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Cocoa Beach Jason

Current forecast has the eye coming about 40 miles or so from my house. I am boarding up windows all day. All potted plants are in the house. Boat out of the water. I have a generator and lots and lots of gas and water and food. I plan on riding this out unless the eye wall is going to give us a direct hit. Anything under 120 mph winds I'm staying. My home is block with hurricane straps. I hope my palms can handle the winds. I'm not looking forward to inevitably losing some trees.

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Alicehunter2000

You sound prepared. ...generator is good ...Power loss will suck....also chainsaw. Anticipate the direction of wind and make sure your neighbors upwind put away all their crap....good luck! Make sure phone is charged. ...uhh can't think of anything else....might want to consider leaving above 100 mph ....that's a more round number.

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Monòver

Wow, 120 mph winds, this is crazy!!!

Good luck and be careful.

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PalmatierMeg

Good luck, Jason. Sounds like you are ready as possible. You aren't on the ocean, are you?

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RedRabbit

Good luck! Personally I'd leave for a cat 1 just so I'm not sitting at home in the dark with no AC when the power goes out. 

Perhaps trim some lower fronds so the palm catches the wind a little less?

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Keith in SoJax

Good luck Jason.  Its been a long time since we had hurricanes here in FL. Now it looks like 2 in 2016

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SubTropicRay

Jason, I'd get out tonight.  The latest track has 140 mph winds just touching the coast line. 

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RedRabbit
1 hour ago, SubTropicRay said:

Jason, I'd get out tonight.  The latest track has 140 mph winds just touching the coast line. 

Sheesh, let's hope it isn't that strong. 140 sustained would mean gusts into the 160s or higher. Iirc it takes around 130mph to push a car down the street, sideways. 

You really sure you want to ride this out Jason?

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Palmaceae

Jason, yes please take the advice to get out, this is a major storm, I went through Andrew so I know how it is. Don't chance it.

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Xhoniwaters1

If the path projection holds true, some people will be coming back to their homes to see only a concrete slab! 

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DoomsDave

Jason:

Praying for you!

Let someone else be a hero. I'd go somewhere safe if you can.

Best!

 

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Tyrone

I wish you guys out there all the very best with this monster.

Remember your life is the most important thing. You can rebuild a house or a garden or move to Hawaii if you want. Just run away from this thing.

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GottmitAlex

Good luck. Our prayers go out to everyone affected in any way by the storm.  

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Cocoa Beach Jason

New track has the eye of a cat 4 coming directly over my house. Essentially ground zero. I'm out of here. Going to the in laws in Orlando tomorrow morning. I took some "before pics," and not looking forward to taking the "after pics."

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Palm Tree Jim

Take care Jason.

Best of luck.

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Yunder Wækraus

We evacuated today. We honestly did not have a good plan, and only finally settled on a place to which we could evacuate a few hours before leaving. It took all day yesterday and all this morning for me to figure out how to make and install plywood and cut-outs for my windows. Though my family has been riding out hurricanes for more than 100 years in Florida, This is my first rodeo, and it sucks.  It is really eerie. We're actually staying with my 90-year-old great aunt, who can remember the 1928 hurricane and we got here she started talking about how terrifying hurricanes are some of her memories. I guess there's always a bigger fish and a bigger storm. All y'all who are on that island, get off and get somewhere safe! And, in regard to other people's crap being left out, my neighbors landlord literally brought a trailer in with appliances and broken lawnmowers  and dumped them on the lawn at his property directly across from my house in order to let the hurricane wins handle the trash for him. I asked what the heck he was doing, and he dismissed me. I called the police, but they came and said they could do nothing, and that my only recourse would be to sue him once the appliances were hurled through my house. I guess my little garden is the least of my concerns, but I do hope my cannonball tree survives. I am attaching a photo of the appliances the evil neighbors landlord left directly across from the front of my home with full knowledge that there would be no trash pick up. And I've also attached a photo of the front of my house as it awaits this horrible hurricane.

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Yunder Wækraus
5 hours ago, Yunder Wækraus said:

We evacuated today. We honestly did not have a good plan, and only finally settled on a place to which we could evacuate a few hours before leaving. It took all day yesterday and all this morning for me to figure out how to make and install plywood and cut-outs for my windows. Though my family has been riding out hurricanes for more than 100 years in Florida, This is my first rodeo, and it sucks.  It is really eerie. We're actually staying with my 90-year-old great aunt, who can remember the 1928 hurricane and we got here she started talking about how terrifying hurricanes are some of her memories. I guess there's always a bigger fish and a bigger storm. All y'all who are on that island, get off and get somewhere safe! And, in regard to other people's crap being left out, my neighbors landlord literally brought a trailer in with appliances and broken lawnmowers  and dumped them on the lawn at his property directly across from my house in order to let the hurricane wins handle the trash for him. I asked what the heck he was doing, and he dismissed me. I called the police, but they came and said they could do nothing, and that my only recourse would be to sue him once the appliances were hurled through my house. I guess my little garden is the least of my concerns, but I do hope my cannonball tree survives. I am attaching a photo of the appliances the evil neighbors landlord left directly across from the front of my home with full knowledge that there would be no trash pick up. And I've also attached a photo of the front of my house as it awaits this horrible hurricane.

