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Posted: 9/25/2004 8:27:34 AM EDT
I'm in north Palm Beach County. Winds are getting gusty, and am pretty sure power will be out with in the next 5 hours or so, since the grid around here seems to be constructed of egg shells.

Frances was weaker, but lingered, this ones an ass-kicker in comparision.

Check in either before or after the storm so we know how everyone's doing. I'm signing off....got a few more things to do. If anyone needs assistance after the storm, and I'm in a position to help, I'll check here and see if there's anything that needs to be done to help out. With some luck, others will do the same.

Here she comes as of 12:30 in the afternoon....stay safe everyone.
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 8:54:25 AM EDT
Bugging in again in Cocoa Beach
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 9:27:07 AM EDT
Merritt Island, west side by the Indian River lagoon. Not a single house in my neighborhood evacuated.

Just got Roadrunner back this morning. I couldn’t believe it when 2 guys in a BrightHouse van pulled up in my driveway.

I'll bet it doesn't stay up for long.

Good luck out there on the beach - forget no one.

Link Posted: 9/25/2004 9:27:41 AM EDT
Broward here just got in from boarding up neighbors and my windows. Sure hope I did enough God bless all of you. I pray we all come out of this okay.
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 9:39:24 AM EDT
Miami - deja vu all over again.
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 9:45:46 AM EDT
Broward county... about 8 miles west of downtown Ft.Lauderdale.
Had the first band come through about 45 minutes ago and the second one will come in soon.

Good luck to everyone.
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 10:15:16 AM EDT
Melbourne FL. FIT campus. posting before I lose power. I ran from the last one and then came back to no damage. This time I'm staying since its the same strength as the last one and hitting farther away from the school. See you guys on the other side.
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 10:29:39 AM EDT
Indian River. Boarded up and sweating it. Looks like we might be landfall again.
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 10:34:24 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Master_of_Orion:
Melbourne FL. FIT campus. posting before I lose power. I ran from the last one and then came back to no damage. This time I'm staying since its the same strength as the last one and hitting farther away from the school. See you guys on the other side.

I don't know what I'd do, but I would consider more than the maximum sustained winds in deciding whether to stay or leave, since hurricanes also spawn tornadoes and cause flooding.
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 11:27:59 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 11:46:13 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/25/2004 11:47:16 AM EDT by Ungwaha]
I am getting ready to climb the big live oak next to the house and play Lt Dan from Forrest Gump.

Now the truth... I got the windows boarded up AGAIN and the genset is ready for use AGAIN. full tank of gas in the Ram. both ar's locked and loaded as with 40 cal and 9mm. (that reminds me to get the 12 ga ready too)

Y'all keep your heads down and check in after the storm!

Rich B
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 11:49:50 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 11:56:18 AM EDT
West Broward here. I don't expect anything major. Maybe Tropical storm force winds and plenty of rain. Gunshow in Ft. Lauderdale was cancelled, so I didn't get any preban rope!

BTW. What's the rope for?

Good luck boys! Give Jeanne hell!

Link Posted: 9/25/2004 12:06:26 PM EDT
daytona here,, yippy,,less than 200 yrds form the icw,,, buggin in,,, be safe guys
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 12:18:22 PM EDT
Charlotte/lee checking in.. just rainy and a little wind right now.. Probably won't see much more as the day goes on. East coasters stay safe. lets us know if we can if need be.

Link Posted: 9/25/2004 12:19:20 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 12:42:08 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 12:43:25 PM EDT
Mainland Cocoa here.

Flew in yesterday from assignment in NW Florida. Boarded up the 3 openings we opened after Francis.

Weapons locked and loaded. Changed the oil in the genny. Got lots of rope.

Another wonderful weekend in Paradise.

Link Posted: 9/25/2004 2:36:02 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Hawkeye

What about your rope? You do have your long piece of rope right?

Nope, no rope but I got a 100' 10-3 extention cord!
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 3:02:38 PM EDT
Broward, Plantation. Also tried to go to the gun show this morning - canceled.

All boarded up, locked & loaded, still have power, hope it lasts.
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 3:05:46 PM EDT
Well y'all - we're still hang'in-in. Got any spare rope?
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 3:24:08 PM EDT
Riverview, Florida here...just outside Tampa...we're not supposed to get too much over here on the Gulf coast...if y'all need anything, just holler...
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 3:24:35 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 3:31:30 PM EDT
Miamuh here..
Some drizzle and gusts. Nothing to speak of.
Up north is where the action is happening.
Thats fine with me.
You guys hang tight.
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 3:53:39 PM EDT
Lake County here. Just my luck, last day with the PD before starting with the SO and I bet I get stuck at the PD for the next 72 hours .

All boarded up, water supply "check", can goods check, gas for generator "check". Now all there is to do is wait and see where she goes. Good luck to all.
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 4:15:02 PM EDT
aint jack happening here, light drizzle and some 6-10mph gusts here and there....would've been a nice beach day acually.

Link Posted: 9/25/2004 5:35:21 PM EDT
Alachua, County.
Man is this shit getting old. Took all the plywood down at work on Monday, put it all back up today. Had most of the plywood off the house, planned on taking the rest down today. Put it all back up today. Gassed everything up, one station was already out of regular and mid-grade. Cleaned out the gutters. Hauled everything into the shed. Another weekend pissed away. What is it with these damn storms and weekends? Not one has hit in the middle of the week. Hell I'm not done cleaning up from Frances.
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 5:56:16 PM EDT
Some good gusts now but no serious rain yet. At least this thing is moving fast and doesn't seem to have the strong feeder-bands Frances did. Seems like we had this much gusty wind for a couple of days before Frances finally decided to move on in.
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 5:57:43 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 6:33:27 PM EDT
For posterity sake cuz I know you guys are without power..landfall is Port ST.Lucia and Fort Pierce on the radar. It's a Cat. 3 with 115 mph winds with 128 mph gusts as of 10:30 p.m. est. It should be on shore in about the next hour and a half. I hope you guys did ok.
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 7:27:08 PM EDT
The fun continues!
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 7:59:58 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/25/2004 8:05:18 PM EDT by M4Real]
Gainesville here. Hoping this thing goes West so we can have a match tomorrow.

