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Old 08-16-08, 04:22 PM   #1
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Are you ready for Hurricane Fay?

i'm gassing up the truck in the next hour, will be filling the generators, and packing the important papers... batteries are charged up, and there are a couple cases of water and diet coke in the garage...

i guess we'll know in the next 24 to 36 hours how things are going to shake out?

(will definitely be taking the Merlin and Serotta with me if i have to leave)
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i'm gassing up the truck in the next hour, will be filling the generators, and packing the important papers... batteries are charged up, and there are a couple cases of water and diet coke in the garage...
hehe! You're NOT a native Floridian, are you? Barring outrageous circumstances, (which, admittedly, have happened before), IF Fay does come it will be no more than a Cat 1 `cane, and I don't do any more than throw the patio furniture in the pool for a Cat 1!

Truth of the matter is the hundreds of 24/7/365 news channels have to have something to horrify people with, and Fay is it for today! My best guess is that the Tampa Bay area won't get any more than a whole lot of rain and sub-50mph winds. That's just a normal day in the pacific northwest!

A helpful link when separating the wheat from the chaff is the National Weather Service's National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ Scroll down and take a look at the first box under Tropical Storm Fay. The "Forcast Discussion" is what you want to pay attention to, and down at the bottom is what their best guess is currently. In the current discussion, (#8), and on the predicted track, they only expect it to reach hurricane force winds for a brief period between Cuba and the keys.

But they do hedge their bets and opt to prepare the populace for a `cane anyway, (see Public Advisory #8), and as soon as they do the media goes into a frenzy!

All that having been said, a Hurricane Warning is a GREAT excuse for a Hurricane Party! So what time's it start and what should we bring??!!

P.S. If the power does go out, Diet Coke is NASTY when warm! Stock up on Gatorade instead!
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I live right on the beach (Juno) and what is weird to me is
how calm the ocean is right now. Usually, anything within a
1000 miles will bring 6 foot tubers right up to the beach but
its amazingly calm right now. Sort of Omenus
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it's 50 mph, and still south of Cuba. Could end up in New Orleans for all we know.
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Shouldn't bring more than rain over here, no matter what. Although... remember that one in '05 that did a loop and rolled back at us? I always have unperishable canned goods, and some jugs to fill with water if the shizzle threatens to hit the fan. Other than that, no sense frettin'.

Oh, yeah, and I would make room in the car for the Gary Fisher if it came down to getting out of town.
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hehe! You're NOT a native Floridian, are you? Barring outrageous circumstances, (which, admittedly, have happened before), IF Fay does come it will be no more than a Cat 1 `cane, and I don't do any more than throw the patio furniture in the pool for a Cat 1!

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All that having been said, a Hurricane Warning is a GREAT excuse for a Hurricane Party! So what time's it start and what should we bring??!!

P.S. If the power does go out, Diet Coke is NASTY when warm! Stock up on Gatorade instead!
nope, not native... just gunshy after going through Alex, Bonnie, Charley, Francis, Ivan, and Jeanne in 2004...

:-)

love the idea of a Hurricane Party! maybe i should grill Monday for eats on Tuesday? even as i write this, the storm track has changed in the last eight hours, so maybe we'll just get rain?

and yes, warm diet Coke is truly nasty, but the wife unit *has* to have it so we're prepared with a generator and ice maker - i prefer water...
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nope, not native... just gunshy after going through Alex, Bonnie, Charley, Francis, Ivan, and Jeanne in 2004...

love the idea of a Hurricane Party! maybe i should grill Monday for eats on Tuesday? even as i write this, the storm track has changed in the last eight hours, so maybe we'll just get rain?
Understood. I've never seen a season like 2004! Yet even then we never got hit with anything that was worth boarding up the windows for, (although I did it 3 times that year!). Tampa Bay has proved to be a hard target. Last one I recall coming directly thru here was in `63 or `64 when I was a kid!

Oh, and the only acceptable food substance at a hurricane party that requires cooking is stuff that someone else cooks, i.e., take-out! It's a PARTY! No one's supposed to be pattying up burgers, marinating steaks, or dicing up stuff for kabobs! You just throw some cold cuts on the table and tell everyone to bring chips or dip or potato salad or dessert!

Alternately, if you decide to go the take-out route, you call around and find out who is still open. (When the power goes it rarely goes out in the whole city, and I guarantee you a ton of bars that serve food will be open even when all the pizza joints are closed!) You draw straws for who goes to get it, then run a pool on how long it will take them in the pouring rain with flooded streets!

