Irma Makes Landfall Near Key West As Category 4, Power Out For Over 1 Million Across Florida [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports:

Announcing itself with roaring 130 mph winds, Hurricane Irma plowed into the mostly emptied-out Florida Keys early Sunday for the start of what could be a slow, ruinous march up the state’s west coast toward the heavily populated Tampa-St. Petersburg area.

“The most important thing is to pray for us,” Gov. Rick Scott said on NBC. With an estimated 127,000 huddling in shelters statewide, the storm lashed the low-lying string of islands with drenching rain and knocked out power to over 1 million customers across Florida.

About 30,000 people heeded orders to evacuate the Keys as the storm closed in, but an untold number refused to leave, in part because to many storm-hardened residents, staying behind in the face of danger is a point of pride.

While the projected track showed Irma raking the state’s Gulf Coast, forecasters warned that the entire Florida peninsula — including the Miami metropolitan area of 6 million people — was in extreme danger from the monstrous storm, almost 400 miles wide.

  • Do Something Nice

    Rick Scott wants us to pray and continue to deny that climate change exists.

    Fuck him.

    • BearEyes

      with a wind driven uprooted coconut palm.

    • Buford

      Joel Osteen already told us that it’s a compliment when God ignores prayers because He knows you can handle what He is throwing at you.

      So instead of praying for the misery to stop, maybe just sit back and thank Him for the compliment…??

      • FAEN

        Grifters gonna grift.

        Someone I was related to was all about Joel and loved his little “stories of wisdom.” One that always stuck with me on the ridiculous scale was how a grain of sand aka sin in a pot full of pasta aka righteousness could ruin everything.

        I just rolled my eyes and seriously contemplated making a fucking bowl of pasta and adding two god damn grains of sand and see if any of the Joel lovers could tell.

        I understand people are free to believe what they want and need to but when you put your faith in any of the Xtian grifters you need help.

        • Buford

          Yep. I actually admire people who are quietly spiritual… the ones who aren’t ashamed to live their life according to guiding principles of their faith.

          However, being spiritual and being religious are very different things… and feeling the need to join a religion and to follow the teachings of men who have become wealthy by telling others how to live their lives is a form of mental illness.

    • BlueberriesForMe

      Let’s “pray” that enough Floridians come to their senses and vote out the climate changing “deniers”. How much you wanta bet that’s not going to happen?

    • FAEN

      Rick Scott publicly denies climate change because it helps his wallet but what good is all that money on a destroyed planet?

      As with SO many GOP/Teabaggers their view is myopic.

    • FancyThat

      From @UnvirtuousAbbey on Twitter

      For those who think morality affects hurricane patterns yet don’t believe in climate change, we pray.

  • Karl Dubhe

    I’d have thought the most important thing to do was stay alive.

    Prayers aren’t going to help with that…

  • shellback

    Prayer is the very least we can do – literally.

  • Homo Erectus
    • Robincho

      But, but… Skeletor says it’s THE most important thing right now! Are you telling us that Skeletor is full of… oh, I don’t know… SHIT?

      • Homo Erectus

        Republicans often say stupid things like that.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Hoping for the best outcome possible for those affected.

    How about A little lol :

    https://twitter.com/EdKrassen/status/906874420349816832

    • The people across the street from us have their kids already wearing their bike helmets…better safe than sorry I guess
      Damn auto correct (edited)

    • Bluto

      Get that lady a drink, stat!

  • Homo Erectus

    “The most important thing is to pray for us,” Gov. Rick Scott said on
    NBC. No, dickhead – The most important thing is to use your power and influence to help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.

    • DaddyRay

      Good Morning HE – everything secure at your commercial business

      • Homo Erectus

        Due to an abundance of caution, that part of town is sealed off. I won’t be allowed in until tomorrow morning. From what I can tell, nothing is happening (yet). It’s looking better all the time.

  • agcons

    “The most important thing is to pray for us.”

    OK, Rick, no relief funds or any other kind of aid for Florida, then. What a fucking idiot.

    • j.martindale

      whatta douche

    • BeaverTales

      When FEMA and the feds bail his state out, he’ll continue to attack the big government he detests and give Jesus all the credit for the rebuilding money.and not the taxpayers.

      The non-taxpayers will get a friendly slap on the back from him for being “smarter and more saintly” than the rest of us.

