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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Lost power

Assume we're OK ...power is out and we're going to bed and read (yea Kindle!!)😄

News update from Florida Today

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Hurricane Irma delivered a massive wallop on the Florida Keys and the state's southwest coastline on Sunday, causing untold damage and leaving millions of Floridians without power. This newsletter will be sent out daily to provide up-to-date information about the storm into your mailbox. You are receiving it because you're a subscriber to the Top 5 news list from your local news provider, or because you signed up. If you have friends, family or neighbors who would benefit from this information, please share the sign-up page with them.
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A car sits abandoned in storm surge along North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard on Sept. 10, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Irma first made landfall as a Category 4 in the Sunshine State at Cudjoe Key, packing maximum sustained winds of 130 mph early Sunday morning. The storm made a second landfall near Naples as a Category 3 with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph.
As expected, the Atlantic Coast avoided a direct hit after the storm took a westward shift as it approached Florida. The size of the storm was still able to douse east coast of the Peninsula from afar, filling Miami's streets with water and knocking out power to millions.
Neighbors in Tampa, St. Petersburg and in the Florida Panhandle watched the destruction unfold as they too prepped for Irma's wrath. The northern part of the Gulf Coast will get its taste of Irma over the next 19 hours.
At 5 p.m., Irma had weakened to a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph. In the early evening Sunday it was a few miles north of Naples. It will continue a northern trek up Florida's Gulf coast and should pass near Tampa tonight or Mondaymorning. The National Hurricane Center said the storm will speed up and should be in North Florida, near the Georgia border, by about 2 p.m. Monday.
The Keys
Officials worry what will become of the low-lying Florida Keys. Walls of rain were seen on Duval Street and inches of water flowed down iconic Key West streets. The editor of the local newspaper said, "Everything is under water, I mean everything."
More than five million Floridians were without power as of Sundayafternoon, even before the storm reached the Tampa area, which has about 3 million people. About 17,000 utility workers from 30 states stand ready to help restore power. Florida Power and Light had already restored power to 400,000 customers.
Trump: 'This is some big monster'
President Trump applauded the work of state and federal officials, saying "The bad news is that this is some big monster, but I think we're very well coordinated," he said from the White House.
Acting deputy FEMA administrator Kathleen Fox said 13,000 people from an array of federal agencies are positioned in or near the state.
Storm surge
Meteorologists say storm surges — water rising onto land — could be between 10 and 15 feet in Naples and from 5 to 8 feet near Tampa and St. Petersburg. Storm surge is often a hurricane's mostdestructive threat.
North Florida
Officials in Leon County, home to the state capital Tallahassee, are taking Irma seriously, imposing curfews beginning this evening. Irma should be a tropical storm or a Category 1 hurricane when it reaches the area.
Irma's forceful winds produced an interesting phenomenon around the state, pulling water away from shore. Animal control officials in south Florida may bring felony charges against the owners of dozens of dogs abandoned as Irma approached. On the bright side, a woman was able to deliver her own baby during Irma and this open 7-Eleven served as beacon of hope.

Very Blowsey....

Satellite TV has been in and out.....some electricity flickers but we haven't lost power yet.  Just had cheeseburgers and banana splits so we're not suffering too much.  Going to be an interesting night!  Instead of stockings hung with care in front of the fireplace it's some of the plants we've taken in from the Florida room...and outside yard.

And so it begins...

Lost the Satellite TV about an hour ago...Doesn't take much weather to knock that out though....thank God for Netflex etc!.  It is blowing pretty good....tornado warnings out for the entire county.  Was watching Titanic earlier....quit when they hit the iceberg.  Too hard to watch someone else going down by the head (.

Relaxing "Waiting for Irma" old time music...

Someone To Watch Over Me

Sunday morning overview for our Brevard County...

It's all fluid, but this is Florida Today's best guess as of early Sunday morning:

Late Sunday morning: Brevard will begin to experience tropical storm-force winds through the early afternoon as the Irma makes its way up the middle of the state and its outer bands begin to lap at the county.                   
Late Sunday afternoon: Brevard will begin to experience sustained tropical storm-force winds across the county. 
Sunday evening: From the afternoon to evening, hurricane-force bands will begin to creep into the county, with parts of southern Brevard experiencing sustained hurricane winds. 
Overnight Monday: After midnight Monday is when the brunt of the hurricane-force winds will come into the area. By 2 a.m. Monday, the county should be experiencing sustained hurricane-force winds. 
Palm Bay: The Palm Bay police and fire departments will suspend emergency services once sustained winds reach 50 mph, Keely Leggett, city spokeswoman, announced Saturday morning. Once sustained winds drop below that threshold, Leggett said normal emergency response services will resume. This policy will be enacted to ensure the safety of police officers and firefighters.