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Hurricane Irma Watch.

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I'm not seeing the storm turning north, still raking Cuba, anyone have different info?

Late, If you have one & have room an AR or similar carbine would be good in addition, remember the mags.
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Shifting west oh so marginally.

www.windy.com

Press "Play"

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I'm packing a "Bug Out" bag, how many pistols should I take? How much ammo? This is just in case...
as far as bug out bags go ...weight n space are at a huge huge premium...i would probably choose one small light in 22lr-22mag.....if its a personal defense bag then thats different
 

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I'm watching this pretty much 24/7. This is one monster sized storm.. I'm hoping that each and every one of you is checking back in with us when its over.
Nick, looks like your all set for a few days. Nothing wrong with shacking up with the wife for a little 1 on 1 time. :)..

I haven't hear the word for Fl but in Houston the shelters wouldn't let you in with any firearms. Seems like a strange way to handle firearms at a time when you would really need them most.

From the media reports I have seen it looks like Fl and fema both have their shit together.
Stay safe everyone.
 

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I'm not seeing the storm turning north, still raking Cuba, anyone have different info?

Late, If you have one & have room an AR or similar carbine would be good in addition, remember the mags.
Godspeed.
Every hour they claim its turning north, eye is almost centered on cubas coast, as far as the 5pm report
 

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The live feed from Ch. 7 Miami has been good. http://wsvn.com/on-air-live-stream/

Live feed from West Palm Beach Ch. 5 where we are

Nothing to see for another day. Just be prepared, it's easier to put stuff away than not to have it.
 

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I haven't hear the word for Fl but in Houston the shelters wouldn't let you in with any firearms. Seems like a strange way to handle firearms at a time when you would really need them most.
No weapons, almost as bad as getting on a plane. One of the reasons I would never go to a shelter. I still have my waders somewhere good for 4 feet, and if I'm on the roof with my green laser I'm sure I get attention. :-)

We are moving into the wait period. Won't pass us until early Monday morning. Now that we are all set I can get some sleep.
 

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Lot of wind noise right now. Worry not if you are watching, another band will arrive shortly and it will be twice as strong. Just goes to show y'all Key West is over 110 miles from the eye. Big storm, camera's usually disappear when it gets really bad.
 

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Maybe a live cam thread would be handy for a while. No noise posts, just cams, maybe pinned for the duration.
 

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Mayhem, old pal, you stay safe down there, now. Up here in the North West corner of the US all I can do is watch the show on U-Tube. My prayers are with you.

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We feel pretty confident after getting everything found and laid out in the spare room. The stuff has been packed away for 12 years and was moved around a lot during that time. Now it's all together, and in big pelican cases so we are relaxed. Even have a battery sawzall (who doesn't these days) with 4 spare bat's to saw our way out if needed. Leather gloves etc. We spent almost 40k back in the early 2000's on survival stuff. You need a 1/2 pound of Celox blood clotter, no problem. Got food poisoning? No problem plenty of food grade charcoal. Military severe wound bandages dozens.
 

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Did you catch that in the live feed,... that 6 million have been asked to evacuate? Holy Cow! That's nearly half the population of Florida.

The live feed from Ch. 7 Miami has been good. http://wsvn.com/on-air-live-stream/

Live feed from West Palm Beach Ch. 5 where we are

Nothing to see for another day. Just be prepared, it's easier to put stuff away than not to have it.
 

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Almost 21 million population in Florida now. 6 million is Keys/Miami and Broward. Everybody on the barrier islands from Miami Beach up through Hutchinson Island had mandatory evac. Up by me the mandatory evac was lifted because of the westward movement, but they asked everybody to stay put anyway.
 

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Tornado being spotted in a lot of places traveling at 30-50 mph. This one was at Port Everglades.
Screenshot 2017-09-09 at 7.02.22 PM.png
 

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I have a system that I set up many years ago to graph weather conditions. Starting to see some interesting readings from the KMTH station (Marathon airport in Florida). Peak measured gust so far is 66 MPH from that station.
kmth-wind-week.gif


Meanwhile the pressure is dropping (non-filled line indicates a negative number, unit is hPa - 1000 (current reading is 993 hPa or 29.32 inches and falling)).
kmth-pressure2-week.gif
 

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Almost 21 million population in Florida now. 6 million is Keys/Miami and Broward. Everybody on the barrier islands from Miami Beach up through Hutchinson Island had mandatory evac. Up by me the mandatory evac was lifted because of the westward movement, but they asked everybody to stay put anyway.
Yikes! Last I bothered to look at the population was probably back in the 1980's.
We're currently housing a couple of Key West refugees.
I really, really dislike tornado's.
 

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Heard from our Clearwater and Fort Meyers friends and relatives. They are away from water (hotel further inland) and hunkering down. Hope they have something to go back to.

ETA: please continue to keep us posted GIM members in the danger zone.
 

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21 Photos That Show Hurricane Irma's Devastating Effect On Cuba

The storm is heading toward Florida next.

Posted on September 9, 2017, at 5:45 p.m.

Alex Kantrowitz

BuzzFeed News Reporter

Ariel Zambelich

Contributing Photo Editor


Adalberto Roque / AFP / Getty Images
Residents return home in a town east of Havana.




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Downed wires and telephone poles line the streets





Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters
A street in is blocked by downed telephone poles and debris.




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A wave slams into the Cuban coast.




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Cubans survey a collapsed building in Havana.




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A completely flooded street




Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters
A man with a bucket stands in floodwaters.




