• charsocal
    378
    Praying for those that have already been affected by Irma and those who will be affected, my friend who is stationed in Puerto Rico, my family in Lake Okeechobee and to Syvynn. Will be holding my breath until this monster takes that hard right, hopefully. Blessing to all.
  • Krystyna
    1.4k
    I'm with you.Just read that it's heading towards Florida,Pray that you will be ok as well.
  • Benny
    799
    Prayers going up for all that is in the path of this massive hurricane.
  • Syvynn
    1.2k
    I'm good with any right hand turn it wants to take, the original forecast from a few days ago had the eye wall coming straight on top of here as it split FL in two. Now it's looking a lot better, for me. Just another day in "paradise".
  • charsocal
    378
    - Hope paradise continues as you never know. This cold front that's coming in will hopefully be a blessing and just get out of dodge for all.
  • charsocal
    378
    - Still need to hold my breath but thank you.
  • charsocal
    378
    - Thank you for thinking about those who will be affected.
  • Paulgro
    906
    This is really a bad one. Hoping all will be safe when over.
  • Carol hughes
    2k
    Prayers to those that have been affected and have lost so much
  • Syvynn
    1.2k
    Shifted more inland... Hello Eye Wall :|
  • charsocal
    378
    - If you know anyone, that needs shelter ALL of our schools just closed to anyone that has nowhere to go as all hotels and campgrounds are all full.
    #sonhappynocollegeclasses4fourdaysorlonger.
  • Paulgro
    906
    I heard an evacuation was called by your Governor. Is your area part of that?
  • Syvynn
    1.2k
    Evacs are only for coastal regions (and mobile homes (not me) and low lying areas (me - but I have a house on pier/beams) so I'm not a candidate for Evacuating. Don't get me wrong, we could fight the traffic (no way in the world I'm doing that, I can't even drive in my own town right now because the people leaving South FL have clogged up every roadway) and leave if we wanted to, but there is no mandatory evac for me. Everyone else is supposed to shelter in place because of the sheer number of coastal evacs - mass road/gas chaos here. I'm staying put, as I've always done. Plus when it's over (actually while it's happening) my hubby's company is a first responder for clean up. We can't go anywhere and wait it out (at least not as a family).

    I am inland - about 48 miles (as the crow flies) inland from the Atlantic Ocean and around 88 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico, and a little over 300 miles NW of Miami Beach. So I got a good ways between me and the Cat 5/4 but it's still supposed to be a 1/2 when it's overhead here. We've had a lot I've experienced over the years, but I think this is my first eye wall.
  • Paulgro
    906
    I do remember that you said you are inland during the last storm. I just wondered how far the evacuation was. I've seen houses on piers in TV shows so know they can be pretty high. Just take care when the storm does go over.
  • Syvynn
    1.2k
    Biggest issues we will have is flooding (not Texas size, we - where I am - have lakes and creeks but the nearest river is 30 miles away), wind damage (trees), and tornadoes.

    I will!
  • Krystyna
    1.4k
    Just stay put either way and safe,all my best.
  • Syvynn
    1.2k
    Aye aye, that's my plan. :)
  • Donna
    1.6k
    Prayers for everyone impacted by Harvey and who are being and will be impacted by Irma!
  • Carol hughes
    2k
    Prayers also sent
  • charsocal
    378
    Still holding my breath.
  • Donna
    1.6k
    Thinking of you and @Syvynn!
  • Paulgro
    906
    One big storm but at least slowing down a little.
  • Alicia2558
    0
    Thank God I have a bother in that God awful storm i just want it to be over already
  • Carol hughes
    2k

    I hope you guys are doing okay and are safe from the storm
  • charsocal
    378
    -Breathing now.
    Thank you all for all the prayers and thoughts from everyone.
  • Donna
    1.6k
    Glad you're okay! Anxious to hear from @Syvynn, also!
  • charsocal
    378
    - Thanks! Nothing worse then not knowing what these suckers will do.
    Hope CH is doing well also, but it looks like they might have lost power in her neck of the woods.
  • Donna
    1.6k
    Yes! And I believe she's mentioned before that she lives in a small town, so they may be among the last to have their power restored.
  • Syvynn
    1.2k
    Yes!! But, I have 3 linemen for neighbors!!

    We lost power last night around midnight. It was out all day today (we have generators though), when my neighbor got done with his 16 hour lineman shift and came home - he serviced our road on his own time/dime and got us all back and running less than 20 minutes ago. Power, a wonderful sight!!

    Damage Assessment:
    My place: My pear tree (old) broke in half, it's done for. Branches about 4 feet or less from the Oak tree scattered around. No roof damage to house or garage. Power outage is really the only "damage". It's wet but no where near as bad as it could have been here (in the yard).

    Inlaw (father): No damage and I swear he has about 50 pine's (a few oaks and magnolias) surrounding his place and nothing fell. No power. High and dry.

    Parents: No damage but their road was impassable for the better portion of the day. They also lost power and their generator died on them. We spent the day wading through the overflowing creek on their road to try and fix it. Couldn't. Returned home and took a generator we had that was in pieces, and rigged it up into a working generator. Took that back over and the water had receded enough so that we could drive through the water on their road to them and deliver it. They are now with generator power and dad can sleep finally (CPAP). Wet though, extremely soggy ground.

