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Wilma... wonderful, just wonderful

Discussion in 'Storm Watch' started by Rick Murchison, Oct 17, 2005.

  1. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I'm glad to hear it went well, and that you didn't run into problems. It was good that you looked at risks in advance. So many make trip plans, arrive before a storm hits, and then go "oh ****!"

    I see it's been some time since anyone in southern Florida has posted here. I guess power and net connections are both very challenged across the area. Hoping to see good news soon.

    Looks like Cozumel and Cancun were devastated. Lots of tourists stranded at both (see above reference to those who arrive before storms), and won't be able to leave as the airports are too damaged for flights. I saw one news report that suggested transporting to Merida airport further inland would be needed. I have no idea how big or developed that airport is. It could be rough to escape Cozumel or Cancun, endure a rough trip on damaged roads to there, only to learn that facilities are being overwhelmed.

    Best wishes to all down there for getting out finally, and to those in and around Florida riding it out now.

    Edit...
    I guess we were posting at the same time...

    Had to look to see where you were. Glad you came out well. :thumb:

    11 am tracking map from NOAA...
     
  2. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

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    Heard from my mother in Sarasota that they had strong winds and rain, but no real damage. Power did go out in some of the inland areas (and of course to the south of her), but she had power on uninterrupted so she was able to follow the progress of the storm.

    I still don't understand how folks can live with this frequency of disturbance events, yet fear earthquakes. But I guess it is for the best... California is already inundated enough with new arrivals.
     
  3. DennisW

    DennisW Solo Diver

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    I heard from Walter this morning that our Marvel had her front door and window blow in today. The door was closed and locked. She is ok and with a neighbor. She will have extensive wind blown water damage.
     
  4. USAF Diver

    USAF Diver Nassau Grouper

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    Here in Melbourne it's almost over. It's still kind of windy, but seems to be getting better. I guess we dodged the worst of it.
     
  5. DennisW

    DennisW Solo Diver

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    I have been talking to my wife and daughter all morning, in Sebastian, and they were fine although power is out and some windows leaked a bit.
     
  6. guapo

    guapo Garibaldi

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    Has anyone heard anything about the Hotel Barraccuda? How did the dive boats make out? Guapo
     
  7. DennisS

    DennisS Marine Scientist

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    Just got back from up the coast and I'm happy to see my boat survived. A liveaboard dive boat across the way broke lose and swung around, ended up using a sailboat for a fender.

    The apartments across the canal lost their roofing, the ceiling fell down and you can see sky. I don't have power but that's pretty usual after a storm. A couple poles were at 45 degree angles on the way into the neighborhood and lots of trees were down.

    I came down 95 and there were quite a few downed signs and light poles. One light pole was across an exit ramp, there was a downed power line on 95 that everyone was stopping for and then figuring the guy in front didn't get it so why not drive on through. I left Palm Bay around noon and headeds south, some heavy wind gusts, not much rain and no traffic.
     
  8. HowardE

    HowardE Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Well... We survived... No damage to our store or our apartment. No power or water at home, but power was restored to our shop in riverfront - but there's no water here, so the restaurants can't open yet, and we are without Air Cond inside. I think we're going to open up, so if any conchers read this and want to charge cell phones or anything like that come on down.

    I haven't heard from too many people yet... but here in downtown ft lauderdale it's like a bomb went off. Here's some video I shot yesterday from our balcony - http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/sfl-1024schoolboardwilma-video,0,4469459.wmvfile
    I'm glad the sentinel edited my comments out of the video... I said a few naughty words while witnessing this.

    I hope everyone else is ok.
     
  9. scubak

    scubak Solo Diver

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    Fantastic video...
    Glad to hear everything is ok.
    K
     
  10. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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    And now we're getting the bad-afterwards stories from Cancun...

    I just do not understand the minds of these people, like from this tourist: "I feel the Mexican government is helping here to an extent, doing the best they can," said Kevin Riley, town finance administrator for Paw, Mich. "But the U.S. has done nothing. Where is our government? They are only preparing for Florida. They forgot about us." That just sounds unreasonable to me? Am I wrong? He had advance noticed - it's hurrican season, and oh btw - there's a bad one aiming for Cancun. But he went down anway - knowing the chances, taking advantage of low season rates. Now he expects rescue. My understanding is WHEN YOU LEAVE THE US, YOU LEAVE THE US. There are a half million residents there without electricity and he wants limo service...?

    Haven't see anything on Cozumel yet. I know that there is a lot of posting on the Coz forum, but haven't waded thru all the chit chat about "is my vacation okay" posts.


     

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