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Posted: 8/13/2004 10:46:05 AM EST
Link Posted: 8/13/2004 10:56:34 AM EST
Link Posted: 8/13/2004 11:20:46 AM EST
Good luck guys.

A good friend of mine is on Cape Coral and he is getting hit hard. Been in cell phone commo as much as I can. Power is out so I have been giving him weather channel updates.

Lockedon is in N. Ft. Myers and I cant get a hold of him by cell phone anymore.

Link Posted: 8/13/2004 11:22:38 AM EST
We were ordered to evacuate this morning. The family and I are now in Gainesville.

Now that Charley has hit land, the revised path takes it away from my house. I'm displaced, but very happy that I may have a house to return to.

My thoughs and prayers to those in his path.
Link Posted: 8/13/2004 11:25:46 AM EST
Not raining or windy here yet but the feeder bands are all around me and they are nasty in themselves. Tornados popping up all over but I have stayed in a clear area by luck.
Current predicted track puts it east of me. I may just be able to ride it out but I am prepared to bugout to a safe house in town. I have food and water for a week and the 10/22 and .38 are locked and loaded.
I am feeling a little better. The better it gets for me the worse it gets for tc6969. Sorry man. Stay safe.
I'll keep checking in till I cant.
Link Posted: 8/13/2004 11:29:19 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/13/2004 11:31:02 AM EST by SgtKiwi]
Panama City here, obviously no problems here. If anybody in the path needs assistance or a place to crash afterwards, let me know.

ETA: No news is good news, But if one of you hears any nasty reports in Sebring let me know, I have relatives there and can't contact via telephone.

Ken
Link Posted: 8/13/2004 11:30:57 AM EST
Link Posted: 8/13/2004 11:35:28 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/13/2004 12:23:20 PM EST by 4get_No1]
Some of the weather sites are dropping off from high traffic but this one is still chugging along.

Cocoa Beach out

<ET update> It's on Melbourne radar now
Link Posted: 8/13/2004 11:37:36 AM EST
Sebring area had some tornados reported a while back, dont know if any caused trouble or damage. Its starting to rain here now but no wind yet. I'm still good to go but I feel better with the new projected path.
Channel 13 has a live report from the edge of the eyewall right now.
Link Posted: 8/13/2004 2:01:22 PM EST
Orlando checking in ....just hunkering down and waiting for the worse...has a couple of feeder bands go by but they just looked like the normal afternoon T-storms.... I am about 2 miles west of I-4 I am hopeing that the eye goes east of me <better crappie weather>....They were just saying on the TV it is gonna take about 2 hours for the worst part ofthe storm to pass by the Metro Orlando area...

will post another SITREP in a few hours if able


UNGWAHA OUT
Link Posted: 8/13/2004 2:02:03 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/13/2004 2:13:19 PM EST by captainpooby]
Looks like its gonna pass east of me by a ways. Its raining hard and windy but no big deal yet. Its gonna get windier yet but I'll be OK here. I'm praying for the folks who are getting hit directly. There's some pretty bad devastation down there.

ETA: I'm not bugging out. No need. The eye is about 45 miles SSE of me and on a NNE track with 80-90 mph winds. Much less out by me. Gusts up to maybe 30-40mph so far. I think we'll see 50+ here, no big deal. As long as the power stays on it will be fine here.
Link Posted: 8/13/2004 2:08:53 PM EST
Checking in!

I can't believe it, we were expected to get the direct hit for the last 3 days and now it has hardly even rained.

Good luck eveyone.
Link Posted: 8/13/2004 2:23:31 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/13/2004 2:23:53 PM EST by Boom]
Link Posted: 8/13/2004 2:33:35 PM EST
Port Orange near Daytona. Heavy winds and rain right now as a band passes but the main not due till late tonight. Usually has not been too bad till now.
Link Posted: 8/13/2004 2:37:16 PM EST
Some darn heavy squals in the feeder bands and "surf's up" (but not too far). Won't peak for another hour or so but doing fine over here so far. Looks like it's going to clobber Orlando though and hope folks over that way do okay.
Link Posted: 8/13/2004 2:38:30 PM EST
Looking at the NWS RADAR its is about to hit the fan.. I might be offline here shortly..
just looked out the window Starting to look NASTY to the south towards Downtown Orlando..

UNGWAHA.....OUT
Link Posted: 8/13/2004 2:39:24 PM EST
Plant City checking in, Friday 1930. A lot of high winds and rain, but everything here's holding together OK. Just got a call from work to go to downtown Lakeland for a problem.......phone's ringing again, brb.............. my boss just called and said forget it, too unsafe to drive.
Link Posted: 8/13/2004 3:00:00 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/13/2004 3:09:25 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/13/2004 3:09:53 PM EST by SGB]
Link Posted: 8/13/2004 3:23:27 PM EST
Now it is windy as hell and raining like the dickens......the power is flickering so I am siging off now..will post when able to (when ever that will be)..... take cover guys.....