      • FAEN

        Yep-teabaggers hate government SO much they run for seats in the House,
        Senate and POTUS and DEMAND that that hateful government bail them and their respective states out when there’s a disaster.

        To call them hypocrites is a fucking understatement.

        • BeaverTales

          The religious tax dodge is the most lucrative scam in US history.

          Their congregations vote GOP on demand after the political speeches being made in the pulpits….and becuz “religious liberty”, and Trump, they will expect a government bailout despite barely paying taxes for most of their lives.

  • Bluto

    hey gov. skeletor, fuck you & your worthless prayers.
    I heard someone say that the Hemingway House has been washed away. I hope that is BS.

    • Dean Chambers

      It’s one of the highest elevations on the island, and is real solid. I hopoe the Audubon house is safe.

    • cleos_mom

      This is a perfect situation for that parable about the guy who’s stranded in a flood, starts praying, and turns down offers for help from all the first responders including a rescue crew in a helicopter. God asks him in the afterlife what the hell was wrong with him.

  • swimboy

    I need puppy and kitty pictures, stat! My family has split up, half in Bradenton and half in Boca Raton. Hurricane and storm surge on one side of the state, hurricane and tornadoes on the other. Pharmaceuticals alone aren’t going to get me through this.

  • JoeMyGod

    Live from the Fox station in Fort Myers.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LW0SQviKXoQ

    • Gustav2

      That is just the rain flooding some areas now, folks. Not the surge that is coming later.

      • E.J.

        due to the rotation of the storm, Won’t the surge happen after the storm passes?

        • Gustav2

          Yup, after the eye passes.

    • BeaverTales

      Are the Fox newscrew the only ones in the area who didn’t evacuate between Naples and Tampa? I can’t decide if they were brave or stupid.

  • thom

    Finishing up getting everything ready for the cats. Covering their carriers with black cloth to (hopefully) calm them. Getting our last showers in. Charging our devices.
    Now we just sit and wait in Safety Harbor (Tampa)

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Stay safe & keep us posted.

    • Tulle Christensen

      I managed to get three of the five feral neighborhood cats in the garage this morning they have food, water, and litter. I hope the other have found a good place to hunker down

      • zhera

        Thank you for doing this!
        I always think of the homeless animals and the wildlife in disasters like this. They are shit outta luck, most of them. 🙁

  • LesbianTippingHabits


    Will the media criticize supposedly self-reliant “real Americans” who proudly stayed behind, only to change their minds, and ‘request’ rescue by the government they detest, after it’s too late?

    First responders may have to put even more lives at risk trying to save selfish people who refused to listen to their state’s elected and appointed leadership – who are doing a fine job, by the way, even though I disagree with many of their policy views – when it really counted.

    At least the public record is quite clear that They Have Been Warned.

    • thom

      Early this week we were told the storm would make landfall on the East coast. So we packed up everything and went to Tampa to stay with my mother in law… we watched the storm slowly move west. And now it looks like we will get the worst of it.

      • LesbianTippingHabits


        Thank you for your understanding that nobody has a perfect crystal ball.
        My best wishes to you and yours as the day gets more interesting . . .

        • Dean Chambers

          There has been no gasoline to be bought in the whole state for the past three days. There are no hotels available almost up to Atlanta. Just where do you think that millions of people are going to evacuate to? The logistics are impossible. Better to hunker down rather than to sit in your car, out of gas on the interstate where you are exposed to the elements. The bad part is that many millions of homes will be without power for weeks to come. That means no refrigeration of food in the supermarkets, no gas pumps working, no running water. Unless you are within walking distance of the ocean, or your house isn’t built to code, if you stocked up properly you are better off to hunker down.

          • LesbianTippingHabits


            Lots of good points. I think it’s key for people just to consider the facts and their own situations, and make the best – not necessarily in retrospect perfect – decision they can for themselves and their loved ones.

            If I didn’t have a place to crash in greater Orlando, I would at least have parked at a shopping center and slept in my car. But not everyone can do that, and it may not make sense otherwise.

            Bottom line: Be responsible, make your decision, and live with it. Don’t be a hero and don’t criticize those doing the best they can in a far from perfect situation. Thank you.

      • thatotherjean

        Unfortunately, yes. Can you take get out and take your mother-in-law with you? Tampa is not going to be a safe place to hunker down, but you have a little while to get somewhere else, if you can.

