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Anybody else in the "eye" of Hurricane Matthew?
« on: October 05, 2016, 05:22:35 pm »
I live on the Treasure Coast and as of now, it looks like Hurricane Matthew is going to make landfall within 50 miles of me. In other words, I'm right in the middle of the possible landfall. We're as prepared as we can be. Plenty of food and water, although we still need to put up our shutters and Mom's shutters. One of my neighbor's is going to help with Mom's house. GS and I can easily do our house.

Good luck to everyone.


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    Re: Anybody else in the "eye" of Hurricane Matthew?
    « Reply #1 on: October 05, 2016, 05:31:08 pm »
    Sending good thoughts your way, Gertie.  Stay safe and keep us updated as you can.

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    « Reply #2 on: October 05, 2016, 05:35:34 pm »
    Sending good thoughts your way, Gertie.  Stay safe and keep us updated as you can.

    Thanks. Will do.

    At this point, they're not totally sure it will make landfall, but it'll be pretty close anyway.


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    « Reply #3 on: October 05, 2016, 06:13:22 pm »
    The weatherman was just showing us how After Matthew hits us the first time, it's going to make a 360 turn and hit us again, although greatly reduced in strength.

    He said, "Can you believe this cr*p?" I can't believe he said that.  ;D

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    « Reply #4 on: October 05, 2016, 06:38:02 pm »
    Earlier in the week they were saying that we'd get nasty rain on Saturday -- Matthew plus a cold front. But now they're saying it's likely not to come this far north before turning east to Bermuda. So there's just the cold front which is actually weakening. And that's good for the playoff games this weekend. :D

    I have a friend lives in Summerville SC . . . . they were advised to evacuate so decided to go to Orlando as their season Disney passes are good until Sunday. :o  That doesn't really seem better to me ! ! ! :o :o :o
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    Re: Anybody else in the "eye" of Hurricane Matthew?
    « Reply #5 on: October 05, 2016, 07:08:28 pm »
    No, it's not. Orlando will get at least tropical storm force winds ... or as Governor Scott said, tropical form storce winds. He must have been very tired.

    Disney might even close. I haven't heard anything about that. The storm is 500+ miles across and our west coast is expecting Tropical Storm winds.

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    « Reply #6 on: October 05, 2016, 07:29:58 pm »
    Yeah, a couple co-workers live/work remotely in Orlando, and they're taking it pretty seriously.

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    « Reply #7 on: October 05, 2016, 07:37:51 pm »
    Yeah, a couple co-workers live/work remotely in Orlando, and they're taking it pretty seriously.

    Our state is very narrow and everyone will be affected across the state from Deerfield Beach to Daytona Beach to some degree or another.

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    Re: Anybody else in the "eye" of Hurricane Matthew?
    « Reply #8 on: October 05, 2016, 07:54:53 pm »
    I can tell the hurricane is getting close because the newscasters are starting to say "hunker down."

    I'm not making light of this. I just think it's better to find the humor so I won't be chewing my fingernails with worry.

    Another update coming now.

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    « Reply #9 on: October 06, 2016, 04:13:21 am »
    Our state is very narrow and everyone will be affected across the state from Deerfield Beach to Daytona Beach to some degree or another.

    I know, right? The storm is bigger than the state! So . . . don't go there! :o :o :o ???

    I offered that they could come here . . . . but they're grown people and get to make their own decisions.


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    Re: Anybody else in the "eye" of Hurricane Matthew?
    « Reply #10 on: October 06, 2016, 06:30:56 am »
    That thing looks so big.  :o I keep hoping it will just decide to take a sharp right turn and go in the ocean. Against all laws of weather you know.
    I hope everyone got out of the areas they said to get out of and I will think of all of you in the path and hope for it to slow down at least once it hits.

    For those hunkering down make sure to charge your kindles and everything else really. I would assume lots of power outages are to come.

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    Re: Anybody else in the "eye" of Hurricane Matthew?
    « Reply #11 on: October 06, 2016, 06:33:00 am »
    They're talking evacuations now, Gertie...

    I'm worried about you.  (And our other FL members!)

