Hurricane Irma Morning Update, Sunday, 9-10

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    Sep 10, 2017 1:59 PM GMT
    We got through the night, with the worst winds coming later after 12 PM and lasting all afternoon until this evening. But at least we're getting lower than originally feared, due to Irma's shift to the Florida West Coast.

    Damage: so far the biggest casualty I can see is the big, leafy tree about 40 feet from our patio, taller than this 3 story condo building. Ain't so big and leafy anymore, many branches totally blown away. But I presume up the river, from eastern gales, they're not anywhere on the ground. They'd go directly into our windows and patio if the winds shift from south, stronger than last night.

    Obviously still have electrical power, although a few quick blips during the night. That caused the computers to reset and the one in the bedroom to wake us. The new windows aren't leaking, but I suspect some air seepage somewhere.

    Because the condo has an unusual dampness to it, and something caused a kitchen ceiling panel to drop down. It may have been me, actually, when I opened the patio door to survey things last night, if it caused a sudden rush of air indoors.

    OK, gonna close this, I may have seen the lights just flicker. The power here is almost guaranteed to go out soon.
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    Sep 10, 2017 2:05 PM GMT
    Keep yourself Safe. My best wishes to your and your husband. What do you do during Hurricane by the way? I have heard there are two coming: Katia and Jose.

  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Sep 10, 2017 2:48 PM GMT
    It's going to be a memorable Sunday to say the least. Stay inside and stay safe. Don't try to make that 4pm Happy Hour at your favorite local watering hole icon_wink.gif
  • HndsmKansan

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    Sep 10, 2017 3:33 PM GMT
    Bob, glad to hear you both haven't been injured, sad to hear about the damage! I have a vacation planned in Key West with a certain favorite guy next month and that may not happen. Hope it turns out to be less than what they have been forecasting.

    Stay safe!
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    Sep 10, 2017 4:30 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidBob, glad to hear you both haven't been injured, sad to hear about the damage! I have a vacation planned in Key West with a certain favorite guy next month and that may not happen. Hope it turns out to be less than what they have been forecasting.

    Stay safe!

    Thanks, and to the other guys here. This is Art, using my husband's account. I couldn't remember mine, to manually sign into my own account, always happens automatically. icon_redface.gif

    Because without WiFi I'm using cellular on my iPhone (battery iPad has WiFi only). At least I can use the larger Bluetooth keyboard with it. As I thought would happen, lost all power just seconds after I posted my morning update to RJ.

    Now all I can do is sit in this office, and watch that beautiful tree outside continue being destroyed. We'll miss it.

    The storm surge has hit Miami and pushed inland. You guys can see things better than we can on your TVs. Our river is backing up, the neighbors across from us, without a sea wall like ours, have lost their back yards, water almost to the houses.

    Other than that we're doing fine ourselves. I do need to conserve battery, though, even with alternate battery sources, not infinite. And assuming cellular keeps functioning.
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    Sep 10, 2017 4:36 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidBob, glad to hear you both haven't been injured, sad to hear about the damage! I have a vacation planned in Key West with a certain favorite guy next month and that may not happen. Hope it turns out to be less than what they have been forecasting.

    Stay safe!

    Check the entire town. Your hotel may have survived, but little else you might have wanted to enjoy. Plus US 1 down there, with its many bridges. Our own November KW reservations may need to be cancelled.
  • Plooje

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    Sep 10, 2017 5:06 PM GMT
    Thank goodness your pretend husband has an account so we can keep getting these updates.
  • Destinharbor

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    Sep 10, 2017 5:26 PM GMT
    Plooje saidThank goodness your pretend husband has an account so we can keep getting these updates.

    You do personify the Republican party. Ugly and completely lacking in intelligence or compassion. Selfish to the core.

    Good luck, Bob. I've been through maybe a dozen hurricanes and luck is always needed no matter how well you plan.
  • argus

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    Sep 10, 2017 5:31 PM GMT
    Plooje saidThank goodness your pretend husband has an account so we can keep getting these updates.


