The guy is a typical hypocritical 'climate change' bobblehead with a private island in hurricane alley -of all places- a carbon footprint the size of my home town and runs a CO2 spewing, earth destroying airline.
Sorry for the delay.
Cell service out in many areas.
Slowly coming back area by area.
Have electricity but only by a thread.
Finally got a few hours sleep. Did not feel safe going out much under the trees until afternoon.
Neighbor to the easts last remaining tree
right on thebproperty line is on my service lateral.
Messenger / traveler is broken at the mast but mast is not bent. Holding on by the splices I guess.
This last June Mr Botee next door took out 4 , 80 year old oaks and I chipped in 1/ 2 on the one on the property that got topped in Charlie and came in the house.
Last year Matthew took out another one in the front that covered the whole street intersection.
So this one....not an oak...went sometime this morning after the bad stuff came through.
Back to post a pic in a minute.
The pics above are the east side where I had just beefed up the fence with 4 x 6s.
Not so good on the west side with 4 x 4s.
Theres about 5 smaller oaks here right on the prop line.
( soon to come out...Im done :) )
A large portion of it is toast.
Back side, behind the big barn is easement under the power line.
Thought I was in the clear...I mean east and west side was trashed....but...noooo.....lol...what a hoot !!!
Luckily the tree is on the neighbors side of the easement and it fell the other way not through the elec lines or on my shed. I am blessed.
It fell into that cats yard and smoked HIS shed like
when you squeeze a coca cola can in half.
Bad part is the root system was big and it thrust the back fence up about a good foot and a half to two feet so its gotta be all redone as well.
Theres a big clear area to the east of here and this is the highest elevation in the county.
That being said....this does not surprise me.
I dismantled the canopy covers I had and dropped everything on plastic shelves in bins go the ground and wrapped with tarps like the Jeep.
Hey Andial....even the little Datsun next project.
Helicopters everywhere this afternoon while I was out there.
Cell towers down, electricity sporadic and traffic signals all over the place.
No idea how many in this area...Duke Energy and not FPl are down but I will find out tomorrow.
Will also call and get myself in the que for a service redo.
The first two pics I posted....
Sent those 1st thing to my so called tree guy.
" well...we are working 24 x 7 / covered up but I can squeeze you in TOMMOROW for 3500.00 PLUS a crane if I need it.
I said I would call him back.
DUH.... as in later...MUCH later...
If I get lucky Duke will get the tree off the service and my insurance company will pay to dispose of tree.
Regardless....hanging by a thread or not ...the air conditioning is running. :) :)
Water is NOT in the house OR the man cave.
ALL the family is safe.
What could be better ????
Couple more pics then I am done.
You never know.
" Specialty " farm
Cuz you REALLY never know.
Blessed on this one we are here...
Its reeeeeaaallly dark out there tonight.
Thanks to GIM and the founders, every poster
and for what we truly as a collective believe in....
"If you don't hold it you don't own it " ( Ponce )
"If you don t have the gold...then you are lying..."
"There are many different forms of Gold" ( Agnut )
Best postion to be in ????
"This can INCONVENIENCE me...
But it CANNOT
hurt me ! "
Regards to all...
Safe and sound here. As a matter of fact this 30 yr old wood framed house id so tight, and it was so silent inside (except for the storm panels vibrating now and then) that We had no real idea where the storm was. I had to text hystack, and ask him for a photo of the tv so's I could have a idea where the eye really was.
We have no landscape damage other than a few dead palm-fawns from our native palm trees. Ya see after Wilma we got rid of all decorative trees that are not native to florida. Native florida trees know how to stay up in high winds, What you do need to do is to thin out the inside branches now and then, otherwise your tree becomes one gigantic sail. That's why yankee's always loose trees in high winds, they don't know that you need to thin them out. Old timers knowledge, that these new adults dismiss offhandedly so often because they are so much smarter because they have iGadgets.
By the time I got the gen set up and running (I was running off of the small solar bank for just basic needs like my oxygen machine, fridg and freezer.) the power came back on within a hour. didn't burn a gallon of gas even. Not bragging or complaining, and I sure hope that the Lord built a hedge around other believers like us and spared them also.
Holy shit, 6 million households without power for a total of about 15 million with no power. They are just getting into the keys and the keys may need to have a total evac. 10,000 still on the keys if they are still alive.
Up to 200,000 may need long term shelter.
So first was Harvey and now Irma but Irma is affecting pretty much all of Florida plus Puerto Rico and the virgin Islands. This is going to keep fema busy for awhile as well as every building contractor, probably in several states.