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Not to worry about FGII. He's getting a warm up exercise for the real thing. Bonnie isn't even a hurricane and the majority of her weather should pass to the east of Ft. Walton (we, on the other hand, are planning on getting soaked). Charlie will probably be even farther east, making landfall in Port Everglades and heading diagonally across the state to
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Jacksonville!!! He should have lost a lot of steam by then, we're expecting 40-50 mph winds and a bit of rain.
What might be interesting is if Bonnie and Charlie get together for , um, a , uh, conjugal visit, then we could see some real interesting weather patterns. We are currently sitting under a partly cloudy sky and a tornado watch...go figure. I have never seen two weather systems like this so close together and almost on the same path, well, not since Cleo and Dora in '64.
 

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Thanks for the concern, Jerry, but my 2 friends, Deb and Wally, will be in more nasty weather than I will face here. Actually, I am tempted to drive over to Wally's this weekend to see what Charley can do. I am in total awe of the unbridled power of nature so I was a bit let down when the weather guys finally decided that Bonnie was heading way East of us. You probably would have found me out on the island taking in the unleashed fury of the Gulf! Don't get me wrong, I am not a foolish person but I do get drawn towards those powerful acts that man has yet to master with all of his technology.

We had a tropical storm last fall that washed a few feet of sand over a distance of half a football field into the parking lots of the businesses on Okaloosa Island. That happened in the span of one afternoon. It took a huge crew of guys 3 days to put that sand back where it belonged.

(But I DID take the lawn chairs off the back porch last evening, ............. just in case the winds decided to get testy around here.)

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Yep, we're anxiously watching the weather here.
I'm wondering what to expect...you just never know with these storms.
It should be a very interesting couple of days here...hopefully the two storms won't get together and have a party over our heads!

Glad it passed you by with no problems, Tom.
 

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Ol' Bonnie is taking her own sweet time about getting here. I canceled my golf game for the afternoon because of the dire predictions of the local weather stations and NOAA Doppler radar. fooey! The wind has died down and all the bands of rain dissipate before getting within 30 miles of me. I should have played!

Tom, I remember when Cleo went through (messed up Miami something bad). We had sustained winds of 60 mph and we would go out and see how far you could lean into the wind before falling over. It was dry at the time. Raindrops at that speed hurt.
 

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Signing off...tornados are being spotted north and west of here...lots of hot lightning...let the party begin!
 

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well, Bonnie was a disappointment, but the estimates for Charley are growing by the hour. He's supposed to show here around midnight with sustained winds of 55-60 mph and gusts upward of 80 mph. There's really not much to do in the way of preparation. If he rips the roof off stuff is going to get wet. The eye is supposed to pass to the west of us which (from what several people have told me but goes against what I was brought up learning) means we will be getting the strongest winds.
In 1964 hurricane Dora hit directly with winds of 110 mph. Both my home and business properties were built prior to that and sustained little or no damage, but you never know.
It's hard to believe that a hurricane is on the way this morning. There is no wind at all and everyone is just going about their business.
We'll probably go home early to gather up the cats and put in some provisions for the hurricane party. If the electric holds, I'll probably be posting through the night.

The folks in the Tampa/ St. Pete area are going to get hammered. This is the first major storm to hit that area in almost 80 years. Keep 'em in your thoughts.
 

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I'm a little nervous myself since I live in a mobile home. I'm watching the forecasts to decide whether to head for the hills or to stay put.
It should be an interesting evening!
 

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Hey guys,

Y'all are welcome here in FWB for the weekend!! Bring the pets along, Robbie can use the company and he hasn't eaten a cat in months!!

Deb, bring along the canoe and I'll show you what a white sand bottom clear river is all about! We'll put Wally and his family on the banks to catch supper and we can canoe!! Hey, sounds like a fun weekend to me!!

And what's a 5 or 6 hour drive among friends, anyway???

