Hurricane Michael - October 2018

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  1. Lmustang89

    Lmustang89 Well-Known Member

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    WOW how terrifying. Everyone around the globe is rallying for you all in Florida and the East Coast. So glad you and your family are now safe.
     


  2. MaryG12

    MaryG12 Well-Known Member

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    So sorry for the loss of your daughter's and granddaughter's homes, Ocean.

    I saw many photos and videos of what Michael did to the FL panhandle - Panama City and Mexico Beach are gone, flattened like a pancake. Just the visuals alone are horrific, a nightmare in themselves. I am happy your daughter and granddaughter are alive and safe, my prayers go out to everyone affected by this devastating hurricane.
     
  3. MelmothTheLost

    MelmothTheLost Well-Known Member

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    I was wrong. She was struck by part of a carport which was ripped up and slammed into her grandparents' "modular home" she was staying at.
     
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  4. Jax49

    Jax49 Florida Native

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  5. oceanblueeyes

    oceanblueeyes Well-Known Member

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    Thank you Rose.

    I am 71 and have lived in this area all of my life. I have seen tornadoes....straight line winds who have done major damage. Even in 1994 when cat one Alberto caused catastrophic damage here resulting in a 500 year flood. It resulted in many deaths in our county and many surrounding counties 65 in total.

    But I have never experienced anything like Michael's fury. I really thought none of us would be able to survive this one but by the grace of God..we did.

    For such an unrelenting monster it is unbelievable that more lives weren't lost.

    However I fear we may never know who all has lost their lives. I have read that the areas hardiest hit in Florida the bodies may never be located because they aren't there anymore. I can't begin to comprehend the pain family members are going through as they desperately try to locate their missing friends...coworkers and family members. I pray all are located. The not knowing has to be so painful for all who wait.

    On a lighter note. I mentioned to my hubby before lunch it sure would be nice to have a hot lunch. As soon as I said it out the door he went and it took him an hour and a half to find it. But we had a hot Chinese meal for the first time since our power went off. Now the little things in life matter more. Some restaurants are beginning to use generators because they know thousands remains without power.

    My hubby has been our rock always....not only for our family and friends but always offering a helping hand to so many others in need. He is such a caring kind hearted man and we are all richly blessed to have him in our lives. This is who he is and always has been.

    Now i have to charge my phone. Hugs to everyone and I will return later.

    Take care.
     
  6. CARIIS

    CARIIS Spelling Bee Winner - Kindergarden!

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    In a mood

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    not reading but when I see something and wonder if it is here i will link

    if posted sorry

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  7. oceanblueeyes

    oceanblueeyes Well-Known Member

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    I have so much to be thankful for and believe me I am. If my oldest daughter...our oldest granddaughter and our two precious little great grandbabies and their sweet husbands/fathers had not evacuated we would be among those who wait for their loved ones to be located in the ruins and destruction.

    My heart freezes just thinking about what if they had not evacuated.

    Possessions can be replaced no matter how long it takes but precious lives never can be. At least we will be able to hug them all and continue to give them all of our support and unconditional love and comfort.

    I wish everyone had been as blessed. It breaks my heart for all who have lost those that mean everything to them knowing they cant ever be replaced.

    Its all so sad....all of it and it will only worsen for many.
     
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  8. CARIIS

    CARIIS Spelling Bee Winner - Kindergarden!

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    scott boutwell and brooke baldwin

    cant find but get some Kleenex if you do
     
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    CNN Newsroom on Twitter
     
  10. imstilla.grandma

    imstilla.grandma Believer of Miracles

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    Solidarity ❤️ blue eyes
     
  11. MaryG12

    MaryG12 Well-Known Member

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    It may be that the reason for so much destruction, is the rate that Florida keeps developing land.

    Ten years ago when we first moved down here it was nothing like this; now that the county has not only built more roads connecting south from the northern part of the city, condos and housing developments are lining these roads. I truly wish I could understand why so many people are moving to Florida, I suspect the reasons would go right over my head.

    I'm just looking forward to moving out of here within the next year or so.
     
  12. oceanblueeyes

    oceanblueeyes Well-Known Member

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    I love that song. Thank you.

    Rarely if ever do we make any demands of our 5 grown children. We are exceedingly blessed that all 5 make sound decisions on their own.

    But this one we couldn't leave to chance. Their daddy/Papa and their Moma/Nannie... in no uncertain terms told them they must evacuate and do it while Michael wasn't that close.

    Yet because we never tell them what to do and this time we did they immediately did what we asked them to do.

    They were debating on when to leave and if they should try to load some of their possessions on trailers before leaving.

    Michael was coming closer becoming more dangerous quickly so we told them it was best to get out immediately before all the traffic spilled out on the roads that may leave them stranded on the highways.