Other than that, you turn on the weather channel, (muted), put on some Jimmy Buffet, break out the cards and enough change for a looooong penny-ante poker game and you're done!
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Alternately, if you decide to go the take-out route, you call around and find out who is still open. (When the power goes it rarely goes out in the whole city, and I guarantee you a ton of bars that serve food will be open even when all the pizza joints are closed!) You draw straws for who goes to get it, then run a pool on how long it will take them in the pouring rain with flooded streets!

Other than that, you turn on the weather channel, (muted), put on some Jimmy Buffet, break out the cards and enough change for a looooong penny-ante poker game and you're done!
ha! i remember the only food store open right before Charley was Albertsons - and now they're gone...

the wife would definitely go for a WX channel/Buffet/poker hurricane party!

was out and about today... stopped by the local Publix - didn't notice any apprehension, panic buying, or any long lines at local gas stations...
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the wife would definitely go for a WX channel/Buffet/poker hurricane party!
So far, Miss Fay isn't even a good excuse for a party! Thought I'd wake up to at least some rainy weather this morning. I should be grateful, but I hate missing a day riding cause the weatherman told me I could sleep in!
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TS Fay? I went out riding late this afternoon/early evening and it was breezy and I got soaked. Then again where I live (Gainesville) we are not going to get the worst of it.
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So, not looking good for me. If this thing intensifies to a Cat 1, it looks to be coming in my front door on Thursday morning.
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Well, I'm in Melbourne where we've been taking all Fay has offered so far. Only one flicker of the power, still eating hot food, drinking cold water, watching the Olympics and reading what you toeclips have had to say today. =)

Hope to get Fay on her way so I can get some miles in tomorrow. Ride around and check out some flooding.
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Yea, you have had it better than a few years ago, that's for sure. My sister lives in Satellite Beach and she said it has not been too bad, but the nasty stuff had not really come around at that point. Stay safe.
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I wish it would head north. It would interfere with cycling, but we can really need rain.
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Well you can have it my friend. It's stalled out over central Florida enough to dump 16-20 inches (some spots have gotten 21.1inches) of rain here in Melbourne.

It's not really windy, maybe 35-40mph, and there are more than a couple kids out playing in it, but my street is flooded pretty bad along with the rest of the neighborhood. I've drained my pool 3 times already because it keeps flooding out my backyard. All I can do is and
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It's stalled out over central Florida enough to dump 16-20 inches (some spots have gotten 21.1inches) of rain here in Melbourne.
Wow. Quit hogging it all. We've not had but a trace of precipitation in August. And August isn't a good month to go without rain.
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My sister drained 15" of water from her pool last night about 10:30 and this morning around 6:30 she said it was over flowing and her hood is completed flooded about 3" deep.
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+1000

We've been in a drought for the last few years.
I'm tired of water restrictions.
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We got a bunch of rain in Savannah yesterday and are supposed to get more today and tomorrow.

Wish we could send a bunch of it up to you guys in N. GA & East TN.
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Too much rain too fast does nothing but create flooding. Nice light steady rain is the ticket, but hopefully your folks up north will get some of this stuff. I really ready for this stupid storm to move on.
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Too much rain too fast does nothing but create flooding. Nice light steady rain is the ticket, but hopefully your folks up north will get some of this stuff. I really ready for this stupid storm to move on.
No doubt. I'm tired of being stuck in my house and I don't feel like going outside to run around in backed up sewage water. There are lot's of people out in it, then you know they just go inside and take a shower which only adds to the problem.

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SE Radar Loop for TS 'Fay'

Hope this thing doesn't make its way back into the Gulf of Mexico.

http://radar.weather.gov/Conus/southeast_loop.php
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merging with the other TS Fay thread. Plan on it hitting the gulf.
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We've had lots of wind (15-30 mph) yesterday and today. The weather guessers have been forecasting "HEAVY" rain for two days but it's been dry, just cloudy. So I said why not and decided to go riding today. Started sprinkling (very light) before I'd gone a mile. The roads were barely wet as I rode but the wind and gusts made riding tricky in spots. Glad I decided to go. It was fun. Haven't been out in weather like that in a while.
Here's what we're currently getting. The weather folks are saying we'll get pounded on Sunday and Monday.
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I road an out and back route that headed directly east on Friday. This was the first time I recall having head wind that brutal on that route. The ride back was ausome though, 10 miles at 20 to 25 mph even on hilly terrain. Fay sat on top of us all day yesturday and and it's still raining this mourning. A couple more days of this and we might actually catch up on our water supply.
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