UNGWAHA OUT
Link Posted: 8/13/2004 3:44:44 PM EST
Yep - it's here. Stiff wind but not nearly as bad as Orlando must be getting it. Have seen several severe flashes over on Merritt Island or possibly in Cocoa. Looked like power transformers going out. Rain off'n'on and getting heavier but thankfully we're far enough from the center it's no real problem for us.

Cocoa Beach out
Link Posted: 8/13/2004 3:52:31 PM EST
Just had a 50 mph gust here on the east side of Merritt Island on the river. I think we’re going to get off pretty easy compared to those 50 miles inland.

87 mph at the Orlando Airport.

Mike

Merritt Island
Link Posted: 8/13/2004 4:07:25 PM EST
Its over here. Not a mark on me or my place. Hope others fare as well although I know some will not.
There's another one brewing in the tropics right now.
Link Posted: 8/13/2004 4:15:47 PM EST

Originally Posted By captainpooby:
Its over here. Not a mark on me or my place. Hope others fare as well although I know some will not.
There's another one brewing in the tropics right now.



Outstanding. Pet the darn cat too.
Link Posted: 8/13/2004 4:21:09 PM EST

Originally Posted By 4get_No1:

Originally Posted By captainpooby:
Its over here. Not a mark on me or my place. Hope others fare as well although I know some will not.
There's another one brewing in the tropics right now.



Outstanding. Pet the darn cat too.



I just let her outside. Its safe now. I'm glad she didnt have to go to kitty prison.
I hope the rest of you guys are doing alright.
Link Posted: 8/13/2004 4:53:29 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/13/2004 5:14:30 PM EST by Colt_SBR]
In Tampa Bay we dodged another bullet.

I'm a L.E.O. and work on the beach in Pinellas County. They called me in yesterday from 2000 till 1030 hrs. today. They sent me home to rest and come back in tonight, if needed.

I have to admit, I ate and went to bed. My wife said, we had a few bands come through. I slept through the wind and rain we had. I didn't hear a thing because I was wiped out from work.

I hope the people that were in the path of Charley got through it without injuries or damage.

Colt_SBR
Link Posted: 8/13/2004 4:56:16 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/13/2004 4:58:10 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/13/2004 5:05:33 PM EST by 4get_No1]
I hope so too. Orlando > Daytona still taking it and I'm afraid Hawkeye is going to need that snorkel in the morning.
<ETA> took me this long to reply to captainpooby
<ETA2> and then that smiley I picked doesn't show that I'm making fun of myself either. Oh well....
Link Posted: 8/13/2004 6:23:29 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/13/2004 6:28:37 PM EST
Plant City checking in again. 2325 all clear here.
Link Posted: 8/13/2004 6:58:34 PM EST
I'm not there but my two daughters are in Ormond Beach with their mother. I spoke with them again tonight and they are cool, just waiting for it to go through so they can get back to swimming and shopping again. Teenagers...you gotta love 'em...
Link Posted: 8/13/2004 7:00:03 PM EST
Saw some footage on The Weather Channel of some crumpled light aircraft... made my heart sink.

--Mike
Link Posted: 8/13/2004 7:25:38 PM EST
CNN has some footage of some really rough winds. The kind of footage that makes you stare in awe at the awesome power that Mother Nature can lay upon us....
Link Posted: 8/13/2004 8:18:45 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/13/2004 8:20:05 PM EST by tc6969]
Link Posted: 8/13/2004 9:11:31 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/13/2004 9:40:10 PM EST
Was watching streaming video from a tv station in Ft. Myers (used to live there). Storm surge wasn't as bad as predicted, but the area took a beating.

Charlotte county has people sleeping in the open tonight, and there are reports of fatalities. There was video of pick-up trucks and light aircraft being blown around like they were toys.

News types and emergency types on phone with them said it will be morning until they get a better idea of the destruction.
Link Posted: 8/13/2004 10:59:52 PM EST
What I heard....

Port Charlotte - 127mph
Orlando International - 105mph
Sanford Airport - 92mph
Daytona Beach - 85mph
Link Posted: 8/13/2004 11:12:09 PM EST
Fox News Channel predicted earlier that around 11:00pm, it had caused atleast $20-$30 Billion worth of damage.
Link Posted: 8/14/2004 12:05:27 AM EST
Thankfully, it came in below me.... (breaths sigh of relief)
Link Posted: 8/14/2004 12:49:01 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/14/2004 12:49:17 AM EST by Colt_SBR]
Now it's heading toward South Carolina's East coast. 85 mph winds, still a category 1 hurricane.

