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08/13/2004 03:02:47 PM · #26
holy cow where have i been, that thing is huge! i didn't even realize how bad it was until i got on the beach today and got slammed into hurricane preparations. of course, i also didn't even realize that alex was a potential threat until i came to work and saw the hurricane flags flying. ugh, i'm clearly not ready for this season. great photo ops for sure, but still, it seems to be starting off a little strong. you guys be safe.
08/13/2004 04:50:47 PM · #27
Wow its starting to kick some ass now. This picture really shows it holy #$%@. Although I havenít seen much action in Tampa yet, im going to take some shots pre storm and get some footage as it starts to kick in.
Also, here is a webcam setup from my friends apartment window. He is a few buildings down from me (could throw a rock and hit). This jpg updates every 5 minutes, should show the action getting hot :)
08/13/2004 04:59:42 PM · #28
sheesh, it's a nasty one. i just heard it dropped another 8 millibars. i think i jixed us with my earlier post, as i was leaving work i saw the hurricane flags finally going up. i know there's not a whole lot you guys can do, mad mordegan (love your name, btw, willow was such a great movie), but please be safe anyway.
08/13/2004 05:01:26 PM · #29
Another link, this one has cams in most cities around Tampa multiple hurricane cams
08/13/2004 05:32:53 PM · #30
Jeez! You guys are in my thoughts! Stay safe - you might even want to secure your camera somewhere - I know, perish the thought but this storm looks like it's gonna slam you FL folks. Heck, I'm all the way up in SC and it's been raining for the past 1/2 hour or so. We're supposed to get a lot of wind too but so far, it's still.

Anyway, take care of yourselves!!!
08/13/2004 07:57:28 PM · #31
Well it looks like Tampa dodged the bullet. I hope those of you in Orlando did at least some preperation. Good luck!
08/13/2004 08:05:00 PM · #32
My Folks lived in Clearwater for 20 years, I am really partial to your beautiful state! I pray everyone will be alright!
Neil
08/13/2004 08:07:16 PM · #33
Here's another real-time radar loop (NOAA, so no ads. Supported by your tax dollars!) My sister is in Orlando... just got transferred there a few months ago, so this will be her first hurricane...

Message edited by author 2004-08-13 20:07:47.
08/13/2004 08:25:36 PM · #34
Well, Charley--like very other major storm in the last 10 years I've been in Pinellas county-- has brushed by us. Not so much as even a lightning strike. I send my sympathies to those affected, but... I WANT A DARN HURRICANE!

Message edited by author 2004-08-13 20:26:17.
08/13/2004 08:27:50 PM · #35
Move to the Outer Banks or Puerto Rico and buy a trailer.
08/13/2004 08:44:50 PM · #36
Janson, ( Bacchus ) and I are right in the path. Last I heard it will still be packing 70-90 mph winds when it comes straight thru Orlando. Several tornados ( sp? ) have been generated by the leading bands here in Central FL and the little dumping is now estimated to be 4-9 inches of rain, depending on how fast it moves thru.
I can't speak for Janson, but we've done what we can - laid in some supplies, battened down the hatches, taped the glass, etc. Now all we can do is ride it out. We've already had several power outages, some lasting a few minutes, some an hour or more - so I'm trying to sneak in a few minutes before the next one.
Thanks, all, for your prayers. Gotta go - it's getting VERY windy now, so I'm shutting down.

Ron
08/13/2004 10:54:50 PM · #37
Peace all. Be safe. sending good thoughts east...
08/14/2004 04:25:42 AM · #38
RonB, tell us how you did in Orlando. I have friends there that I can't reach. Some are in Maitland, Winter Park and Downtown Orlando. So, please update me when you are back online! I hope all is well with you!!!!
08/14/2004 04:41:06 AM · #39
As a Queenslander I know how bad a feeling a Hurricane (Cyclone here) can feel. All the best guys... Be safe! Bob
08/14/2004 04:45:41 AM · #40
"Charley has left the building, I mean the state..."

It missed Tampa by inches, but affected the cities in the middle of the state.
08/14/2004 10:22:56 AM · #41
Greetings! Well it was a moderately rough night for my wife and I in Sorrento, Florida - but not nearly as bad as was originally projected and obviously nowhere near what went down in Port Charlotte...

