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#4380910 - 09/23/17 12:34 AM Re: Florida Flyboys [Re: Hellshade]  
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Hopefully I manage to attach photos here.

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#4380919 - 09/23/17 02:05 AM Re: Florida Flyboys [Re: Hellshade]  
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ugh. Sorry for the damage, JFM. Hopefully nothing else took too big a hit.


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#4380960 - 09/23/17 12:09 PM Re: Florida Flyboys [Re: Hellshade]  
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Several houses lost their cages on our street but that was the worst of it. Not far away in Bonita (off exit 116) there are houses still flooded. I'll take a destroyed lanai cage to two feet of flooding every day!

Cool videos, btw! Forgot to mention that earlier.

#4380963 - 09/23/17 01:10 PM Re: Florida Flyboys [Re: JFM]  
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Originally Posted by JFM
Ahoy! We have power and our phone landline came back yesterday.

Short story: We wound up leaving Saturday morning. I didn't want to go but it was forecast as a Cat 5 direct hit then in the Florida Straights. My two elderly in-laws were adamant about leaving and I couldn't let them attempt it alone. Me, wife, two kids, in-laws, and three dogs drove to just across the state line in Georgia. Drive was hell, bumper-to-bumper/stop-and-go. In Georgia, Irma hit as a tropical storm but the place was so freaked out by that that everything shut down, so we had to live on snacks we had brought with us. Being a Floridian now, I left with shorts and a t-shirt but it was 60 degrees, windy and raining in GA--I don't even think about places being cold in September! So I froze to death. We left there after two days and went to Tampa--another hell drive--and stayed there for days until the power came back on. I was dying to return anyway but was outvoted by everyone. I thought we'd be gone two days but NINE days later we came back. Thankfully by then the drive from Tampa to Naples was 85 mph.

House survived. Damage to roof shingles and soffits. Lost our lanai cage, though. I theorize the tree in back came down on the corner and once the structural integrity was compromised, the wind did the rest. When we got home the cage was a mass of twisted wreckage. I had metal, screws, screens, and about 5000 bushels of leaves and twigs in the pool, too. We came back on Sunday and I worked all week to get the cage dismantled, broken down, dragged to the curb, pool cleaned, etc. Back in shape now! We were on the verge of upgrading the pavers and pool tiles out there anyway, and we have leaks in the pool and have to resurface it at least, so we have to do all that before we get a new cage.

I'm with Hellshade. I'm getting a whole house generator. I've also calculated how much water we need to survive for 2-4 weeks and will stockpile that amount August-through-November, replenished yearly. I'll also have stockpiles of food and gasoline that I'll accumulate the same months, and I already have plenty of weapons to discourage looters. I want our house and cars to be self-sufficient off-the-grid for a few weeks when the next hurricane hits. There will be a next one; just a matter of when, not if. Hopefully, not for a while! But I'm not leaving again. Sucked not being here to see the damage and initiate repairs, etc. In-laws can just hunker down here or call Delta; I've already advised them. Naples survived a Cat 3/4 direct hit--I saw the airport clocked a 142 mph gust--and the house survived with very minor damage, and no damage that would have endangered any occupants in any way. I'll just make this place a self-sustaining fortress and stay right here.

I'll attach photos in a following post.



Good play for the future JFM!! Don't forget to hurricane proof your windows (and boarding up capabilities), and have a safe enclosed reinforced room to hole up in.

Glad to see things didn't get out of hand at your residence.

Cheers mate!

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#4380966 - 09/23/17 01:59 PM Re: Florida Flyboys [Re: Hellshade]  
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Jim, defiantly invest in the shutters. My folks in Port St. Lucie have them and use them every year now it seems. Can't trust these stroms or the predictions that go with them.

I'm glad everyone is alright and there was only minimal damage to your home.

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#4380968 - 09/23/17 02:52 PM Re: Florida Flyboys [Re: Hellshade]  
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Good to hear you guys came though okay.


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#4381044 - 09/24/17 01:07 PM Re: Florida Flyboys [Re: Hellshade]  
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Just FYI, I have NO shutters and my windows are fine. But don't worry, I agree, shutters are part of the fortress plan! wave2

#4381047 - 09/24/17 01:30 PM Re: Florida Flyboys [Re: Hellshade]  
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Jim, very glad to see that you and yours also made it through the storm. All things considered it does appear you got by with fairly minimal damage and loss. And to that generator, I also need to invest in one, but for a different reason - heat in the winter when a monster blizzard takes out our power for any length of time at all.

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#4381209 - 09/25/17 09:40 AM Re: Florida Flyboys [Re: Hellshade]  
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I'm glad everyone is OK especially after such a very close shave. It must be pretty stressful all round especially stuck in traffic when trying to leave the area.

Hope all goes well with fixing up.


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