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I'm ready, got milk, bread, water, can goods and TP. Generator has been tested, all vehicles full of gas, extra gas, etc. etc. Not covering my old windows, could really use new ones in the back of house :whistle:. Not so overly concerned about flooding as we are kinda in the Florida hills, more concerned about the 150yr + old oak trees, one 40ft. tall at 15 feet from house and neighbors 60ft tall about 40ft away :oops:, more rain and wind on soft ground "no bueno" (n)馃
 

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Can't ever take a Hurricane lightly, there's no exact science behind the predictions, storm surge is very dangerous, the safest thing to do is go to high ground, none really in Florida or the coastal states on the Gulf Coast, we did not have a choice when we lived in eastern Orange County (Orlando, FL), mandatory evacuations, at approx. 2 miles from St. Johns River and approx. 30 ft. above sea level, water level rose to 3 feet around the house for 2 days, fortunately the house was 4 ft of the ground, stuff not in house got :censored:

Average elevation in my area is about 75ft, fairly safe from flooding, but not from falling trees as soil is mostly sand :(, the latest track is not good for us or central/north Florida, panic is kinda setting in, gas station lines and some out of gas, etc., etc. :( Hope our members in the Tampa area are prepping, etc. 馃檹
 

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Looks like Tampa Bay could be in for a rough time
Saw a definite increase of traffic in our area today, Hotels parking lots were busy, possibly some migration from the west coast (Tampa area) :unsure:, not really the right direction, as it's very likely coming our way :eek:, Tampa is basically a sea level town, any storm is not good, plus we had a lot of rain lately in Florida, most water management lakes/ponds are very full, secured some stuff in backyard today, closing announcements started for Wednesday/Thursday:(
 

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the weatherman in Florida are always wrong.
Yes, every single TV station has a slightly different track, I mean they use "Seven" different models and their proprietary Ouija board o_O:whistle:, the problem Now-Days is too many experts/influencers out there, mostly on FB, Instagram, Tweeter, etc., etc. and millions of people that are easily influenced ;):whistle:

I lived most of my life in "Hurricane Alley", they are not very predictable.
 

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All good here, lots of rain and wind gust to 50-60 mph, driving wife to work 10 miles away shortly, taking 4wd truck just in case, she's home care nurse, her patient really depends on her. Looks like is well south of Orlando and tracking to Melbourne, but lots of rain for a while. My Mom lives in Christmas, Florida, fairly sure is flooded, they won't know until tomorrow, they left yesterday under mandatory evacuation. Stay Safe 馃檹
 

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My prayers are with those who are suffering loss, this was really bad one for Florida, sadly a lifestyle/residence ending event for many :cry: , spoke to my sister yesterday (Friday), it's still flooded around some areas in Orlando/Orange County today, lots of damage, debris on the roads and widespread power outages, streets around Mom's house are still mostly underwater, we were planning on driving down to check on things, but she advised not to as some traffic lights, etc., are still down.
Having possibly the best weather we had in months for outdoor activities (riding), just difficult to get motivated after all this devastation, we cancelled a friends/family, gathering/cookout here tomorrow, as some had bigger issues to deal with at home :(馃檹
 

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Traveled to east of Orlando/Orange County/Christmas to visit my Mom last weekend (Oct.9), after 10 days of literally no rain, there's still a lot of standing water everywhere, debris and tons of mosquitos, unbearable swarms after dark, most beaches, business, hotels, etc. in Brevard County and east space coast in general, are closed, my mom's property had over 1 foot of standing water for several days after storm, fortunately house itself is almost 4ft. of the ground, she's only about 1 mile west of St. Johns river, which is expected to be near flood levels for months, any big rain event before river drops will require evacuation, again. At least the toll roads were still free, saved me about $25 on R/T.
 

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All good here, for now, had winds and rain similar to last one already, is tracking kinda towards Tampa and below Ocala, etc. IAC is a very wide swath, supposed to pass thru between 11am-1pm, stay safe 馃檹
 

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November hurricanes...sheesh. Glad it slowed pretty soon
Yes, Hurricane/Storm "Nicole" Cat 1 is one of three significant "Hurricane Rated" storms to enter Florida in November in 87 years or recorded history, the "Yankee Hurricane" Cat 2 in Nov 4, 1935 (so called because it formed in the northeast, of the coast of North Carolina, etc., and came down to Miami and across Florida :confused:), and "Kate" Cat 2 in 1985 across the panhandle. It's been raining in sheets here for hours, no end in sight, with wind gust to 40-50 mph, perfect conditions for flooding and knocking down trees, power lines, etc. :(馃檹
 
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