Skip to comments.Hurricane Irma Live Thread III
Posted on 09/09/2017 2:08:31 PM PDT by NautiNurse
The entire Florida Peninsula and points north are poised to experience Hurricane Irma after the storm hugged Cuba's northern coastline. Thousands of Floridians who evacuated the Atlantic cost to Gulf Coast areas found their safe shelter under direct threat from Hurricane Irma as the forecast shifted W Friday night and Saturday. Hurricane Irma's prolonged interaction with Cuba diminished its strength to Category 3.
Irma is forecast to increase in strength as it crosses the FL Straits. The Florida Keys experienced strong outer bands while Irma grazed the N Cuba coastline.
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NHC Local Weather Statements/Radar Key West, FL
NHC Local Weather Statements/Radar Tampa Bay, FL
NHC Local Weather Statements/Radar Orlando, FL
NHC Local Weather Statements/Radar Miami, FL
NHC Local Weather Statements/Radar Melbourne, FL
NOAA Local Weather Statements/Radar Jacksonville, FL
NHC Local Weather Statements/Radar Charleston, SC
NHC Local Weather Statements/Radar Wilmington, NC, FL
NHC Local Weather Statements/Radar Morehead City, FL
NHC Local Weather Statements/Radar Norfolk, VA
Buoy Data SE US & GOM
Buoy Data NC/SC/GA
Hurricane Irma Live Thread I
Hurricane Irma Live Thread II
Hurricane Irma Advisory Number 43
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL112017
500 PM EDT Sat Sep 09 2017
...EYE OF IRMA BEGINNING TO MOVE SLOWLY AWAY FROM THE COAST OF CUBA
WHILE WEATHER IS DETERIORATING IN SOUTH FLORIDA...
...MAJOR HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXPECTED OVER THE FLORIDA KEYS AT
SUMMARY OF 500 PM EDT...2100 UTC...INFORMATION
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
The Storm Surge Warning has been extended from the Volusia/Brevard
County Line northward to the South Santee River.
The Hurricane Watch west of the Aucilla River to Indian Pass has
been upgraded to a Hurricane Warning, and the Tropical Storm Watch
west of Indian Pass to the Okaloosa/Walton County Line has been
upgraded to a Tropical Storm Warning.
A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued north of Fernandina Beach
to South Santee River.
Wife’s friend from years back evacuated Key West and came up to NC with the women.
Husband and son-in-law decided to ride it out. Oh, well, best of luck to them.
Rules when discussing the hurricane with Floridians need to be put in place- and I have elected myself to make the rules. I held a fair election and I won by a unanimous vote.
1) Calling people who don’t evacuate “idiots” or saying “they deserve what happens to them” is a judgement statement that without facts, you are not qualified to make. Take a step down off your pedestal please. You know it all. I get it.
We live in a state that is not the ‘Spring Breakers’ idea you have in your mind. We have more 55 plus communities than you can imagine. Elderly who can’t drive because of age, or leave because of finances. A lot of our elderly, don’t have “blood family” so they are relying on their “God made” family. We aren’t leaving our grandmas and grandpas behind alone to face Irma. They need younger people right now to make sure they have what they need to survive this storm and the devastation. Most of them have pets that are as old as they are. Just like your kids would be your priority, their furry companions are theirs.
2) Just go get a plane ticket! (You can’t just fly out.). Don’t make statements or give advice on how we should evacuate. You don’t have the knowledge of what we are up against. There are challenges of leaving. Flights out are being changed, cancelled, delayed. I can count a dozen or more friends who tried to get out (I’m looking at you mostly Delta) who spent 4 plus hours on hold trying to change flights. That’s unacceptable but a par for the course challenge now.
3) Don’t say “Get in your car and drive fast out” A) Gas stations are getting fuel still, but that fuel is gone before the lines are empty. b ) Things have gotten so crazy we now have police officers escorting oil tanker trucks for delivery. Let that sink in for a second. C) As an aside, i waited in line this afternoon and got.. 22 cents worth of gas in Starke. Wish I was kidding. D) even if you can get out where are you going to go? Last I heard the closest hotels were in .. Nashville.
