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Old 09-01-2016, 12:57 PM   #141
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2 PM tide here in Longboat Key is 3 ft. over normal. More rain and wind started about an hour ago with steady 20 and 45 gusts, now slacked off again but endless number of bands on the way.
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Old 09-01-2016, 01:09 PM   #142
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Someone asked how people are getting their hurricane information...
As a decidedly "non expert" weather fan, I like to use an app called Hurricane HD on my iPad to track storms. I love the way it gives a quick graphic that is easy to understand, including historical data and projections. Then there are all of the quick links to Satellite images, radar images, Bulletins and forecast models.
There is enough data here to absorb whatever time you want to spend and it is organized on a storm by storm basis on a big world map.
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Old 09-01-2016, 02:12 PM   #143
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Old 09-01-2016, 02:20 PM   #144
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I feel sorry for you guys in the bend area....
Carrabelle, Panacea around to St. Marks doesn't look real good. Wish I could help.

JWnall, Hope the lines at your marina hold well, and thats probably your best bet. When secured properly a boat can take one heck of a pounding and surge. At home, we can't do quite as well, if we're low. Hope your home come thru ok, too. Best of luck.

Here in St. Pete, things aren't too bad, Tide about 2 ft high, lots of rain and a bit of wind, but very doable.

Hopefully, we will get thru this without anyone hurt and minimal damage.
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Old 09-01-2016, 02:33 PM   #145
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JWnall, Hope the lines at your marina hold well, and thats probably your best bet. When secured properly a boat can take one heck of a pounding and surge. At home, we can't do quite as well, if we're low. Hope your home come thru ok, too. Best of luck.
Thanks for the good wishes. I went down to the marina this morning and prepared the lines for a high storm surge, so have done all that I can do on that. So far as the house, I am 40 miles inland (north of tallahassee), and on high ground, so unless we have a tornado the house will probably come through it fine (although we might lose power).
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Old 09-01-2016, 03:04 PM   #146
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I was down in st marks an hour ago helping a neighbor pull his pontoon boat out of the water. The river is running backwards, tide was raging upstream and the docks at st marks yacht club are underwater. Main road in st marks is about calf deep.

John, your boat is ok, rubbing on the pilings on the stub side. Finger pier is about knee deep. You've got about 6 feet of pilings still above the surface.
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Old 09-01-2016, 03:19 PM   #147
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I was down in st marks an hour ago helping a neighbor pull his pontoon boat out of the water. The river is running backwards, tide was raging upstream and the docks at st marks yacht club are underwater. Main road in st marks is about calf deep.

John, your boat is ok, rubbing on the pickings on the stub side. Finger pier is about knee deep. You've got about 6 feet of pickings still above the surface.
Thanks for the report, Doug. Guess I went down there in the nick of time this morning! I was pretty sure that the pilings were high enough so that the boat would not float out of them. I hate that it is rubbing on the piling, though. I had a fender positioned there, but the boat must have shifted some in the slip.

Hopefully high tide will not coincide with the maximum surge!
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Old 09-01-2016, 07:44 PM   #148
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Wow,

Hope you guys are ok.

We had a nasty feeder band go thru here a few hours ago and winds are gusting to 40. Lots of stuff flying around, and you guys have it a bunch worse and probably won't have this behind you til late tomorrow.

Again, best of luck and sound like you're well prepared.

I went out a third time and tied down more toys and things, and added a few straps to the boat.
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Old 09-01-2016, 07:53 PM   #149
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Seas up to 27' forecast with 15-20' fairly widespread.

On the other coast, seas up to 15' forecast for Charleston. Then by Saturday all calm and docile again.
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Old 09-01-2016, 07:55 PM   #150
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First outlying band hit around 6:15, that little feller out there top right. We have a couple of hours before it really gets going and then it will stay with us until 7am ish, after that just wind (we hope).

Bit of a whip to it when it arrived. Video post # 5 on this thread

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Old 09-01-2016, 08:13 PM   #151
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Been lucking out as Sarasota and Longboat Key have been squeezing between the worst bands of weather most of the day. We still have some nasty to come, but it should be OK for us until after 10 PM. Biggest steady wind all day was 25, gust 45. Highest tide, maybe 3.5 ft. above normal. Rain was nothing compared to yesterday's 9 inches. Sure hope you guyz up in the Big Bend make out OK.
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Old 09-01-2016, 08:30 PM   #153
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I checked on the boat this morning and all was OK. I did not take down the canvas nor did I notice anyone else. A little wind but no rain in St. Pete through about noon. Added some lines and just checked on things. I won't go back until Tuesday when the Labor day crush is over and the weather is back to hot and normal. We'll take the boat down to longboat key and then up the Manatee river.

Good luck to you guys on the panhandle.
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Old 09-01-2016, 08:50 PM   #154
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They are calling for gusts to 60kts here tomorrow morning. I took all of the canvas off the boat apart from the FB bimini and the canvas over the FB electronics. Since she is at the bottom of the garden I will be able to keep and eye on her and hopefully correct anything going off kilter.
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Watching on television and feeling for all those in it. Georgia, SC and NC likely to get a lot of flooding and even perhaps the NE.
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Old 09-02-2016, 05:56 AM   #156
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Was down on the trawler yesterday getting it spider webbed to the floating dock in the Crisfield boat basin. Heading down to Ocean City to secure the charter boat with storm lines today. Looks like we'll see winds Saturday afternoon through Monday gusting to 50 plus. Forecasters have the forward motion of the storm slowing down and strengthening after it's quicker trip through Georgia and the Carolinas. High tides in Ocean city will be the real issue Saturday night through Sunday night. Hopefully it stays the 150 miles off shore they are predicting.

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Old 09-02-2016, 06:16 AM   #157
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We were OK most of the night until about 6AM when this last band, the tail end, began rotating into us. Right now, it's knocking the hell out of us and the band is nicely alligned to continue it for a while. Safe Harbor, FL reporting over 20" of rain. Watch out for that tail. When you think it's over, there's a nice surprise.
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We watching that - but it looks like JAX is going to sit nicely in the space between that and the storm - so hopefully just wind today.
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Got really cranking in Dunedin around 3am...band came right over us and kept op a pretty good amount of wind/rain until about 6ish.
Not sure what the gusts were.

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Yah, those bands can have a lot of power.

We had a tornado watch for about 6 hours last night and a few times it got down right scary.

And the tide got up quite a bit higher than we anticipated... about 3 ft over normal. Still ok, but made me wonder why I didn't plywood up the doors, just in case.

Got a rip in my new bimini top, but looks like it's an easy repair. Should have take them down, but a real bitch to do so. Next time, I'll figure a way to better secure.

Hope the rest of you come out of this ok.
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