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Old 09-10-2017, 02:32 PM   #21
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Got a flight going into Lauderdale, but earliest I could get was 9/18. Roads should be cleaned by then maybe. And maybe power will be back on.
Remember that the area of Florida you would be traveling through is going to get 6-15 inches of rain. That is a huge amount of water that will take quite awhile to drain. Having the coastlines, especially on the west coast, getting up to 10-15 feet of storm surge is not going to hurry up the drainage. Much of that water will drain south and there are only a few east/west roads south of, and around, the lake.

The area in the south center part of the state is swamp, or nearly swamp, and all of that rain really has no place to go but up. The roads in those areas ain't that far up.

I would make sure the roads are open to get you from FLL to the west coast before you get on the plane.

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Old 09-10-2017, 03:21 PM   #22
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The storm at this moment seems to be coming apart. Pressure going up. Eye beginning to get ragged. Currently headed north. LBK could end up on left (weaker) side. If it continues north toward Arcadia, it might weaken further. Surge could be less. Hope maybe.
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Old 09-10-2017, 04:29 PM   #23
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The storm at this moment seems to be coming apart. Pressure going up. Eye beginning to get ragged. Currently headed north. LBK could end up on left (weaker) side. If it continues north toward Arcadia, it might weaken further. Surge could be less. Hope maybe.
Well, by it turning into land, it's weakening itself now. As long as it stays over land it should continue to do so. Naples was hammered but that should be the worst now.

We haven't seen much of the Keys but the other places so far appear to have survived better than our worst fears. There is one reporter driving around in the keys now and checking bridges. A lot of debris but nothing horrible so far. A trailer park with a bit of damage.

It's definitely not over yet but preliminary it looks nothing like the Caribbean received, perhaps it's long stay over Cuba saving us. Also, nothing so far like Andrew with neighborhoods destroyed. Again, we've seen very little so far but if what we've seen so far is the worst, it will be an incredible relief. What we're seeing is certainly massive, but hopefully we avoid the destruction it could have been.

I've got to add one off topic thing and that is as we think of all those in the Caribbean, lets not forget over 90 lives lost to the earthquake in Mexico.
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I need to add that to those who have suffered huge losses there is no relief in the fact that overall it wasn't as bad as it could have been. There will be those who have lost everything.
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I need to add that to those who have suffered huge losses there is no relief in the fact that overall it wasn't as bad as it could have been. There will be those who have lost everything.
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Winds on Longboat Key down to 55 mph. At about 10 PM Sunday the bottom half of the storm just dried up. The center went through Arcadia (about 30 miles east) just like Donna did in the 60s. The surge won't be a big deal now, but the storm rotation pushed the water out of Sarasota Bay and my canal nearly emptied. Now it wii fill again but I may have damage. The worry and wait should end sometime tomorrow if they let us back on the key. Best of luck to the guys in St. Pete and Tampa Bay. Surge shouldn't be an issue.
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Let us know when you get back on the island. Damage assessment. Etc.

Good luck to you with all the cleanup. I'm still picking crap up from Harvey.
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huge bullet (bomb) dodged....if it had stayed just offshore west Fl. which was a predicton....raking the west coast, at cat 3-4... that; would have been devastation...80 knot gusts from the east thru north NW in tampa area...west central Fl is ok.. Dunedin Municipal Marina next to Clearwater is fine....!....but down by Naples, Ft Meyers and Cape Coral...nothing good...
has anyone heard from Panacea?....
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