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Old 08-18-2008, 06:54 PM   #29
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Hi,

It was an adventure when I went to grocery store to get dryer sheets to do the laundry earlier this evening. Newbies to tropical weather were buying beer and frozen pizzas! they had many salty snacks, microwave popcorn and little water. Funny, very few had garbage bags, bleach, etc.

We were already stocked, since Charlie we get prepared in May and stay that way during the season.

Well, everyone say a prayer and keep fingers crossed for all of us in "sunny florida".

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Old 08-18-2008, 07:00 PM   #30
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Good luck! I'm looking at buying a trailer in North FL and hope its OK!
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Old 08-18-2008, 07:13 PM   #31
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AS canopy is tied down. Trenches are dug in ground where rain water runs off the house. 6 or 7 inches in a few hours can make for some big time puddles. Got 20+ gallons of gas sitting in cans for generator use. Vehicles are with full tanks.
Water, candles, tarps, batteries are always stocked up on at our place these days.
Once you live through no power for weeks, no gas at the stations, and picked over goods at the grocery story and Home Depot, you learn to be on guard. Best to be fully ready, then hope for the storm to fizzle.

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Old 08-18-2008, 07:26 PM   #32
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I'm now of the opinion that tying down an awning is not a good thing. Especially where wind or rain is a distinct possibility. I've done it a few times and each time, I developed leaks along the awning rail that were difficult to stop when the awning is allowed to flap in the wind. I also almost lost my awning to water one time. Even with the awning significantly canted down on one end water will pool rather than run off. Just a little water can add up fast as far as weight is concerned and bend the awning arms. I no longer use tie downs. I put the awning away when threatening weather is on the horizon or whenever I will be away from the trailer.
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Old 08-18-2008, 08:19 PM   #33
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Good luck! I'm looking at buying a trailer in North FL and hope its OK!
I wouldn't worry too much the storm should be at a much lower strength by the time it reaches Northern FL. Just to be safe don't buy it before Thursday. I have a feeling that, that AS will top out at around $12,500. It may not reach their reserve.
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Old 08-18-2008, 09:21 PM   #34
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OK I`m here in Naples ,winds gusting ,raining pretty good and we are under a tornado watch and a hurricane warning,we should get the blunt in about 4 hours. Hope it doesn`t wake me up.We are well stocked up ,if power is out too long ,I`ll bring the AS home and plug it into gen. If I were upstate I would worry more,if this thing goes out in the gulf as some have predicted it will come back in up north and be a lot stronger than it is now. I`m 10 blocks from beach,and it seems 30 miles in is getting it worse than we are with the bands reaching out there. IF my AS was under an awning I would definately take off awning,I don`t think you can secure it down that well.Will report back tomorrow in aftermath.Dave
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Looks like it will stay a tropical storm according to NHC. But, then I heard a friend say that it was supposed to be a hurricane by the time it hits landfall.

The electric utility I work for has us all on standby. We spent today and will spend tomorrow prepping. I've got a few 150 KW diesel gensets to check, and radios to get ready. I think it will not much of an impact on us, but you never know, 35 MPH winds can knock down some limbs.

I've got my A/S at a local campground and it has a few trees around it, but they are healthy. If it looks bad, I may pull it home, will make that decision in the morning.
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Smile Another near miss

Well we got the rain we needed,wind never got bad,never expected it to take off up thru the center of the state.Amazing we never lost power,of course the cable is out,which is nothing new,it goes out in an afternoon rain storm.
People up north get off for snow days,we get off for hurricane days.
Now if it stays over land it should just be a good rain storm.
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easyride, glad to hear that it did not have much impact down there. Interesting to see what she'll do when she gets up to JAX.

I am NE of Gainesville, BTW.
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Well if it gets back over water again it is hard to tell what will happen.At least it is gone from here,even though it`s still raining.
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Old 08-19-2008, 10:30 AM   #39
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11:30 - Salt Springs in th Ocala National Forest - Rain has started, no wind yet
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Miami did very well with TS Fay. Lots of rain and winds, but nothing significant. Thanks for all the well wishes. Hoping for the best for all of you that are still waiting for this to pass.
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They are now predicting that she will head our way by the end of the week unless she turns back over open water. She still might make us, though. By then she'll just bring us the rains we so desperately need but she might bring hail or too much wind and too much rain at one time. You just don't know with a tropical storm.
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Old 08-19-2008, 08:46 PM   #42
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I was just watching the weather, and it seems that (1) Fay is strengthening (over land, no less), and (2) seems to be making the biggest U-turn you ever saw, and may be heading this way. I guess our reputation for being crap magnets is holding true...
All but two rigs here have followed our lead, and retracted their awnings, and picked up the stuff from outside. One with the awning still out won't roll up, but he lowered his as low as it would go, and strapped it down as much as he could. The other one is the one pictured above, I guess there's no helping some people.
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