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Thoughts from Hurricane Wilma
While going through the old entries from the Wordpress blog, I came across the entries from around the time of Hurricane Wilma in October, 2005. To preserve a bit of history, I'm posting them here as a news item.
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Final Numbers
October 29th, 2005

The numbers are in after some research.

The lowest observed barometric pressure recorded here was 28.27 in Hg. That converts to 957 millibars. For the first half of its journey across Florida, Wilma was at 950 millibars.

From the different radar images that I have found, we went through the left (north) eyewall of hurricane Wilma. The winds were officially at 125 mph as the storm passed. There were readings at the EOC of 125 mph and 121 mph at the Naples airport. So, it looks like we had winds of 125 mph. Since we are protected by numerous trees, the ground level winds at our location were slightly less.

Considering what this county went through, it faired very well.

Posted by Glenn

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STOP COMPLAINING!
October 28th, 2005

Now that I’ve actually been through it, I will finally comment on it.

I watch every storm and constantly see people sitting back and complaining that FEMA isn’t helping them. Someone needs to tell these people that it is NOT FEMA’s job to help you! They need to get off their butts and help themselves.

Every storm, people are told on EVERY news outlet exactly what to do and where to go. You cannot hear about the storm without hearing about what you should stock up on. In fact, you’re even told this at the start of hurricane season.

When you live in Florida, or anywhere else along the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic Ocean, you have to expect that you are going to hit by a storm sooner or later. There are so many places where you are told exactly what to stock up on and what to expect if a hurricane hits. It’s even in every phone book.

What are we to expect? No power or other utilities for a week is the base-line that they use. You are to stock up on necessary supplies to last you a week without power. That means water (fluids) and non-perishable foods. It doesn’t take a mental giant to figure that out.

In my house, those supplies are stacked up along the dining room wall. There’s enough there to last us close to two weeks. We didn’t rush out before the storm to get them. We buy a little bit each time starting at the begining of the season. Then we buy any remaining supplies when a hurricane is predicted to come our way.

Starting last week, around October 18, the models were showing that this system was most likely going to be headed toward the west coast of Florida. By the end of the week, the bulls-eye was put on us by the National Hurricane Center and it never moved.

For four days, people have known that Wilma was coming and that it was going to be strong. Even if you didn’t buy any supplies before then, you had four days to get the job done. The stores knew that it was coming and had PLENTY of supplies on-hand. There was no excuse!

Now, after the storm passes, people are sitting back complaining that FEMA isn’t getting them food and water. These are the people that are too stupid to be prepared. It’s obvious that they were not prepared because they were complaining within 48 hours after the storm passed. In any normal house, you can find 48 hours worth of non-perishable food.

Were they unprepared, or just looking for handouts from us hardworking taxpayers? This isn’t isolated. You had the same thing happen earlier in the year with Katrina and Rita. Fortunately, these people are in the minority. Around here, just about every distribution center is being closed down already due to lack of demand. Looks like most people planned properly.

So, the next time you hear someone complain about FEMA not helping them, just tell them to stop complaining and prepare next time like they were suppose to!

Posted by Glenn

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Alive and Well
October 26th, 2005

We made it through. We were only without power for about 13 hours. Fortunately, we live on a street that is right off of one of the main power lines. So, when power was restored on the main line, ours went on also.

We’re still without phone service and are only periodically able to make cell phone calls. In town we’re able to make cell phone calls. I do have phone and internet connectivity at my office. That’s the benefit of having 3 T-1 lines!! However, NO WATER!! Really bad when you have to use the restroom!

Other than the damage to the roof, the only other casuality was the LNB on the satellite dish. I will have to buy a new one and climb up to get it. The ham radio tower survived just fine with only a couple bent antenna mounts.

All in all, it was OK. Most of the county has power and more are coming online each hour. Phone services is spuratic and those on utility water that have water are under boil orders. Most of the county is on wells, so as long as there’s electric everything is OK.

Took a few picutres of the damage and will get those put up on the web site soon.

Posted by Glenn

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Damage
October 24th, 2005

Getting lighter outside and can see our damage. DSL still up with battery backup for modem. THANK YOU SPRINT DSL!!!

Received winds estimated in excess of 100 mph. Blew over maple tree and blew it across the yard. Landed on the roof, putting three holes in the roof. One is in our closet and it’s raining inside.

As soon as winds die down (still getting tropical storm force winds gusting to hurricane force) we’ll get out and survey the damage further. Got great pictures to show so far.

Most amazing moment: 28.3 in barometer setting. Yep, got a picture of it. Will convert to millibars and post.

Must go before battery on laptop gives out.

Posted by Glenn

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Ghost Town
October 23rd, 2005

All who are leaving have left. Driving around town it looks like a ghost town. Plenty of gas and food, just no one to buy it!

We’ve just finished all the preparations that we can do. All the shutters have been put up and all the outside furniture has been brought in. Looks like it’s about five hours until tropical storm force winds start to get to us. All to do now is wait.

Current models put the center going to our south. However, the last couple hours have shown a slight shift to the north. Landfall of the eye scheduled to arrive around 8:00a tomorrow and quickly moving through the state.

Stay tuned…

Posted by Glenn

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In The Crosshairs
October 21st, 2005

After dodging so many bullets in the past, we are now in the crosshairs for hurricane Wilma. Now off the Yucatan coast, she has starting making the right turn toward Southwest Florida. Four of the six model runs this afternoon, and for the past few days, have put the track right over us.

Preparations are being made, while trying to think rationally. Wilma is forecast to come ashore midday Monday as a Category 1 or 2 storm. Unlike New Orleans a month ago, residents are taking this seriously. Yesterday, I-75 was a parking lot from Port Charlotte to Tampa. People are boarding up and heading out of town. Today, it’s like a ghost town.

We’re “hunkering down” and going to ride it out. As long as Jim Cantore stays away, we’ll be just fine! Supplies are in the pantry and the panels are in the shed, ready to go up.

I’ve spent many years in Florida and have been involved in weather since I was in high school. Even though I’ve got a good idea what’s going to happen, one thing I’ve learned is that you never really know what’s going to happen. I think we’re prepared and will be just fine. When it’s all over, there’s plenty of work I can do in the recovery process.

Phone lines are starting to get busy. So, we will have trouble getting word out to most of you and you’ll have a hard time getting ahold of us. So, stay tuned here and we’ll keep you updated. When all is done, we’ll let you know that we’re OK and how we made out. With any luck, the DSL link will stay up!

Pray for us and we’ll see you after the storm.

Posted by Glenn

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