    • cleos_mom

      What I was hearing earlier this morning was that first responders are staying out of some areas. These absolutely-not-related-to-climate-change hurricanes are intense enough that they’d basically be sacrificing their lives for nothing.*

      *Sort of like the rank and file of our military, for the last 5 or 6 decades.

      • LesbianTippingHabits

        And if Hillary had won the election, would anyone even notice Hurricane irma?

  • TuuxKabin

    For an hour and a half distraction. Irma’s not going away any time soon:

    Four Star Jubilee, Mary Martin and Noel Cowarad:

    https://archive.org/details/FordStarJubilee-TogetherInMusic#

    • Gustav2

      Yesterday, a station ran a ‘Burke’s Law’ marathon I recorded when this gets too much.

  • disqus_D9pH1OIG67

    If Scott thinks prayer is the anwer, he should to to Key West, strip naked and dance in a circle while swinging a chicken over his head. What an idiot.

    • LesbianTippingHabits


      On second thought, please don’t strip naked, in public, that is.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Think of the chicken !

    • Hmmmmm, if THAT’S what praying is these days sign me up

    • netxtown

      I just don’t think Picky is gonna go for that….. He’s more the type to keep both feet on the ground…..well, most of time anyway…..

      • another_steve

        As a result of all the abuse he and his fellow poultry take on this blog, Picky has formed “The Chicken Anti-Defamation League,” whose goal it is to restore respect and honor toward chickens.

        (Personally, I’ve always respected and honored chicken, though not necessarily the non-human type.)

    • FAEN

      He’s a rich grifter and grifters gonna grift. The real idiots are the ones that elected him. Twice I believe.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Speaking of prayer, this should scare the shit out of all of us :

    https://twitter.com/JoyAnnReid/status/906623098425942017

    • Ragnar Lothbrok
      • Gustav2

        THIS kind of behind the scenes shit is why we have to worry.

      • FAEN

        Jeebus 🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️

    • netxtown

      these fucking ‘blessers’ piss me off to no end. They think they’re being all sweet and compassionate – and they are totally ignorant to the offensiveness.

      • David Milley

        I think they know full well how offensive it is. The smug little smile when they say it tells me that they know they’re getting away with a micro-aggression, getting one over on the “non-believer.”

        • David Walker

          When I feel like replying, which is usually to a too-sugary voice or a particularly aggressive one, I use what I say when someone hopes I have a good day: “It’s too late for that.” In most cases that’s probably better than “Eat shit and die.” Probably. Maybe. Hmmm. Let me think about that.

          • stuckinthewoods

            If I feel like replying I say “oh, thank you anyway”, without further elaboration.

          • Todd20036

            People don’t get too religious with me at work, probably because I’m out of the closet.

            But I’m not big on religion, and won’t tolerate that shit anymore. I’m too old to deal with imaginary friends.

    • bambinoitaliano

      Why spend trillions of dollars on military when you can just pray your enemies away? Similarly why are those gun nuts so fearful of being attack when they can just pray the danger away? Heck ! We don’t need a wall. Just pray the Mexicans away no? Why give money to scamvangelists? Just pray!

      • Stubenville

        “Logic doesn’t work, neither would a magic wand”

        Phoebe Snow, Inspired Insanity

        • jsmukg

          Snow was a divinity. Do you know ‘Drink Up The Melody, Bite The Dust Blues?’ Sublime….

    • another_steve

      It’s become increasingly evident with each passing day: During the campaign, Trump reached a devil’s agreement with the theofascist right. In exchange for their support (and their “pass” re Trump’s three wives (including this current one – a former porn star) and the Access Hollywood tape in which Trump boasts about grabbing pussy), Trump would provide the theofascists with entrée into the federal government. A deal was struck.

      Hence we have theofascist monsters like Betsy DeVos at the Department of Education and countless other theocrats at all levels of government.

      A bit scary, but I’m confident our democracy will ultimately survive and prosper.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        So long as we survive in the interim.

        • JW Swift

          The pendulum may swing back to the left a bit, but I really worry that this is becoming the new normal, and on average, the whole country is heading more and more right.

          • Todd20036

            No, more like the right is becoming more right, and will break every rule in the book to turn America into a sort of apartheid like what South Africa had.

