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Good gracious!

 

Ivan just became a category 5 storm and now has a storm track to Florida.

This time, it is possible that the Keys and South Florida will be hit. :)

 

Begging people to pray and mentally push this thing out to open waters.

IVAN GO AWAY!!! :)

Florida is SOGGY after Charley and Frances and can not afford another huge storm so soon.

 

-Samantha

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Sending the best thoughts in your direction, Samantha.

 

We got the tail end of Frances yesterday and through the night last night - up to 6 inches of rain in some parts of the state, mostly northeast Ohio. We've had another round of flooding that's put hundreds of families out of their homes again. Homes that survived the spring tornados and floods aren't surviving this round of flooding. Saw a special about your citrus farmers the other night - that's a real tragedy. They said it may take up to 5 years for that industry to recover because of root rot to the trees.

 

We'll keep you in our thoughts and prayers, and try to send Ivan off course. Be well and keep safe! :hug:

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OK... I wasn't scared with Charley or Frances... But this one honestly has me quaking. :P I read the 11 am stats and this storm is so frightening.

 

I don't have any way to protect my windows and I have a street lined with HUGE branches (some larger than some of my trees) and other debris. I am in an area that flooding IS NOT an issue, but old full sized oaks, cherry laurels and PINES are everywhere. So much for Ivan to throw around and knock down. Then of course you get the tornados in the spin off storms...

 

There are so many areas of the state that are devastated and just can't handle another storm, let alone the strongest of all, a category 5 with wind gusts up to 195MPH. :blink: :dance:

 

For the folks in the Keys... please take care. I know there's only one way in and out. Evacuation of that area will take days.

 

BAD IVAN. GO AWAY! BAD STORM! :whip:

 

-Samantha

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Samantha -

 

How'd your Mom fare after everything with Frances? Will keep extra good thoughts for her.

 

Weird ways these things show up in our daily lives in the rest of the country - just got an e-mail today from the company I purchase my vitamins and supplements from down in FL. Their company has been shut down because of the hurricanes. I placed an order last Friday and got the auto-response, never gave it another thought. Today, they wrote in person telling me my order will be delayed but they're working as fast as they can. This is just one e-commerce company!

 

How is your company doing? Are you up and running?

 

I think I'll put three candles in the window for you this time! Sounds like a whole bunch of darkness we need to keep away. :hug:

 

Beth

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here we go again! at least i was able to talk to my bosses about delaying my job in Ft. Lauderdale. two round-trips between Ft. Lauderdale and Pensacola (675 miles) in less than a week is not fun! i really don't wish ivan to come my way, but central and southern florida has REALLY had enough!

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Good luck all, and remember that the Titans - Dolphins match was moved to Saturday, so make sure to catch it and root for the Titans before you abandon your homes! :P

 

On a more serious note, good luck to all those that lie in the path of this beast. Don't go getting yourselves injured!

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Did you see what Ivan did to Grenada?? I feel so bad for those people - over 90% of the buildings were damaged or destroyed and looting has been a serious issue. Now Jamaica is sitting right in the path with the poor people of the DR and Haiti bound to get some nasty weather from it as well.

 

This has certainly been a weird weather year, hasn't it? :P Everyone take care and be safe. :hug:

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Once is happenstance, twice is circumstance, three times is someone trying to tell you something... like move out of Florida?

 

I'm not afraid, but I am anxious about this one. The latest navy tracks I have show it going about 20 feet west of here so that's not encouraging.

 

Unlike Samantha, flooding is a problem on an island where the highest point is about 20 feet above sea level and I can toss a rock into Boca Chica Bay from where I now sit. Winds are always scary but more so when you live in a trailer. For the fun of it, my home is hideawaykeywest.com/images/8/unit_8.htm and if you click on Property you can see just how close to the water I am.

 

My workplace is an old Navy barracks built pre-civil war so it's about as safe as you can get in South Florida. I'm hoping it goes away because it's impossible to protect everything in a trailer or even to move it out so we have to pick what's most important to save and pray for the rest. Of course, life is the most important - everything else can be replaced.

 

People are already nuts here. The lines at the gas pumps and the stupidity of those in the lines is astonishing. Maybe if the idiots leave the rest of us will be ok here. :P The stores are doing a pretty good job of keeping up with us but the worst part is the aftermath in 104-heat-index weather, no power, probably no water, blistering heat and no wind, as ironic as that is, and everything being all busted up around you.

 

Well, wish us the best and we'll let you know as we can how things are going! It's not expected here until Monday so I'll be around until then at least and then as power and phones allow. Thanks for your well-wishes and prayers. This one's gonna be an adventure!

