama) because of the storm. She has no idea when she will return.

    I am leaving here to go to Vero Beach in a few minutes to take some pix and get some insurance papers that I forgot to bring with me. Last I heard (last night) they were allowing no one on the barrier island because of the damage. Rumor is that the Ocean Grill, the former Crusty's and Waldo's restaurants, beachside landmarks for years are all gone into the ocean. I won't be able to verify until I get there. If there is no power I will attempt to hook up Starband to the inverter in the car and post what I find.
     
  4. Sep 6, 2004 #104 of 155
    Richard King

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    That's $10 now.
     
  5. Sep 6, 2004 #105 of 155
    Chris Freeland

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    Richard, good luck with your trip back to Vero Beach and I hope your property is not as bad as it appears it may be. I am sad to hear of the damages there in Vero Beach, my wife and I had are honeymoon their 19 years ago, we were living in Orlando then. I lived in Orlando from 81 - 95 and the whole time I lived their we did not get any direct hits by any hurricanes of any magnitude, just a couple of tropical storms, a few near misses without damage, and just before I moved to TN., a just barley category 1 hurricane came into Melbourne and the Orlando area, but it was nothing compared to the 2 you guys just had. One more thing Richard, if your house is still standing, you may want to leave it boarded up just encase (God forbid) Ivan comes through next week end.

    I have always been fascinated with hurricanes and from my understanding, these climatic changes go in cycles, several decades of few storms and most missing the Florida peninsala and several decades of heavy activity and many hitting Florida. We now seem to be in a period of hurricane activity and a higher percentage of them hitting the Florida Peninsula. Previous to Charlie 3 weeks ago, the Orlando area had not experienced a direct hit from a major hurricane since Donna in 1960 and now they have been hit twice in 3 weeks :shrug: .

    I do not wish Ivan on anyone, however it appears to be tracking through Cuba and or other Caribbean islands that are mountains which hopfully will tear it apart and at least weekin it substantially before getting to Florida or other highly populated areas. We can only hope and pray this will happen.
     
  6. Sep 6, 2004 #106 of 155
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    Update from Jacksonville, FL-

    Winds picked up yesterday afternoon and through the night. Local TV has reported 50-75 mph throughout the 18 hour period. No reported tornados. Power outages over 60% of households is the most serious problem we have here. I lost power last night at 8:30PM and the Power company had it back on at midnight. We were very lucky! The yard is a mess with fallen trees and limbs everywhere. No damage here.
    I think the difference between what we had and those near the eye wall like Richard's location in Vero- path to Tampa is that while our winds took out just about every tree limb 1-2" in diameter just falling to the ground, closer to the eye wall those limbs became deadly missiles flying into buildings and ripping apart many of the weaker buildings. We only had a few large diameter trees get ripped out of the ground here in Jacksonville. I lost one 16" diameter tree but it safely fell across my back yard about 100ft away from the house.

    Currently at noon today, the winds are down to about 20-30 mph in center Jacksonville, stronger at the beach.

    The biggest surprise of Frances is the size of the windy zone and how slow it moved. Most hurricanes, such as Charlie can come close to Jacksonville and we don't even notice.
     
  7. Sep 6, 2004 #107 of 155
    Richard King

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    Thanks for the well wishes.

    I was still in Minnesota at that time, but had sold the house there and bought a house here. I was still in the house there, preparing to move into a temporary apt. when that one (Irene?) blew through. I sat up all night taping feeds off my 10' c/ku dish at the time.
     
  8. Sep 6, 2004 #108 of 155
    Richard King

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    I am back from the attempted trip to Vero Beach. We had planned to go there, scope things out, take some pix, etc. and then return here to Sarasota. The problem was that there was NO gas east of Sarasota, so the round trip couldn't be made without a fill along the way. No gas cans can be found anywhere. We got as far as Okeechobee before turning around. Okeechobee has some minor damage, but no power in many parts of the city and no gasoline at all. So, I am now back in Sarasota. I have confirmed with another source that the roof is gone from the building that I mentioned above and all the ceilings inside have collapsed from water ingress from above (covered in my wind/storm insurance). I have no flood insurance on this building, so, I consider myself lucky at that. Looks like I have my work cut out for me when I get there. They are allowing no one including owners on the barrier island until 3:00 this afternoon, so there have been no confirmed reports of conditions there at all. My house is on the island and I have full insurance on it. I have heard nothing on my other commercial property (the mini-storage). There is an 8:00 curfew city wide. Not a fun situation.
     