            Except the minority ruling class will be religious, instead of racial

          • JW Swift

            That could be the case, too. Or a combination of both. In any case, my optimism for the long-term for this country of ours is getting shaken, day by day.

      • billbear1961

        I don’t see where this optimism comes from, not at all!

        What I do see, again and again and again is: “We fear RETRIBUTION and are afraid to complain!”

        The defenders of this Republic are COWARDS!!

        There is not one–NOT ONE!!–prominent elected voice in a position of real power defending this democracy loudly and proudly, 24/7!!

        I am appalled and LIVID at the lack of vehement denunciation of the ongoing coup against this republic! The rule of law is being SHAT on!! Where are its DEFENDERS?!

        “It can’t happen here” is pure, unadulterated BULLSHIT!!

        • cleos_mom

          But I suggest you read the last few chapters of the novel, where the grift starts to fall apart.

        • another_steve

          My optimism comes from my faith and confidence in the human spirit. From the human impulse to do what is best for the thriving of our species.

          And from ‘change,’ which is natural and part of the Way of Things.

          High winds do not last all morning.
          Heavy rain does not last all day.

          ~ Extract, Verse 23, Tao Te Ching (Gia Fu Feng / Jane English trans.)

    • billbear1961

      They’ve GOT to stop being afraid to complain, or we’re going to LOSE this democracy!!

  • j.martindale

    Prayer? I suggest that getting out of the flood zone, even at this late date, is more of a priority. Save you prayers for those who can most use them. Unicorns.

    • JW Swift

      Depends upon how close the bad weather is to wherever you happen to be. The worst place you can be when the bad parts of the storm arrives is in your car on the road somewhere.

  • bambinoitaliano

    Yup. I said my prayer. Everything is fine now. Next!

  • BeaverTales

    After surviving this storm, if no one has a place to go and if it takes a year or more to find a contractor, I would like to help by donating a room in my home to help make a fresh start. Not sure how I can do so without attracting grifters, abusers and crazy people.

    Suggestions appreciated.

    • LesbianTippingHabits

      Just ask them if they voted for Donald Trump.

      • BeaverTales

        If only it were that easy.

    • zhera

      You could contact FEMA and extend the offer through them?

      Well done you for wanting to do this! Damn, there are good people everywhere!

      • BeaverTales

        What kind of screening would FEMA do? At least foreign refugees are screened before resettlement, but Real Americans&#8482 are not.

        • zhera

          I mean they could at least confirm that the person/s had lost their home?

  • HandyAndy

    I haven’t been online since evacuating on Wednesday afternoon, but wanted to let the JMG people know that my husband and I made it safely to my brother’s house in Conway, South Carolina on Thursday evening after a 30 hour drive. Our home is (was?) in Cudjoe Key, where Irma made landfall. We’re just going to have to see if there’s anything left worth saving after this is over, and where we go from here. Our house is supposed to be able to withstand a category 4 storm, but the storm surge may take out everything inside. Nothing like starting over from scratch in your 40’s.

    • bambinoitaliano

      One step at a time. You and your husband are safe. That’s the most important part of the equation.

    • Bluto

      The important thing right now is you’re safe. Glad to hear it.

    • netxtown

      Glad you are out of harm’s way. Starting from scratch is never easy – but rebuilding together will be a wonderful lifetime of memories. Ready those hammers and drills – and don’t forget to ask for help! Surely somebody around here can make some sweet tea!

      • TrollopeReader

        I read that as “sweaty” ….!!

        • netxtown

          (I was gonna say ‘surely somebody can make an authentic wicked hurricane’….but maybe too soon…..)

          • edrex

            probably right on time.

        • cleos_mom

          Just add the sugar while the tea is still hot, and let it cool.

    • SoCalGal20

      The important thing is that you and yours are safe and sound and out of harm’s way. I hope your home will be spared the worst of it.

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    • DaddyRay

      So glad you are safe and I hope your home is still there when you get back

    • Pip

      Glad that you’re safe, that’s the important thing. Things are replaceable, you’re not. That said, I hope you go home to nothing worse than some downed branches and palm leaves.

    • FAEN

      Glad you’re both safe. Try not to worry too much about your house until you know more.

    • billbear1961

      Good luck, Andy!