 

Maybe I'll get some Tupperware and catch some hurricane winds and sell them on Ebay like some folks did with Frances!

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Beth, in answer to your question: (And thanks for asking)

How'd your Mom fare after everything with Frances? Will keep extra good thoughts for her.

 

She had power RIPPED from her home and had to have an electrician rewire the side of her house and give her a new meter. Her generator runs, but does not generate power. It is USELESS. She was more depressed when she tried to use it and it failed. Yesterday, thankfully, power came back to her street. Still has no TV (cable lines down and in her area can not recieve tv stations without cable or sattelite-antennas do not work), and had to have her AC repaired today..damaged by the power surge. As of this evening, she has computer and now has AC running and a hot shower so is feeling much better now after days without power. Amazing that she wasn't even in the direct PATH and still got hit.

 

My brother is also fine. Didn't get ANY damage at his house, no debris or power outages.

 

My family has been exceedingly lucky/blessed this year. None of us have incurred major damage.

 

On the brite side... the county came around today and picked up the HUGE mounds of debris (didn't take anything in cans or bags) off the sides of the street!!! Thumbs Up YAY!!! Ivan will have to come up with his own toys to juggle and play catch with!!! woooot

 

Jim, I am very concerned for you! I have been down there many times and know that even if you were in the center of Key West, you still would be under water if Ivan comes close to you! I visited your webpage and the property is lovely. Looks peaceful and relaxing. And in a hurricane...just dangerous! Please be safe. And check in when you can please!

 

I didn't capture any hurricane wind. But I still have some smaller branches and twigs in the back yard....maybe I could put a label on them and sell them on ebay as authentic Frances and Charley debris. Naughty

 

Around here, there's still a shortage on fuel and batteries. Coolers are impossible to find too. Yes, as the storm approaches, all the stores go empty of the basics, bread water, batteries, tuna, canned stuff of all sorts and pet food. People get pushy and grabby. It's a very strange time to do any shopping. Had to go to Walmart night before Charley hit. NEVER again! Walmart is packed on weekends but is nothing compared to the night before a hurricane!

 

-Samantha

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Well, I'm concerned for both of you and will good thoughts headed your way until this bad boy passes through.

 

Samantha, I'm so glad your family has been spared any major damage so far - I'll keep a good thought and a prayer for your continued good fortune.

 

Jim, be well and be safe - you are just a stone's throw from the water! Nice site for your development. :dance:

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Well, one good thing about an island is that there are no hills and valleys to trap water so it all just gets up about 8 feet above sea level and drains off. It's nasty and dirty and annoying and somewhat damaging to anything on the ground but it's not like a place that has valleys and gulleys where the water can get very deep and run with strong currents.

 

Another thing is there's no dirt here (1/2 serious). It's mostly coral rock and mangrove roots that hold the island together. There's about 1-3 inches of dirt and then caprock so there's no mudslides or anything like that.

 

Anyone here in a very strong building will be ok I think. The worst will be afterwards with power and water situations as fragile as they are, depending on Miami for everything... there's a lot of places those can be broken between here and there. The worst that can happen, short of a weak building crushing someone, is the bridges washing out - that happened before in the 60's and it's hard to bring supplies without bridges. :blink:

 

Thanks for the well-wishes and the rest of you near this thing keep safe too!

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We will be watching the track... It seems to be shifting slightly to the gulf side, but it's way too soon to tell... Hopefully it will be out far enough that the worst will be in open waters away from you.

 

Still a chance that the peninsula will not get hit and landfall will take place in the panhandle or preferably in the crook of the state where it is less populated.

 

Gonna try to find a better cooler to finally replace my 2 white styrofoam cheapies...

Maybe my ice bags will last more than 24 hours then!

 

-Samantha

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Just as a note of curiousity, anyone interested in the local chatter can go to www.us1radio.com which is our rock of information for hurricanes. It may be interesting to check it out after the storm just to see whassup... if it stays online anyway. :lol:

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Still a chance that the peninsula will not get hit and landfall will take place in the panhandle or preferably in the crook of the state where it is less populated.

 

No!!!!!! We don't want it either! Maybe if all of us in Florida blow real hard, Ivan will head towards Texas! :lol:

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:lol: :lol: ROFL...... :lol: :lol:

You folks crack me UP!

 

Maybe if we blow on it enough it will be broken up by so many cross winds and NO ONE will get hit! GO AWAY IVAN....NO ONE WANTS YOU! :P ;)

 

Actually the 5pm posting looks like it will flirt with the west coast of the peninsula but make landfall in the crook around Taylor or Dixie counties, areas of Florida with less dense population. May Central Florida will FINALLY get a break. Praying, hoping, wishing and dreaming of a hurricane-free week ahead!

