Anyone else dealing with Hurricane Irma
grapefruit / 4545 posts
Thankfully I am not, but I lived in Miami for 3 years and am worried sick for my friends still down there.
My mom is preparing to have massive losses at her condo in the keys - unfortunately they were not the last ones there so they have little comfort it was properly secured with the shutters. Thankfully I talked her off the stupid ledge of trying to get there and back this week...
At any rate - I'll be praying not stop for everyone in its path...just awful to have two major storms come through like this.
nectarine / 2262 posts
We live 40 mi north of Miami and evacuated to family out of state. I have no interest in riding it out with a 2 year old.
pear / 1599 posts
Yep! We are south of Tampa. Was looking ok but now it looks like it's coming back towards our side. We chose to stay as the thought of being stranded on the interstate with no gas seems like the worse scenario. We shall see.
pomegranate / 3375 posts
My mom is about 40 minutes from Tampa - they just moved to Florida, and I'm afraid they are not fully realizing the complexities of these storms. I did see she decided to fill her gas tank today. I'm worried!!
FL bees, is there an expectation of power outages?? Widespread? Our local news hasn't covered it much.
@littlejoy: It just depends. The newer areas have their lines under ground. But a lot of areas are still above ground so just depends. I have lived here over 20 years and I fully expect the power to go out with this storm. I am hoping it will only be for a few days. But my parents were without power for a week last year after a cat 3(Matthew). I found this map interesting
cherry / 209 posts
I am here 30 miles of Miami. We are staying at home as all the flights were booked and same as @pinkb didnt wanted to be stuck on road without gas. Keeping fingers crossed that its not as bad as it looks
pear / 1642 posts
Yes, central Fl here. And it looked good for us the last few days, but with the track shifting west today we could get a direct hit. Boarding up the house Saturday morning and riding it out, I think we are pretty well stocked, luckily I'm in a small suburb and our stores haven't been as wiped out as the news coverage I'm seeing in the city.
@MrsRoo: @pinkb: stay safe and hopefully it would not be as worse as news channels are making it sound
@Jass: you, too! Probably the right call at this point if you aren't right on the coast. We take the turnpike to work in Orlando and north bound has been a disaster for days. So many people on the roads I'm hoping they all make it to safety soon!
pomegranate / 3858 posts
If anyone's riding it out, I just saw this article about closing interior doors...
Perhaps this is completely common knowledge but it was an "aha" moment for me when I lived through a very small hurricane in Florida.
Leading up to landfall, clean your bathtub or tubs. Then in the hours leading up to landfall fill them with water to use in the days ahead.
Like I said - maybe its totally common sense to those who have lived in these areas your whole live - but it was shockingly simple and smart hack I learned when I was there! (Applies to other types of disasters too!)
nectarine / 2765 posts
@Mrs D: having lived in hurricane areas quite a bit throughout my life, this is something ingrained in me!
I'm not in FL but on the east coast currently in it's path. Really hoping it isn't as bad as they're predicting and everyone stays safe!
@tinyperson: awesome, thanks for that link. I saw the same advice posted on FB, and was wondering if it had any merit..
@tinyperson: great advice, my DH got it at office. @Mrs D: we are doing that. We are originally from India, so not used to anything like this
hostess / wonderful apple seed / 16729 posts
Ugh! I spoke to my friend who moved to FL last year. She lives in Jupiter and she has evacuated to Port St. Lucia, which is now being evacuated, too. She just had a baby 2.5 weeks ago. When I texted her yesterday, she said airport was closed, and nearby airports have no flights. Lines are super long for gas or sold out and freeways are packed. Hotels are sold out. I asked her if she was trying to head north and she says there's no point because they'll run out of gas and she doesn't want to get stuck somewhere. I'm so heartbroken for her. She's so worried. I can't imagine having to leave my home with a 2.5 week old. I wish there was something more I can do. I did tell her that I have friends out of state in that area but I doubt she will even make it out of FL. I do believe she has shelter as she told me she has food and water and storm shutters are up. Please send her and her family prayers.