    • edrex

      now i hope you can make it safely out of conway, sc. (in all seriousness, be safe.)

    • zhera

      So, so glad you didn’t stay put! All that matters in the end is life and love.

    • Ernest Endevor

      Glad you got out. Thanks for the update.

    • The Eyes Have It

      Anything left? According to Rush you should be fine. It’s nothing more than conspiracy by Libs to sell more stuff as if selling stuff is a bad thing for the economy that will be out of commission for days if not weeks or months.

  • DaddyRay

    I Pray Republicans lose the Florida Governorship in the next election
    That is my Thought for the day

    • netxtown

      I figure a curse and a prayer have the same ‘value’. And I curse republicans for being there to start with!

    • HandyAndy

      Much as I don’t like Rick Scott, I have to admit that he did do an acceptable job in handling the build-up to the crisis, so that may be enough to get him re-elected again. We’ll see how he handles the aftermath. One thing that I appreciated was that he cancelled all tolls on the Florida freeways and turnpike so we at least didn’t have to have more traffic jams around the toll booths on the long drive out of the state.

      • JW Swift

        They’ve been doing that for years. He didn’t do anything new, there.

      • Robincho

        Attempting Spanish on MSNBC a few moments ago in Tallahassee,
        Skeletor said “ciudado” instead of “cuidado.” I fucking hate him…

        • Mickey Bitsko

          “Ciudado Mr. Roboto.”

      • Dwight Williamson

        Can he have three terms in a row? He will go for Bill Nelsons senate seat!

      • TampaZeke

        I don’t think he can be re-elected. I think he can only serve two terms and this is his second.

    • Dramphooey

      You gave him thoughts and prayers!

  • bambinoitaliano
  • TrollopeReader

    Quite wild watching this on msnbc …. hope all my FL friends are safe and sound, and hopefully as dry as can be.

  • billbear1961

    Who’s in Florida? Homo Erectus, dj the kid, Tampadink and Zeke, Paul in Leesburg (who’s in ORLANDO, not Leesburg!), Hank. Who else? I’m sure I’m forgetting someone!

    Has Mark finally left Guadeloupe for JFK, or JFK for New Mexico?

    • netxtown

      I think I saw where Mark checked in from Canada….

      • billbear1961

        He flew to Canada?!

        He did say he was flying from Guadeloupe to JFK by a circuitous route!

        • zhera

          JFK fell through but he got a flight to Toronto. Probably on his way to New Mexico now?

          • billbear1961

            Thanks, Zhera!

            (You’d think he’d be on his way home to NM very soon!)

      • billbear1961

        Thanks!

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Also thom, just posted, is in Safety Harbor.

      • billbear1961

        Yes, thom! Thanks, Ragnar!

        AND there’s also Handy Andy (he’s new to me).

    • johncAtl

      Schlukitz (?) is in Tampa.

    • johncAtl

      Eddi Haskell in Delray Beach.

    • zhera

      Eddie? I know there are more.

    • johncAtl

      Oh – Joe’s mother in Orlando.

    • JW Swift

      I live in Fort Lauderdale, but left a couple days ago to stay with my brother several miles north of Orlando.

      I’m watching the security cameras at my house in Fort Lauderdale, so I can tell that the power has gone out a few times, but has come back on again, and from what I can see from the cameras, the house should still be intact (so far). Have checked-in with other co-workers who stayed in the Ft. Laud. area, and power has gone out for most of them.

      We may get as bad of a storm up here in the Orlando area as my house is getting now.

      • JW Swift

        Update: I’ve either lost Internet connection back at my house in Ft. Lauderdale, or lost power completely, or just lost the house entirely (hoping that it’s not the latter) about a half-hour ago.

        Kinda’ unnerving since I could have a bit of peace by being able to watch my security cameras and at least feel like the house was probably still intact, but now I will have to just wait up here a few hundred miles away, and not know one way or the other (like many of the rest of us, I’m sure). I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed.

    • Zeldacat

      yetanotherLaura, who has been taking a long internet break, is in Tampa. My mom. They’re staying.

  • billbear1961
  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    The most important thing is that we end this Climate Change Denial once and for all. There is a plus side for some in Florida. At least a portion of the people, who’ve put this idiot and the current Comrade In Thief in office, won’t survive Irma at their age if they’ve not already gotten out.

    Yes, let’s pray indeed.