 

The attached images came from one of the MANY slideshows on our local NewsCenter 2 Orlando NBC affiliate website. They have wonderful graphics and tracking... www.orlandoweather.com The second image is actually the conflicting storm tracks that are still in play. Hurricanes are still just a guessing game.

 

-Samantha

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I like the last suggestion samantha! But in all fairness, why should florida have all the fun of hurricanes this year? ;) Share the wealth, I always say!

But get this...my office is pulling me out of a job in Ft. Lauderdale to go work on a project in Lake City and Taylor. :P Government jobs for ya!

 

P.S. Jim: Hope your hunkered down real good!

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But get this...my office is pulling me out of a job in Ft. Lauderdale to go work on a project in Lake City and Taylor.  Government jobs for ya!

 

GACK!!!! :o

You may be able to meet IVAN up close and personal if you go there!!! ;)

Doesn't anyone in thier office see the news, watch the weather forecast???

 

And I know TCH-Kevin is in an area that may be affected by the storm. My thoughts and prayers stay with him and his family too.

 

Alright guys and gals. Lets go for those crosswinds... on the count of 3:

Take a deep breath and BLOW out with everything you've got!

1............2..............3

 

-Samantha :wacko:

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We were just offered a better place to stay. It's a home that's well boarded up and has a neighbor who has already planned to offer them minimal generator power after the storm. It's very close to my home too so we can evaluate the damage and begin recovery quicker.

 

It's looking better all the time.

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:blink: :dance: Great postcard!

 

Well, it appears that the central part of Florida is going to get a reprieve! And maybe the Keys won't get hit as hard as originally thought so Jim may not need to be in a bunker after all.

 

Unfortunately, it seems the panhandle might get the brunt of this nasty wet thing. Sorry Steve! :)

 

At least it has been downgraded a bit since Granada where it did so much damage.

But there's a few days left..it could still change path yet again...

 

-Samantha

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yeah...we're anxiously watching and waiting :) Not looking too good at this point But these things always seem to have a mind of their own. As soon as you think they are gonna do something, they do something else. So we'll simply have to wait and see. (That's the worst part!)

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It makes the wait worse that it has slowed down so much. Originally they said Monday early AM for coming near here and now, not only is it not expected to come near here (165 miles), thank God, it's not supposed to be for another day (Tuesday).

 

Everyone nearby needs to keep an eye on this because they can always turn but be safe in all that you do!

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Frances also slowed and eventually became stationary off the coast, battering Vero Beach with high winds and rain. Those of us in internal counties just sat here, waiting for a full extra day. The waiting is terrible. You just want it to come and go...get it over with.

 

Jim I agree that the hurricane, though not on a path towards south/central florida anymore is unpredictable and could wobble or change directions. Until it makes landfall, the full west coast of Florida is at risk.

 

-Samantha

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To all of you in Ivan's vicinity: STAY SAFE! We'll send positive thoughts to you, and light candles, perform sun dances, and generally curse this beast! (when he hears our noise from the Northeast US, feel free to reciprocate-looks like he's heading this way)

 

Take Care People!

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Santolina

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Steve.....

 

I was praying and asking others to mentally move the storm out of central florida's path, then we got into blowing contest for moving the storm and so far the peninsula of florida seems to have the hot air to do so, blowing it to the west.

 

Guess we have to modify the prayers again and ask for Ivan to be lessened in strength and/or break up somewhat so the impact will not be as devastating.

 

Thoughts and prayers to you and yours. Still time for Ivan to change paths, and intensity. BAD STORM! THIN OUT AND BREAK UP IVAN!!! :whip:

-Samantha

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Steve, I gotta admit I'm glad it's not coming here or the bashed central Florida but I'm sad that you'll probably have to deal with it.

 

Definitely take in the welcome mat. I have a Taz mat that says "Go Away!" so maybe that helped. :whip:

 

Be safe, my friend.

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Steve -

 

You're on the positive thoughts and prayers list now, buddy. I'll put that candle in the window for you and yours, and all of our other TCH family members in your area.

 

Be well and keep safe. Please let us know as soon as possible that you're safe. We're all trying to blow Ivan into oblivion - <whooooosh...whooooosh>

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With as wide as the storm is, there will be several states along the gulf impacted. And most of that area is just close to sea level and won't take much rain to flood.