    You can't help yourself, can you?
    Yet you claim he bullies you.
  • LEANDRO_NJ

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    Sep 10, 2017 5:33 PM GMT
    My dear Bob, I hope you keep safe, and the damage of your property is minimal! my godfather lives in S.W Miami, Fla! so I'm praying he is ok, too!
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    Sep 10, 2017 5:54 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ said
    It's going to be a memorable Sunday to say the least. Stay inside and stay safe. Don't try to make that 4pm Happy Hour at your favorite local watering hole icon_wink.gif

    But boring as Hell. Nothing to do but watch that tree disintegrate. And listen to the NWS repeat the same forecast for the umpteenth time. Or the FM stations still on the air, all in the Miami area, relating their storm surge.

    Actually a voice feed from their TV affiliates, that have generators, assuming anyone has the ability to watch TV right now. Oh, and of course chat with you guys, in spite of one who think it's appropriate to insult my husband and me at this time. Even my political adversaries here have the decency not to do that.

    More pleasantly, just had a late breakfast of a hard-boiled egg, Cheerios, blueberry muffin, sliced ham. With a little white wine, to give me courage. LOL! So we're not exactly suffering, just having First World withdrawals from our comfort zone.

    We've got enough food for over a week. But before we resort to the room-temp stuff, and as we use the refrigerated & iced items first, we'll also be going over to our favorite club as the roads clear, by Monday or Tuesday.

    The owner has arranged for a mobile eatery to be there, so we can have cooked stuff, too. Simple outdoor event things, but hey, it's something, and preserves our food at home. And he's got tons of ice coming, an outdoor bar operational.

    You don't think gay guys would suffer, do you? When disaster strikes, have a party! LOL! And we just got a tornado on the ground alert, had them all last night.
  • two_meninlove

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    Sep 10, 2017 6:33 PM GMT
    Just been looking at some Real News.
    Keep your boyfriend safe Deco, and stay safe too.
    RJ just wouldn't be the same, without Lady Muck; Hyacinth.
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    Sep 10, 2017 9:56 PM GMT
    The storm is now lessening. It'll stay around 50 mph until 10 or 11 PM, then it starts to quickly drop. By dawn we'll be down to the mid-20s, but stay that way all day.

    I'm anxious to go out and see how the car's done, but not sure I can stay awake until 11, with nothing to do in the dark. No idea when power will be restored, could be a week with many lines down.

    This tree outside really breaks my heart. Although it still stands, I really fear the verdict will be removal.

    The windows and patio doors my husband chose for the entire complex really did the job. Not only did ours not fail, but not a single drop of water got past their seals, despite the high wind pressure outside. We're eager to learn how other condo units did.

    During the last hurricane, comparable in strength to this one, enough windows failed, causing flooding and interior damage, that the entire complex was nearly condemned by the State. So my husband, as Vice-President and then President of the Condo Association, pushed the project to replace them all. To a standard a bit above State required, with some additional features thrown in.

    In any case we've survived, and now it's a matter of patience before our lives are returned to normal, both at home and using the public infrastructure.
  • Plooje

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    Sep 10, 2017 9:58 PM GMT
    argus said
    Plooje saidThank goodness your pretend husband has an account so we can keep getting these updates.


    You can't help yourself, can you?
    Yet you claim he bullies you.


    He does. Frequently.
  • Plooje

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    Sep 10, 2017 10:01 PM GMT
    Riverview said
    Actually a voice feed from their TV affiliates, that have generators, assuming anyone has the ability to watch TV right now. Oh, and of course chat with you guys, in spite of one who think it's appropriate to insult my husband and me at this time. Even my political adversaries here have the decency not to do that.


    I am not a "political adversary" of yours. My very first post here you bullied me and insulted my service, claiming that I "didn't look like I could command a Boy Scout troup." And you persist calling me all sorts of names ever since.
  • two_meninlove

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    Sep 10, 2017 10:09 PM GMT
    Plooje said
    Riverview said
    Actually a voice feed from their TV affiliates, that have generators, assuming anyone has the ability to watch TV right now. Oh, and of course chat with you guys, in spite of one who think it's appropriate to insult my husband and me at this time. Even my political adversaries here have the decency not to do that.


    I am not a "political adversary" of yours. My very first post here you bullied me and insulted my service, claiming that I "didn't look like I could command a Boy Scout troup." And you persist calling me all sorts of names ever since.

