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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Company's Coming

Happy hump day boys and girls.  Just sitting here getting ready for a visit from some chick named Irma.  Like who names their kids Irma these days?  NOBODY.  Except of course the National Weather Service.  Apparently they try to pick the weirdest names for hurricanes today.  Back when I was a kid (and before that if you can imagine it) they used regular names like Donna, and Carol, and Betsy.  Now they try to think up the craziest names for hurricanes.  Hugo and Katrina and Wilma were all terrible.  And currently we have Irma and Katia hanging around.  No wonder these storms get so nasty.  If you were named Irma, you'd have a bad attitude too.

Irma looks to be a beast.  Category 5 right now, winds of 185 mph with gusts to 225.  That's tornado like.  According to the current predictions, Irma is expected to make landfall in southeastern Florida which is a fair piece away from me.  As a category 4.  Which means wind speeds from 130-155 mph.  I don't want to be flying a kite in that wind.  Luckily for me, I'm up on the west side of the state.  Based on current predictions, the worst of the storm should be to my east.  Good for Tampa/St Pete.  Not so good for Miami, Ft Lauderdale, Ft Pierce, and Daytona Beach.  Of course even with as good as the weather service is now, they still aren't sure where landfall will occur.  Things can change.  So we're preparing for the worst and hoping for the best.  Just got some gas for the cars, we've got a lot of food and paper products.  I gotta get the spare tank filled for the gas grill in case we lose power and we have water being delivered Friday.  Storm should be here sometime on Sunday.  Even if it goes up the east side of Florida as predicted, we'll see a lot of rain and hurricane force winds over here.  Just not the flooding and storm surge.  I'm good with that.  If things change on the weather front I may be out of touch for a bit.  Like that's unusual.

So time to sign off.  Hope everyone stays lucky and pray for the people impacted by this storm.


Lucki Duck said...

Hoping Irma only skirts you and Ms. PQ.

Baton down the hatches and hang on...looks like she's pissed.

Memphis MOJO said...

I have my fantasy football draft this Saturday in Raleigh, NC, so I have been planning to be out of town for a while -- good timing no?

The Neophyte said...

Perfect timing Mojo. You always seem to have good timing. Lucki, hope all is well for you guys in Texas. I know you aren't in the Houston area but I'm sure you've had some impact from Harvey as well.

Unfortunately, the projected hurricane track is coming closer and closer to the west side of Florida which is making it more and more likely we're gonna be impacted. I'm hoping it swings back to the east again. And planning for the worst.

KenP said...

Glad it is looking good for your area. Batten the hatches anyway. You may need to Google for hatch battening.

The Neophyte said...

Is that another way to say don't forget to zip your fly? You older folks have all the great sayings. Thanks Ken. We are battening as best we can.