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    Re: Anybody else in the "eye" of Hurricane Matthew?
    « Reply #12 on: October 06, 2016, 06:33:42 am »
    I'm in Gainesville and we are preparing for the worse. My brother and nieces are in Brevard county and the coast and islands are under a mandatory evacuation but they are several miles inland from the beaches and rivers. Several hospitals up the coast from Melborne to Jacksonville are being evacuated and patients are being moved to more inland hospitals.

    Everyone be safe.


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    « Reply #13 on: October 06, 2016, 06:37:51 am »
    Best wishes everone. Stay safe, Gertie and others.
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    Re: Anybody else in the "eye" of Hurricane Matthew?
    « Reply #14 on: October 06, 2016, 06:41:48 am »
    I lived in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. It was bad. I'd advise leaving if possible. Don't take the chance. It isn't worth it.
     
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    Re: Anybody else in the "eye" of Hurricane Matthew?
    « Reply #15 on: October 06, 2016, 07:12:05 am »
    They're evacuating over 1M people, but there's really no place to go. They're saying stay in your county or maybe the next county over. Fortunately there are lots of shelters including special needs and pets. But I can't leave Mom. She needs 24/7 care. We'll be staying with her.

    I'm a good 10 miles inland so if the predictions are near accurate, we're about 60 miles from the center. However, they're talking landfall 20-40 miles north of me. That still doesn't mean we'll get hit by the center. Landfall could very well mean that just north of us will get kissed by the center and then it will move on.

    Things won't start getting bad until around 8pm and the worst of it will be over tomorrow morning, depending on how fast/slow he moves. He keeps changing speeds.

    I'm pretty confident, but we're not taking any chances.

    Thanks for all your concern. I'll keep y'all posted as I can.

    I lived in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. It was bad. I'd advise leaving if possible. Don't take the chance. It isn't worth it.

    That must have been hell.



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    Re: Anybody else in the "eye" of Hurricane Matthew?
    « Reply #16 on: October 06, 2016, 07:58:33 am »
    I'm shocked that they are 'evacuating' to adjoining counties. I hope I misunderstood and read that wrong. When I say evacuate, I mean, get as far inland and away as you can, like to another state if need be. Do you have any far flung friends or relatives? I moved to Ohio after Katrina, and we often still have Nola friends who evacuate to our house when a big storm comes.
     
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    Re: Anybody else in the "eye" of Hurricane Matthew?
    « Reply #17 on: October 06, 2016, 09:31:55 am »
    We are right on the beach a bit north of Ft Lauderdale, with windows facing the ocean. We are expecting the direct impact tonight through Friday afternoon. We did what we could to prepare but I am very, very anxious. We have been through the category 3 but this one is worse. The wind is getting stronger already. Good thoughts appreciated.

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    « Reply #18 on: October 06, 2016, 10:32:03 am »
    I'm shocked that they are 'evacuating' to adjoining counties. I hope I misunderstood and read that wrong. When I say evacuate, I mean, get as far inland and away as you can, like to another state if need be. Do you have any far flung friends or relatives? I moved to Ohio after Katrina, and we often still have Nola friends who evacuate to our house when a big storm comes.

    Our state is about 350 miles wide and the storm is at least 500 miles wide. Even the west coast will experience tropical storm winds. There isn't really any inland to go to. They're asking people from the barrier islands, low-lying areas and mobile home parks to evacuate to either shelters or if they know someone further inland with a secured home to go there.

    I'm not even in a flood zone and all our homes are built up on berms. New Orleans is low-lying and had levees that broke allowing flood-waters in on top of the extremely high winds. We went through two hurricanes three weeks apart and then a third one. Our roofs are mostly new and well reinforced under the new codes. Ten years on, we've got better infrastructure and better plans for restoring power and getting us back to normal.

    We are right on the beach a bit north of Ft Lauderdale, with windows facing the ocean. We are expecting the direct impact tonight through Friday afternoon. We did what we could to prepare but I am very, very anxious. We have been through the category 3 but this one is worse. The wind is getting stronger already. Good thoughts appreciated.