    Correct, Deco did make the first punch, as he's done to numerous other newbies over the years.
    Then Deco becomes all offended, when his not awarded the respect, he seems to think he deserves.; the outright narsasisem, and sence of entitlement.
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    Sep 10, 2017 10:37 PM GMT
    My one and only (so far) gay cruise (RSVP) Feb 1999, on Carnivals first passenger cruise ship, MS Tropical, hurricane Irma has hit the entire travel itinerary of my then 5 day cruise, which started out of Tampa, then stop in Key West, days at sea stopping at BVI, island of Tortola, and last stop San Juan Puerto Rico. Then a flight into Miami to catch a connecting flight to Midwest. Flight was late into Miami so I stayed over night and partied along South Beach and gay bars icon_razz.gif

    I am really worried about Key West, the eye wall (not the eye center), went right thru town, power went out last night by 11pm

    The only cam that was working, due to the business running a generator, was at Irish Kevins bar, north end Mallory Square



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    Sep 11, 2017 12:01 AM GMT
    I'm so damned bored, sitting in the dark. Can't go out, all I can do is surf the web and visit news sites and RJ. At least cellular service is working, and ATT has said all cellular and phone charges are waived until 9-17. I just have to keep this thing working, so I'm using auxiliary battery power. On my iPad, too.

    But that has no cellular, leaving me the iPhone. Are you following this? Makes my head hurt to think about these things.

    I'd read a book, and I have quite a number on my iPad, nice cause I don't need a candle. Including the complete works of William Shakespeare. Maybe Shakespeare tonight. I've read most all of the plays, but difficult to grow tired of Shakespeare. You may have noticed I quote him quite a bit here.

    My husband says he should have bought a deck of cards. Well, he can play a variety of solitaire games on his own iPad in total darkness. Whereas I can't play any card games against other people, much less by candlelight.

    (In fact, I just took a break here and got his iPad solitaire going. After he came into the office now and told me HE'S bored, too. He didn't seem to appreciate he had solitaire on his iPad, only the iPhone. Well, he's very happy. Which makes me happy.)

    I've also decided on some items to buy before the next storm. A deck of cards for him. Maybe he can find somebody in the building to play him. An electric lantern. Flashlights are essential, but clumsy to perform a lot of kitchen and other tasks. And I would never use one of my gas or liquid-fueled camper lanterns indoors. Candles are for lighting the way to avoid stumbling, but not much else, and a hassle.

    I'll get a better dedicated battery backup device for the iPhones and iPads. The weather radios do that task OK (what I'm using right now), but not adequate for 4 devices, not counting the 2 Apple Watches. More power is needed.

    But live and learn. Live being the most essential part of that saying.
  • interesting

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    Sep 11, 2017 4:30 AM GMT
    The eye of Irma just passed a bit east of here, man even not nearing the eye wall, the wind here is RELENTLESS!! The rain is not even that much, but oh the wind, it's literally knocking things over. I had a shelf full of stuff in the lanai, on second thought, should have taken things down before the whole thing went down. And one of the lanai's doors broke off one hinge and was about to fly of, had to grab it and bind it to the lanai, temporarily until the morning.

    And my county has a curfew until 3 PM tomorrow. Well would give me the chance to clean up. This hurricane is pretty ruthless, was very fortunate that the prediction didn't come to fruition, my location would have been right in the trajectory, it curved a bit and now it's in central FL.
  • two_meninlove

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    Sep 11, 2017 9:30 AM GMT
    Hope you enjoyed your breakfast?
    Was there blueberries?
    My other half and I, went into the city, for lunch along the Yarra.
    Calm and enjoyable.
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    Sep 13, 2017 12:20 AM GMT
    art_deco saidWe got through the night, with the worst winds coming later after 12 PM and lasting all afternoon until this evening. But at least we're getting lower than originally feared, due to Irma's shift to the Florida West Coast.



    Glad to see you made it thru safely
  • two_meninlove

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    Sep 13, 2017 12:45 AM GMT
    Hope Carmine's well.
    Reason I'd never think about moving to far North Queensland; the weather.