Thanks, I appreciate that. Michael did miss us, not by much. All we got were winds of maybe 25mph for a few hours and a couple inches of rain over the course of a day. Couple hours east of us... different story. There is nothing left over there. Folks here that have relatives over in the Panama City area tried going over there but law enforcement has been keeping everyone away unless you actually live there AND there is a safe route to where you need to go. Power lines down everywhere, so it's taken most of the week to get a central core of power back to the area. There is still no cell phone service to most of the area though they have brought in trucks with portable cell tower equipment on them, however the capacity is very limited compared to what a regular cell network can do. As of right now there are about 1,000 people still unaccounted for... no one knows if they stayed or left or what.
The next two Saturdays fellows from my church are going over there in work crews to help clear trees and debris from other churches and their congregants who are too elderly to be doing that for themselves. We are bringing lots of gasoline, water, generators, portable grilles, camp stoves, and other supplies to help folks get some semblance of life back. I was over there helping to load one of the flatbeds today. Must be close to $75K worth of stuff on that truck alone.
It's hard to describe to anyone who hasn't seen the aftermath of a hurricane or a tornado just how angry Mother Nature can get. No man-made structure short of an underground concrete bunker is really safe. Blows over steel billboards like they were made out of taffy; you drive down a street and there are kitchen appliances like stoves, refrigerators, dishwashers all over the road and along the sides of the road, and where houses used to be there is just a slab of concrete with some pipes sticking up out of it.
There was a story today about a guy who approached a closed store (no power still) and knocked on the door. The owner, pistol in hand, came to the door and thought it might be a looter, but the guy had seen a very unique chair from his living room sitting in a pile of rubble inside one of the boarded up windows and came to see if he could have his chair back. When his house wall gave out all his furniture and belongings were sucked out and blown away, and apparently his chair was blown through the front window of a store 6 blocks away. Amazing. Guy now has his chair back, and they had a picture of him sitting in it in front of his garage, which is all that was left standing of his 2200 sq ft house.
Post by Grug - American Neanderthal on Oct 20, 2018 6:57:35 GMT -7
Glad you were spared, before it came ashore it looked like it might wander west a little. I have seen some pictures, it just look like it scoured a path through some of that, and unlike a tornado it was much larger area. I have another friend from south FL who is a cop, and they deployed the last week up there for disaster relief, its a mess.
I know there were several people who tried to ride it out. I don't know how you ride out 150mph wind in anything besides a concrete bunker, but hopefully it worked out for them.
Of course leave it to people to politicize it, I have read some despicable stuff from being trumps or democrats fault to god paying a red state back for Kavanaugh, to some saying its some sort of justice for ignoring Puerto Ricos plight kind of thing, but for the most part there was not enough time to hype it before it hit, so its been pretty much ignored in the rest of the country, at least in media and that is a shame because it truly was a major storm.
"Reality is that which, when you refuse to believe, or stop believing in it, does not go away."
I don't know why the politicizers are after Trump, after all during Katrina they claimed it was W. Bush that steered the hurricane into certain districts of N'awlins, targeting all the Democrats. Far as I know, W. Bush still has the hurricane steering gear, not Trump, so they should be blaming Bush.
The worse thing about the post hurricane time is you have no power, no running water, it's hot and the humidity a day after the hurricane is back up in the high 90s. It's almost impossible to sleep, you're just a sopping bundle of sweat. You can't even spray off with the garden hose because the pumps aren't running yet and when they finally do, it's another 3 or 4 days before you can do anything with that water without boiling it first. I always keep plenty of bottled water just for drinking and I have a couple big plastic barrels that I fill before the storm just to use for flushing, bathing, etc. I have 3 5-gal jugs for the dog's drinking water. All foodstuffs for the hurricane can be cooked in water or with water, nothing fancy, just keep alive until power and normalcy comes back.
I do have a generator and a small inverter that will power a window AC unit or my fridge and a bunch of lights. 15 gallons of gas plus whatever is in my truck or her car if we need it. That's really all you need except for any medicines.
But as you say, trying to stare down 150 mph winds is just asking for it. Roofs don't do so good in that environment.