Stringer . / Reuters
Waves crash into Havana ahead of the hurricane







Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters
Flooding in Caibarien, Cuba.




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Downed signs, trees, and floodwater




Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters
A palm tree cracks in half amid Irma's ferocious winds.





Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters
Debris from roofs blown off by the hurricane sits in the street.




Desmond Boylan / AP
A woman and child walk through the storm's winds.




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Havana's Malecon is pummeled by waves.




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A man tries to shield himself from the rain.





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A dog wanders through the debris.




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A severely damaged building




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Residents wade ankle deep water in Caibarien, Cuba




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A woman clears downed branches following the storm.




Adalberto Roque / AFP / Getty Images

https://www.buzzfeed.com/alexkantro...ct-on?bftwnews&utm_term=.tfm2e3lqQ#.yegGlvMD2
 

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Along the malecon in Havana. I had some awesome video and photos from the other end of the malecon than where the female reporter is standing. Waves were crashing over the malecon about 20-30' and my GF at the time was standing under them. I had uploaded them to the net and then they got rid of their video and photo hosting services so I lost them all. Yahoo i think it was.. Anyway the El Morrow behind the reporter off in the distance is a pretty awesome place, even at night you can overlook all of the malecon. Quite beautiful.. Sigh, I need a Cuba trip. :)..
 

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I remember those days when you would trip down there for a cigar or two and post the pictures when you returned. Dem were the good ole days.
 

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I remember those days when you would trip down there for a cigar or two and post the pictures when you returned. Dem were the good ole days.
Yea I have nothing but great memories of Cuba. I'll dig out some photos and start another thread on Cuba. More serious concerns going on here right now..
Nick I have never been to Hialeah. I'll have to check it out.

One think about Cuba is they have been broke for decades and most homes made out of concrete are still standing. All the hurricanes that have hit them havent taken them down. Some are falling apart as a matter of course since no one repairs anything, or repairs are extremely limited. I imagine if we built to the same standards in the US Fl homes would last forever with a little maintenance of course.
 

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Bahama's The ocean is gone

Video of Hurricane IRMA devastation, Ocean water in long island, the Bahamas went missing. Watch it see. Keep Safe.




Before: Hurricane Irma temporarily changed the shape of the ocean after hitting the Bahamas on Friday


After: Twitter user @deejayeasya tweeted this photo on Saturday saying the shoreline where he lives in the Bahamas is back to normal 13 hours later



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...-sucks-water-Bahamas-beach.html#ixzz4sEwHkasn
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Looks like the power on parts of key west is going off and on .
edit FAKE Mallory sorry
 
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Up to 15 ft storm surge all along the lower southwestern end of the state. If you guys are thinking about hunkering down in that area you still have time to get out. This storm surge shit is nothing to mess with!
 

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Hat Tip Instapundit
KEEPING INTERIOR DOORS SHUT increases your house’s hurricane resistance. “High winds, such as those currently expected from Hurricane Irma, place homes under intense pressure. Wind entering the home through an open or broken window, can create strong upward pressure on the roof. Closing interior doors helps compartmentalize the pressure inside the home into smaller areas reducing the overall force on the roof structure, which gives the roof a better chance of staying intact.”
 

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Yesterday 0300 to 2300. Boarding rentals etc
Made decision to dismantle canopies I have as outdoor shop and Willys Jeep garage because of sustained wind concerns and past experience with rotation etc
Its / they are anchored like no tomorrow and also 6 x 6 supported but wanted the tops off.
Some storm gusts generally speaking...yeah...ok ....but not sustained.
( remembering Charlie in particular )
So....this morning....
Up at 0300. Check track.
Drizzle rain with some gusts.
Looked vids of steady wind and rain in Miami / Miami Beach. Yup...time to get going.
Especially if it turns eastward after Key West / Ft Myers.
Went outside. Tarps over everything. Tie wire around everything. Canopy covers on ground with 4 x 4s covering for weight.
Whole back area is fenced with hand built 4x4 or 6x6 posts with 4x4 rails and 6" slats. All square drives. No nails.
Just shored up east side with 4 x 6s at 30 " to 36 " ( hard pan was tough....lol.. ) depth as house next door was between renters.
Gonna take the old Jeep and pull him down next to the house / fence area ( side I just shored up ) and go with God.
Just took down a 80 to 100 year tree there so all out of tree range which was my concern ( same tree on neighbors side that top pile drove my house in Charlie ) there as well as back in the back.

Back of property is Utilco easment. Some trees on neighbors lot behind and other side of power line . Too close for me to leave all as is and feel comfortable.
Speaking of that. Im at end of street.
Last on the line I am.
Expecting power loss. Same with internet.
Will be overjoyed if not.
Taking a nap now.
Gonna remove some other personal docs ( although in 600lb fire safe cabinet )
from the 2 story connestoga barn later today.
Neighbors tree concerns again.
Report says that roughest part for us....sustained 75 or so will
be between 12:01 and 0600ish Monday.
All subject to change in a moment ....lol...
All good. Wine for breakfast. Forgot to buy Bass Ale and Newcastle.

Thoughts are with SOUTHFORK and LATEMETAL.
Also there was a member here from Weeki Wachee area for some time. Any others on west coast. Same to you and thought with you.
Regards to all. Back later with some pics.
Also...Agnut...thanks for the call. Lots of support from you and Uncle and Mayhem and VT and CL and everyone. Appreciate it.
Again all good :)
Haystack.
 

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