B. ) There is no driving fast. Cars are moving 5-7 mph on highways trying to get to safety. The lines are long and imagine, with a gas shortage, being stuck on highways in jams for 12-15 hours.
4) Florida has one way out and that is through the top (Northern) part of the state. There are basically 2 major roads out. Those roads are jammed, backed up, and not expected to change.
5) To post “Florida is about to be wiped off the map” because you are watching the news reports and panicking from 3,000 miles away- is not the most uplifting thing for us to see. Plus, don’t speak your devastation to us. Be positive!
6) “If I lived in Florida, I would have evacuated a week ago.” Well I’m not so sure that you would have. It’s not that simple if you have a heart...not only that, you don’t know until the final days which path the storm is going to take. Homes have to be boarded. Things have to be done to ensure that if you do leave, you have somewhere to return. Then after our homes are secured, we again...have elderly who need their homes secured. So I’d say if you were here, you wouldn’t leave so fast.
7) Stop saying God is angry and that’s why Texas went through what Texas went through and that Florida is being hit.
God isn’t angry. Every person in the path of destruction was created in His image. Every person not in the path of destruction was created in His image. He is not angry. He is not judging us. He is not putting His wrath down. If you believe that, we don’t serve the Same God.
8.) “Go to a safer part of the state.” Yes, we thought of that. No one knows exactly what part that is. If Irma takes a turn it could hit the west coast- if we are all fleeing to the west coast because it says the east coast is the most dangerous, then that could be costly. We know what we need to do and we are monitoring the situation.
Feel free to stand in faith with us as we prepare for Irma’s arrival.
Feel Free to pray for divine intervention.
Feel Free to pray for our elderly, our people who can’t leave, our communities.
Feel Free to check on us, text us, call us. But, don’t text your fears of our demise. Don’t call us crying because you are scared for us.
We have a storm to conquer. As warriors we need to be healthy, mentally and physically. Your constant texts about impending death and destruction is counterproductive. Maybe it makes you feel better? If so. Go for it. If you’re a human, knock it off.
When your son or daughter or friend gets ready to go play in a competitive sport...before the game, do you call them and say ....
“you are going to lose”
“don’t show up for the game”
“The odds are against you”
I would hope not...well we are preparing to overcome this storm. Send us some prayers and encouragement! We welcome it! If you are going to do anything less than that, turn your TV or radio OFF and keep your mouth SHUT!
Rules will be strictly enforced...I don’t know how yet but don’t break them... Now, I have to go see what I can do to help my community get ready for Irma’s arrival.
God bless all, stay safe, love and help your neighbors!
Prayers for all with storm ahead and for those recovering from what was left behind!
Thank you for these threads.
There is an aspect of these storms that interests me.
Tornadoes most often move in a North Easterly direction
These hurricanes most often move in a North Westerly direction
It is true that when they run into other fronts, they are turned East.
Does the weather in the Atlantic always move East > West like this?
Waiting to hear the Left blame Trump for Irma hitting their paradise of Cuba.
Two days minimum smack over the Mississippi Valley. Even if it’s just a tropical storm by then, I can see some potential flooding issues that could impact the entire region.
I have 3 brothers that live in Florida and all are riding it out. One is in Tampa, one near Orlando and one that lives right on the St Johns River in Jacksonville.
I have some friends stuck on St. Martin Island. Rode out Irma and still no planes. Now, Jose is looming....
They are gonna need one of your Audi deuce and a half’s
I’m the first to admit that I don’t know what it’s like down there, and I would never presume to judge anyone’s actions.
Now, the only thing you could do better would be to recite this with Rick Scott’s sign-language guy next to you!
Hope the SWFL eagle family in Ft. Myers will be alright. I love watching their live cam.
If Rick Scott’s sign language feller had webbed fingers he could fly
Off to Mass...and then the wine store.
FWIW, I get it. My parents lived in Cocoa Beach then Cape Canaveral for about 20 years. Evacuate or not evacuate is a decision people make based on their circumstances, and we can't give good advice to people who are actually there.
Thoughts and prayers are with you, your friends, and your loved ones to be safe.
Tallahassee here. They just issued voluntary evac for all of Leon county. Too late to get on the roads now. Stay safe all
Next in line.......
Yellow X off the coast of Africa has a <40% of forming.
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