 

I hope that all the TCH customers in that area have evacuated to safer, higher ground if necessary. STEVE, Curtis stay in touch and let us know how you are when you can.

 

An additional sad thing for the economy: besides the damage to homes and property, important sea life beds will be devastated in that crook of the gulf. It will cause many of the fishermen to have difficulties for quite some time to come! Apalachicola area finally got the shrimp beds fully recovered and now they will be smashed again!

 

Take it easy folks. Be safe. Be careful. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

 

We have another storm heading toward Florida (JEANNE) but at least she has a pretty decent probability of turning out away from the coast before striking. Then we just need to watch to see if she ends up in South or North Carolina.

 

-Samantha

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Looks like Ivans last turn to the north saved Baton Rouge a lot of pain. Winds of 25 to 35 mph(with higher gust) and some rain. New Orleans,only 62 miles from us had some strong winds and a few inches of rain but has improved some for now.

We should get some heavier rain later tonight and tomorrow morning but nothing major. So all is well here.

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Well, Ivan hit mobile as a major storm and it's now coming inland. The images really look rough. I hope that it is similar to charley that it moves quickly with very few tornados....

 

-Samantha

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As I read this they say at least 7 are dead in Florida and it may hang around for up to 20 hours. Nasty things!

 

As for New Orleans, parts of the city are 9 feet below sea level so they really don't need the rains.

 

Everyone stay as safe as you can!

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WOW. Ivan WAS terrible! The devastation was dramatic and horrific! The images from the FL panhandle and Alabama are so depressing. People that are unaccounted for, the flooding, even the major highway I-10 is closed because part of the road is GONE. It will take a LONG time for folks to recover in that area.

 

Tropical Storm Jeanne is wandering around in the Atlantic. It may or may not be a hurricane when it decides to make landfall (on our east coast). Thankfully, it will just be a yucky rain storm.

 

-Samantha

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Hi folks! I've finally had time to check in. I evacuated to Chattanooga, TN, then to my parents house outside of Chicago (just a couple of days for personal reasons). I've gotten many phone calls from several co-workers who live in the area. All are fine. My house is pretty much intact, except for a few shingles. However, pretty much the reports you see in the news is what the situation is. Local power company is reporting possibly 1 month before everyone has power fully restored.

 

Job related...The Pensacola Airport TRACON building took a big hit...some think by a tornado. They lost the roof and part of one side of the building. Consequently, all the electronics for the radar and airport communications (located on the 2d floor) were lost. I haven't heard any word on the Panama City airport, which surprises me considering all of the tornadoes that they had there. (2 confirmed deaths in Panama City due to tornado activity.) On the positive note, it looks like I'll be able to work near home for a while! ;)

 

I'm planning on trying to return down there on Sunday. I'll update everyone when I can.

 

Thanks for the concern and please.............

 

NO MORE HURRICANES THIS YEAR! As I read in an online news article about someone who was moving out of the state:

 

1. Charley 2. Frances 3. Ivan 4. Sale.

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Final update from the Pensacola area. Most of what you have heard or seen on the news is true...we got slam-dunked. The area from Pensacola west to Gulf Shores got hit worse than Punta Gorda did during Charley. I was very fortunate...lost only shingles here and there, but no structural or water damage. Today about 1500 we got power back (a LOT faster than I had even hoped!). Then this evening, my phone and DSL internet returned...so I am one very happy camper! Now if I can just get these darn trees out of my yard! :)

 

Thanks to all the TCH family members for your thoughts and prayers. There are many here who lost literally everything, so I am counting myself very fortunate not to have lost anything! Thanks again!

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I'm glad you're safe, Steve. Thanks so much for the update. Be careful while Pensacola is in pieces and people are on edge. There is still a lot of potential to get hurt so stay safe!

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Steve -

 

Thanks for the update, and thank goodness you and yours are safe and intact. Still lots of prayers headed to all those in that area who will have weeks of difficulty ahead of them.

 

Glad all is well with you. Thumbs Up

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Wonderful news. Thumbs Up GLad you and your family are safe and had far less damage than what has been shown for your area!

 

 

IRONIC TWIST: Ivan was supposed to hit the peninsula of Florida and instead turned to hit the panhandle, went northeast and swung in a large arc in the Atlantic.... Last night and today CENTRAL FLORIDA is being covered with rain storms and gusty winds. Our local meteorologist tell us the storms are actually the REMNANT OF IVAN crossing the state. Yuck! If it stays together by the time it gets to the gulf they say it has the potential to rebuild! First time ever a storm could strike twice! ;)

 

WACKY WEATHER PATTERN

 

-Samantha

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