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Uh-oh Cat 5!!!

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i have a feeling that this one is going to hurt

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ElphsHouse says:

as of now, this is the most powerful Atlantic hurricane ever recorded. the pressure is down to 882 millibars.
eep.

19th Oct 2005, 17:55

onceupon says:

*sigh*

Time to go buy more water and batteries and canned goods.

19th Oct 2005, 18:09

bronxelf says:

Uh guys?

Get out. Seriously. This is going to be double plus ungood.

19th Oct 2005, 18:10

ElphsHouse says:

if we can, we will go. or at least, I will; my husband can't, he'll be needed.
the problem is, when you live in Southern Florida, as I do, and the storm is going north, there aren't a lot of options as far as fleeing goes.

19th Oct 2005, 18:14

onceupon says:

I may be heading northward sooner than anticipated if this thing is going to hit Orlando.

19th Oct 2005, 18:14

ElphsHouse says:

onceupon: it is going to hit Orlando. it is going to hit pretty much ALL of Florida to some extent or another.

19th Oct 2005, 18:15

bronxelf says:

The BuckyBall may be the only thing left standing (seeing as how it's the most dimensionally stable thing IN Orlando...)

19th Oct 2005, 18:16

onceupon says:

This hurricane season and the last provide me with even more motivation to move out of this state. Time to call my hurricane buddies and see if we'll be caravanning to Atlanta.

19th Oct 2005, 18:17

bronxelf says:

I'd do it before the gasoline runs out....

19th Oct 2005, 18:23

ElphsHouse says:

think I will do the same. want out : {

19th Oct 2005, 18:23

onceupon says:

Well, it's not predicted to hit until the weekend.... Which means the real gas rush will be Friday, unless things change really quickly. There's a huge group of people in Orlando who are burnt from last year and the panic of this year who will try to brush it off until the very last minute....

*sigh*

19th Oct 2005, 18:25

bronxelf says:

Can you not be one of them?

Get. Out.

Seriously. There's no shortage of places you can stay in ATL or here.

19th Oct 2005, 18:27

onceupon says:

I'm pricing plane tickets right now.

19th Oct 2005, 18:29

ElphsHouse says:

most likely it will be cat 2 by the time it reaches Orlando, says latest newsy update.
scary to thinkthat it was a tropical depression less than 24 hours ago, and is now a powerful cat 5.
I'm hoping that the evening/overnight updates will be a little more calming; cuz at the moment, I'm a little close to a freak out.

19th Oct 2005, 18:29

onceupon says:

I'm nervous as well because at this point none of the storms seem to be doing what anyone expects. And the high today is 89, which is only going to add fuel to the storm.

19th Oct 2005, 18:31

bronxelf says:

If this thing doesn't turn and goes further up into the bathtub, it's gonna make whatever it hits look like a bomb went off. According to the current weather channel projections this is a *fast* moving storm. They're saying the remnants will reach NYC by Monday (the current projection mostly shows it missing NYC entirely and whacking the eastern end of Long Island.)

19th Oct 2005, 18:35

onceupon says:

Flights out of town are UNGODLY. But plans are made to stay with a friend well out of the path. Now I HAVE to fill up my tank on the way home.

19th Oct 2005, 18:37

goode says:

This must be pretty worrying?

19th Oct 2005, 18:38

bronxelf says:

Just make sure you get out *early*. Don't get caught in that traffic nighmare. Remember, they're going to be fleeing all the way down from Key West northwards.

19th Oct 2005, 18:41

bronxelf says:

goode: look and see.(link) It's going to be bad.

19th Oct 2005, 18:42

onceupon says:

If things continue the way they are, I'll leave tomorrow instead of waiting for the weekend.

19th Oct 2005, 18:43

bronxelf says:

Wise choice.

Just remember if you have to go farther north, we can surely accommodate you up here.

19th Oct 2005, 18:45

onceupon says:

This just further motivates me to find a good job and move, like, tomorrow.

