Hurricane Irma

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  1. oceanblueeyes

    oceanblueeyes Well-Known Member

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    I saw a couple being interviewed this morning. They are right on the beach in Miami Florida and live in a high rise condo on the second floor. The woman was laughing as if Irma is no big deal. The storm surge will be powerful in that area and I highly doubt she and her husband will be safe just being two stories up. It is the ones who can evacuate but don't because they think they can just ride it out that bothers me most. Yet, if they survive they will be the first ones to call 911 wanting first responders to come and rescue them.

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  2. Jax49

    Jax49 Florida Native

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    RBBM

    Don't know if you trust Snopes or not (I usually do), but they believe the CNN rescue was not faked. moo

    http://www.snopes.com/cnn-staged-hurricane-harvey-rescue-video/
     
  3. oceanblueeyes

    oceanblueeyes Well-Known Member

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    Hasn't Governor Scott said that anyone that cant afford to get out to call the hotline number and they will come and take them out?
     
  4. oceanblueeyes

    oceanblueeyes Well-Known Member

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    I don't want to go off topic but since Snopes has been exposed themselves for untruths I don't use them now to verify anything anymore.

    But after reading many articles in the last few months where CNN has become the news story instead of reporting the news because of fake stories I tend to believe they did make up a mock rescue. JMO of course.
     
  5. bluedivergirl

    bluedivergirl Well-Known Member

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    I saw that interview. She said something mocking about a 20 ft storm surge. *shakes head*
     
  6. No it's not

    No it's not that simple

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    Anyone else in the Naples/ Bonita Springs area besides yours truly?

    -Nin
     
  7. MelmothTheLost

    MelmothTheLost Well-Known Member

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    In France, the government clearly signposts routes bis, or alternative routes for those seeking to avoid (toll) motorways or other very busy roads. There's even a fold out roadmap with them marked. Maybe something like this could be done in hurricane areas to encourage people to use a wider variety of escape routes instead of everyone snarling up the interstates. A less obvious route that ordinarily is slower than an interstate may well be a damned sight faster if the interstate is at a standstill.
     
  8. Spellbound

    Spellbound falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus

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    I have not seen that, but glad to know it is a possibility for those who feel financially stuck. I hope they use it. Thanks.

    I saw only one clip early on with the reporter talking abut the storm and a truck in the background was slowly driving along and then was drifting. The reporter immediately went to help and it all seemed sincere. That clip (I thought it was a live shot) has disappeared, or at least I can't find it again. I do think it was a true story, though I am afraid I can't give you a link now.


    ETA: the full video is on this page:
    https://www.aol.com/article/news/20...flooded-ditch-during-live-broadcast/23191634/
     
  9. deedee21

    deedee21 Well-Known Member

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    I cant believe how some pack up their cars and leave pets behind. How heartless. It should be criminal.
     
  10. oceanblueeyes

    oceanblueeyes Well-Known Member

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    Jax29, can I please ask you a question?

    My hubby works for an international chemical company and is in management but the Jacksonville terminal called yesterday and they are requesting a large amount of medical gases to be delivered before the storm hits so he left this morning to transport them along with others from our area. He said all of the area hospitals and medical facilities have requested to have much more on hand than is usually delivered each week.

    Anyway, can you tell me how bad the traffic is in your area for the routes being taken out of Jacksonville that are being used by those evacuating? He left really early this morning and made it to Jacksonville around 10 am but he said all of the gas stations and convenience stores along the way had massive lines even that early and that was going toward Jacksonville.

    TIA for any help you can give me. The kids and I are just wondering if there is a possibility he will be late getting in today due to traffic congestion. He is not allowed to use his cell phone when driving so we wont be able to hear from him until he gets in.
     
  11. JerseyGirl

    JerseyGirl Forum Coordinator Staff Member Forum Coordinators

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    I have family/friends that left Marco Island and Naples.
     
  12. MelmothTheLost

    MelmothTheLost Well-Known Member

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    I was meaning for sheltering those who've evacuated to neighbouring states but either can't find room at the inn (ha!) or simply can't afford it. It was a response to an earlier comment about not being able to afford gouged motel prices. Maybe if churches took in evacuees, even for a bit of floor, a blanket and coffee and sandwiches, it would lessen the demand for rooms which makes it possible for motels to price gouge.
     
  13. oceanblueeyes

    oceanblueeyes Well-Known Member

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    My husband and I have discussed that before. We both look over at Maggie and Tuxie, our beloved fur babies, and both agree we couldn't ever leave them behind. I don't know how anyone can do that. Our two are like our own children.

    When we are in a tornado warning in our area the first thing we do is make sure they are in the hallway along with us protected under a mattress. We shield them more than we do ourselves.

    IMO
     
  14. Jax49

    Jax49 Florida Native

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    I haven't been out but I'm hearing traffic is a mess and gas stations have been running out for days.

    Your best bet if to check out the Traffic map Bently has been linking.

    https://www.google.com/maps/@30.0231592,-86.0466474,7z/data=!5m1!1e1

    ETA: Yes, he will probably be late...question is how late.
     
  15. rsd1200

    rsd1200 If there's no link, it's just my own 2¢.

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    Unless the church is in a mega-dome like Olsteen's, I'd guess many of the churches aren't much better off, structurally, than riding it out at home. There were a few in Katrina that were able to serve food and supplies out of their buildings, and house some volunteers, but the water marks were nearly up to the ceiling. Some of the big sports arenas, if they're covered, could open their doors.
     
  16. JerseyGirl

    JerseyGirl Forum Coordinator Staff Member Forum Coordinators

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    And then when they get back to their homes, if they are uninhabitable, they'll have to find shelter and food and begin clean up, another enormous financial strain. It's a very long, expensive road.

    I truly believe the only people who have some sort of normalcy are those that don't own a home, FEMA will pick them up and drop them off in a nice new city and give them money so they can start to rebuild their lives. These people don't have to deal with the headaches AND heartaches in dealing with insurance companies, inspections, mold, home damage, etc. etc. the list goes on and on,

    We did not get FEMA assistance. We had flood and homeowners insurance. Once we filed a FEMA claim, they told us to deal with our insurance company for funds. Well, the insurance company only "reimburses" you. Who has thousand and thousands of dollars to get the house back to a livable condition. Luckily a neighbor told us that the insurance companies will give you a very small percentage of funds to being the process, but no one at FEMA or our insurance company mentioned that when we talked to them on the phone or when they visited the home to do an evaluation.
     
  17. jccoa1999

    jccoa1999 Former Member

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    For the man/wife and their 4 year old living in the high-rise on 11th floor..IMO, if my only other option was to go to an overfilled shelter I'd have to say I'd rather stay in my own place and take my chances as long as I was prepared and had plenty of supplies/generator!! Unless of course that there was a 100 percent guarantee that we would all be safe at the shelter!

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  18. rsd1200

    rsd1200 If there's no link, it's just my own 2¢.

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    With their pets, if they have them? I'd hope anyway.
     
  19. No it's not

    No it's not that simple

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    Not me. Axes and ropes on attics, supplies in several locations, vehicles stocked and placed in several locations, generators. Pet in harness..;--)

    -Nin
     
  20. MelmothTheLost

    MelmothTheLost Well-Known Member

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    As I clarifed above, I'm not referring to churches in the danger area but those in areas to which people are fleeing. THOSE should be offering a place of refuge. Hopefully many are doing just that.
     
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