    Thank God they all heeded our heartfelt advice even though it sounded more like a demand. LOL

    We stayed in touch with them as they made their way back inland until we knew they were safe and have continued once our cells were working again..

    Of course they all are very distraught from losing everything they have worked hard for and they will have to start over from scratch which is terrifying for anyone. They do realize they will at least have the opportunity to start anew. Something that never could have happened if they had decided to stay.

    I wish many others would have done the same.

    Before we lost power one of the last images I saw on the news was a man and his wife who were on a small sailboat who were going to ride it out. No doubt they will be among the fatalities. They may have even had more family members on board.
     
  13. imstilla.grandma

    imstilla.grandma Believer of Miracles

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    https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/fldiv/michael.cfm

    Disaster expert: Inside Hurricane Michael's dangerous, unreal world for first responders

    Airbnb has expanded it's Open Homes Program to include all of North Florida and the entire state of Georgia.
    In the event of major emergencies like Michael, Airbnb's Disaster Responseand Relief Team activates its host communities through the Open Homes program.
    Hosts interested in listing their properties for free are being directed to follow airbnb.com/hurricanemichael, where they can opt in by clicking “Sign Up Your Home”
    The evacuees are being directed to follow the same link - airbnb.com/hurricanemichael - where they can locate free listings within close proximity by clicking “Find Shelter.”
    Airbnb expands free temporary housing program following Hurricane Michael

    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced tax relief for victims of Hurricane Michael.
    Relief is available for taxpayers in any area designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as qualifying for individual assistance.
    The current list of eligible localities is always available on the disaster relief page on the IRS website.
    For more on casualty losses after a disaster, click here.
    For more details on available tax relief, you can also check out the disaster relief page on IRS.gov. For information on government-wide efforts related to disaster recovery, visit disasterassistance.gov.
    IRS Announces Tax Relief For Taxpayers Affected By Hurricane Michael
     
  14. oceanblueeyes

    oceanblueeyes Well-Known Member

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    An aside. When our newest great granddaughter was born on the sixth of October they named her Cape due to their love of the sea.
     
  15. Jinkasaurus

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    This is the first I've heard about this program through AirBnB. Very interesting. It actually makes a lot of sense, and I am happy to hear the company has chosen to do this. Its an amazing resource to be able to offer during wide-spread tragedies like this one.
     
  16. zencompass

    zencompass Hope springs eternal

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    Dearest OceanBlueEyes,

    Your words went straight to my heart.

    Especially the question - what if they had not evacuated? Your great relief and profound gratitude for your family's safety can be felt in your messages.

    I am still teary reading your posts and hearing how you are feeling so heartbroken for others.

    My heart goes out to everyone affected. This is all so deeply saddening.

    It is so true about precious lives being what matters. It is also very difficult to grasp the hardship many will face when they return to what was once their home. I hope they are able to get whatever help they need.

    Their possessions may be gone but their memories and their lives are so precious.

    Everyone there has been in my prayers and thoughts.

    I am hundreds of miles away so I can't physically help or comfort but it is a blessing that our banks here are accepting donations. It's a small thing but it is a thing I can do.

    God Bless everyone there.
     
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  17. Lilibet

    Lilibet Well-Known Member

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    This article, also posted upthread, is about Panacea, FL where my 90 year old uncle lives, south of town, right by the ocean on a canal, because he loves to fish. He isn’t poor, like so many in the town, but I can’t imagine that his two-story home survived. I’m almost positive he would have evacuated, but I’m still waiting to hear from him.

    My heart breaks for those who have lost everything they own and even loved ones. Thank goodness your children heeded your pleas, @oceanblueeyes.

    ‘I Got Stuck’: In Poor, Rural Communities, Fleeing Hurricane Michael Was Tough
     
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  18. Jax49

    Jax49 Florida Native

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    Hurricane Michael Updates: Body Found on Florida Beach with Death Toll Already at 16 | The Weather Channel

    "At least 16 deaths have been blamed on the powerful storm – seven in Florida, three in North Carolina, one in Georgia and five in Virginia.

    That number is almost certain to rise after Miami Fire Chief Joseph Zahralban, leader of a search-and-rescue unit, told the Associated Press that crews found at least one body on Mexico Beach, the Florida town nearly obliterated by the hurricane.

    "We have one confirmed deceased and are working to determine if there are others," said Zahralban, who added that searchers were trying to determine if that person had been alone or was part of a family."
     
  19. Jax49

    Jax49 Florida Native

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    CNN's Anderson Cooper reads out the names and stories of some of the victims of Hurricane Michael.
     
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    Lilibet, I hope you hear from you uncle soon. I know you are concerned. Being able to communicate with loved ones seems to be a huge problem. Maybe tomorrow you will hear from him, I hope.
     
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