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  1. 10 hours ago, ny10019 said:

    I flew down to help my family in Cape Coral; mostly to help my brother (homeless so I wanted to make sure he got to a shelter) and then help the rest of my family with final preps. When I booked the flight, it was still forecast to go up the middle of the state so I was prepared for a wind event and thought hey, this'll be fun. 


    This morning (after I found my brother) and took him to my sisters place, the new evacuations were ordered due to the surge map. Since her & her family's place is on a gulf access canal about .5 miles from Pine Island sound, we went from "batten down the house mode" to "get **** packed so they can get their kids and 2 week old granddaughter out of here" mode. Loaded up the cats & dogs, grabbed important papers & pictures and her husband drove one van, she drove another & they left for their house in NC. Luckily taking my brother with them. Then I went to my other brothers house who is in evac zone b, he & his wife are watching their 2 grandkids while their parents are on vacation I was skeptical about staying, since I'm still not to cool with this storm surge potential..but he's right on the border of B/C (a matter of maybe .75 miles) I'm pretty sure we won't get the devastating surge here, but, just in case, this is EXACTLY what I told them earlier about the axes/tools. We cleared all the crap from under the attic entrance in the garage a couple of hours ago and put 2 axes up there. I felt kind of ..stupid.. making him do this, but thinking about it now, it could be the difference between life & death. 


    on that note, long day. Going to bed but will post what I can from here in the cape tomorrow

    Best of luck to you and your family! (And you deserve to go into the Sibling Hall of Fame.)

  2. 5 minutes ago, thess said:

    (I've read second-handedly that they are trying to evacuate 'everyone' from the island ahead of time, but with the complete clusterf*ck that is online 'news' in 2017, I can't find you a source I trust that doesn't have a paywall/adblock-whining popup.)

    Here's the Prime Minister saying they have a mandatory evacuation of the entire island - 

    More from Barbuda on twitter account of BBC reporter on the ground there. https://twitter.com/BBCLBicker

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  3. 9 minutes ago, Hoosier said:

    So let's assume something like the worst case pans out and Miami gets into the eyewall.  What kind of impact are we looking at for the skyscrapers?  I would assume that many were built with hurricanes in mind, but it's still gotta be tough to protect against something like this.  


    1 minute ago, psv88 said:

    Andrew blew out a bunch of windows on the upper floors, but the structures should be fine. 


    Interesting article from a couple of years ago about Miami's high-rises. Some of which were repaired/rebuilt after Wilma didn't do it to the new, stricter code. And then there's one with "impact-resistant glass" -




    At least one Miami high-rise, 1450 Brickell, completed in 2010, was built to even tougher standards than the latest code requires.

    Impact-resistant glass that is strong enough to endure a 9-pound, six-foot-long, 2x4 piece of lumber fired end on at 34 miles an hour is required for windows up to 30-feet above ground. The idea is that most flying debris originates from ground level.

    Above that, builders can use small-missile protection – impact glass that can survive test strikes by steel ball bearings traveling 50 miles per hour followed by wind tests.

    The building at 1450 Brickell uses the stronger glass bottom to top.

    “We have the whole building cladded with what is required to the first 30 feet,’’ said Alan Ojeda, president and CEO of Rilea Group, the developer of tower, who also maintains his office there.

    Another extra: In addition to the required back-up generator to provide electricity for elevators and emergency lighting, the building has a second generator to keep air conditioning and full power if the regular service is cut off.

    “We have a second generator with 80 tons of diesel that could run full time for about a week,’’ said Ojeda.

    “The stronger glass prevents an implosion of the glass,’’ he said. “We have tenants who are in 24-hour mode, dealing with Hong Kong, Europe, the West Coast. They cannot afford to be without power.’’





  4. Interesting blog post from a guy who specializes in storm surge (and also lives on the Gulf and is familiar with the area) - http://wxshift.com/news/blog/harveys-rain-and-surge-flooding-could-be-catastrophic

    He is concerned with areas along the west of Galveston Bay (like League City) getting compound flooding, where the storm surge prevents the rainwater runoff from draining.


    I am writing this blog post because it passed the "grandma" test. I asked myself if my grandma lived in a high compound-flooding risk area if I would speak up, and then I realized I would be going to her house immediately and urging her to take precautions. If my grandma lived in southeast Houston, Galveston, Bolivar, or any of the communities west of Galveston Bay, I would feel uneasy about her safety during this long-duration storm and feel much better if she evacuated at least north or west of Houston.