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Irma now Cat5 and on collision course with Florida. (I live here!!!) (Original Post) FM123 Sep 2017 OP
stay safe!!!!! buy lots of water! check in often! samnsara Sep 2017 #1
I am in Houston. Demtexan Sep 2017 #2
Stay safe! Bradical79 Sep 2017 #3
great time to take a vacation in oklahoma virtualobserver Sep 2017 #4
No safe place. ProgressiveValue Sep 2017 #26
Shake, rattle and roll with all the earthquakes in Oklahoma! mnhtnbb Sep 2017 #32
Me too Phoenix61 Sep 2017 #5
I live in West Palm Beach and NJ son thinks I should get on a plane and go up there. Not sure monmouth4 Sep 2017 #6
Now it's Irma and Jose behind it. roamer65 Sep 2017 #8
I am in a sturdy 15 story apartment building so water wouldn't affect me. It's the monmouth4 Sep 2017 #10
Please snowybirdie Sep 2017 #30
Depending where in WPB, that is a tough call. Weekend Warrior Sep 2017 #12
It's a great time for a visit to NJ mitch96 Sep 2017 #23
If you have the means to go on a spur of the moment trip--go for it. mnhtnbb Sep 2017 #34
I would consider packing up valuables and heading way north if you can. roamer65 Sep 2017 #7
Time to start evacuating Florida... Wounded Bear Sep 2017 #9
Evacuate Not Ruth Sep 2017 #11
Latest prediction on CNN just now is Eastern Florida coast PearliePoo2 Sep 2017 #13
Family in the Bahamas Skidmore Sep 2017 #14
Stay safe! Glimmer of Hope Sep 2017 #15
I dont much care for the winters here in Upper Michigan but... Kaleva Sep 2017 #16
I love the U.P.. but not the cold mitch96 Sep 2017 #24
The winters do seem to be getting more and more mild though Kaleva Sep 2017 #41
Take care of yourself! MFM008 Sep 2017 #17
We're on the west coast...friends in Nassau. Sancho Sep 2017 #18
Get your things together gratuitous Sep 2017 #19
The Keys have started evacuating tourists and locals soon to follow MerryBlooms Sep 2017 #20
Sept 6- Sept 15 GFS model bathroommonkey76 Sep 2017 #21
That is truly ugly Warpy Sep 2017 #33
Did you see the pressure of the storm before it hits SC & GA? bathroommonkey76 Sep 2017 #36
Oh, I think everybody who lives there is keeping an eye on it. Warpy Sep 2017 #38
Jacksonville Costco and grocery stores are under siege already NightWatcher Sep 2017 #22
Good Luck... be well. Ellipsis Sep 2017 #25
I'm not confident my house will be recognizable or inhabitable in a week Awsi Dooger Sep 2017 #27
They are still predicting a hard right turn Baclava Sep 2017 #28
OP here, thanks for all the good wishes! FM123 Sep 2017 #29
Looks pretty ugly Warpy Sep 2017 #31
I'm north of Tampa shenmue Sep 2017 #35
Stay safe, good luck. DK504 Sep 2017 #37
I'm in DE but have been keeping track of it. Checked our generator woodsprite Sep 2017 #39
I'm starting to think that Irma is hunting Trump. nocoincidences Sep 2017 #40
 

Bradical79

(4,490 posts)
3. Stay safe!
Tue Sep 5, 2017, 12:02 PM
Sep 2017

As boring as it can be here in Ohio, I'm glad I don't have to deal with nearly as many disasters yet.

