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Hurricane Irma's path

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    Hurricane Irma is tracking further west than predicted, which can help Miami. However, those cities along the western side of Florida like Ft Meyers now appear to be in the direct path once it moves northward.

    Dutch, we hope you have evacuated.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Kenosha, WI
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    I hope Dutch is out too.

    It's strange that the path of Irma has changed from what hurricane watchers said it was going to do.

    All of the roads are packed, and gasoline supply is short, people might be running out of gas on the highways by now. People might end up being stranded and vulnerable.

    Did the government go far enough to make sure people would be evacuated quicker? I happened to notice that the interstate highways only have 2 lanes in the video clips, is that all that Florida has? If it is, it's outdated.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    All the motels in Pensacola/Mobile area are filled up. Traffic on I10 is solid West. Now is the time to start looking at concrete homes for hurricane vulnerable areas. Instead of evacuating just sit tight if you are (@ or above flood stage . Flood stage and below the code for new construction is already for houses to be elevated with blow out first floor walls. Just need to increase building codes for wind resistance .
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    Where are the Republicans going to find the 100 billion it will cost to rebuild ?

    I mean the Democrats just got Texas a cool 15 billion , so , are they going to have to get the money for FLA also by some kind of political trick ? I don't think they can and I wonder why they got a red state money in the first place F Floridais a giant swamp if you take away the water control. It was a miserable swamp until the army core of engineers dug like 2000 miles of canals to drain it and keep it drained. It's a giant watershed , that is a place near water where water occasionally inundates.

    I believe this storm will cost 100 billion dollars.

  • Center Left
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    Best wishes Dutch. I hope you're in a safe place. Be well. You too Chet and anyone else in the path.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Hurricane Irma is now Tropical Storm Irma. By now everyone has been well tuned into the latest projected path of the storm, but in case you want a quick read from the National Hurricane Center, they update the latest position and projections on a regular basis.

    TROPICAL STORM IRMA

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Not much news but it appears damage may not be as bad as possible from the huge storm.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Kenosha, WI
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    Chet Ruminski Wrote: Not much news but it appears damage may not be as bad as possible from the huge storm.

    Me not know where you're at, but from photos I've seen, there is severe damage.

    This is a report from Ft Meyers NBC broadcast yesterday after the eyewall passed.

    nbc-2.com/clip/13695656/irma-damage-ass...

    Take for instance a tornado that ripped into Plainfield, Illinois (F5) a few years back, there was a swath that was totally decimated, but on the other side of town, buildings were untouched. In the uploaded photo, notice the lower right part where destruction occurred, and the upper left portion where it appears nothing was touched.

    Keep in mind why we may not have heard from Dutch, 5 million are without power, and recovery may not have begun yet. Roads might be blocked by debris, areas might still have high standing water, it's probably a big mess down there, it'll take time to assess damage and get into some areas.