Batten down the hatches South / North Carolina and good luck.

Colt_SBR
Link Posted: 8/14/2004 1:19:44 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/14/2004 4:15:34 AM EST by 4get_No1]
Decided to try and build a FL check-list (a best as this newb can anyway).

Additions/corrections requested.

Confirmed or reasonably assumed okay:
3-7INFANTRY
ArtyZ
AvengeR15
BayEagleBoom
captainpooby
cmjohnson
Colt_SBR
CS223
die-tryin
flashman
flashooter
g3_ultra
GC456
guncrazy69
HighStrung1KurtsKustom
Max_Power
MC_Man
MudFlapper
OFFSHORE
Offspringosprey21
Q3131A
Rick357
schornstine­fager
SgtKiwi
SteyrAUG
tac45
tc69­69

Still waiting for an update:
DougR
Hawkeye
KBL (East coast but not sure how far North)
Lockedon (3-7INFANTRY mentioned Lockedon and another member were stuck in Ft. Meyers)
QP031
SGB
Ungwaha
USCG_Always_Ready
warhorse

Don't know their addy:
dissipator556
Link Posted: 8/14/2004 2:31:33 AM EST
Reports of cops guarding stacks of bodies, didnt catch where. Power out to 75,000 in Polk county. Punt Gorda wiped out says news. Looter problems, SAR ops under way now. Major damage all over the path of Charlie. Thousands homeless.
Clear skies here but rain coming. Dodged a bullet here. Pray for those who got hit they were all caught off guard. Everyone thought it was gonna hit us but it turned at the last second and got them.
TD5/Earl coming this way next week.
Link Posted: 8/14/2004 2:37:50 AM EST
Yep - extracted from CNN.com news:

"Just north of Fort Myers, Charlotte County emergency authorities reported several fatalities in Punta Gorda after what may have been a tornado spawned by Hurricane Charley uprooted several mobile homes, according to the county's emergency director, Wayne Sallade."....
Link Posted: 8/14/2004 2:52:11 AM EST
Checking in, o.k. here not even a breeze north of G'ville. Lost power for a while. Been busy with the ham radio stuff. Man, I am glad it bypassed us. Likely wouldn't be here if it had it us directly.

--CS
Link Posted: 8/14/2004 3:22:54 AM EST
Thanks CS223. I'm trying to update that list by editing as we learn more and maybe a BTT once in a while if necessary to keep us on "Active Topics".
Link Posted: 8/14/2004 3:28:30 AM EST

Originally Posted By 4get_No1:
Decided to try and build a FL check-list (a best as this newb can anyway).

Additions/corrections requested.

Confirmed or reasonably assumed okay:
3-7INFANTRY
AvengeR15
BayEagle
Boomcaptainpooby
cmjohnson
Colt_SBR
CS223
flashman
flashooter
g3_ultra
GC456
guncrazy69
HighStrung1KurtsKustom
Max_Power
MC_Man
MudFlapper
OFFSHORE
Offspringosprey21
Q3131A
schornstinefager
Sg­tKiwi
SteyrAUG
tac45
tc6969

<­b>Still waiting for an update:

DougR
Hawkeye
KBL (East coast but not sure how far North)
Lockedon (3-7INFANTRY mentioned Lockedon and another member were stuck in Ft. Meyers)
QP031
Rick357
SGB
Ungwaha
­USCG_Always_Ready
warhorse

Don't know their addy:
dissipator556
die-tryin

ArtyZ - in WPB...not a scratch. Thank God.
Link Posted: 8/14/2004 3:30:25 AM EST
Power out to 650,000+ homes.
Link Posted: 8/14/2004 3:56:20 AM EST
BTT and updated above list
Link Posted: 8/14/2004 4:06:32 AM EST
Went thru Andrew in '92 and lost my home for a year.
Saw pix of storm damage from Charlotte County...looked comparable.
Also saw lack of shutters on homes, motels, stores, as if they took no precautions down there.
May be a horrible story of an entire communitys' complacency...while everyone in Tampa evacuated, could they have thought they'd feel nothing from it?
Nobody down here who faced Andrew would have thought to ride out a big storm in a trailor park. If they didn;t evacuate, the cops would have been issuing toe-tags to the rsdients to put on themselves so they could at least have been identified afterwards.
Words fail to describe the extent of this tragedy if the warnings were ignored by "Florida Newbies" who didn't know the potential for death and destruction Hurricanes can pack.
I pray for them.
Link Posted: 8/14/2004 4:10:45 AM EST
It was a rough first Hurricane to be through but me and the family are OK! Also my friends also seem to have faired well. Thanks guys for posting this thread.
Link Posted: 8/14/2004 4:25:23 AM EST
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