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Old 08-24-2016, 10:10 AM   #1
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Anyone prepping along the Florida and Gulf coast??

Seems weather channel has started their drum beat for a strengthening storm headed to South Florida then into the Gulf. Being in Gulfport marina right on the Miss. Sound I'm getting ready for that phone call to abandon marina!
Plan is to move up in the Biloxi bay system to a haul-out marina at the end of the industrial canal. Thinking on moving Ms Puddy Friday giving 5 days before weather system pulls into our area. While on the hard will have bottom painted, re-pack stuffing glands along with some maintenance on board......
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Old 08-24-2016, 10:30 AM   #2
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Here in Florida it is illegal to force boaters to leave a marina. Reason behind the law is that people will be putting their lives at risk to save property.
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Old 08-24-2016, 12:54 PM   #3
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I'm going to give it a couple more days to develope before I make travel plans.
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Old 08-24-2016, 01:38 PM   #4
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I just talked to one of my neighbors in Florida and decided to get a flex fare ticket to St. Pete for Friday. I can always save the ticket for another time if not needed.
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Old 08-24-2016, 02:08 PM   #5
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Is this for Invest 99L to become Hermine? No, we're not making any extra preparations for it. Just doing our normal checks that everything is properly secured. Only thing additional would be to move all portable outdoor furniture inside. As to boats, all secured adequately. Now, personally, we're in Wisconsin at the moment.
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Old 08-24-2016, 02:19 PM   #6
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We're in Pensacola and will be watching Invest 99L closely. May hunker down or run the boat north, east, or west just depending.
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Old 08-24-2016, 02:19 PM   #7
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I think the bigger concern for Hermine will be if it follows the European model, and crosses Florida to restrengthen in the Gulf, then head for Louisiana. They just don't need something like this on top of what they're already dealing with.
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In reading the report it's too early to worry
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Old 08-24-2016, 02:41 PM   #9
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I think the bigger concern for Hermine will be if it follows the European model, and crosses Florida to restrengthen in the Gulf, then head for Louisiana. They just don't need something like this on top of what they're already dealing with.
I think you're right that it could cause damage inland even if it was only a 35 mph storm by the time it reached Louisiana. The various models will probably start to converge more over the next 24 hours.
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Old 08-24-2016, 03:46 PM   #10
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2pm model runs look to have shifted potential tracks slightly eastward now, moving more along the east coast of Fl.
I think part of that change is because the models all seem to have a bit more trouble with slow moving storms...which this one is. And until it picks up some energy in the Bahamas, the projections could shift several times.
I'm not a weatherman, don't even play one on TV (or the internet ) BUT, I still think it crosses us and heads into the Gulf.
Accu (not imune to hyping) feels the key is in how it interacts with Hispaniola...if it gets pushed south of there, it significantly weakens. If it comes north of there due to a weakness between two highs further north, then it strengthens and comes bar hopping.
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Old 08-24-2016, 04:04 PM   #11
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Our hurricane Haul out marina in Fort Walton Beach priced us out this year. 4K per year for a spot and another 2K or more for each haul out. Does anyone know of any marinas from Pensacola to Panama City that would take a new storm haul out if I need to do that. We have a 52 foot Jefferson. My plan is try and move as far away from storm as I can but I prefer and my insurance prefers that I haul out. Thanks
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Old 08-24-2016, 04:36 PM   #12
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I have an extra 100 foot of dock space in Houma on a private canal if anyone needs docking.
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Old 08-24-2016, 05:49 PM   #13
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Getting things in order ,and heading to ft Lauderdale tomorrow to close up condo and secure dock boxes and then back to marathon to see what's going to happen. Will secure the boat on a inside slip as I'm on the outside dock. Hope it passes and everyone will be out of harm's way. Looks as it will pass across Florida and then head into the gulf coast of Florida.
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Old 08-24-2016, 06:03 PM   #14
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Anyone prepping along the Florida and Gulf coast??