Sorrento's a few miles to the west of Sanford, which is in turn just north of Orlando. No major damage, though we did lose a couple of small trees. Lots of pine needles, leaves, etc... But nothing severe. The wind was relatively mild. Only a few heavy gusts. But there was quite a bit of rain.

I'm happy for Tampa, but incredibly sad that the Port Charlotte area got hit so badly. Everybody'd been forecasting Tampa, Tampa, Tampa... Too many people in Port Charlotte simply didn't take the warnings serious enough. It was a bad place to be, indeed. As we're starting to really see on the television.

mirdonamy, our cell phones, by the way (cingular) are incredibly spotty. They system is trying to stay on, but keeps crashing. This may affect communication a bit if you're trying to reach people on the northern edge of Orlando. I have no doubt that the phone systems are totally wacked in Orlando. I hope you get in touch with them soon - and I'm sure they're okay!
08/14/2004 12:02:03 PM · #42
Originally posted by mirdonamy:

RonB, tell us how you did in Orlando. I have friends there that I can't reach. Some are in Maitland, Winter Park and Downtown Orlando. So, please update me when you are back online! I hope all is well with you!!!!


My brother is in Winter Park. He said there was lots of rain and wind but it wasn't devastating. Then again, we were in Miami Beach when Andrew came by in 1992 so we have higher standards for Hurricanes. He said there is mostly tree damage which resulted in lots of electricity outages. Hope your friends are ok.
08/15/2004 08:56:45 PM · #43
Ahhh. Good to be back online. We lost power completely at around 10 Friday night and just got it back a few hours ago. We had to wait while several different breaks were repaired - most caused by trees that fell across the lines, but the one nearest our house was a pole that just snapped of its own accord. My house only suffered a few vent covers being sucked out from the soffets and a large amount of debris in the yard from the surrounding trees. All in all, nothing serious. We did lose everything in the refridgerator and freezer - but that can all be replaced in time.
We live a couple of miles west of I-4 and we suffered high winds, but nowhere near as bad as the areas east of I-4, including Maitland, Casselberry, Winter Park, and downtown Sanford. Saw one picture from east Orlando where there were about 10 light poles in a row laying across the street. The airport in Sanford had a dozen small aircraft that were flipped over and otherwise destroyed as well as a couple of hangers that received major damage.
Keep trying, Arielle - phone service, especially cellular service, has been pretty sprordic the last couple of days, but it's improving. I hope that your friends are safe and being taken care of. Speaking of taking care of - its been really heartining for me to see how everyone has put their own agendas aside the last couple of days. I can't tell you how many times I heard people NOT complaining how bad THEY have it ( no electricity, no water, no gas, trees in the yard ) because they know how much worse OTHERS have it ( trees IN the HOUSE, trees on the CAR, etc. ). So those who can, just pitch in to help those who can't without even being asked. Saturday afternoon, I stood in line for 45 minutes to get some sandwiches at the only open fast food joint and didn't hear a single person in line complain about the wait - instead they were all asking each other how they fared in the storm, and if anyone needed help.
I didn't have the heart to take pictures - if it had been my house, I would have, but taking pictures of someone else's misfortune just didn't seem right, somehow. So I didn't. There's still a LOT of cleanup to do and still tens of thousands without power. The power company says that parts of Kissimmee ( east of DisneyWorld ) may not get power back for another 3-5 days. Especially hard hit was Charlotte county and the town of Punta Gorda in particular. Many homes and business there were totally destroyed. Many of those who did not heed the orders to evacuate were killed. The last I heard was that 16 had died. Please keep those folks in Charlotte county in your prayers.
Thanks.

Ron
P.S. Here are some news photos from around the Orlando area. You can see more photos, including those from Punta Gorda at the Orlando Sentinel web site here

Some photos from the Orlanda area:






Message edited by author 2004-08-15 21:36:10.
08/15/2004 09:44:48 PM · #44
Ron, glad to hear you and yours are safe and sound and have weathered the storm well. I hope you didn't lose too much money in food and that there will be supplies to be had in the stores to help you and your community get through these trying times.
08/15/2004 10:26:03 PM · #45
Originally posted by PerezDesignGroup:

Originally posted by mirdonamy:

RonB, tell us how you did in Orlando. I have friends there that I can't reach. Some are in Maitland, Winter Park and Downtown Orlando. So, please update me when you are back online! I hope all is well with you!!!!