    Wish you much luck and safety and I'll share my prayers with you. We can only do what we can do.

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    Re: Anybody else in the "eye" of Hurricane Matthew?
    « Reply #19 on: October 06, 2016, 11:35:46 am »
    They are closing all roads in our county at 3 pm. Best of luck to you, Gertie and deckard and everyone else in this beasts way! Thank you all for good thoughts and wishes.

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    « Reply #20 on: October 06, 2016, 12:23:28 pm »
    They are closing all roads in our county at 3 pm. Best of luck to you, Gertie and deckard and everyone else in this beasts way! Thank you all for good thoughts and wishes.

    We're going to make it!!!

    Just got the last of the plywood up. What a job. The guy who cut the wood cut it just a bit too long and it was miserable getting everything lined up. Finally had to use a hammer. I told GS that we're going to look into real shutters, although we have them for the only front facing window and they were almost as bad to get onto the channels. Took GS and SiL together to get them in. Mom's panels are the cheapest aluminum and I doubt they'd let a builder get away with that today.

    Still have water bottles to fill and freeze to hopefully preserve our food when we lose electric. We have enough bottled water to last us a week but we can then use those freezer bottles as backup water. Have to do that for Mom as well.

    She's been sundowning at night and I have the feeling the drop in pressure is going to affect her even more.




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    Re: Anybody else in the "eye" of Hurricane Matthew?
    « Reply #21 on: October 06, 2016, 02:28:24 pm »
    I am really worried about you guys, Gertie, anguabell and deckard. I will keep thinking about you going into this evening and night. I hope we can hear from you soon when the worse is over.

    I always think about this when they say evacuate. In Florida, it doesn't seem there is anywhere to go. And what about those folks that don't have any family or anyone to stay with. Or don't have transportation or other situation that just makes it very difficult to leave.

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    Re: Anybody else in the "eye" of Hurricane Matthew?
    « Reply #22 on: October 06, 2016, 03:45:13 pm »
    I haven't seen an update in a while, but the last I heard, it wasn't going to reach my neck of the woods until 10pm or maybe even midnight. Very slow moving and that's what gets me worried.

    I'll keep in touch as long as I can.

    Anguabell and Deckard, you do the same, please. I know there are more KB Floridians so if you see this thread, let us know how you are doing.


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    Re: Anybody else in the "eye" of Hurricane Matthew?
    « Reply #23 on: October 06, 2016, 07:37:21 pm »
    I'm glad in Oklahoma we just have tornados where you can be 1/4 mile away and be fine! Something that covers a state scares me.  Be safe everyone.
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    Re: Anybody else in the "eye" of Hurricane Matthew?
    « Reply #24 on: October 06, 2016, 08:10:14 pm »
    I'm glad in Oklahoma we just have tornados where you can be 1/4 mile away and be fine! Something that covers a state scares me.  Be safe everyone.

    And I'd rather be in a hurricane. I guess it's what you're used to.

    So far, it looks like we'll just be getting very strong tropical storm winds but gusting into hurricane territory. That's as of the 11pm advisory. Also looks like the hurricane itself will be past us by 8am. But we'll probably still have a lot of rain and wind for a while. A lot of downed trees in Palm Beach County.

    I'm really glad FPL replaced all our wood poles with concrete about a year ago. Maybe there will be downed lines, but it's doubtful that there will be downed poles.


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      « Reply #25 on: October 06, 2016, 08:41:34 pm »
      Stay safe. Sending good thoughts the way of everyone in that part of the country.
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      Re: Anybody else in the "eye" of Hurricane Matthew?
      « Reply #26 on: October 07, 2016, 04:29:36 am »
      Gertie, Anguabell, deckard?  Anyone?  Hoping you are all safe.  :-*

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      Re: Anybody else in the "eye" of Hurricane Matthew?
      « Reply #27 on: October 07, 2016, 05:15:23 am »
      Looked at the map this morning and it looks like Matthew is taking a leisurely cruise up the east coast of Florida, just off shore.


