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Old 09-07-2017, 04:07 PM   #99
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Just got off the phone with a buddy who has the eye slated to go right over the house in a couple of days. He's staying, but not at all looking forward to the next week. Glad I'm up here and not down there.

Still got lots of beer on tap

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Tell your buddy when the eye is overhead, if it passes over him, to go outside - noise but usually not a breath or air, no wind at all and again usually bright blue sky. I've experienced a number, Camille the most amazing as it was dead of night and we looked up to see bright stars in the sky, but then the back wall hit us with winds in the opposite direction.

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Old 09-07-2017, 05:03 PM   #100
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10 hours drive time and 400 miles later. Atlanta Motor Speedway*

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* there are a number of rigs in the full hookup sites paying $20 per night. We are staying one night so are in the non-hookup location. Alone. I'm the only cheap bastard I guess.
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Old 09-07-2017, 05:05 PM   #101
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Tell your buddy when the eye is overhead, if it passes over him, to go outside - noise but usually not a breath or air, no wind at all and again usually bright blue sky. I've experienced a number, Camille the most amazing as it was dead of night and we looked up to see bright stars in the sky, but then the back wall hit us with winds in the opposite direction.

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Hi

He's been through a number of hurricanes both in Florida and in Texas. His big concern is the last part. Winds from every direction are a bit hard to fully prepare for. There is no "safe downwind side" to anything.

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Old 09-07-2017, 05:54 PM   #102
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10 hours drive time and 400 miles later. Atlanta Motor Speedway*

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* there are a number of rigs in the full hookup sites paying $20 per night. We are staying one night so are in the non-hookup location. Alone. I'm the only cheap bastard I guess.
Cheap or not, you escaped! Congrats, my friend.

Figure 5 hours to Helen from where you are. Remember, you still have to deal with Atlanta traffic which is a bleeping nightmare. Best time to travel is in the middle of the day or the middle of the night. AVOID pulling thru downtown at all costs. Either take I-75 to I-285 to I-85 north (best route from where you are right now), or take I-75 to I-285 to I-75 north to I-575 (longer and lots of road construction that way right now).

Good luck and let us know when you are safely there.

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Old 09-07-2017, 06:31 PM   #103
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The latest track has irma going a bit more inland. I have the truck gassed up. Things you cannot buy in Tampa: Water, Bread, gas cans. Several stations are out of gas. I found one with no lines, but it was busy.
I took a picture because I couldn't believe it, the bread aisle at WalMart last night.
Storm still 1000 miles away.
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Cheap or not, you escaped! Congrats, my friend.

Figure 5 hours to Helen from where you are. Remember, you still have to deal with Atlanta traffic which is a bleeping nightmare. Best time to travel is in the middle of the day or the middle of the night. AVOID pulling thru downtown at all costs. Either take I-75 to I-285 to I-85 north (best route from where you are right now), or take I-75 to I-285 to I-75 north to I-575 (longer and lots of road construction that way right now).

Good luck and let us know when you are safely there.

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Thanks so much! I've been looking for the best route. Actually checked traffic a few times today just to see if there was a good time. There wasn't.

I'm thinking of waiting until Saturday. Would that help?
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Old 09-07-2017, 09:00 PM   #105
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Irma No Charge Courtesy parking, hour North of Atlanta

We can offer hospitality and no charge courtesy parking with 15 amp power / water / possibly sewer hook up to our clean out. We also have a spare bedroom w/ full size bed, private bath by that bedroom.
PM me if interested. Cumming, GA. 1 hour north of Atlanta, 1 hour, 15 minutes South of Helen / Top of Georgia. I'm working from home Friday and home all weekend. I have a grill and I'm not afraid to use it. Stopover or stay. If coming through Atlanta going to Top of Georgia in Helen, it's 3 miles out of the way to our place.
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Old 09-07-2017, 09:01 PM   #106
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Latest news seems to be that the track is drifting west again. I'd say it's by no means definite which side of the state the storm will run up ....

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Old 09-07-2017, 09:10 PM   #107
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Latest news seems to be that the track is drifting west again. I'd say it's by no means definite which side of the state the storm will run up ....
Given the diameter of the storm, I'd say that regardless of which side of the state the eye is on, west, middle, or east, the storm will run up the whole state— or at least the whole state east of Tallahassee.
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Old 09-08-2017, 05:11 AM   #108
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The latest track has irma going a bit more inland. I have the truck gassed up. Things you cannot buy in Tampa: Water, Bread, gas cans. Several stations are out of gas. I found one with no lines, but it was busy.
I took a picture because I couldn't believe it, the bread aisle at WalMart last night.
Storm still 1000 miles away.
Glad you posted that pic- I tried to describe to my family what our Walmart looked like yesterday, and the only word I could come up with was "apocalyptic". They still aren't sure of the track, but local news is predicting a Cat 2 by the time it gets to Jax.- with a turn toward Georgia west of Lake City (I-75).

St.Augustine is being evacuated at 6AM tomorrow morning. We'll be hanging on tight. Gas trucks have been going south, traffic north. A royal mess.
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Our evacuation is supposed to become mandatory at 3PM. We will leave in an hour or so after loading the truck. First stop, Jacksonville. Probable final destination, Fleetwood, NC, near Boone. Who knows how long it will take. Have a blue highways Plan B in case of (probable) congestion on interstates.

SC and Georgia Governors already have their people evacuating. You'd think (hope, maybe) that the Governors could get together and stagger evacuations so that those north of us wouldn't clog the highways, but it happened with Matthew and looks to be happening again. Maybe SC will contraflow I-26 this time. They didn't last year.

It isn't rocket science, after all.

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Have a blue highways Plan B in case of (probable) congestion on interstates.
Anyone who has ever watched action/adventure movies knows that Plan A never works! Save yourself some time and trouble by discarding Plan A before you try it, and make Plan B your first plan.
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We can offer hospitality and no charge courtesy parking with 15 amp power / water / possibly sewer hook up to our clean out. We also have a spare bedroom w/ full size bed, private bath by that bedroom.
PM me if interested. Cumming, GA. 1 hour north of Atlanta, 1 hour, 15 minutes South of Helen / Top of Georgia. I'm working from home Friday and home all weekend. I have a grill and I'm not afraid to use it. Stopover or stay. If coming through Atlanta going to Top of Georgia in Helen, it's 3 miles out of the way to our place.
PM me if interested.
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Sounds great. Thanks for the offer. Not sure we are staying around here though. The storm seems to have followed us. Might have to head west????
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Thanks so much! I've been looking for the best route. Actually checked traffic a few times today just to see if there was a good time. There wasn't.

I'm thinking of waiting until Saturday. Would that help?
Saturday is normally better. The Georgia coastline has been ordered evacuated, so all those folks will be headed this way as well. I-16 will be northbound in all lanes for a few days.

Just looking at the Weather Channel, looks pretty certain that this thing is headed to Georgia after Florida. Lots of wind and rain. Not nearly as bad as South Florida, but an unusual event for sure.

Be safe everybody.

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