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(55,582 posts)
1. Fort Myers here
Tue Aug 29, 2023, 06:17 AM
Aug 2023

We are expecting tropical storm conditions here. Winds should start picking up around 9:00am. Won't see heavy rain & thunderstorms till about 4:00pm & we'll be beaten by that till the cows come home. Expecting 2 to 4 foot storm surge. Nothing like what we had with Ian (that storm beat the crap out of us).

I hope everyone stays safe.


(30,981 posts)
4. No. I am in Illinois.
Tue Aug 29, 2023, 06:55 AM
Aug 2023

We get tornadoes. We get derecho's and straight line storms that can be devastating. But I don't think I could take a hurricane.


(2,680 posts)
6. My sister and her family are in Sarasota
Tue Aug 29, 2023, 06:59 AM
Aug 2023

As if what she’s going through at New College isn’t terrible enough, now this!


(2,680 posts)
11. Thanks. It's such a sickening, heartbreaking end for a great school
Tue Aug 29, 2023, 07:47 AM
Aug 2023

But right now it’s the storm we’re worried about. I’m in Maine, so it’s a long-distance worry. She says they are just waiting.


(14,924 posts)
7. Sun City Center here... not an evacuation or flooding zone. However,
Tue Aug 29, 2023, 07:22 AM
Aug 2023

we're still in a hurricane warning zone, so I expect strong winds tonight and tomorrow morning.


(16,188 posts)
12. Jacksonville here. There is one silver lining to this Hurricane.
Tue Aug 29, 2023, 07:58 AM
Aug 2023

It's making landfall and will track over some of the least populated areas of FL. The coast will get hammered, but it's not as densely populated as South Florida. There are not any "beaches" in this part of FL.

Once inshore, it's going to track over a lot of pine forest. Mainly, Osceola National Forest. There are a few towns it will impact, Live Oak, Lake City and several small towns with small populations.

We are on the "bad side" of the hurricane, but it's track has moved a little west of us and as long as that holds, it will be a rain event mainly. It's the small tornadoes that will pop up that worry me. We had one during Ian in 22 that damaged my neighborhood. Took out a nice Drake Elm in my yard. Miss that tree.


(14,152 posts)
19. "Once inshore, it's going to track over a lot of pine forest" the first time I rode up that way
Tue Aug 29, 2023, 10:20 AM
Aug 2023

I was amazed at the beauty of the pine forests. Not the Florida I was use to
down Ft Laud/Miami way...
Good thing it's not densly populated like you said..


(22,403 posts)
13. Holding positive thoughts for your (and everyone's)
Tue Aug 29, 2023, 08:04 AM
Aug 2023

safety . Hope it isn’t as bad as they are predicting. I’m in PA, but have lived in Charleston SC (not during Hugo).


(154 posts)
14. Bradenton here
Tue Aug 29, 2023, 08:12 AM
Aug 2023

House and boat all prepared, just like last year for Ian. If the current path is correct we'll get some wind and much needed rain.


(610 posts)
15. SW Florida here to warn North Florida residents that
Tue Aug 29, 2023, 08:17 AM
Aug 2023

You're about to find out your insurance ain't worth shit!


(9,073 posts)
16. We had friends in Ft. Myers last year - lost the house and boat...
Tue Aug 29, 2023, 09:42 AM
Aug 2023

...insurance company went bankrupt.


(6,021 posts)
17. Hernando County here. My poor Aunt & Uncle just got over losing everything in Ian...
Tue Aug 29, 2023, 10:01 AM
Aug 2023

2 homes, a motor home, both cars, and a large boat. They are elderly and still have PTSD from what they went thru. They are now living in a home they bought in Sarasota, and fortunately it has a second story because flooding is expected again. They are basically losing their shit right now.

I was born and raised in Florida, and have always lived on the coastline, so hurricanes don't really phase me. You basically just spend your life prepared to lose everything. But, I'm still able bodied. I'm sure my outlook will change as I become less agile with age. It's the soul sucking heat and humidity that will be the reason I eventually leave Florida.


(2,343 posts)
18. We are in the 80 to 90 mph zone in TPA.
Tue Aug 29, 2023, 10:14 AM
Aug 2023

Have a 5000 lb trailer that I'm hooking up to truck this PM. If the winds stay below 80, she should hold. If it turns to a Cat 5 we are out of here.
Have family and friends who have evacuated St.Pete.
My daughter, in South Tampa, 7 ft above, ordered a grocery delivery.
We dodged a bullet last year and hopefully this year, but those south of us last year are not whole. Those north of us have my hopes it turns out well.

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