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Posted: 9/2/2004 2:52:10 AM EST
This appears to be the storm of the century coming your way.

Please check in so we can check up on ya after the carnage.

Link Posted: 9/2/2004 2:56:59 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/2/2004 2:59:49 AM EST by Zaphod]
Yo!

I'll be either in Ocala or Miami...
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 2:58:54 AM EST
yawn...
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 3:00:16 AM EST

Originally Posted By thejokker:
yawn...







WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!


Link Posted: 9/2/2004 3:01:36 AM EST

My National Guard unit has been activated - I report in tomorrow. I will be sure to post pictures of anything I see while I am deployed.

Link Posted: 9/2/2004 3:16:27 AM EST
Panama City here, No real threat here yet, good luck and godspeed to the rest of you.
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 3:17:35 AM EST
bunker'd up in daytona,,,,,may run off to astor , to my dads,,if traffic is nt bad,,,
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 3:17:45 AM EST

Originally Posted By Zaphod:
Yo!

I'll be either in Ocala or Miami...



It looks like you'd be better off in Miami. Ocala is dead-nuts on the exit ramp for this mother.
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 3:19:50 AM EST
Check.
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 3:25:00 AM EST
Miami here, 6AM gas lines were fun, trying to get cash from the bank was even better.
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 3:28:31 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 3:30:11 AM EST

Originally Posted By BayEagle:

Originally Posted By Zaphod:
Yo!

I'll be either in Ocala or Miami...



It looks like you'd be better off in Miami. Ocala is dead-nuts on the exit ramp for this mother.



Yeah, well.... I'm not too keen on leaving Dad alone for this.

I may find myself racing north ahead of the storm (as opposed to racing north BEHIND the storm, as I found myself with Chareley.
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 3:36:35 AM EST
North Palm Beach County here.

Works been canceled for tomorrow, people are boarding up, getting out of dodge. I'll be riding it out with my girl, her yellow lab, my rottie & cat, and a friend who's stuck in Tampa, her german shepard will be coming to my place for the storm.

I'll keep a camera charged and post shots of anything worth posting.
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 3:42:55 AM EST
Ocala checking in....
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 3:55:02 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/2/2004 4:26:52 AM EST by MC_Man]
Tampa... Hurricanecon 4 for now. Parents in Palm Beach County, though, and I can't get there to help.
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 3:59:11 AM EST
12 miles west of Ft. Lauderdale and checked in.

HS1
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 4:05:58 AM EST
Tampa area here...I'm not sweating this one like I did with Charley, but keeping a sharp eye on the bitch...our house is built to the latest codes, so I'm not worried about this one...it'll be a Cat 1 or 2 at most by the time it gets all the way across Florida...
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 4:20:24 AM EST
North of Tampa here. Right now the storm is forecast to pass right over. Forecast still says 115 mph winds when it gets here.
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 4:24:29 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/2/2004 4:27:56 AM EST by captainpooby]
Z-Hills here. Thats northeast of Tampa.
Not sure what I'm doing yet. I'm gonna watch it for today and finish up the house prep. I have bug out plans AB and C ready.
Looks we're in for it.
I figure my fifth wheel is pretty strong and its tied down well. I may do the 'Slim Pickens' Yeeeeeeeeeeehaw!

ETA: I just watched channel 8 weather and they have this computer modeling program called VIPER that was the only one dead nuts on for Charlie. It shows a more northward track than all the others. Good news for me.
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 4:25:28 AM EST



Link Posted: 9/2/2004 4:34:20 AM EST
Polk County checking in. Got nailed with Charley, hope this one stays further north.
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 4:34:31 AM EST
Tampa Bay area here and a L.E.O..

I live in an older house built in the early 50's. Mrs. Colt_SBR is scared to death about these hurricanes.

I was suppose to leave on vacation tomorrow for Chicago. Now I'm on Non-paid standby for this hurricane. Law Enforcement sucks alot. Can't wait till I retire. Soon I hope.

Plus I was injured in a fight the other day during an arrest. On workman's comp, light duty. That's a joke. Light duty working the street during a hurricane.

Oh well. I hope this hurricane takes hard right turn and dies in the ocean.

Colt_SBR
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 4:48:30 AM EST
Port Saint Lucie here. Sent the wife and kids away yesterday. Finishing up the boarding when I get home from work.

That's all for now. I won't be on here for a few days I'm guessing. Good luck to the rest of my fellow Floridians and any others of you that may be affected.

[Drill Sergeant]"Lighten up, Frances."[/Drill Sergeant]

See you on the other side of this.
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 4:57:10 AM EST
Destin/Ft. Walton bch here...waiting to see if she'll cross over and give us some rain.

Cat. 4 that is breathing again today...could be a cat. 5 landfall. Hold on FL east coasters, she's is on the way. if you have a family or friends in the target area, tell them to leave. bad storm.
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 4:59:07 AM EST
The fucking waste disposal guys STILL haven't picked up our yard trash from the first hurricane. Now this.
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 4:59:29 AM EST
Central Palm Beach county and a LEO here. Good luck guys.
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 5:01:00 AM EST
Check. My house is about 15 miles from the beach and about 200' from the river, but it's been here since 1909 so I'm not terribly worried. A friend asked if I had stocked up on bottled water. I told him "I have 1000 rounds of .223. I can get all the bottled water I want."
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 5:08:33 AM EST
North Miami beach checking in. Finished boarding up last night. We learned our lesson from Hurricane Andrew in '92! Bought plenty of food, water, batteries, ammo.