19th Oct 2005, 18:48

bronxelf says:

I've left word with IJK and Stronae that they can always come here. :)

19th Oct 2005, 18:51

onceupon says:

Excellent. I was about to give IJK a call to check up on them.

19th Oct 2005, 18:54

ElphsHouse says:

wow. this is doing nothing to allieviate the effing headache that i woke up with.

19th Oct 2005, 18:55

bronxelf says:

Well call her anyway.... I dont know that she's SEEN my ping yet.

ElphsHouse-- which reminds me-- make sure you have med supplies and such. And some Excedrin. You'll need it.

19th Oct 2005, 19:05

ElphsHouse says:

semantics, but I am allergic to ASA. I do have plenty of other types of things to take, though. luckily, the dog's prescriptions were filled recently, and I've got plenty of clean clothes.
and an exit strategy, if it comes to that.

19th Oct 2005, 19:10

bronxelf says:

Massive suckage on the allergy. I cant even imagine the hell my life would be without that precious little green bottle of goodness.

19th Oct 2005, 19:26

goode says:

goodness me, this sounds outrageous! I'm from Scotland so never have this sort of thing to deal with!

19th Oct 2005, 19:30

onceupon says:

I don't know why we as humans even settled in Florida in the first place. It's glorious in April and May (if you don't mind the daily rains) but the rest of the time it's a target for awful, ungodly weather.

19th Oct 2005, 19:32

bronxelf says:

Same reason people go anywhere else.

To escape other people. Nature abhors a vaccuum.

19th Oct 2005, 19:38

ElphsHouse says:

everywhere's got something. I've lived in earthquake prone cities, tornado targets, hurricane magnets. you gotta live somewhere.*shrug*
odd but true - I have lived in the vicinity of the San Andreas fault and the Loma Prieta fault. The worst earthquake I ever experienced happened in Montreal.

19th Oct 2005, 19:56

bronxelf says:

I managed to get away clean when I lived in California, but was on hand for the big Seattle quake a few years ago, and the Ardsley quake here in NY back in the 80's.

19th Oct 2005, 19:58

ElphsHouse says:

I should remember the NY 80s quake, so why don't I? did it happen to originate in Quebec?
apparently the nastiest fault is under StLouis, where I also lived, coincidentally.
(hmm, maybe it's me? nah.)

19th Oct 2005, 20:01

bronxelf says:

nope. The epicenter was in Ardsley, in Westchester county.

19th Oct 2005, 20:02

onceupon says:

NY has earthquakes?

*shakeshead*

Actually, I was in India during a quake a few years ago. It wasn't a bad one, by any means, and it was freakish and unnerving, but I think I'd still prefer that to hurricanes.

19th Oct 2005, 20:11

ElphsHouse says:

I don't remember, which is bothering me, for some reason. I'll blame it on the headache.

19th Oct 2005, 20:12

ElphsHouse says:

goode: it's worrisome, but in a strange way, you get used to it. or, accustomed to it, I should say. I do take the warnings very seriously, but really you can only do so much in the end. it's either be well prepared, or flee.

19th Oct 2005, 20:15

ElphsHouse says:

onceupon: It's all the advance warning, plenty of time to prepare, but also time to imagine the worst and panic, IMO. Plus, there's like a whole predictable SEASON. *sickofit*
the other stuff sneaks up on you

19th Oct 2005, 20:17

onceupon says:

I think all the advance warning makes too many people, especially in Orlando, complacent. We went SO LONG without anything that people stopped believing the warnings. Now people panic at the first sign of a storm and people are getting too dismissive because so many of them have passed us by again.

*sigh*

There's no simple place, I guess.

19th Oct 2005, 20:26

ElphsHouse says:

I do hope this one passes you by also. And me, as well. I guess the path has it going to Lake Okeechobee, so I'll feel something.
Unless I run away, which is a possibility : )
I know what you mean about the panic vs. complacency. AFAIAC, it is okay to wait until you know more, but I guess sometimes that screws you out of having a chance to get out.

19th Oct 2005, 20:31

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