My brother is in Winter Park. He said there was lots of rain and wind but it wasn't devastating. Then again, we were in Miami Beach when Andrew came by in 1992 so we have higher standards for Hurricanes. He said there is mostly tree damage which resulted in lots of electricity outages. Hope your friends are ok.


Thanks you guys. I still haven't heard from my friends. I am sure they are just really busy or something. I don't know :( I am sure they are fine, but I just hope their homes and apartments were okay. Orlando floods pretty badly from what I remember. I hope the cars didn't get too much damage!

And wow, Miami Beach! Not the place to be during a hurricane hitting the SE. I was in Southwest Ranches (11 miles from the Dade/Broward Border on the I-75 corridor. North of Hialeah by 20 min drive. We got hit pretty badly in our area, but no homes were destroyed. Just powerlines down, trees down, canals flooded so high they looked like roads, some people had it worse than us in our neighborhood. I don't miss the FL weather!!! Best to you all...
08/15/2004 10:48:55 PM · #46
Wow, I'm glad you guys are all right. I remember what the '92 storm did to Dade county. It looks like this one did about as much.

It is heartening to see everyone caring for each other out there. Go Florida! A few years ago, the river overflowed its banks and a few houses were swamped. Nothing compared to hurricane damage (except to those houses), but it was on a Sunday morning, and our congregation leader called off church and said, "Grab a shovel! Church will be at [flooded house]. So we all grabbed shovels and had church shoveling mud and fillind sand bags! I'm sure the same kind of thing is going on in good ol' Florida. Good luck to you down there!
08/15/2004 11:33:19 PM · #47
Originally posted by dsidwell:

A few years ago, the river overflowed its banks and a few houses were swamped. Nothing compared to hurricane damage (except to those houses), but it was on a Sunday morning, and our congregation leader called off church and said, "Grab a shovel! Church will be at [flooded house]. So we all grabbed shovels and had church shoveling mud and fillind sand bags! I'm sure the same kind of thing is going on in good ol' Florida. Good luck to you down there!


Now that's what I call church....go church!!!

Here on the east central coast of Florida, we were braced for a tropical storm. We prepared by battening down the hatches, filled the 2 bath tubs with water, (to flush if the power went) had emergency provisions, gathered our cats and evacuated to my daughter's further inland, and a sturdier house. Turns out we didn't even get the rain in the Vero Beach area. Thank God!!!

(I just want to make a plug about pets. If any kind of disaster, natural or otherwise takes place, be certain to have id tags on your pets. At least then you have a better chance of being reunited with them if you somehow get separated. Shelters intended for people usually won't accept pets. Plan ahead so you'll know what to do with them.)
08/16/2004 08:46:41 AM · #48
Originally posted by Olyuzi:

Ron, glad to hear you and yours are safe and sound and have weathered the storm well. I hope you didn't lose too much money in food and that there will be supplies to be had in the stores to help you and your community get through these trying times.

All of the major supermarket chains here have been really super ( pun intended ) - those that have power have been bringing in extra truckloads of bottled water, batteries, and ice, and have even seriously discounted their prices. Restaurants that have no power, have set up outdoor barbecues. Florida has laws against price-gouging and imposes fines of up to $1,000 per infraction plus $25,000 per day if gouging continues after being warned. That's helped a lot, and will in the days to come as folks begin repairing their homes and removing downed trees, etc.

One of the big problems, of course, is gasoline. A great number of service stations are still without power, and those that have power have long lines - and it's not just for cars; folks are waiting in line to fill jerry cans with gasoline to power generators and chain saws. But everyone has been waiting patiently, so far. I'm sure that as the power outages get longer, that patience will wear thinner. We're beginning to hear stories of some looting taking place. It's sad that there are those who would inflict even more damage on those who have already suffered. It just works to build up barriers between folks who want to help and those who need help. What a shame.

Ron
08/16/2004 11:13:44 AM · #49
Good luck Ron, sounds like a friggin mess. Ive had my fair share of hurricanes from living on the Outer Banks for 11 years. The mess cleanup and aftermath of a bad one is never fun.. good luck!
08/17/2004 12:04:04 PM · #50
Hopefully Ron, this guy is close to you ;)
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