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Bike Ride During Hurricane Irma

Old 09-10-17, 02:01 PM
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Bike Ride During Hurricane Irma

Had to park my car up on high ground away from the beach, so I brought my bike with me and rode it back to the condo I'm taking cover in. I rode just a few miles but now I can say I rode my bike through a hurricane, sort of, just the outer bands right now, big stuff is suppose to be here around midnight.

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Good luck weathering the storm. I'm in Jax, lots of rain right now, but we should be fine.
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When the eye passes over, you have a good 2.5hr of cycling before heading for shelter.

If you can keep at 12mph in the same direction you can ride indefinately until you get tired.
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Originally Posted by Daniel4 View Post
When the eye passes over, you have a good 2.5hr of cycling before heading for shelter.

If you can keep at 12mph in the same direction you can ride indefinately until you get tired.
LOL, I think I'm done riding for the day, but if I was 20 years younger, I probably would've taken your idea. Of course 20 years ago I would've been deep into a 12 pack of beer too.
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Did you go out for a few KOMs on local Strava segments?
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Old 09-10-17, 05:42 PM
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Did you go out for a few KOMs on local Strava segments?
I have no idea what that means, I did use my cycle meter though.
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There are no "mountains" in Florida.
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On CNN earlier today there was two guys cycling in Miami Beach I think. It was like an 80 mph tail-wind. Looked like fun.
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Its blowing hard as hell out right now, somehow we still have power and internet, wind is blowing so hard its sucking the water out of the toilets through the drain vents on the roof ! So freaking strange !
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There are no "mountains" in Florida.
No, but Strava still calls the best time for a segment a "KOM."
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Its blowing hard as hell out right now, somehow we still have power and internet, wind is blowing so hard its sucking the water out of the toilets through the drain vents on the roof ! So freaking strange !
Oh... that would be fun... flush the toilet, and everything goes UP!!! Only to come down somewhere else
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Its blowing hard as hell out right now, somehow we still have power and internet, wind is blowing so hard its sucking the water out of the toilets through the drain vents on the roof ! So freaking strange !
It's been almost 18hours since Scooty Puff Jr. posted. If he doesn't post another soon, his internet friends will have to get the authorities to check up on him.
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Originally Posted by Daniel4 View Post
It's been almost 18hours since Scooty Puff Jr. posted. If he doesn't post another soon, his internet friends will have to get the authorities to check up on him.
Considering large parts of Florida are without electrical power, the loss of internet / cell-phone connectivity is to be expected. I wouldn't worry.

It does look like a hell of a mess though! Not much cycling going to happen there for a while :-(
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Kind of a big nothing. My family has a beach-front home on Florida's gulf coast (near Sarasota), which luckily suffered no damage, other than a few broken tree branches. There was no storm surge at all. Power was knocked out, but should be back up shortly. The damage was far and away less than with Wilma when it hit my Miami home in 2005.

Following the news, you might have thought Irma would be one of the biggest weather catastrophes of all time, but in the end, it was just one of the many hurricanes that have hit the area. I moved to Florida in 1992 just before Andrew hit, and Andrew was indeed a storm, vastly worse than Irma. You would not have been able to get around on your bike after Andrew, houses were turned to rubble, which blocked the streets and sidewalks, the scale of the devastation was incredible.

During my years in Florida, I worked in law enforcement, and was on duty throughout every hurricane. At the moment, Irma appears to have hit with the same strength and damage as Rita in 2005, an unremarkable storm which knocked down some trees and power lines, and destroyed some mobile homes. There is of course damage, but nothing like what was predicted by the news. The only record set by Irma seems to be the number of people evacuated.
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I'm glad you fared well.

Do they still make straw houses down in Florida?

It would seem like there would be new building codes in place since some of those big hurricanes, as well as some agreement on how to deal with the venturi effect, and the enormous pressure differentials. With some luck, damage could be reduced each season with better preparation and planning.
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
I'm glad you fared well.

Do they still make straw houses down in Florida?

It would seem like there would be new building codes in place since some of those big hurricanes, as well as some agreement on how to deal with the venturi effect, and the enormous pressure differentials. With some luck, damage could be reduced each season with better preparation and planning.
No shortage of codes and extra costs for Florida builders . You would probably be surprised at how much steel hardware goes into the typical wood framed home . The roofs do not come off ; shingles maybe . I guess only west coasters allow straw built homes .
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This and Timothy H's I'll bet they get the KOM should probably be combined and sent to Foo.