 

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Alicehunter2000

Unbelievable :o .... maybe it will just blow it straight into his own house...that would be some just karma

Looks like they shifted the storm west again this am....Palm Beach looking like it's in the cross hairs now

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PalmatierMeg

That is criminal and idiotic. Glad you & Jason made the safe choice.

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DoomsDave
11 hours ago, Cocoa Beach Jason said:

New track has the eye of a cat 4 coming directly over my house. Essentially ground zero. I'm out of here. Going to the in laws in Orlando tomorrow morning. I took some "before pics," and not looking forward to taking the "after pics."

Good luck!

We're rooting for you!

Let us know you're safe!

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DoomsDave

Alex, just run and be safe.

Sue your neighbor's scummy landlord tomorrow, if it comes to that.

Let us know you're safe.

You're making the wise choice. I remember a lot of people didn't take Sandy seriously in 2012.

best

dave

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Kim

Thoughts going out to all who may be affected by the storm -- stay safe, first priority.  The rest is just stuff.

A gentleman in Charleston talked about how he stayed at home through a bad hurricane when he was younger, "Worst experience of my life, what was I thinking?"

Evacuate if advised.

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doranakandawatta

Having experienced the tsunami (which is something different but equally dangerous ) in down south  coast of Si Lanka, I am sincerely with all of you and hope you'll be safe.
Sadly and gladly, a garden can be replanted. But save your life first.
I hope we'll get good news after you come back home safely and you'll be back to normal life within few days.
( I remember how the normal life didn't come back so easily after the tsunami). 

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doranakandawatta

Jason, 

I see you're on Palmtalk now, are you in a safe location? 
Here in Switzerland we'll go to bed, I hope you'll spend the next 12 hours in good conditions.

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Cocoa Beach Jason
47 minutes ago, doranakandawatta said:

Having experienced the tsunami (which is something different but equally dangerous ) in down south  coast of Si Lanka, I am sincerely with all of you and hope you'll be safe.
Sadly and gladly, a garden can be replanted. But save your life first.
I hope we'll get good news after you come back home safely and you'll be back to normal life within few days.
( I remember how the normal life didn't come back so easily after the tsunami). 

I am in a much safer location. I'm in Orlando which will see hurricane conditions, power outages for a while, etc., but in an otherwise safer location than my home which is in ground zero, the impact zone of catastrophic proportions.  A 25 mile wabble in either direction will be of great benefit. I hve done everything I could do under the circumstances to secure my home but there some weaknesses for sure. I am hoping the house is habitable two days from now. 

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Kennybenjamin

Good luck..... fingers crossed for you 

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Hammer
1 hour ago, Cocoa Beach Jason said:

I am in a much safer location. I'm in Orlando which will see hurricane conditions, power outages for a while, etc., but in an otherwise safer location than my home which is in ground zero, the impact zone of catastrophic proportions.  A 25 mile wabble in either direction will be of great benefit. I hve done everything I could do under the circumstances to secure my home but there some weaknesses for sure. I am hoping the house is habitable two days from now. 

Will say a prayer for you, and all Floridians, this evening. 

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Cindy Adair

Thinking of you all in Florida now. Let us know when your danger passes please.

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Palm Tree Jim

When you can, please keep us updated on your status.

 

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Cocoa Beach Jason

My house may have dodged a bullet. Looks like the eye wall pushed about 20 miles further east which is a huge break. Although I'm expecting damage I am now more optimistic that my house is still standing. 

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dmc

Close one all is good here in stuart

Dominic

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Bill H2DB

 Power still on , but has been off briefly .
Flickering now .
Raining hard and steady.  Windy but……...
I have heard some stuff thudding outside .
Storm still to south , and the worst to come in next few hours .

Holly Hill . I am 400 ft. from the ICW ( west ) .

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DoomsDave

Good luck!

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Cocoa Beach Jason

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Xhoniwaters1

I assume that's the storm surge. Wondering what the actual surge level has been? Looks like the bend area around GA and SC are going to get most of it. Thankfully this system is steadily moving and the eye stayed offshore.

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RedRabbit
5 hours ago, Cocoa Beach Jason said:

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Wow, had it been a direct hit your house really would have gone. 

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