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      « Reply #28 on: October 07, 2016, 05:18:42 am »
      This satellite image shows the size:

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      Re: Anybody else in the "eye" of Hurricane Matthew?
      « Reply #29 on: October 07, 2016, 06:45:51 am »
      My brother in Cocoa lost power about 3:30 this morning. Everyone in his family is safe. They are posting on Facebook using their phones with updates. (John----Save you power in case you need it. Don't use your phone to post to Facebook!)

      Gainesville with some small branches from trees down in the yard. Nothing major yet but expecting high winds and rain from 11am-6pm.

      We lived in Missouri 8 years and, like Gertie, I'll take the hurricane. Lived in Springfield just north of Battlefield, which was devastated by a tornado back in 2004 (I think it was). Most scared I have been in my life was the 45 minutes in my bathroom with my wife, cat, and dog. Yep. I'll take a hurricane.

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      « Reply #30 on: October 07, 2016, 06:52:18 am »
      Sorry I didn't check in earlier. Lots to do this morning. And lots more as the clean-up will start as soon as we get home.

      Apparently a statewide group huff and puff blew Matthew just far enough away that all we got was tropical storm winds and a whole lot of rain. Matthew was supposed to make landfall between Ft. Pierce and Very Beach. Vero is about 35 miles north of me and Ft. Pierce about 20. At the 11pm advisory, they changed that to Melbourne and Matthew made a slight shift to the east at that time as well. That's what saved us from hurricane force winds.

      I went to sleep about 11:30 but woke up twice for bathroom runs. At about 2am, the winds were at 41mph and at 5am, 32mph. I haven't been able to find out what the gusts were but I imagine about 70mph.

      As I expected, my new powder puff tree is a casualty, and about half of my fence post caps are scattered around. Looks like they stayed close to home. We'll pick them up later. The tree is still there because we tied it down when we planted it, but the trunk is completely bent to the ground. I'll try to save it.

      My other expected casualty is my greenhouse but not in the way I figured it would happen. I took Angelo for a walk this morning and we went into my backyard to find the greenhouse completely gone. I mean gone. Like someone stole it. Some of the shelves were lying on the ground. So, we went out of the yard through the gate on that side of the house and there it was. Lying in Mom's neighbor's back yard. It got lifted over my six foot fence and set down as nice as you please. I left the door of it unzipped so there wouldn't be so much pressure on the vinyl. But that had the effect of allowing the wind to build up inside the house and lift it up just like a tornado.

      The only part of the frame that is bent is the crosspiece at the top but that's very thin anyway. There's one split seam but only by about n inch and I think I saw a tear toward the top of the frame. All very easily fixed. I'll be writing a very nice review on amazon as soon as I completely assess the damage. I really expected the vinyl cover to be in shreds and the frame to be twisted into a sculpture I would call The Soul of Matthew.

      Mom was up until about 11pm and she was on a tear. Don't know what I did wrong this time but she carried on for quite a while. I think she just wanted attention. Our caregiver, blessed lady that she is, is coming in shortly.

      GS said my snoring kept him awake most of the time. I said it was the dog.

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      Re: Anybody else in the "eye" of Hurricane Matthew?
      « Reply #31 on: October 07, 2016, 07:02:01 am »
      Good to hear from you Gertie and very glad all of you are safe. That eastward jog helped my brother and his family from having the eye pass over him.

      Everyone stay safe.

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      « Reply #32 on: October 07, 2016, 07:06:43 am »
      Glad to hear from you guys. That is so crazy about the greenhouse. It flew.

      Glad it wasn't more damage. Still going to be really bad for a lot of people though.

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      Re: Anybody else in the "eye" of Hurricane Matthew?
      « Reply #33 on: October 07, 2016, 07:34:05 am »
      I live north of Fort Lauderdale and was expecting to get a hard hit. We got lucky and I'm very grateful. Hope that the folks in the Northern parts of Florida are ok.

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      Re: Anybody else in the "eye" of Hurricane Matthew?
      « Reply #34 on: October 07, 2016, 08:11:49 am »
      I live north of Fort Lauderdale and was expecting to get a hard hit. We got lucky and I'm very grateful. Hope that the folks in the Northern parts of Florida are ok.