Before starting a thread please try to see if there are others that you can simply add to?
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Originally Posted by Daniel4 View Post
It's been almost 18hours since Scooty Puff Jr. posted. If he doesn't post another soon, his internet friends will have to get the authorities to check up on him.
I'm here, house came through fine even the oaks made it, but there's a lot of trees and debris everywhere, a lot of business signs didn't make it and can be found everywhere. This was not as bad as Andrew, but it was a major event, this was probably the worse Cat 1 hurricane I've been through, the wind gusts were nasty. I still have no power, and my generator gave up the ghost around 1am, so me and the neighbors had to drink all the beer in my fridge before it got warm. I'm staying at my GF on the beach and she has power and internet, so it looks like me and the cat are going to hold up here for a while.


I rode my bike from here to my house Monday morning, and the MUP was nearly impassable in 4 spots through a 17 mile ride. I will post some pics soon.
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Scooty Puff Jr. Glad you're ok and made the best of the situation.


I've been in some heavy storms myself. Once vacationing in Cuba. And another time in Hong Kong at my in-law's place during a category 8 typhoon (do not go to work). The rating system is different there.

There's a strange feeling hearing and feeling the windows and shutters pounding while you know you're safely sheltered.

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Scooty Puff Jr. Glad you're ok and made the best of the situation.


I've been in some heavy storms myself. Once vacationing in Cuba. And another time in Hong Kong at my in-law's place during a category 8 typhoon (do not go to work). The rating system is different there.

There's a strange feeling hearing and feeling the windows and shutters pounding while you know you're safely sheltered.
Thanks ! Yeah the noise was bizarre, in the morning after, it was still blowing like crazy and it sounded like there was a busy highway next to the house because the wind was swirling so much it sounded like cars were going back and forth.
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Kind of a big nothing. My family has a beach-front home on Florida's gulf coast (near Sarasota), which luckily suffered no damage, other than a few broken tree branches. There was no storm surge at all. Power was knocked out, but should be back up shortly. The damage was far and away less than with Wilma when it hit my Miami home in 2005.

Following the news, you might have thought Irma would be one of the biggest weather catastrophes of all time, but in the end, it was just one of the many hurricanes that have hit the area. I moved to Florida in 1992 just before Andrew hit, and Andrew was indeed a storm, vastly worse than Irma. You would not have been able to get around on your bike after Andrew, houses were turned to rubble, which blocked the streets and sidewalks, the scale of the devastation was incredible.

During my years in Florida, I worked in law enforcement, and was on duty throughout every hurricane. At the moment, Irma appears to have hit with the same strength and damage as Rita in 2005, an unremarkable storm which knocked down some trees and power lines, and destroyed some mobile homes. There is of course damage, but nothing like what was predicted by the news. The only record set by Irma seems to be the number of people evacuated.
I'm not quite sure that I would call it "Kind of a bit nothing." While it didn't have the immediate impact that Andrew had, Andrew didn't cover the vast majority of the state. While Andrew completely destroyed Homestead and several places in the surrounding counties, it died down to a tropical storm rather quickly. Irma caused wide spread damage from Key West to Jacksonville along the state's east and west coast. While Irma did lose steam when it made landfall, the dollar amount for restoration will certainly overshadow the cost of rebuilding after Andrew.
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Right now the remnants of Irma are in New York state. Irma was no match for a good northern high-pressure area. I got a few sprinkles yesterday, not even enough to bother with the windshield wipers.
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We were supposed to be on the western edge of Irma but we didn't see any rain or anything. I think it barely got cloudy.
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Glad to hear that ***** is dying.

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Kind of a big nothing.
Ask the people in Key West and the Naples/Marco Island area if it was "kind of a big nothing" oh and ask the 15 million people in Florida including myself that still have no power if it was a "big nothing". Might want to do some research before you causally pass off a major storm as nothing.
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Originally Posted by Sangetsu View Post
Kind of a big nothing. My family has a beach-front home on Florida's gulf coast (near Sarasota), which luckily suffered no damage, other than a few broken tree branches. There was no storm surge at all. Power was knocked out, but should be back up shortly. The damage was far and away less than with Wilma when it hit my Miami home in 2005.

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During my years in Florida, I worked in law enforcement, and was on duty throughout every hurricane. At the moment, Irma appears to have hit with the same strength and damage as Rita in 2005, an unremarkable storm which knocked down some trees and power lines, and destroyed some mobile homes. There is of course damage, but nothing like what was predicted by the news. The only record set by Irma seems to be the number of people evacuated.
I read an interesting analysis of Irma. Sounds like Florida was extremely lucky to have Irma head north and inland when it did. Sooner and Miami would have seen a huge storm surge. As it was, it emptied the waterfront of the west coast so when the surge did come back to hit the west shore, it was just filling in the empty beach instead of being 6' above norm.

Hurricanes are completely a crapshoot. I grew up in New England where we only get very off-course ones but one (1938) completely devastated the Bristol, RI seafront and downed entire forests in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I hiked through one of those forests in 7th grade. Katrina was far from a hurricane when it reached New England but still a tropical storm; a very long ways from its landfall.
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