Hurricane Irma

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    Silverhazesurfer Master of Logic

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    We just had a big blow happen here. Hurricane Irma came through South Florida with quite a bit of wind. We, on the East Coast, got the weaker end of the damage. The Florida Keys are in shambles with lots of homes and businesses erased from their properties. The pier is near my home. Fort Lauderdale beach was covered in a few feet of sand and about 6ft of water. My home is still without power since Saturday AM. Once my battle station is back up, I'll post some more images.
     
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    Thank you for sharing those amazing photos, Irma really gave you guys a rough time. Glad to hear you are safe - did you have to evacuate your home? Or were you able to hunker-down and ride it out - which must be pretty scary! Hope your power will be restored very soon, meanwhile, take care. :nod:
     
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    nivrip Yorkshire Cruncher

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    Friend of mine lives in Boynton Beach, about 50 miles north of Fort Lauderdale. Luckily he doesn't live on the beachfront so missed the worst of it. Pretty battered all the same and lost all power for several hours. He's just relieved that it's all over.
     
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    V_R ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Moderator

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    I saw that first pic on Reddit the other day, crazy stuff! Glad you and yours are safe, Irma was one hell of a storm.

    I saw the cleanup operation is underway...
    https://www.local10.com/weather/hurricane-irma/sand-covers-a1a-in-fort-lauderdale-beach-after-irma


    Some of it was quite fascinating to see (don't take that the wrong way) - there were idiots live streaming it on YT at one point!

    This happened to the beaches on the Bahama's before the storm hit....
    https://gfycat.com/GrandioseSharpBorer

    ..and this was Miami during the hurricane.
    http://i.imgur.com/0tObtjt.gifv
     
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    Glad to hear you're safe - the USA has been battered with weather this past few months :(.

    How is everyone coping? Is there enough help and aid available to those that need it?
     
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    Silverhazesurfer Master of Logic

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    I am still without power in my home. I am one of 6 houses in the neighborhood that has a downed wire in a difficult location to repair. There is no clue when it will be restored. I stayed in my home, as the effects we saw were not life threatening. We were prepared for over a week since most of the forecasts were spot on for that long. There was 4 days of anticipation since this thing destroyed many of the islands in the lower Caribbean. I have been through a lot of storms living in FL. One year there were 6 storms that came across the state in various intensities.
     
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    Silverhazesurfer Master of Logic

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    I'm about 6 miles West of the beach. I know people out on the beach that got some pretty good wind.
     
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    Silverhazesurfer Master of Logic

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    LoL. I won't. I am a bit of an amateur storm "chaser" wherein that I like to watch and predict their paths. I don't mind riding out a storm, dependent on the scenario. I admit, I almost left because after Wilma in 2006, I was without power for 3 weeks.
     
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    Silverhazesurfer Master of Logic

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    Most everyone here in FL is good. After hurricane Andrew in 92, the building codes were raised significantly. Most structures can survive quite a hit. Our other infrastructures is the issue. Power problems are at the top of the list. We are told that they are doing a lot to shore up the situation so we don't experience power outages at all but I find that unlikely without going underground. Our water table is very high here and it causes empty swimming pools to raise from the ground with lots of rain.

    The FL Keys suffered lots of damage. Barbuda, in the lower Caribbean, has been evacuated completely.

    I would have to say that the largest looming issue is another active storm that seems to pose no threat but is still a chance as well as the two additional areas of interest that are low near the equator and are expected to organize into substantial systems. The storms being low to the equator suggests that there is a larger chance for them to affect FL and the South East US.
     
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    Nice to hear that you came through ok. That sand is pretty deep on the road it just shows what nature is capable of. :cool:
     
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    Silverhazesurfer Master of Logic

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    This is what brought all that sand to the road. A few of my buddies were out kiting a few hours before all of this.

    Fun fact: I did not get power back to my home until the 19th, late in the day.

     
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