I just started a weeks vacation. I'm suppose to be going to the mountains for some fun, but, we'll see how bad it hits us.

It could be worse guys. We could live in Commiefornia.

eta: I've lived in this state my whole life. I gots lotsa rope.
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 9:27:42 PM EDT
Feelm really sorry for you Jupiter/Stuart/Melborne folks. Damn, getting nailed again. Hang in there.

Here in Miami, just an occasional gust and accompanying rain... We got spared again.
Link Posted: 9/26/2004 2:09:21 AM EDT
Manatee Co. here.

Getting windy, no rain yet.

That is all.

Link Posted: 9/26/2004 3:42:26 AM EDT
Hey Guys, I have a Grandmother on the Gulf Coast. Clearwater (West side of the Bay), Anyone close to there wanna let me know how things are going in that neck of the woods?
Link Posted: 9/26/2004 4:10:57 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/26/2004 4:36:37 AM EDT by IamtheNRA]
Riverview again...wind is really picking up here now...looks like the southwest edge of the eye is gonna brush us here...power keeps going off and on...

Oh, well...now the power is off for good as of 8:30 am...I've got the computer and cable modem on UPS, so I can still get on the Web, but I'm gonna shut down to conserve batteries if the power doesn't come back on soon...all you Florida ARFCOMers hang tough...we'll get through this one okay...see you all tomorrow...
Link Posted: 9/26/2004 4:33:10 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/26/2004 4:33:54 AM EDT by BayEagle]
Largo here. The wind is already worse than Frances and this bitch isn't even here yet.

Standard drill:

Throw shit in pool
Genny gassed
Tanks filled
Radios, lights

ETA- Long rope <they always forget the rope>
Link Posted: 9/26/2004 4:44:29 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/26/2004 4:51:33 AM EDT by Aim4MyHead]
Charlotte / lee ...... 0400 the wind started getting worse and was followed by heavy rain. We're getting a steady 60-70 mph wind now with heavy rain. I checked the map i didn't realize it's in the middle of the state. I thought this was suppose to go up the east coast. By sun pm it should be closer so i expect the wind to increase. Stay safe brothers..

Link Posted: 9/26/2004 5:13:46 AM EDT
Gainesville here. Sounds like we're getting some nice gusts already. I've got most of my stuff and staying in. We didn't lose power during Francis, so I've got high hopes for this one.
Link Posted: 9/26/2004 5:16:54 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/26/2004 7:07:57 AM EDT
Highlands county here. We got hit hard. This has been the worse one yet for me. Damn pine tree top snaped and hit the roof.
Link Posted: 9/26/2004 7:28:07 AM EDT
pinellas here.

It's right on top of us now.
Link Posted: 9/26/2004 7:36:59 AM EDT
Chilling in G-ville. Not much happeneing yet, but, it's coming.
Link Posted: 9/26/2004 7:46:09 AM EDT
Wind is picking up from the NE, lights flickering, smll limbs breaking & hitting the house. Rain quit for now. Just got 2000 lbs of moss cleaned up last weekend, here we go again
Link Posted: 9/26/2004 7:47:19 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Hawkeye:
Bunkered down and ready to rock. Got gas for the generator and chain saw. Got plenty of food and water. Full tank of Diesel in the Super-Duty, full tank of gas in the Expedition. AR's & 1911's are loaded and oiled. Got a long piece of rope. I'm all set. Bring it on baby! Show me what you got!

Dont forget some cash to spend nothing like no power when trying to use a ATM machine . got lucky again with this storm here in Jville. Good luck to everyone that has to go thru all this crap. Man I wish Fall would hurry up nad get here.
Link Posted: 9/26/2004 4:06:34 PM EDT
Well it looks as if the worst has come and gone for us here in Lake County. We had a lot of larger okas fall and they did some real damage.

Most of our patrol time today was in the trailer parks, lots of trim and roof damage and many car ports gone.

As for my place, all is well and I have not lost power as of this post. Good luck to all.
Link Posted: 9/26/2004 5:24:25 PM EDT
Hey guys, I'm Reporting in. I am on the West coast and have been out of power for almost 11 hours now.... gotta love the generator! Any how things have really died down here, and very minor damage to my trees, but power is out almost everywhere. Oh well I guess there is no work tomarrow
Link Posted: 9/26/2004 5:33:51 PM EDT
Atlantic Beach here (near Jax). Tons of rain since about 6-7PM. Lights flickering now. Some gusts. Nothing like Francis though.
Link Posted: 9/26/2004 5:50:15 PM EDT
Clermont checking in ( Lake Co.) Didn't have power when I got up this morning. It was out until 6:30 or so.

I hope you folks along the coast are okay.

Link Posted: 9/27/2004 12:48:53 AM EDT
Power has been out since 13:00 yesterday, two broken lines in the neighborhood, Several trees also down.

God bless Generac!
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 1:11:35 AM EDT
Power was restored here around 4:15 am...way to go, TECO!!!

I'm probably gonna get a natural gas powered generator soon...be ready for next season, at least...
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