Dauphin island here (mouth of Mobile Bay). Have set up plans to go on the hard at Saunders Yacht Works in gulf shores early next week if necessary. Was already scheduled in after Labor Day for teak deck replacement -going to an alwgrip non-skid surface. Normally we head up the river system about 20 miles above the port of mobile and tie off and hang on. We've seen too many of these to not have a plan in place.
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Old 08-24-2016, 06:27 PM   #15
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I'm surprised reading some of this. Seems like most of you take hurricane steps like hauling your boat or heading up river for even possible tropical storms. Is it because you don't feel it's safe in your regular slip or your insurance requires it or the marina requires it?
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Old 08-24-2016, 06:34 PM   #16
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I'm surprised reading some of this. Seems like most of you take hurricane steps like hauling your boat or heading up river for even possible tropical storms. Is it because you don't feel it's safe in your regular slip or your insurance requires it or the marina requires it?
You regularly state that where you are is not in a flood zone....that is great.

Many protected marinas or dock areas become "unprotected" when storm surge adds even 3 to 4 feet to a normal high tide.

I relocated for Superstore Sandy and it was a nothing burger except 200 year flood waters that almost floated me into a county park...another 4 inches may have.

I wouldn't stay in my marina if more than a Cat I hurricane less than 50 miles off the coast went by, and I wouldn't pull either. Not enough protection.

And I am all the way up in NJ where hurricanes are few and far between, but winter noreasters are common and do a lot of damage from high water.
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In our case, we are not safe at the marina here on the island. We have seen a normal tide surge of over eight feet above normal high tide and no floating docks. DAUPHIN island is a barrier island about 7 miles out from the Mobile county mainland. We're usually first hit and hardest hit for this area of mobile bay. During Ivan and then Katrina, boats left here ended up well away from the water they were docked in. BoatUS insurance also kicks in if you haul the boat helping with the costs. We can move the boat into safer locations but our home and business locations here will be secured and on there own - we will evacuate. As I indeed shared before we have seen too many of these in our area to remain complacent. Plans are in place for sure.
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You regularly state that where you are is not in a flood zone....that is great.

Many protected marinas or dock areas become "unprotected" when storm surge adds even 3 to 4 feet to a normal high tide.

I relocated for Superstore Sandy and it was a nothing burger except 200 year flood waters that almost floated me into a county park...another 4 inches may have.

I wouldn't stay in my marina if more than a Cat I hurricane less than 50 miles off the coast went by, and I wouldn't pull either. Not enough protection.

And I am all the way up in NJ where hurricanes are few and far between, but winter noreasters are common and do a lot of damage from high water.
That's why I'm asking is to learn the perspectives of others. You'd move at a CAT 2. We'd leave when told to and we're in a zone to evacuate for the CAT 3 or higher, not for CAT 1 or 2. Those between the ICW and the ocean are evacuated for CAT 1 and 2. As to boats, they're pretty much set where they are.

Certainly better to be prepared as many are doing, based on their areas.

As to hauling, I guess it depends on the area and the storm. I'd haul at a place like Jarrett Bay with their set up, but some marinas here I wouldn't feel comfortable on land in a strong hurricane.

I'm not being critical of what anyone is doing, just surprised a bit and listening so I understand.
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A little bit early yet, but definitely something to keep an eye on. The European Model seems to be out there pretty much by itself so far, sending the storm over into the Gulf, but that model has a really good track record. If it does get into the Gulf, then probably it is going to be Katie bar the door, since the Gulf waters are so warm right now. These things feed off of heat, as everyone knows. It is the fuel which powers the engine.
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That's why I'm asking is to learn the perspectives of others. You'd move at a CAT 2. We'd leave when told to and we're in a zone to evacuate for the CAT 3 or higher, not for CAT 1 or 2. Those between the ICW and the ocean are evacuated for CAT 1 and 2. As to boats, they're pretty much set where they are.

Certainly better to be prepared as many are doing, based on their areas.

As to hauling, I guess it depends on the area and the storm. I'd haul at a place like Jarrett Bay with their set up, but some marinas here I wouldn't feel comfortable on land in a strong hurricane.

I'm not being critical of what anyone is doing, just surprised a bit and listening so I understand.
Not critical back at cha....just saying that areas not flood prone are great...as long as it holds true for the storm.

Where I was for Sandy, no one expected quite the wall of water that came with it.

But as you have articulated before, it helps to have dang near no continental shelf.
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