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Old August 31st, 2004, 09:19   #1
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While Central Florida is currently the bullís-eye the whole state of Florida is still a likely target for Hurricane Frances not much more than three weeks after Hurricane Charley swept through leaving devastation and debris across the peninsula. The center of the projected path currently leads the storm within 10-20 miles from my home and if it does there will be a severe loss of houses (and potentially lives) since many around Orlando are still removing trees and have roofs covered in tarps. The piled debris down every street will now become missile ammo for the winds.

Iím hoping it doesnít travel any further South because those in the Charlotte County area up to Orlando donít need to get plummeted again after what theyíve been through. Of course those that are going to feel it the worst are the linemen and debris removal workers that have been working non-stop for three weeks already and now they will likely have to continue on.

Best wishes to fellow clubbers here in Florida... Be prepared for the worst but hope for the best.

BTW... Anyone in Central Florida interested in a GTG Sunday Morning? j/k

<edit> Doh.. Misspelled Frances again
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Old August 31st, 2004, 09:24   #2
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perhaps you should leave for the fest now, eh?
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Old August 31st, 2004, 10:08   #3
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As it looks right now I may not make it... My pet sitter (3 dogs & 1 cat) is bailing to go with her family to evacuate Wednesday or Thursday. I'm checking into boarding them but it's gonna be expensive for four nights and the kennels are already booked for the weekend because of the storm and labor day traveling
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Old August 31st, 2004, 22:13   #4
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My thoughts are with you guys down there. I watch these storms closely also, since they tend to get us when we aren't ready, here in NC. Stay safe!
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Old September 1st, 2004, 01:26   #5
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Eluwak are there pet services that you could call to come to your home and take care of the dogs and cats?
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Old September 1st, 2004, 05:37   #6
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There are a few pet sitting services in the phone book... I'm just not comfortable having strangers staying at my house. I called around looking for indoor kennels and they seem to be booked or want way too much money.

The projected path seems to be dancing around where I live and if it doesn't change in the next 12 hours I'm not going anywhere this weekend because I have to finish preparing the house. My parents are out looking for plywood for my house but every store they've been to so far has been out of any kind of plywood. Luckily they were able to snag some for their house early yesterday. Sure am glad I bought that generator on Saturday because those are gone too. My sister lost everything on her roof down to the wood in the back from Charly. They resulting water damage has pretty much totalled the inside of the house. Luckily it's a rental and she'll spend the storm at my parents house.
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Old September 1st, 2004, 12:45   #7
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I have an offer for ya....

Looks like they are expecting the storm to hit Friday night or Sat. morning. Get your home ready, pack up the animals and head north. Stop in Concord, NC (off I-85) and I'll board your animals for free at my husband's vet clinic.

I know I-85 is not the direct route, but I'd be glad to help if you decide it's worth it. Mary

Hey! I just noticed that we registered here almost the same day! Imagine that!
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Old September 2nd, 2004, 06:03   #8
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Thanks Mary... I do appreciate the offer but I will be spending friday trying to button up the house as best as possible (a lot of work ahead of me). Luckily my parents were able to snag some heavy guage metal roofing and some lumber to make frames which together will act as our shutters. I am fairly confident (not nearly a 100% tho) the house will survive with minimal damage with the current plan. We should start seeing the outer bands of the storm late Friday/early Sunday so by the time we finish boarding up it will really be too late to start heading out... I don't want to be caught out on the road with this one.

Really wish they'd let us out of work today and tomorrow but by the looks of it...
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Old September 2nd, 2004, 16:07   #9
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I'm shocked that you will have to work tomorrow. Are you in some kind of medic or emergency field? Anybody else should be high tailing it out of that area! I'll be praying for you and your family to be safe.

The offer will stand if you change your mind. Heck, I've got plenty of room at the house too if you and your family need a place to run to!
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Old September 2nd, 2004, 17:54   #10
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Actually I work in the defense industry... They did close work tomorrow finally. I ended up taking off early today to help my parents board up some of their house (my family is staying too about 15 miles away). Hopefully our house should be boarded up by early afternoon tomorrow. We're in for the long haul.
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Old September 7th, 2004, 07:42   #11
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Actually I work in the defense industry...
That explains alot, actually. For contractors, it is hard to get days off that we don't have to take personal days for. I know for the blizzard that we got last year, it took a while to get the permission to get the day paid for by the government, and that was just for one day...

Jason
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Old September 8th, 2004, 08:43   #12
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Unfreak'n believable... Now we have Hurricane Ivan to worry about. Wonder when the last time 3 major hurricanes hit florida in about a months time was

Luckily the damage was minimal at our house mainly because the storm weakened so much last Friday while we were putting up shutters. The coast got beat up pretty bad and at one time there were up to 5 million customers without power across the state. My sister lost the rest of her shingles and her house is just a complete mess with major leaks in every room (bet that renters insurance is sounding like a good idea to her now... she has none now). My parents faired as I did with no damage.

If nothing else Frances gave us a good excuse to clean out the garage for two cars

I'm leaving the shutters up until next spring... At this rate we should get a hurricane every couple weeks till then
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Old September 8th, 2004, 09:00   #13
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I was down in Port St-Lucie on vacation. Got there on Tuesday, had a few beers and went to work from Wednesday forth. I was putting up shutters for 3 days! The damn thing hit land less than 10 miles north of my cousin's house! We bailed out to Fort-Lauderdale for the duration of the storm. Drove north on the Turnpike and 95 on Sunday night to get back to the house. Devastation was all over the highway and that was 25 to 50 miles south of Port St-Lucie... When we got there, it was utter shock! Only road signs were bent. No other damage at all except for a small palm tree that was flat to the ground on the front lawn. Unreal...!

Because every one tanked up before the storm, no gas was available anywhere. I just wished I had my TDI with me as I flew down. There were cars every 10 miles between Port St-Lucie and Fort Lauderdale on the highway that were out of gas... TDIs should be more popular down there but people want trucks to pull their boats... In the end, I'm just happy we are all ok... Now, back in New England, I will laugh when the next blizzard hits. At least homes don't get blown away...
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Old September 8th, 2004, 09:07   #14
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First Charlie, then Frances, now Ivan....who's big idea was it to organize a group buy on these things?
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Old September 8th, 2004, 18:52   #15
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Trying to escape hurricane Frances, a ventectomied 2002 Jetta TDI with a manual transmission using A/C and recommended tire pressure left Miami on I-95 headed north doing an average of 14 MPH. At what city would he need to refuel before reaching TDI fest 2004?
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