ETA: She looked into a flight from Miami to NY and it was $10K for her family of 3. She is now closer to Orlando and she said traffic has died down but there is no gas anywhere. She has to now think about continuing north and the risk of running out of gas or getting in an accident and being stuck in her car.
clementine / 995 posts
I have a coworker whose family all lives in the Miami area. He said they are all staying in the area because they don't have many options for where to go. All the hotels are booked up and there is very little gas. Most of them are going to shelters to ride out the storm or staying with a friend or family member that lives in a sturdy house or building.
pear / 1881 posts
@bluestriped bee: Wasn't airfare supposed to be capped at certain prices?! Would she be able to find any flights from Orlando? I'm not sure when they are closing that airport.
So, so scary
@NorthStar: Yeah, I thought they would be capped, too. She is looking into flights from Orlando. She is hoping she has enough gas to get there and anticipate any traffic or delays. Last flight out of Orlando will be 5pm Saturday.
eggplant / 11861 posts
@bluestriped bee: I'm in Port st lucie only evacuations were islands and mobile homes, we are staying and if she is in a safe house she should a Ok! Prayers!
wonderful cherry / 21504 posts
@NCSUchick27: I have been thinking about that- like, even if you plan ahead and have the money to fly and evacuate, where are you supposed to go if you don't have family somewhere else? It's so scary.
I'm in the northeast so just watching all this from afar.
@FaithFertility: Ok. good. I'm glad to hear she and you should be safe. Please keep me updated on how things are for you. Thanks!
pomegranate / 3127 posts
This is awful. Is any transportation out of coastal areas being organized by the authorities???
@Mama Bird: yes if you are in an evacuation zone there is a number you can call for help if you need it.
nectarine / 2198 posts
@NorthStar: I just read that Jet blue was capping their flights at $99, but not other airlines.
@pinkb: I'm not... just worried for those who are, and I don't understand how anyone expects so many people to safely drive out at the same time.
wonderful pea / 17279 posts
My brother decided not to evacuate. He's sheltering in place at my mom's. She doesn't have shutters for her house, but has a few interior "safe" rooms. My ILs are on the other coast. I really hope those that stay have a safe place to ride out the storm.
I hope everyone who is in hurricane path stays safe and keep updating if you can. We are inland 30 miles of Miami.
@Mama Bird: Yes, busses and a number you can call for help!
@bluestriped bee: Path is more and more West We hopefully now May only get TS winds it is crazy!
@Jass: Looks like we may be ok?! This is a nuts storm
We decided to leave. Headed to my parents north of Daytona. Traffic is ok and gas is avail.
@FaithFertility: this storm is crazy, the uncertainity of what is going to happen is so hard to deal with. Stay safe
@pinkb: hope you guys reach safely.
pomegranate / 3350 posts
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honeydew / 7622 posts
@littlejoy: the storm moved and will now go right by her. Im worried.
cantaloupe / 6168 posts
Thinking of you all! Hope everyone stays safe
Praying for everyone!
@bluestriped bee: tell her to keep a record of that 10k quote and submit to AG for price gauging...
Delta, American and jet blue were all capping fares...shouldn't have been more than I think 299 a piece was the highest cap
wonderful clementine / 24134 posts
We are panhandle and thought we were safe and now it just keeps shifting west and west and west. So we are going up to GA near Macon. Thankfully we snagged a hotel Reservations.
Biggest concern that it hits the gulf and gets strong again. It's down to a 3 now but it lingered over Cuba all day today.
pomelo / 5252 posts
@T.H.O.U.: glad you guys have somewhere to go. Safe travels
GA is under a state of emergency. First time Atlanta has been under a Tropical Storm warning. My daycare is closed tomorrow.
We have been dealing with tornado warnings since last night, wind is crazy right now. our whole house is feeling the effects of it even with hurricane shutters. We are on east side of hurricane about 100 miles away from it. I cant even imagine what it would be for areas that would be bracing direct impact from it. Praying for everyone's safety.
@Jass: yikes! Glad you're still doing alright.
We've just been having alternating wind and rain. Nothing crazy yet here in west central Fl. The waiting game is just so stressful. Our friends came to our house, her husband is a first responder and has to be on duty for the storm. Curfew here starts at 7pm, hoping that people get off the roads so our friend doesn't have to be a risk more than he needs to be....
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