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Old 09-05-2017, 01:14 PM   #29
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Don't know what wind force your building was designed for…
120 mph. (and it's inland by 40 miles)
It's not mine per se. I rent a spot and it's got massive steel beams supporting the roof. Concrete floors. But, even if I got it there safely and later there was an accident, or fire, I'd be uninsured. No thanks.

At this point, the best scenario was if Irma kept going west.
But I don't wish it on anyone.
Right now the prediction is the center will hit Key West at 8am Sunday morning.
Remember, the cat 5 winds only extend out maybe 20 miles from the eye. Any landfall scrubs off wind speed. Let's see what Puerto Rico, Haiti and the Dominican republic, and Cuba do to it.
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Old 09-05-2017, 01:25 PM   #30
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Right now Fort Meyers up to Tampa does not look like a real good place to be on Monday .... Still way to early to make that call though.
Too early to decide to stay. Just the right time to decide to go.

If the thought "I wonder if I should bug out?" even crosses your mind, then you should bug out. Maybe not right away, but in plenty of time since you can start preparing to bug out now that you've wondered about it.

My thinking is that unless one provides emergency services and needs to stick around to help others, it's best to plan well ahead to be long gone; if one can't be part of the solution then at least don't become part of the problem.

Especially if Irma heads north along the Florida peninsula, people in south Florida have a long way to go to get to safety, and it could take 2 or 3 days on the road to get out of the path.
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Old 09-05-2017, 01:53 PM   #31
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Just left Costco in Jacksonville an hour ago- no water, batteries, or shopping carts! People learned from last year... Thank you all for links to the storm track!
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Old 09-05-2017, 03:25 PM   #32
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Trying to think of where to evacuate with Airstream- hard to gauge right now!
Given the latest predictions, northwest of you is good. Maybe DeSoto State Park in Alabama? It's 450 miles from you, straight up I-75 so you can put a lot of miles behind you in a hurry, and it's both well inland and at a higher elevation, both pluses for an evacuation site. Plus it's a beautiful campground. I was there last year for a few days.
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Old 09-05-2017, 04:42 PM   #33
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By the looks of it next week is not a good week to be travelling from Central Florida to South Carolina. So the vacation I have been planning for months is getting cancelled.

Here's hoping it was for nothing...
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Old 09-05-2017, 05:22 PM   #34
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Old 09-05-2017, 05:54 PM   #35
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The news right now is talking about east coast / west coast being a tossup. I'm having a hard time "seeing" the east coast track. West coast looks more likely. Even if it *is* a west coast path, this thing is big. I don't think that lets the eastern part of the peninsula completely off the hook. If this thing runs up the west coast, it's going to be a mess over a wide area for quite a while ....

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Old 09-05-2017, 07:17 PM   #36
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I'm in orlando with my last night scheduled for Thursday. Am I going to be in parking lot trying to leave Friday morning? I will get up and out very early if I have to.

Next stop is near Daytona beach, but that's obviously not happening. May just go to Georgia.
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Scott, We're all in the same boat. I would leave before Friday- this weekend will be a parking lot on the highways. Supplies are short in Jacksonville- Home Depot has sent plywood, generators, etc. to Houston.

We are hoping for a western track, but just heard a news report that it could hit the Keys and come straight up the center of the state.

Thank you Protag and all for recommendations. Last year Gov. Scott closed all state parks very early in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew. We found a spot in a private campground and were thankful for the outcome.

We're currently coordinating our disaster plan with family members (have a 6-day old granddaughter in Tallahassee). The unpredictability of these storms and the subsequent devastation is fresh in our minds. Following the models closely.
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I'm in orlando with my last night scheduled for Thursday. Am I going to be in parking lot trying to leave Friday morning? I will get up and out very early if I have to.

Next stop is near Daytona beach, but that's obviously not happening. May just go to Georgia.
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If you don't *have* to be in Florida, head somewhere else. Since there are a lot of others heading out as well .... the sooner the better. In a couple days, the path forecast for Sunday / Monday should have a bit more substance in it. As that happens a *lot* more people will likely be heading out.

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I have been trying to find a place to over night on my way to the North Georgia mountains all day. all RV parks are booked already. I am leaving very early Thursday morning and was hoping to find a place to rest along 75 for Thursday night. I am currently in Titusville. really didn't want to drive all the way from Titusville to Helen, GA in one day but it looks like I won't have a choice.
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I have been trying to find a place to over night on my way to the North Georgia mountains all day. all RV parks are booked already. I am leaving very early Thursday morning and was hoping to find a place to rest along 75 for Thursday night. I am currently in Titusville. really didn't want to drive all the way from Titusville to Helen, GA in one day but it looks like I won't have a choice.
Resting at Walmart, is better than not resting at all... Be safe my friends. Irma's going to be another doosey.
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Ugh...

I'm in Daytona Beach for work until Friday morning when I'm scheduled/booked to fly out of Orlando. I live within Austin and though we just got a good amount of rain with Harvey, I'm still skittish and wondering how smooth our getting home will be.
My thoughts are with the folks down on the islands, though I'd rather not get trapped here.
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I have been trying to find a place to over night on my way to the North Georgia mountains all day. all RV parks are booked already. I am leaving very early Thursday morning and was hoping to find a place to rest along 75 for Thursday night. I am currently in Titusville. really didn't want to drive all the way from Titusville to Helen, GA in one day but it looks like I won't have a choice.
Are you going to Helen, GA because that's where you want to be or because you don't think it's safe farther south?

Still trying to figure out how far north/west I should go...
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