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DoomsDave

Well, dang, which might could possibly be one of THOSE years.

Be safe ya'll, karma's comin . . . . .

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Jeff Searle

Thank the good lord, because I believe in him. We have been spared once again.

Jeff

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bubba

The Maxim handed down to me and more than a few others in this area is that Cape Verde Season(the True Monsters)runs from August 15-Sept 15.If you get past that,it does not guarantee you do not get hit.(See Wilma/Mid Oct.)However,these are the Carribean Sidewinders that rarely are the real destroyers.(still ugly)If we get lucky,it's nice to know that Warren Buffet made a very lucrative Florida bet this year.(That almost makes me hope we get smashed)

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_Keith
The Maxim handed down to me and more than a few others in this area is that Cape Verde Season(the True Monsters)runs from August 15-Sept 15.If you get past that,it does not guarantee you do not get hit.(See Wilma/Mid Oct.)However,these are the Carribean Sidewinders that rarely are the real destroyers.(still ugly)If we get lucky,it's nice to know that Warren Buffet made a very lucrative Florida bet this year.(That almost makes me hope we get smashed)

Well, for one I will not forget a little old October hurricane call Lili. I guess it was the 50 foot tall Pecan Tree that crashed though the greenhouse and rear of my home that burned in that memory. Oh, and the fact that it totally destroyed my garden of the time.

I also kept this picture, in case the memory ever fades.

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bubba

Keith,I did not say you could not get hit.Strictly Cape Verde Destroyers. Wilma did substantial damage here in October 05 but it was a Cat 2 Carribean sidewinder.Much better than Andrew, which was recently revised to a Cat 5.That Cat 5 stuff is a totally different ballpark.

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palmmermaid

I have heard of the Cape Verde theory before, Bubba. I just hope it is a good theory! I do remember Wilma and that was a bad, bad storm for us here in Palm Beach County. I thought the doors were blowing in when the back side came through!

And, Keith, I am praying for you guys again! Just stay safe.

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palmislandRandy
Thank the good lord, because I believe in him. We have been spared once again.

Jeff

Same here, feeling very fortunate this time! That original track was pointing directly at my garden, but someone else is gonna get some Ike! :badday:

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weldertom

well, looking like folks here in th coastal beand are going to get it....

Hope you don't get a doublw shot this year,Tad....

Check in with us , Texans!

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_Keith

It is looking more and more like this one has Corpus Christi's name on it. Do we have any PalmTalker's there? My heart is with you folks.

Keith

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steve 9atx

Keith

Right now the track is most similar to the 1915 Galveston storm which is still the 10th worst

in US history in terms of loss of life.

Steve

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Tad

I am guesstamating the port lavaca, sea drift,port oconnor, area is gonna get the hit. God blessem, those poor souls!!!

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_Keith
I am guesstamating the port lavaca, sea drift,port oconnor, area is gonna get the hit. God blessem, those poor souls!!!

Didn't someone here talk recently about fishing in Baffin Bay? I suggest you go tomorrow.

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steve 9atx

That was me Keith. Baffin can wait while I board up my windows. Besides, all the fresh

water is gonna drive the specs out into the Laguna looking for some salt. They should

absolutely kill the redfish a day or two after the storm, though, as they love the sweet

water.

Steve

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_Keith
That was me Keith. Baffin can wait while I board up my windows. Besides, all the fresh

water is gonna drive the specs out into the Laguna looking for some salt. They should

absolutely kill the redfish a day or two after the storm, though, as they love the sweet

water.

Steve

I thought it was you, but after the storm, two more 14+ hours days at work, and a bottle of Merlot, well I did not want to to guess. Here we are in the saddest part of hurricanes, which is the resultant fish kill. All of the leaves suddenly hitting the ground and the high waters retreating oxygen pour always results in a massive fish kill. I started noticing dying fish in the Bayou Teche a couple of days ago. Today, as I crossed over the Atchafalaya Basin on the way home I noticed dying fish on the banks all along the way. Being a past avid fisherman, I hate to see this. Tears at my heart.

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DoomsDave
That was me Keith. Baffin can wait while I board up my windows. Besides, all the fresh

water is gonna drive the specs out into the Laguna looking for some salt. They should

absolutely kill the redfish a day or two after the storm, though, as they love the sweet

water.

Steve

I thought it was you, but after the storm, two more 14+ hours days at work, and a bottle of Merlot, well I did not want to to guess. Here we are in the saddest part of hurricanes, which is the resultant fish kill. All of the leaves suddenly hitting the ground and the high waters retreating oxygen pour always results in a massive fish kill. I started noticing dying fish in the Bayou Teche a couple of days ago. Today, as I crossed over the Atchafalaya Basin on the way home I noticed dying fish on the banks all along the away. Being a past avid fisherman, I hate to see this. Tears at my heart.

Ugh!

Sound like Lake Erie in the Sixties . . . . :(:(

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_Keith

It is a sad sight, seeing fist at the surface gasping for air.