    • MBear

      You give too much credit. These people are too stupid to understand the cause and effect

      • Gustav2

        “It is just weather!”

        • zhera

          Hurricanes have always happened! They had hurricanes hundreds of years ago, had nothing to do with any climate change!

          – morans

    • another_steve

      I suggest we stop calling it “climate change” (a label that makes global warming sound benign – “Everything changes; what’s wrong with ‘change’?”) and call it “global warming” as Al Gore did/does.

      I also suggest we not wish death on our enemies. On my enemies I wish multiple, non-life threatening hernias.

      Ooh, what was that sharp stabbing pain??”

      • zhera

        How about Inhabitable Climate Destruction? Because that’s what it is. Whether it’s getting warmer, colder, drier, wetter, wilder, etc. It makes it hard for the people, animals, and plants to survive.

        • another_steve

          I like “climate destruction.” It’s even better than “global warming.”

          It’ll eventually make some areas of the planet uninhabitable though – so I suggest we omit “inhabitable” from the name.

          • LesbianTippingHabits


            Extreme Climate

      • LesbianTippingHabits


        The problem with “Global Warming” was the incredible coincidences of scheduling a Congressional hearing on that topic, only to have to cancel it because of a snowstorm in Washington, D.C.

        http://matzav.com/irony-senate-global-warming-hearing-cancelleddue-to-weather/

        This happened, like, every time. True story.

        • another_steve

          Plus there have been, and will continue to be, some winters that are statistically colder than past winters. Global warming (as you and I know) doesn’t mean temperatures will consistently be warmer.

          Educating the public is key. Al Gore has been one of the world’s major educators on this. The US presidency was stolen from him by the Supreme Court and given to an idiot from Texas who happens to be a global warming denier. One of the great political and ecological tragedies of the 21st Century, that.

          • LesbianTippingHabits


            And if Al Gore had won his home state of Tennessee, he would not have needed Florida.

            Say what you want about Walter Mondale, he won his home state.

            Thank you.

      • Stubenville

        Add chronic kidney stones, and I’m on board with your idea.

  • DaddyRay

    Oh good, they started tying a rope to the reporters so they can just drag them in and send out new ones

    • Hue-Man

      Has FL run out of Sharpies?

      • DaddyRay

        They have experience with the illegible hand writing to know they can’t count on that

  • billbear1961

    Go to the shore and command Irma to depart in the name of Jeebus, Skeletor.

    • cleos_mom

      There must be some point on Tampa Bay where he and his prayers can meet and stop it on its way in. Someone needs to give him directions.

      • billbear1961

        Yes!

      • LesbianTippingHabits


        Megachurch pastors have an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the power of prayer in Tampa Bay later today.

        • Stubenville

          Hahaha – they’ve already had their G650s fly their pasty white asses up to their New York pied-a-terre.

  • thatotherjean

    Skip praying and assemble the things rescue workers will need when they can get to the people who need to be rescued, and the things people will need to clean up and rebuild what they can. When offers of help come from other countries, accept them with gratitude.

  • DaddyRay

    Crane colapse in downtown Miami

    • Rebecca Gardner

      I saw that. WOW! Who woulda thought that was gonna happen?

      • DaddyRay

        They had a guy on last night that keeps tabs on the Construction cranes. He said most left the T part of the crane on and left them swing and one had taken the T off.
        The reporter asked why all of them wouldn’t be taken down and as you expect it is $$$ – too much lost productivity

        Wonder how much this will cost them to get this collapsed crane down

        • Bryan

          I was wondering about all that last night too.
          So basically it’s easier for them to deal with the insurance for anything damaged than to spend the time/money to take the T-part down and mitigate the risk?

          • DaddyRay

            Yup – no concern for people on the ground or in buildings near by, just get those workers back to work

          • LesbianTippingHabits


            Bryan, you are quite right.

            The lives of real people are of zero consequence, and worth even less in our legal system.

            And to think that Marco Rubio (R-FL) thought he was qualified to lead our nation, when he can’t even take tough questions from his own constituents at a town meeting.

          • Stubenville

            I’m not a construction crane expert, but I believe it takes a while to remove the top boom, in addition to $$$.

  • Do Something Nice

    On the news 10 minutes ago: “Cranes won’t collapse because they can handle winds of more than 140mph.”