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Originally posted by D_Derbonne:
I'm watching the forecasts to decide whether to head for the hills …
That's gonna be tough from what I know of Florida. Isn't the highest point something like 300 feet above sea level?

A friend of mine in Naples lives 8 feet above sea level (according to his GPS) but away from the beaches. However, he lives next to a canal which, he fears, with a storm surge of 10 feet may flood his living room. He decided not to evacuate his wife and kids, though.

Seriously, good luck!

Keep your head down and stay away from windows.

All you guys are in our thoughts!
 

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Originally posted by Framerguy:
Hey guys,Y'all are welcome here in FWB for the weekend!! Bring the pets along, Robbie can use the company and he hasn't eaten a cat in months!!

Deb, bring along the canoe and I'll show you what a white sand bottom clear river is all about! We'll put Wally and his family on the banks to catch supper and we can canoe!! Hey, sounds like a fun weekend to me!!
...and miss all the fun, no thanks. It's been quite a while since I've been to a for-real hurricane party. Besides, we evacuated for Floyd with all the animals and headed for South Carolina (DOH!). It was a 4 1/2 hour drive that took 12 hours and we got there to find out that the hurricane had followed us up the coast. After a cuppa coffee we headed back home with a 45 mph tailwind. Best time I've ever made and best mileage I ever got out of that Durango.

We'll sit this one out.
 

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Hey Wally and Deb........baton down the hatches, it's going to be a bumpy ride..............youse guys be careful down there!
 

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The wife and I were in Marathon for Mitch.

All kidding aside. You guys all look out for yourselves. Don't do anything foolish.

Oops. Framers. To late.

Calming thoughts your way from the wiggly coast.

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Latest forecast has Charley heading landward a bit earlier and crossing the state a bit further south. Predictions are that he'll cross from Ft. Myers on the Gulf to south of St. Augustine, and the top wind speeds in Jax will be well below 60 mph.
Air temperature here has dropped quite a bit since this morning which would tend to steer the storm more eastward in search of warmer air. Once it passes St. Augustine it may turn north again on the Gulf Stream (they all seem to take a right toward Wilmington, NC when approaching Jacksonville from the east).
We'll probably still get some pretty good wind and rain.
I'm going home to gather animals and plants just in case.
 

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Hey guys - We're waiting to hear from you when the worst is over. Let us know you made it through. No foolishness, just hang on tight.

BTW Oreos, pretzels and Vienna Sausages are the traditional hurricane non-perishables in our family. That's what Kassandra's brother once bought in advance of an hurricane storm years ago when we still lived in S Florida. Michiganders - what do they know about hurricanes??

Good luck and keep us informed.
 
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Oh Wally, you're making me nervous...every time I hear "hurricane party", I think of stories my dad told me of cleaning up the aftermath of Camille ('69?) on the MS gulf coast. Please, please, be vewy careful!

Having said that, one of my fondest memories of my great grandparents in the middle of a hurricane. I was lying on the living room floor trying to sleep with the winds howling and the pine trees snapping. I listened to the two of them on the front porch, cheering, jeering, "oh, did ya see that, Dad?" at all the chaos Mother Nature was unleashing not too far away. They were not afraid one bit, having lived through much worse.

I can still put exactly one pound of roofing nails in a bag without measuring from working in a lumber store after a particularly bad storm. Can't remember which one, they run together after awhile.!

Drinking water, batteries, Power Bars, radio and something to do when the power goes out are our standards...but, I think it's kinda late to be shopping for this one!
 

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All us N. Carolinians, and S. Carolinians will tell you that Hazel was the worst we ever had this far north(perhaps because there's no light in the north??).

I got off work in '96, knowing Fran was coming, went to bed about 10 and didn't wake up until time to go to work the next day. The max sustained winds from Fran, measured at the Raleigh-Durham Airport, were 75 mph.

It had rained A LOT when Fran came through, so there were so many trees blown over, some places were unrecognizable.