Phoenix61

(17,073 posts)
5. Me too
Tue Sep 5, 2017, 12:06 PM
Sep 2017

Panhandle area but definitely keeping an eye on it. Can't imagine what it will grow to if it hits the gulf and won't be sticking around to find out. Stay safe.

monmouth4

(9,763 posts)
6. I live in West Palm Beach and NJ son thinks I should get on a plane and go up there. Not sure
Tue Sep 5, 2017, 12:22 PM
Sep 2017

what I should do but know I cannot wait until the last minute. I'm hearing the Keys and South Florida seem to be targeted right now, just don't know.

monmouth4

(9,763 posts)
10. I am in a sturdy 15 story apartment building so water wouldn't affect me. It's the
Tue Sep 5, 2017, 12:26 PM
Sep 2017

wind that concerns me.

snowybirdie

(5,293 posts)
30. Please
Tue Sep 5, 2017, 01:55 PM
Sep 2017

contemplate the fact that services such as water and electric could be out for days. Roads could be impassable. Can you tolerate that life for weeks or months? Be safe.

 

Weekend Warrior

(1,301 posts)
12. Depending where in WPB, that is a tough call.
Tue Sep 5, 2017, 12:27 PM
Sep 2017

So many people are weary of the predictions because of the hype over the years. Wait too late and leaving itself becomes a danger. Leave too early and I hope you can enjoy it as a vacation. Still, most of WPB will be just fine unless it's pretty much a direct hit(40 miles one way or the other). That's even at a Cat5. The only other fear for your area would be if it became stationary. Not very likely on the east coats.

mitch96

(14,007 posts)
23. It's a great time for a visit to NJ
Tue Sep 5, 2017, 01:23 PM
Sep 2017

batten down the hatches and go for a visit.. You will have AC, food and water..
m
So Fla...

mnhtnbb

(31,500 posts)
34. If you have the means to go on a spur of the moment trip--go for it.
Tue Sep 5, 2017, 02:01 PM
Sep 2017

Houston was on the east side of Harvey and took a beating because of it.

West Palm could very well be on the east side of Irma, and the meteorologists are all saying this is a massive storm.

If I were in your shoes, and it didn't take much to pick up and go, I'd go. Get some tickets to a play. Do some shopping. Go to a museum.
Visit with your son. If it turns out you didn't need to go, just think how much fun you had anyway instead of worrying.

Wounded Bear

(58,994 posts)
9. Time to start evacuating Florida...
Tue Sep 5, 2017, 12:23 PM
Sep 2017

and I'm only half joking. Irma is some serious shit coming your way.

Kaleva

(36,553 posts)
16. I dont much care for the winters here in Upper Michigan but...
Tue Sep 5, 2017, 01:02 PM
Sep 2017

there are no hurricanes, earthquakes, extreme flooding, major forest fires and tornadoes are very rare.

Kaleva

(36,553 posts)
41. The winters do seem to be getting more and more mild though
Wed Sep 6, 2017, 12:17 PM
Sep 2017

Turkeys are a common sight now and they were unheard of in this area when I was young. Wild turkeys can't survive in places where the winters are long and harsh.

Sancho

(9,073 posts)
18. We're on the west coast...friends in Nassau.
Tue Sep 5, 2017, 01:08 PM
Sep 2017

I visited Nassau last year the week after Mathew. What a mess! We've been lucky for the last few years here.

I guess the question is whether to leave Florida?

gratuitous

(82,849 posts)
19. Get your things together
Tue Sep 5, 2017, 01:12 PM
Sep 2017

You may not need to evacuate, but get your kit ready NOW. If it still looks bad late Wednesday, that's the time to skedaddle. You can have a good laugh and heave a big sigh later if it turns out to be nothing, but be ready to make your move before you absolutely have to, along with tens of thousands of others.

Also, if anyone has to get out, TEXT your friends and relatives rather than call. Texting takes a lot less bandwidth, and while everyone would be glad to hear your voice, a short "Am OK sheltering in Orlando" (or wherever) is every bit as comforting and will reach more of your loved ones quicker.

Warpy

(111,764 posts)
33. That is truly ugly
Tue Sep 5, 2017, 02:00 PM
Sep 2017

My dad always boasted that the Merritt Island region on the east coast had never had a direct hit from a hurricane. Had he lived to 100, he'd be eating those words right about now and I'd be absolutely frantic because his assisted living apartment was on the island.