  9. Sep 6, 2004 #109 of 155
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    Hang in there RK.

    Our power was out for about 12 hours and a few down trees of course.

    Ivan(na) no more :nono2:
     
  10. Sep 6, 2004 #110 of 155
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    Apparently FPL thought we had it too easy here, so my power just went out (6:30 on Monday) and was off for about an hour.
    Not even wanting to watch that next storm :(
    Insult to injury...according to Bob on channel 7, "peak" hurricane season for FLA is late September through October, 'historically.'

    I may be a bit north of the state next weekend :wave:
     
  11. Sep 6, 2004 #111 of 155
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    They are now projecting Ivan to track south of Cuba and could head into the Gulf.
     
  12. Sep 7, 2004 #112 of 155
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    If that is the case then it will just have more fuel in the Gulf because they said that the warm Gulf waters help intensify the hurricanes. I think as warm as the waters are where Ivan is at now that is causing it to be as strong as it is.
     
  13. Sep 7, 2004 #113 of 155
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    Yes, but Cuba and the Carabean Islands are mountains, mountains tare apart hurricanes so Ivan may weeken considerably before getting into those warm Gulf waters and strengthening again, we can only hope that it does not strengthen too much and that this one misses Florida. Let someone else have some fun for a change :D .
     
  14. Sep 7, 2004 #114 of 155
    Richard King

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    I just reinstalled the Starband dish on the mini storage office. Power is back on here at the office, but not the house. Vero Beach is a mess. The house is ok, except for the screened in porch area which will need to be redone, but probably under my deductable. The commercial building roof is 100% gone (well, 88% gone). I also have minor damage to the eaves of the building. Much interior damage from the rain ingress. Most interior sheet rock is ruined. I just got hold of the insurance company and they will have someone contact me in 24-48 hours to take a look and get the process started.

    My favorite pine tree (formally about 40' tall) had the top approx. 10' chopped off in the wind. One of my palm trees was cut in half. Most of the trees in my yard, and in fact in all of Vero Beach suffered much damage. The building that I formerly owned a condo in is now hanging over the edge of the dune (glad I sold that a year ago).

    More later.
     
  15. Sep 7, 2004 #115 of 155
    Mark Lamutt

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    (Obviously you know all of this Richard, but...) Make sure you take pictures of everything and post them here for all to see! :) I'm glad to hear that it wasn't worse than that for you, bud...but still cringe at how bad it sounds! Yikes!
     
  16. Sep 7, 2004 #116 of 155
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    Richard, glad to hear you are back home. Very glad to hear the damage is (relatively) minimal. I don't know who your insurance carrier is but one of my neighbors said Sunday that her father is a State Farm adjuster. He had been in Florida with the State Farm emergency team for Charlie. They were evacuated because of Florence and now will of course be back in Florida even longer than they had expected. God's blessing.
     
  17. Sep 7, 2004 #117 of 155
    Richard King

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    Blue crabs are all over the place also. Very (or should I say Vero) strange. I have a bunch of pix, including pictures of literally hundreds of Red Cross vehicles lined up at Sarasota ready to go. When I returned from my abortive trip yesterday half of them had left for the east coast. I will have to remember them when this is all done.
     
  18. Sep 7, 2004 #118 of 155
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    Since Richard mentioned the Red Cross let me also mention that some of you may attend churches/denominations that participate in an offering called "One Great Hour of Sharing." I can assure you that a number of faith based groups were in place immediately following both storms. Many congregations have taken and will take more offerings to help those in need, but the OGHS offering makes money available within hours of a disaster. OK, stewardship note over. :D
     
  19. Sep 7, 2004 #119 of 155
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    Chris Freeland

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    Glad to hear your home was mostly ok Richard. :)
     
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