      Very odd that Vero Beach was getting slammed with rain and wind when Matthew hadn't even left Palm Beach County. They were in much worse shape than we were even early in the evening.

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      « Reply #35 on: October 07, 2016, 08:12:13 am »
      My brother in Cocoa lost power about 3:30 this morning. Everyone in his family is safe. They are posting on Facebook using their phones with updates. (John----Save you power in case you need it. Don't use your phone to post to Facebook!)

      Gainesville with some small branches from trees down in the yard. Nothing major yet but expecting high winds and rain from 11am-6pm.

      We lived in Missouri 8 years and, like Gertie, I'll take the hurricane. Lived in Springfield just north of Battlefield, which was devastated by a tornado back in 2004 (I think it was). Most scared I have been in my life was the 45 minutes in my bathroom with my wife, cat, and dog. Yep. I'll take a hurricane.

      Everyone be safe.

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      The thing about hurricanes is that, nowadays, you know if/when they're coming.

      They can post tornado warnings but they're still pretty random in where they show up and how long they last and can arrive very suddenly . . . which limits how much you can do to prepare/get someplace safe.
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      Re: Anybody else in the "eye" of Hurricane Matthew?
      « Reply #36 on: October 07, 2016, 08:20:53 am »
      The thing about hurricanes is that, nowadays, you know if/when they're coming.

      They can post tornado warnings but they're still pretty random in where they show up and how long they last and can arrive very suddenly . . . which limits how much you can do to prepare/get someplace safe.

      Exactly. I can prepare even a day or two in advance and be reasonably safe. There's no such thing as a tornado cellar here or anyplace there are high-rises and mobile homes.

      We had a pretty bad tornado here some years ago and my daughter was home alone. All I could advise her to do was get in the closet. Luckily, it skipped our house and hit the house in back of us. Pretty scary for both of us.

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      Re: Anybody else in the "eye" of Hurricane Matthew?
      « Reply #37 on: October 07, 2016, 08:40:36 am »
      My 3 co-workers in the Orlando area have had a few intermittent power outages and a bit of minor damage (section of wooden fence down, one window cracked), but otherwise not too bad. Still waiting to hear from my cousin who lives much closer to the east coast.

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      Re: Anybody else in the "eye" of Hurricane Matthew?
      « Reply #38 on: October 07, 2016, 08:53:19 am »
      As Kathy said, we were VERY lucky here in South Florida and sustained no major damage. All winds came from north and our windows are facing east, so we barely heard anything.
      But I was quite worried about Gertie and deckard, thank you for checking in! In times like this, the damage is a sad thing but needless to say, things can be slowly repaired and replaced, and the main thing is that you and your loved ones were not injured.
      Continuing best wishes sent to all still in danger.

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      Re: Anybody else in the "eye" of Hurricane Matthew?
      « Reply #39 on: October 07, 2016, 09:41:52 am »
      I haven't heard any reports of death or even injury, thank goodness. My neighbor had a tree come down on a power line but FPL has already gotten back to him.

      Glad we're all okay. It could have been so much worse.

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      Re: Anybody else in the "eye" of Hurricane Matthew?
      « Reply #40 on: October 07, 2016, 10:50:14 am »
      So glad to hear from all of you!  Stay safe!

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      Re: Anybody else in the "eye" of Hurricane Matthew?
      « Reply #41 on: October 07, 2016, 12:28:53 pm »
      The worst problem we had was the boats. I live on the Intracoastal in a condo. We dock our boats there. Ours came loose right in the middle of the rain and wind. Trying to get it tied back up with 35 mile wind and rain was not fun. We also have a lot of people with boats that are not here yet for the season, so we were trying to help get everything on their boats put away so it wouldn't blow away. The community was great and everyone helped each other. That is one of the things I really love living in Florida. Neighbors know each other and are always willing to help.

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      Re: Anybody else in the "eye" of Hurricane Matthew?
      « Reply #42 on: October 07, 2016, 03:07:16 pm »
      True, kathy. We've had several offers of help both before and after.

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