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Old 09-11-2017, 02:26 PM   #501
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Don't know about cats but pine trees and cedar trees can. I am 700' closer to the waters edge right now. Irma was much worse in Charleston than Matthew. NOAA predicted a surge to 10' and it reached 9.92. Pretty darn close. Will be glad when the wind and water are both down. Paws Aboard is still riding out the storm here at home. Maybe another hour or two of heavy wind.
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Old 09-11-2017, 02:27 PM   #502
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Can a cat fall over? Sorry just trying to lighten the mood.


lol I was thinking the same thing!
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Old 09-11-2017, 02:53 PM   #503
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We just heard that Loons Nest came through unscathed. She's on the hard in St. Marys GA. Hooray!

Now we have to wait for FL to sort itself out a bit so we can head to the boat and start cruising. I would like to set out (by road from Toronto) by the end of this week and splash the boat next week, but I have a feeling that may be too optimistic.

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Old 09-11-2017, 03:06 PM   #504
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Larry, when can you get back on Longboat Key?
Been waiting in line to get over the bridge for an hour. The say they'll let us in a 4 pm, except for the street I live on. I'll try to park on the highway and walked back into the community to see what's going on. Earlier I got a message from my neighbor that said Bucky was tethered and floating level, but surge is going on now. No info on house condition but our street apparently was hardest hit and Bucky is just behind the house. Still, tethered and level sounds better than tattered and listing.
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Old 09-11-2017, 03:07 PM   #505
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Great news David. Sippy cups are ordered for Ft Pierce get together. ����
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Old 09-11-2017, 03:32 PM   #506
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Old 09-11-2017, 03:33 PM   #507
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Can a cat fall over? Sorry just trying to lighten the mood.
Wifey B: 8 times.

Monohull sailboats seem to have had the poorest rates of survival. At most marinas in FLL, most boats came through fine but they're generally floating marinas with tall piles. Most in the canals around us are ok but a couple of sailboats flipped and one larger boat came lose and damaged a couple of others.
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Old 09-11-2017, 03:57 PM   #508
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Wifey B: 8 times.

Monohull sailboats seem to have had the poorest rates of survival. At most marinas in FLL, most boats came through fine but they're generally floating marinas with tall piles. Most in the canals around us are ok but a couple of sailboats flipped and one larger boat came lose and damaged a couple of others.

Sailboats typically lack adequate cleats to moor in a slip even in good weather!
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Old 09-11-2017, 04:06 PM   #509
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Wifey B: We drove through much of Broward and Palm Beach counties today and others we were in communication with covered the rest. Things really looked pretty good with just a few buildings with moderate damage and streets to be cleaned.

However, we were driving mostly on major roads and not deep into residential areas which I know had greater damage from trees. Shopping centers and such don't have many trees. Palm trees did well. Some others not as well.

Miami for us tomorrow as we waited as they wished today. When we do go, we won't be much in areas they're doing recovery work.

We just sit in shock at how lucky we were and terrible sadness for others not as lucky.

A little lightness in the midst of the dark. Near Oakland Park traffic was nearly stopped but then we figured out that it was just the right lane. There was a quarter of a mile line to get into McDonald's.

Several were responders such as power crews, military, etc. That's one of the things that is critical for the workers in Key West is food and water. I heard the FPL guy say today their crew will need 50,000 meals a day. Those who were working in that McDonald's, rushed to get it open, were doing a huge favor for people.

I think each day we're a bit like roller coasters with ups and downs. You are happy when you see good but you know there's bad down the road. it was great to wake to winds reduced to around 20 mph, 30 mph gusts, but all that lost the minute we pulled up television and saw other areas.

The other frustration, no one's fault, just a frustration that's natural is communications. Just like sitting here worrying about Janice, we've got a long list of people we've tried unsuccessfully to contact. Most have called in or texted and we've been able to retrieve the messages but it makes you realize there are all these people that you don't know even where they are, what they've endured and we're only in the three counties that came through pretty well.

We're on the way back home now and tonight we'll do lighthearted fun stuff at home. No hurricane talk at home until morning.

A note of hope to others. They were able to start on power restoration in Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach today. It's not a lot but they've restored some today. Perhaps a couple hundred thousand in all. That means when they can hit your area, they will start restoring. They're in the minute they can be. Amazing to think of 19.000 utility workers. At least to us it's good to see the number without go down some. It's now under 2 million for the three counties. Ok, that sounds horrible, but that was an accomplishment.

I know parts of the recovery will be like a three ring circus and a collection of clowns running things, but through it all there are a lot of dedicated individuals working on it and I'm very thankful for them.
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Wifey B: Hubby just gave me the numbers. In the three counties, 527,000 electric restored so far.
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Old 09-11-2017, 04:24 PM   #511
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We feel blessed. Our boat was in an old fixed dock in St. Pete and we came out with no apparent damage. We thought for sure the last few days that we would loose Becca and all our possessions.
We were more fortunate than many.
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Old 09-11-2017, 04:35 PM   #512
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Marco Island: Lady Di got through with minor damage. Sincere condolences to those who weren't as lucky.
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Old 09-11-2017, 04:40 PM   #513
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Marco Island: Lady Di got through with minor damage. Sincere condolences to those who weren't as lucky.
Wifey B: Yeah, I want to dance for you but cry for the others. You were right in the path though so very glad you made it through.
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Old 09-11-2017, 04:50 PM   #514
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Can a cat fall over?
If you drop it from high enough it'll land on it's feet,
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Old 09-11-2017, 04:58 PM   #515
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Can a cat fall over? Sorry just trying to lighten the mood.
It can fall but will always land on its hull.

[edit: I see simple minds think alike!]
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Old 09-11-2017, 05:36 PM   #516
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Menzies

Are you saying I have a simple mind? That a compliment as many here don't think I have a mind at all.

Glad you guys came thru ok.

Thanks. LOL
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Old 09-11-2017, 05:37 PM   #517
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BTW. Nice boat, we are looking at a GB Aleutian 53, very similar.
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Old 09-11-2017, 05:49 PM   #518
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Scot Free is all good in St Petersburg. Didn't even lose shore power. However a boat they put on the hard about 20' ahead of me suffered damage to Bimini, frame and antennae.
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Old 09-11-2017, 05:50 PM   #519
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Plan A for Key West is to get electricity and water restored.

I hate there has to be a backup plan.

Plan B is to evacuate all remaining people there, estimated at 10,000 people. Right now they have no electricity, no water, no cell phone. It would be a "humanitarian evacuation." It also means they're not allowing anyone to return.
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Old 09-11-2017, 05:52 PM   #520
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Possum sank. I got over there this afternoon. Water was up to the pilot house windows. Already talked to a salvage guy who is a friend. I'm first on the list when he can move on the river. There appear to be hundreds of boats spider webbed into the river blocking it completely.

Maybe it's time for me to buy an old man's boat, you know, like the rest of you have.😜
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