Then again, I once asked him if he wanted to live to be 100. He said "not if I can still buy a gun."

 

bathroommonkey76

(3,827 posts)
36. Did you see the pressure of the storm before it hits SC & GA?
Tue Sep 5, 2017, 02:06 PM
Sep 2017

925 mb- Bigger than Katrina.

GA, SC, and NC are going to get walloped.

I'm surprised the governors of these three states haven't issued a state of emergency.

Warpy

(111,764 posts)
38. Oh, I think everybody who lives there is keeping an eye on it.
Tue Sep 5, 2017, 02:11 PM
Sep 2017

I just hope it doesn't shift west to places still waterlogged from Harvey.

NightWatcher

(39,343 posts)
22. Jacksonville Costco and grocery stores are under siege already
Tue Sep 5, 2017, 01:16 PM
Sep 2017

I just got water and goods from Publix who were getting into their emergency water stockpiles from the back room.

 

Awsi Dooger

(14,565 posts)
27. I'm not confident my house will be recognizable or inhabitable in a week
Tue Sep 5, 2017, 01:43 PM
Sep 2017

The consensus takes it smack over southwest Miami. I keep rooting for a shift one way or the other. There are indications but then like a rubber band it snaps back

 

Baclava

(12,047 posts)
28. They are still predicting a hard right turn
Tue Sep 5, 2017, 01:50 PM
Sep 2017


I still don't trust that last minute curve...it's like it hits a brick wall over the south tip of FL and shoots straight north

FM123

(10,058 posts)
29. OP here, thanks for all the good wishes!
Tue Sep 5, 2017, 01:54 PM
Sep 2017

We are in South West Broward county so we don't get the same impact that folks on the east side do (like my kid whose apt is near the beach) but with an elderly parent and a sick pet we are caring for along with the rest of the family, we are taking this very seriously and making all the preparations we can to keep every body safe. At this time I am praying for those folks in the Carribean islands near us, they are taking the first punch.

Warpy

(111,764 posts)
31. Looks pretty ugly
Tue Sep 5, 2017, 01:55 PM
Sep 2017

NOAA is predicting it to head for the Gulf but most other models have it going up the east coast of Florida. We'll have to see who's right. In the meantime, it wouldn't hurt to stock up on water.

Get it in the big bottles with taps. You can refill those with tap water if the storm misses you.

The storm will lose a category or two by the time it hits but it's still a nasty one.

At least Jose is staying out to sea. For now.

DK504

(3,847 posts)
37. Stay safe, good luck.
Tue Sep 5, 2017, 02:11 PM
Sep 2017

While the predictions and models may be accurate, I'll wait to see what happens.

woodsprite

(11,969 posts)
39. I'm in DE but have been keeping track of it. Checked our generator
Tue Sep 5, 2017, 03:00 PM
Sep 2017

Maybe not so much for Irma, but we're just starting hurricane season.

Mainly worried due to my inlaws and friends living in south FL (Rotonda West). Inlaws missed getting caught in Harvey by just a day or two since they had been planning on taking their RV on a road trip to Galveston, South Padre, etc.

Now one is heading their way and I'm afraid they are just going to stay put. Mom's always saying how safe their development is since it took very little damage and was only without electricity for 13 hours when Punta Gorda was devastated by Hurricane Charley.

They weren't living down there then, and I'm afraid they'll think they're safe and living through an adventure. Not to mention, they're 80 and 85yo and get mad that their kids worry about them.

Everybody please stay safe and err on the side of caution!

nocoincidences

(2,248 posts)
40. I'm starting to think that Irma is hunting Trump.
Tue Sep 5, 2017, 03:08 PM
Sep 2017

Looking for him at Mar El Lago first, then heading for DC.

I wish she could find him without hurting the rest of us.

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