I will post some pictures in the morning.

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weldertom

Yep - Looking like Port O'Conner /Port Lavaca to Corpus.... One brother in Law has a place in P.O. another has his 8 acres just up the street from Copano Bay on the Refuge side of Rockport and the bay.

Not looking good for either of them.

Port O'Conner has had massive new construction in the last few years and I'm afraid they will see considerable hardship soon..... Not that those folks can't afford it.....but not pretty non the less.

Freeport has started voluntary evacuation as of this morning....

When Carla came in at P.O. , there was 12 ft of surge in Freeport....100 miles away from P.O.

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weldertom

This is Larry's place near Rockport on Lamar peninsula...not too far above sea level.....!!!

Very much in danger from Ike

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weldertom

long shot

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palmislandRandy
This is Larry's place near Rockport on Lamar peninsula...not too far above sea level.....!!!

Very much in danger from Ike

Yikes, looks like only inches above sea level :badday:

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DoomsDave
long shot

What a lovely, lovely place!

For now at least . . . . :hmm:

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weldertom

For a little lighter side of things....

Hurricane Ike Party Cocktails

CONE OF PROBABILITY

1 oz. cinnamon schnapps

1 sugar cone

Pour the schnapps into the sugar cone. Every time you hear a TV weatherman say, "cone of probability," bite off the end of the cone and down the shot. If you hear Jim Cantore say it, drink two shots consecutively. (they should change this to the "Cantore Zone"... da** him. Have you ever noticed that, despite all the cone of probability talk, if Cantore is parked in front of your house your a** is toast?)

FEEDER BAND

2 oz. Midori

2 oz. rum

1 scoop vanilla ice cream

After your home loses power, combine Midori and rum in a cocktail glass. Add a scoop of the vanilla ice cream that is melting in your freezer. Stir, and drink through a straw.

DOWNED POWER LINE

1 1/2 oz. rum

5 oz. Jolt Cola

Combine ingredients in a cocktail glass. Drink while trying to figure out how the heck you're supposed to go two freakin' weeks without television and AC.

COLD SHOWER

2 oz. Blue Aftershock

4 oz. Sprite

Combine in a cocktail glass with crushed ice you received after waiting in line for three hours at a mall parking lot. Take a deep breath, sip and scream like a little girl when the cold beverage hits your tongue.

FOUR-WAY STOP

1 1/2 oz. vodka

1 1/2 oz. vodka and Midori

1 1/2 oz. vodka and Galliano

1 1/2 oz. vodka and grenadine

Pour each ingredient into a separate shot glass. Serve one to yourself and three other people. The person with the clear shot of vodka drinks first. The person to his right drinks the Midori shot, and so on. If somebody drinks out of order, develop a quick case of road rage and beat the living crap out of him.

BLUE TARP

1 1/2 oz. Curacao

2 oz. pineapple juice

Splash of lime

Combine ingredients in a leaky paper cup and serve. Wait six to eight months for someone to repair the cup. If you're impatient, hire an unlicensed,out-of-state contractor to do the job for an exorbitant sum and pray he doesn't hurt himself in the process.

FEMA FIZZLE

1 oz. Southern Comfort

2 oz. sloe gin

Tonic water

One week after the storm has passed and your neighbourhood is still in ruins with no sign of help on the way, combine Southern Comfort and gin in a cocktail glass. Fill remainder with tonic and add a dash of Angostura bitters. Serve with a nut brownie. Before drinking, raise the glass and say the toast, "Doing a helluva job Brownie"

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palmsrgreat

Those look like good ones Tom!

I've already started stocking up. I'm going out tomorrow to get a net from the army surplus to tie down to the tiki hut.

I'm not looking forward to this, it seems like we will be on the bad side of this one. I hope this doesn't turn out to be similar to what happened in Baton Rouge.

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_Keith

I am finishing my last bottle of Hurricane Gustav wine as we speak. My disaster prep list has 4 bottles of Merlot.

Guess I need to restock for IKE. :mrlooney:

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weldertom

Hey Coastal Texans,et al-

If you have a chance,please check in here and let us know whats up and that you are ok............

I think Edbrown is in a particularly flood sensitive and dangerous place on the San Bernard River in Brazoria County near the coast/salt marsh....

There are Houston folks on here.... ( I am typing this from the west side of Houston)

Galveston peeps too, check in .....

Lets hope for the best,prepare for the worst.

May God look after all of you.

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steve 9atx

Tom

We're packing up my office as I write: moving all the drawings, computers, phones, etc.

inboard. We're on the 9th floor, and I'm sure the wind will be well over 100 mph outside;

so, any little pebble is a missile that could break out the curtain wall and let the storm in.

I'm taking off early to start boarding up the back of the house - I still have the masonite

I cut for Rita. I'll tape up the rest. Due to the big pecan in the backyard, we're going to

move our mattress into the living room near the front of the house to try and keep from

getting impaled in the middle of the night.