Hazel, in 1954 (I was 4) had winds of 130 mph in WINSTON SALEM!!!. Check your maps. Winston Salem is a l-o-n-g way inland. If it had been as wet when Hazel came through, there wouldn't have BEEN any trees left.

We sat in the house and watched everything turn totally gray, the rain was horizontal and it sounded like being inside the engines of an SR-71 Blackbird! Then, it got really quiet. My uncle went out to make sure his cows were ok and I went with him. I asked him if the 'storm' was over. He told me, "No. We're in the eye right now."

I kept looking up in the sky, thinking I was going see a HUGE eyeball. It wasn't long before the wind and rain started picking back up, but in the opposite direction. We decided the cows were ok.

Having Hazel pass directly overhead is one of the most vivid memories I have.

And Deb: I live in a trailer. It's tied down well, and I feel perfectly safe here. But I wouldn't blame you if you 'head for the hills'.

Y'all just be safe!

Hurricane Hazel Interesting reading...
 

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It's still quiet here. I waffled back and forth...stay home...sleep in the store...
Well, I finally decided to go sleep (ha!) in the store.
It will probably be for nothing but I figured it was better to be in a safer place. Hopefully I'll be able to get home in the morning!
 

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So...Florida girls and guys: How'd it go? The Weather Channel shows it comin' on up through Georgia, (watch out, G-Girl!!) and it's supposed to hit us sometime today.

Just took Bo out, and it's eerily quiet. The proverbial calm before the storm. Sounds like a good day to sleep in, unless it doesn't come by. Then I'll be forced to work on the barn.
 

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My favorite hurricane story was told by neighbors when we lived in New Orleans. She was in the grocery store stocking up on canned goods, as some hurricane or other was due to hit the next day. In the line ahead of her was a guy with a 6-pack of beer and a bag of chips. She said, "Haven't you heard? There's a hurricane headed this way!" "Uh,oh," said the man. "Will you hold my place in line?" and he comes back with a second 6-pack of beer. Gotta be prepared!
 

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Just happy to have dodged the bullet. Venice was going to be the point of landfall for Charley but as we were packing food and mattresses into our bathroom, the storm took a right turn and went up Charlotte harbor.

I truly thought I was going to die and no place to run by the time it was aiming at us. Guess I coulda run up to framerguys place with 2 dogs,2cats,3 birds, and husband as well as our daughter and her cat??? At least my Tom is a wonderful chef and is worth his weight in gold.

The upside is all we had was a bad wind storm. It's just that I've been to **** and back in the last 3 days. Now I have to get everything back to normal and see if we get targeted again...


If anyone has questions, Ill be back on the computer this afternoon. Just glad to see normal things are still going on in the world.

Gotta get off to the shop and see if I can concentrate for a few hours.
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Glad to hear that you are safe in Venice.

No damage where I live...not even any wind and not much rain. Thank goodness. Just a lot of running around preparing. You just never know where these things are going to end up.

Now it's time for all you Carolina Grumblers to hold on!
 

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It may have gotten up to 40 or 50 mph at the beach, but nothing close to the level expected. I watched the storm track this AM and it seemed to become disorganized about mid-state and reform once it hit the Gulf Stream. Looks like it too was headed to Wilmington, NC.
I slept through the worst part, but Ellen said the old oak tree that spreads out over the house was doing a wild dance. Glad it decided to stay put.
No surprises at the shop, so its back to work.

Hope all our Gold Coast Grumblers fared well.
 

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Hey Linda,

So glad to hear that y'all made it through OK. Hope your orchids and flowers didn't get blown apart in the wind. Venice looked to be directly in the path of ol' Charley but you seemed to duck the bullet about as well as Wally and Deb further North of you.

Glad to hear you are OK, Deb. I am sure that Wally made it through unscathed if you did.

(Hey, how'dya like sleeping on your fitting table??)
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Ha! About 11:00 I heard another report and there was still no wind and very little rain so I packed myself (and the cat) up and went back home so I could get some sleep.
I'm still tired and grumpy today!

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