Stay safe, everyone!
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 5:16:41 AM EST
You guys in the peninsula do your best to keep it from coming into the gulf so it can whack the rest of us in the NW Panhandle.
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 5:17:53 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/2/2004 5:18:45 AM EST by fight4yourrights]

Originally Posted By FLAL1A:


A friend asked if I had stocked up on bottled water. I told him "I have 1000 rounds of .223. I can get all the bottled water I want."




Thanks for convincing another person that gun owners are total assholes.


$200 in ammo, and you can't afford a few bucks for water? You'd rather steal?
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 5:21:36 AM EST
Pensacola here, looks like that storm might cross over and head in the gulf, which will hit us dead on if it does. I have to drive across a three mile bridge every day to get to work ... that should be interesting.
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 5:25:38 AM EST
Tallahassee here. Should be ok.
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 5:39:52 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/2/2004 5:41:04 AM EST by QP031]

Originally Posted By RikWriter:
The fucking waste disposal guys STILL haven't picked up our yard trash from the first hurricane. Now this.


Same here. All the city's streets are lined with it. Nothing like giving the hurricane some extra ammo to toss around...
I just started getting used to having power and AC again.

CC/ FT Myers.
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 5:51:22 AM EST

Originally Posted By kill9cowboy:
Pensacola here, looks like that storm might cross over and head in the gulf, which will hit us dead on if it does. I have to drive across a three mile bridge every day to get to work ... that should be interesting.



I lived there in 88 when the bridge got hit by a barge... If you commuted by way of the bridge, you had to go by way of Navarre (hwy 87) for almost a year until it was repaired.
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 6:48:02 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/2/2004 7:05:00 AM EST by Older_Crow]
Bradenton, south side of Tampa Bay, checking in. Same preps as for Charley. I only need to fill the bait wells and secure the T-top on my trailered boat. I also need to locate my 12 VDC color television that I loaded out. Gen set, gas, water, food, batteries, flashlights check.

BTW, love the light sticks! Just enough light to get around in the dark without expending batteries.

Edited to add: I really feel bad for those that will be at the intersection (X) of Charley and Frances.
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 6:51:16 AM EST
That thing is going to tear Miami a new ass.
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 6:59:05 AM EST
Ft. Myers here. I got hit with Charley pretty bad three weeks ago. I don't want any more!!
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 1:31:46 PM EST
Navarre here. Still doesn't look bad for us in the panhandle, but our unit is talking about evacuating our planes to Kentucky again. I hope we don't have to leave again cause I hated the last evac.
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 1:36:04 PM EST
Clay County........ Keystone Heights (Melrose,Gainesville area)......... 'prolly end up staying at the fire station......... Prepared there and at home!
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 1:36:56 PM EST
Here Here!

West Coast Central FL, but looks like we might still get blasted depending on how fast she is moving.

Stay Safe everyone!
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 1:39:33 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/2/2004 1:39:46 PM EST by HighStrung1]
12 miles west of Ft. Lauderdale here. Ready and waiting to rumble. Here's to a merciful hurricane!

HS1
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 1:40:08 PM EST
Sumter County here. Last I checked we're dead nuts in the path. Only thing we got going for us is being more inland.
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 2:00:17 PM EST
I've seen a category 4 storm. This one's a high 4, maybe a 5 when she hits..........

If you are in the path of this storm, and NOT in a concrete building, evacuate. This storm will leave a 75-100 mile wide swath of almost total destruction.

A genuine catastrophe........

This is the end of your world, as you know it, for a while..........

MOST of you will be in my prayers.......
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 2:09:56 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/2/2004 2:18:37 PM EST by ARDunstan]

Originally Posted By Da_Bunny:
That thing is going to tear Miami a new ass.



Bunny, the hurricane is expected to go north of Lake Okeechobee.
That lake is about 120 miles north of Miami.
Ft. Pierce and Vero Beach are pretty much in the path of the hurricane.
I live in Miami. I'm not worried about it hitting
anywhere near Miami.
It won't tear Miami a new ass.
Please don't give out erroneous information.
Lives may depend on it.



Link Posted: 9/2/2004 2:24:06 PM EST
Arty in West Palm Beach...Central Palm Beach County.
I got pretty good hurricane supplies. House is boarded up and we are hunkerin' down.
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 2:35:46 PM EST
Broward county here- locked, loaded, shuttered, with enough supplies to last quite sometime...but I will miss this place when we lose power.

<­BR>



Waiting for the looters...
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 2:48:46 PM EST

Originally Posted By HighStrung1:
12 miles west of Ft. Lauderdale here. Ready and waiting to rumble. Here's to a merciful hurricane!

HS1



I take it you intend to stay ? Have you noticed that the predicted Florida landfall has been moved south on every 12 update in the last 72 hours ? Not trying to be chicken little but that has been the trend.
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 3:02:08 PM EST
I am from the Melbourne area...fortunatly Im in Alabama! However, I have loads of family and friends in the Brevard Co area.. directly on beach side!!!God bless them!! this MOFO is gonna hit hard!!
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 3:10:32 PM EST
Belleview here, just south of Ocala, All set, kept my stuff from Y2K.
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 3:19:09 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 3:36:51 PM EST
Saint Lucie county, appears to be ground zero at this time. Boarded up, but it may not look so good unless this storm shifts. If this thing hits, my house and most on my street won't stand. Just which guns do I take? I can't take them all, got my wife and baby to fit in
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