As of right now, the track looks just like Alicia with eye coming right over my house.

Steve

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Tad

hope y'all do ok, I thought ed lived in fla.?!?!?!!

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weldertom
Tom

We're packing up my office as I write: moving all the drawings, computers, phones, etc.

inboard. We're on the 9th floor, and I'm sure the wind will be well over 100 mph outside;

so, any little pebble is a missile that could break out the curtain wall and let the storm in.

I'm taking off early to start boarding up the back of the house - I still have the masonite

I cut for Rita. I'll tape up the rest. Due to the big pecan in the backyard, we're going to

move our mattress into the living room near the front of the house to try and keep from

getting impaled in the middle of the night.

As of right now, the track looks just like Alicia with eye coming right over my house.

Steve

The comparison with Alicia is on my mind as well..... I rode it out in Lake Jackson.... and I remember all too well the images of glass on the streets of downtown Houston....

I am riding out Ike over here on the west side.

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palmmermaid

I am praying for all of you on the Texas coast. Stay safe.

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Alicehunter2000

I will have to print out those drink recipes for the office here (e.g liquor business).

On a serious note.....take care in Texas folks your in for a rough one.....already a bit gusty here today fron some of the outer bands.

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palmsrgreat

Well I got the fishin net to hold down my thatch on the tiki. This thing is not looking pretty. I'm stocked up on liquor but will have to work all night picking up pots, plant, outside stuff. Projected winds in this area will be in the upwards of 100mph.

i live in the NW part of town and will be just to the east of the eye. Hold on!

On another note, I was able to sell all my 5 season tickets to the LSU game this weekend. I doubt I'll even see it on TV. looks like I will have to listen to it in the car on satelitte radio.

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steve 9atx

Here's the predicted sustained wind speed map for Houston with the center of the eye shown as

a purple dashed line on the left:

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I'm in the yellow (100 mph). Time to go cut up and prime some more OSB for the windows.......

Steve

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_Keith

My heart is wtih you Steve, and Michael, and Tex, more people that I can't think of right this moment. Good news is that even though Ike had gotten bigger, really big, almost 400 miles across, it has not strengthened appreciably.

Hoping for the best outcome.

BTW - We started getting clouds and winds from IKE this afternoon. Up to about 20 miles and hour thus far and the storm is over 200 miles away.

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surgeon83

I hope something changes for the better. The predicted storm surge does not look good. Allen's house is on stilts- he will be better off than my old house, or my current house for that matter if something were to come this way.

I got a text message from an emergency alert system last night informing me that all classes and clinics would be closed Thursday and Friday. I thought WTF, is there a new storm that popped up in the last hour headed for Tampa? Nope, they just never took me off the one in Galveston when I left.

A week ago this storm was projected to pass right through my current city. That was my second threat so far this year.

I still have friends in Galveston, who one week ago were wishing me luck with this storm. Just goes to show how much faith we should put in 5-day tracks.

Lets review the places you can live and grow most species of palms and NOT deal with tropical cyclones? Costa Rica, right Jeff? Hawaii, sort of.

I wish the best to Galveston and Houston people. It could still go more north and reduce the storm surge significantly.

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DoomsDave

To all the Texans:

Good Karma, y'all.

The rest of us will be watching and hoping.

There still might be time for a false alarm, though a falsie for Hugetown could be real bad for someone else.

Sigh . . . :(

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_Keith

First view of IKE.

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palmsrgreat

I just got done with over 5 hours of heavy pruning and picking up 100+ pots and put them in the garage. My wife was nice enough to help me. Pretty funny before and after pics I will have to post. Gonna do a little more picking up in the morning and be ready to go.

Thanks for all the good wishes guys, we're gonna need it!

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Tad

your gonna be fine, it wont be no big thang!! I have faith!!

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Jeff in St Pete
Lets review the places you can live and grow most species of palms and NOT deal with tropical cyclones? Costa Rica, right Jeff? Hawaii, sort of.

Brian, even though we don't get direct hits, we can still get high winds and torrential rain from the feeder bands of storms passing through Nicaragua to the north (as I witnessed earlier this year). In Central America, I would imagine that Panama and the southern half of Costa Rica are probably the safest places against hurricanes.

Good luck to eveyone in Ike's path!

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bgl

Sounds like a potentially very dangerous situation in the Galveston/Houston area. Warning people of "certain death" if they remain in areas close to the Gulf - that sounds pretty severe! Hopefully everyone here is going to be safe, with minimal or no damage to property.

And even though we also have hurricane season here in Hawaii right now, there's a big difference. The more protected, and warmer, waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean probably represent as close to perfect as you can get in order for powerful hurricanes to form. The cooler, and more open, Pacific Ocean certainly produces some hurricanes every now and then, but historically the powerful ones have been relatively few and far between. The most recent powerful hurricane to hit the Hawaiian Islands was Iniki (category 4) in 1992.

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