Stormy Weather

#21
Yazata Offline
Hang on, Leigha! It looks like it's headed northeast on more or less a straight line for Orlando. It's losing strength rapidly, but is still hurricane strength. So if you are east of Tampa, it might pass close to you.

I'm worried about southwest Florida. There are hundreds of thousands of people who live south of Sarasota. Some very nice homes. The property damage from this is going to be astronomical.

Naples Florida

https://twitter.com/JBrewerBoston25/stat...5293843462

Fort Meyers webcam timelapse showing storm surge coming in

https://twitter.com/WxBrenn/status/1575253395304288271

Fort Meyers surge zone gif

https://twitter.com/EFisherWX/status/157...2357879809
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#22
Leigha Offline
I have a close friend staying with me tonight, and I'd consider myself pretty fortunate, today. All things considered. Knock on wood, never lost power or internet. Soooo many people are without power. And it may take weeks to a month for restoration.

I'm hoping no one died, but considering there was an 18' storm surge earlier today, and some people didn't evacuate out of those areas, there are probably some deaths. Mandatory evacuation is horrible, the traffic to get out of the area can take several hours, and often times, hotels are booked. But, to stay in a zone prone to flooding with a CAT 4 coming your way, is just too risky. But, I get why people do it, they just don't ''believe'' the weather reports, or they can't fathom a storm taking away their home, or their life. It is hard to imagine what happened today.

I have quite a few friends and coworkers who live in Orlando (we all work remote) and I can't believe this storm is heading for them, with 85 mph winds. Sad Orlando has a lot of old trees, and they fall so easily in these storms.

Something I underestimated, though - the sound of howling, battering winds going on for hours. It has finally subsided. It is gusty now, and not so steady. But, I can't imagine dealing with 150 mph winds in Ft Myers...I'm wondering if many people remained there, because it was kind of short notice when the hurricane took that turn south of Tampa.

So, earlier today, when another set of bands were coming through, I noticed a white bird flying around (an ingret). This bird looks like one that comes to the lake adjacent to my backyard every morning to fish. Well, he was flying around, and the wind kept pushing him back, and he kept trying to fly in the same direction, yet the wind was tossing this bird all around. It was sad, yet fascinating to watch this bird trying to ''hold his own'' out in the storm. I thought it was odd though that a bird would be out in such intense conditions, there were no other animals to be seen all day.

Anyway, thanks for the good thoughts, Yazata! Please keep them coming, for all those in central Florida as well who, in approximately a few hours, will be dealing with Ian...
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#23
Leigha Offline
And just like that, all is quiet this morning. Like disturbingly quiet. When you have been hearing incredibly loud winds and rain for 12 hours, the sudden silence is strange.

I've been reading that there are hundreds of fatalities in Lee County. Sad <--- (Edit - The Sheriff of Lee County walked that statement back, and said it's believed that there will be hundreds of deaths, because I guess people can't reach their loved ones by cell.)

Edit to add, the temps have dropped substantially. I walked outside just now, and there is zero damage to my entire block. A few leaves blown around, maybe a few light branches in the road. That's pretty shocking. It's 60 degrees out, a drop of about 25 degrees from the constant heat. And...it's a pretty windy day, still. Nothing to worry about, but it's almost like the storm doesn't want to leave.
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#25
Yazata Offline
CNN is busted. Reporter can barely withstand the wind gusts in Tampa, when about halfway through his report (~18 seconds in) a man behind him calmly walks across the street with no apparent difficulty and gets in his car.

https://twitter.com/Resist_05/status/157...1155331072
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#26
Leigha Offline
lol ^^

Maybe the only bright side of such a storm, is that this morning the temps are in the 60's, with clear, blue skies, and no humidity. Tonight will have a starry sky for sure, something that happens rarely in Florida. The entire summer had nothing but starless night skies.

I'd imagine that is even more difficult in Ft. Myers, Sanibel, and Sarasota...to have this beautiful sunny day, with destruction all around them. Hoping South Carolina doesn't end up with too much damage, as this storm travels there later today.
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#27
Yazata Offline
Ian just won't quit. It crossed Florida as a weakening hurricane and passed over Cape Canaveral at tropical storm strength (there was minimal damage at the Cape). Then it perked right back up again when it was over the Atlantic and regained hurricane status and it's coming ashore again near Charleston SC. Reports of flooding there.
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