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 Post subject: Irma
PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:27 am 
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The category 4 hurricane is battering Key West now, before it moves up the west coast of Florida. I have one friend riding it out in Key Largo (northern most key) and, perhaps, another in Key West. Frankly, I can't imagine people staying in Key West, but they are. Key West is probably, effectively, part of the ocean at this point with only buildings & telephone poles sticking out of the water. After KW, the storm will hit Naples, Ft Myers, and Tampa extremely hard with 8-12' storm surges. We can only hope that our friends on Florida's west coast have taken all precautions, or, better, moved inland or out of Florida all together.

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 Post subject: Re: Irma
PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:47 am 
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Those of us in Houston are sympathetic. Wishing you all well and back into your homes as soon as possible.

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 Post subject: Re: Irma
PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 10:40 am 
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Greg, I'm speaking from the luxury of being at 7000' near Taos in northern New Mexico. But, I have been in touch with family in S FL and WaterTribers in the north Florida Keys. I hope you did not flood in Houston.

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 Post subject: Re: Irma
PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:35 am 
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Hey Keith. I was one of the lucky ones, I only flooded a car and a rental home we own. The flood was all the way up into the second story of the house. Only the attic stayed dry. That's one to remember. :shock: Our personal residence just escaped damage though.

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 Post subject: Re: Irma
PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 3:06 am 
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Has anyone heard from fusioneng? He lives in Key West which was hit especially hard.

I hope he's ok.


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 Post subject: Re: Irma
PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:53 am 
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pro10is wrote:
Has anyone heard from fusioneng? He lives in Key West which was hit especially hard.

I hope he's ok.


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 Post subject: Re: Irma
PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:05 am 
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While Fusioneng goes to Key West, I believe he lives in or near Naples--also hit very hard by Irma. This was a huge storm. It was hard to get out of its path if you were anywhere from the middle of the state down.

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 Post subject: Re: Irma
PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:09 am 
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Terrible storms! I First Harvey and now Irma! I have been following the situation from a safe distance here in Sweden.
Almost imaginable, 400 miles wide, windspeeds around 150mph, just crazy!
I sure hope everyone is safe? Lots of property damage, just sad. :(
I am impressed by the people in US enduring the hardship and still keeping the spirits up.
Our thoughts are with you guys....
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 Post subject: Re: Irma
PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:04 pm 
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There are several of us who make the Ten Thousand Islands our home for a few days every year. I make 12 hour drives from Georgia (US) to experience the truly remote and amazing kayak camping.

I've just seen some pics from some of my favorite landmarks.

Calusa Island Marina in Goodland, FL (where we launch) sustained a good bit of damage, debris, and displaces boats.

The locally "famous" dome house off Cape Romano took a beating, with some of them collapsing into the sea. Looks like they may end up being an unintended artificial reef.

Some of the islands we enjoy camping on have been "reconfigured" somewhat; but then nature has been reconfiguring those islands for millennia so I'm sure we'll be fine.

Our thoughts are with those in that region (especially the Keys and Naples / Marco) who have a long road ahead to recovery. Irma left many of us in Georgia without power for several days, but nothing compared to what our neighbors to the south have endured.

Also, our thoughts are with those in Houston who endured so much flooding. With Irma coming right on the heels of Harvey, attention got diverted away from their plight, but they will have a long road ahead as well.

I'm looking forward to my next camping trip this winter to the "TTI" and hope everyone will come out of this OK.


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 Post subject: Re: Irma
PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:35 pm 
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I've thought a bit about where we are going to be able to launch our first camping trips...starting about Nov 15. Hurricane Andrew in 1992 devastated the southern launching point out of Flamingo. Andrew destroyed the motel at Flamingo and rendered the marina and much of the surrounding area useless by pushing huge amounts of mud, which covers much of the shallows in front of Flamingo, into the marina and surrounding area. Because of the path of the Hurricane Irma, I think Flamingo will be non-functional for months to come.

That leaves us with Chokoloskee/Everglades City and Goodland. I understand Goodland was hit pretty hard. Also, Goodland is not generally a good launching site for the Everglades because it is too far north. That leaves us with Chok/EC. Because they are small towns, my thinking is that they will be restored ASAP. The National Park Service facilities in EC, hopefully, will have survived and will not have the mud inundation that Flamingo will have. Chok/EC are not coastal as Flamingo is. So the ground-level winds should have been blunted some. That's my hope.

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 Post subject: Re: Irma
PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 8:49 am 
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We usually camp on Helen Key or Brush Island, so Goodland has been perfect for us. From reading your entries, Keith, I know you generally camp farther south. The farthest south I've been was a day trip to Dismal key from Brush Island this past January.

I hope you return from the mountains to find everything in as good an order as possible.


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