    As far as everything: I didn't sleep last night. Then the power went out. Hubby woke and couldn't go back to sleep, anticipating Irma. Daughter was the same. So we listened to the radio (news were casting their tv show on the radio) to the dim (but lit the entire LR/DR open floor area) glow of a $1 chinese lantern my grandmother had bought the daughter last year at Dollar Tree. Wind was awful sounding. Was really worried about the tree in the back. Got lucky. Around 5:50 this morning I slept for about 2.5 hours finally (hubby and daughter fell asleep in living room around the 2-3am mark. Woke up around 9 and that $1 chinese lantern was still on in the living room without a dead battery (AAA). Amazing, I'm buying those (more of them) for my hurricane supplies next time. I'm going to put one in every room.

    Drove around some and saw the damage, will post some pics later.

    Thanks for the concern, and (and glad you fared well too).
  • mikeee
    1.7k
    Glad you're ok!!!
  • Donna
    1.6k
    So glad you and you're family are ok!
  • Syvynn
    1.2k
    and Thank you!

    It was no 2005 but it was interesting.

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    This is about 2 blocks from my house. This is the road leading out of my house. There is a wood frame to the left of the picture that stayed high and dry, but the singlewide on the opposite side (equal distance) took the force of the overflowing creek. This creek, by the way, is normally only a trickle, a foot wide at most.

    ...and this is the same area but a little further back looking toward the washed over road:
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    ...and this is the right hand side of the road as we went over the creek area.
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    This is on the next road over:
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    I can assure you that none of these properties above or this one, is waterfront normally. This next one is actually a cow pasture.
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    My mom's road Side
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    My mom's road
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    All these were just quickly taken with the cell phone. We only traveled from our house to father in laws and from there to my parents house because we are under a curfew because of the flooded roads (nothing is open anyways). There was other damage that we couldn't take pictures of without stopping on the highway (tree's on/thru houses, the tops of power poles completely snapped off, spaghetti instead of power lines after tree's took out other poles, more and more and more flooding).
  • Donna
    1.6k
    Which hurricane would that have been in 2005? Wilma?
  • Syvynn
    1.2k
    Sorry that's a very tired, sleepy mistake, one finger click over... 2004 is what i meant. The year of Charley, Ivan, Jeanne, Francis, it was just a relentless assault back-to-back for the most part that just drained us. It had superbad traffic ramifications as well. Hubby was stuck trying to get home from work (on back roads because interstates were full and deadlocked) had to go only 23 miles and it took him 8 hours. He left work around 5-6 and didn't get home until 3 ish. It was horrible. Those people, most of them were actually just stranded in their cars as the storms arrived.
  • Paulgro
    906
    Glad to see you're still with us. I was wondering how you made out. Glad you didn't get that much damage!
  • Syvynn
    1.2k
    Thank you , it's too bad the season isn't over yet.
  • Paulgro
    906
    Our monsoon season which is now pretty much over did cost us to put a new roof on. The old one was only 12 years old.
  • Carol hughes
    2k

    You have had a rough few days I am glad you and your family are okay
  • charsocal
    378
    - Glad your OK!!! Didn't get anything here but a very small amount of drizzle, tiny amount of wind and a high of 70 degrees yesterday. I watched the weather channel so much just waiting for that sucker to move our way and was on pin's and needles the whole time. Watched it head your way and was thinking about you the whole time and by your photos it looks like you made out pretty darn good. I also had my first good night sleep last night. Glad this s**t is OVER!
  • Syvynn
    1.2k
    The entire town is still out of power (city limits town part) and countless households out still. No where to shop/eat in town, so hopefully people stocked up before the storm like they were supposed to. We just, on Saturday, went and did our regular grocery shopping. We have generators to run almost our entire house so we still had water/showers and hubby is the grilling/smoking king so we had cooking covered.

    My parents are still out of power. I went and visited with them today and we found, in the next county, a restaurant with power and food. So I took them there and we had a nice lunch.

    This is why we put on a metal roof when we enclosed a front porch that encompassed the front of the house, so we had just put the metal roof on the whole thing. We've never had an issue with it (been about 6 years now).
  • mikeee
    1.7k
    I am amazed that people from Minnesota move down there to get away from a little snow! :D
  • Syvynn
    1.2k
    I'd much rather be in Minnesota.
  • Carol hughes
    2k

    I bet you would live anywhere but there right now I have been following it on the news and it was devastating what you guys have gone through the wind alone would have scared me
    I bet it will be months before all power is restored.
  • Paulgro
    906
    The type we have now they spray like a tar down then insulation foam and another layer of spray. Wind can't get under this. I should have know better the first time not to use shingle.
  • Syvynn
    1.2k
    Actually these things don't scare me. I just hate the heat here.

    Yeah, tried to talk my parents out of keeping shingles. Then they go through something like this and their stupid shingles stay in place. Ruins my argument!
  • Paulgro
    906
    Ours stayed on for 12 years and monsoon winds are strong here every year but I would have liked to get 20 years instead of 12 out of them.
  • Syvynn
    1.2k
    Understandable :)
  • Syvynn
    1.2k
    My parents finally got their power back on around 5 today. There are still lots of people in town (some my family) that don't have power. We still have trees down and power lines looking like pots of spaghetti. There is historic flooding in our two main creeks (one flows through my parents road and the other flows through my road) on the opposite ends of town where it's flowing downhill. Schools have sustained some damage so they can't reopen until Monday, hopefully. Starting to get gasoline back at stores, but it's chaos - we have to now have police escorts at each gas station to direct traffic and keep people from fighting and acting like it's the last gas they will ever get.
  • Paulgro
    906
    I suppose it will be some time before things get back to normal if at all.
  • Syvynn
    1.2k
    No rest for the wicked, hoping Puerto Rico comes through the massive Hurricane Maria well tonight/tomorrow... and that it stays away from FL!
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