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08/12/2004 07:04:57 PM · #1
Anyone around the Tampa/Naples area of FL? You bunkering down or evacuating? Iím at work right now and we are planning for the tomorrow and the weekend. We run a 24/7 operation so im suppose to be working from home tomorrow night (haha like ill have power).

I know Ron is in Orlando, he will get the small rain dump leftovers ;)

Here is the satellite picture of the storm.
08/12/2004 07:08:48 PM · #2
phew...guess that means new orleans will be left standing a bit longer.
08/12/2004 07:11:38 PM · #3
Yeah I live in Tampa, near the Bucs stadium. I'm spending the weekend at a friend's place near the USF area.

It should be interesting, lol...
08/12/2004 07:15:49 PM · #4
I'm in North Pinellas, the peninsula county where he's supposed to hit dead-center. Not in a flood zone, so everyone wish me luck riding it out!
08/12/2004 07:47:24 PM · #5
Im in north Tampa, near USF as well. Here is another detailed look at the storm.
08/12/2004 10:06:41 PM · #6
That's the spirit! :-) I sure hope you've got your camera handy and will share the pics with us. It should be a wild ride!


Originally posted by wwwavenger:

I'm in North Pinellas, the peninsula county where he's supposed to hit dead-center. Not in a flood zone, so everyone wish me luck riding it out!

08/12/2004 11:13:17 PM · #7
Shoulda named it Clyde. We're going to get them both, somewhat diminished I hope, within 24 hrs.
08/12/2004 11:13:31 PM · #8
HOpe you get your botany images in for the Challenge before
a. the power goes out
b. the botany heads for the next county

Seriously, you folks in Florida, take care and don't take any chances.
08/13/2004 02:56:36 AM · #9
Thanks for the good word! It looks like the storm is growing in strengh unfortunetly :/ current position

Here is a diagram of where myself and RonB are in relation to the storm (not sure of other FL DPC'ers).

To put in perspective though.. take a look at hurricane Andrew looked like. Now that was a bad mofo!
08/13/2004 03:20:07 AM · #10
Heh, hurricanes...no fun. Heck, we lived just north of Atlanta, GA in '97 when Opal decided to cross the FL panhandle and go all the way up our state and still be a hurricane when it hit us...let's just say my room got about crushed and I was glad to be on the other side of the house at the time. -_-

Stay safe!!!

Message edited by author 2004-08-13 03:20:28.
08/13/2004 08:05:42 AM · #11
Originally posted by tyt2000:

Yeah I live in Tampa, near the Bucs stadium.

It doesn't look too good for Tampa this evening. I hope you don't live close to the water. Good luck!
08/13/2004 01:01:33 PM · #12
My best friend is in Tampa. I just talked to her for 1.5 hours on the phone. I lived in FL for 26 years (born there), and I left last year. I went through Hurricane Andrew. I do NOT miss hurricanes & prep for them. I wish you all the best with the storm....
08/13/2004 01:11:30 PM · #13
we got some of the rain bands last night. the storm was supposed to hit us, but just missed. i live in the only part of florida thats not getting hit, south east florida.
08/13/2004 01:18:59 PM · #14
Originally posted by wwwavenger:

everyone wish me luck riding it out!

Good luck! This thing is up to a 125mph Category 3 storm, so you're going to need it.
08/13/2004 01:29:50 PM · #15
Should be a cat 4 by the time it makes landfall at Ft. Meyers.

Whooo, here comes the rain!
08/13/2004 01:31:30 PM · #16
maybe the sky will look really dramatic like heidas shots. go out there for a few minutes and report back to us. lol
08/13/2004 01:49:43 PM · #17
Well, I live in Gainesville. The eye is going to pass right over us. We are staying right here, not evacuating like the supposed 1.4 million other people. I doubt that value is real. Anyway, I am going to do a project of the aftermath and etc. See you later.
08/13/2004 02:07:06 PM · #18
my thoughts and prayers are with you all. stay safe!
08/13/2004 02:13:00 PM · #19
wow...thats a big one. Good luck to you all!

08/13/2004 02:33:03 PM · #20
Thanks guys!

I'm at a friend's place right now, i'm no where near the water. I just don't want the place I live in to be too flooded!

I moved from a "B" to an "F" area where its safer...
08/13/2004 02:39:57 PM · #21
Yep its a cat4 now. Animated current movment and location here.

Also, see my preperation and stock for the storm right here ;)
08/13/2004 02:46:49 PM · #22
My family is still in SE Florida, where I was born & raised. I am very surprised, but happy, that they fared well this time. I am worried about my best friends & mother-in-law (Melbourne & Tampa). My sister-in-law is in Gainesville. I hear the storm eye changed and will not hit g'ville now, but what do I know. I am a Californian now. I need to call her up to see how she's doing. I have friends all over the state... even the panhandle! I am hoping all goes well for all of them!!!! And all of you!!!
08/13/2004 02:51:12 PM · #23
I have to confess my guilt. Because of these storms being east of new orleans...the weather here is beautiful and crisp and clear and cool here today. Im going out to savor this most unusual of days...but with florida in mind. (guilt)
08/13/2004 02:56:27 PM · #24
My parents are around Tampa. I just got off the phone with them. They are so far okay. I will try them again later. Category 4 is nothing to sneeze at. I lived thru Gilbert, which was a Category 5, but they said it was so strong they wish they could give it a Category 8 designation.
Not fun.
This brings back too many bad memories.
08/13/2004 03:00:21 PM · #25
145 MPH,nasty !
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