    News 2 minutes ago: “A crane has collapsed.”

    • Stubenville

      [facepalm]

      I hope nobody in the surrounding area was hurt.

    • Menergy

      and a second crane was later reported to have collapsed. How many more?

  • Ninja0980

    Hope everyone has done what they needed to do and that the loss of life will be at a minimum.

  • Ninja0980

    Prayers aren’t going to do jack Rick.
    How about stop denying climate change?

    • LesbianTippingHabits


      Prayers may have no effect, but tipping generously for good service does.

  • Henry Auvil

    “The most important thing is to pray for us,” said Gov. Rick Scott, the Medicaid expansion-refusing, Medicare-fraud CEO ghoul who forbids state officials to even utter the words “climate change”.

    • Jeffg166

      Another compassionate conservative.

    • JW Swift

      Hell, not just avoiding saying it himself, he has also forbid state employees from using the term.

    • LesbianTippingHabits


      At this point, I think it’s time to ‘agree with’ Governor Scott, consider his relevant ‘facts,’ and draw our own conclusions:

      Governor Scott, since human activity starting with the Industrial Revolution has had absolutely zero effect on earth’s climate, we do know that there is a reason why all of these horrible things are happening.

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/opinions/wp/2017/09/08/messaging-at-the-white-house-reaches-biblical-proportions/?utm_term=.e49cfee15061

      Since you know the reason is not human activity, What Is That Reason?

      It therefore must be because of Republicans, right? Thank you.

  • Pip

    So, got it, send prayers and y’all are all good. Guess I’ll send all this water and food elsewhere.

  • JWC

    Once more to all the JMG’ers in Florida our thoughts are with you.BE SAFE, hunker down This will be a very long day but tomorrow will come

    • Hank

      Thanks… and “After all, tomorrow IS another day.”

      • JWC

        ‘..The sun will come out tomorrow…”

  • cleos_mom

    Wouldn’t put it past Scott to make “thoughts and prayers” the entire recovery plan.

  • billbear1961

    Homo Erectus
    dj “the kid'” coastermark
    Tampadink and Zeke,
    Paul in Leesburg (who’s in ORLANDO, not Leesburg!)
    Hank
    thom
    Handy Andy

    These are the JMG members to keep watch over!

  • David Gervais

    Joe, have you had any contact with your friends at Island House?

  • Ginger Snap

    Everyone in FL please be as safe as you can and don’t do stupid shit like go outside. I’m thinking if you all weather I know you or not. Big Sloppy Gay Kisses to each and everyone of you riding this out.

    • Hank

      Thanks Ginger, I could use a tongue sucking kiss right now… and whenever I can get them!!! 👅

      • Ginger Snap

        Tongue sucking kiss sent directly to you.

  • DaddyRay
    • Nychta

      OMG – he needed a tether.

  • Gustav2

    HIgh Tide for the SW coast is 3 pm…just as the eye is there.

  • billbear1961

    Updated list of JMG members in Florida:

    Homo Erectus
    dj “the kid'” coastermark
    Tampadink and Zeke,
    Paul in Leesburg (who’s in ORLANDO, not Leesburg!)
    Hank
    thom
    Handy Andy
    Eddi
    Schlukitz
    Joe’s mom (in Orlando)

    Zhera tells me Mark’s in Toronto after a flight from Guadeloupe. He should be on his way back home to New Mexico soon.

    • LesbianTippingHabits


      I’m taking temporary refuge in greater Orlando.

      And tipping generously for good service at every opportunity.

      Remember, tips are good karma. And karma never lies.

      And only the wait staff knows for sure. Stay safe, everybody.

      • billbear1961

        Good luck!

        I will add you to the list!

      • DaddyRay

        Are you visiting Florida or taking refuge from another area?

        • LesbianTippingHabits

          Internally displaced person (IDP) from Tampa.

          • DaddyRay

            Orlando seems like it would be more safe than Tampa – be safe!

    • Mike_in_the_Tundra

      Thanks Mr. Bear.

      • billbear1961

        Several people have had to help me compile the list!

    • Joe in PA

      Thank you for putting this together, I’m still amazed at how many folks are in FL.

      • billbear1961

        I didn’t realize, either!

    • SoCalGal20

      I saw JW Swift commented on one of your earlier posts. They’re in Orlando and they live in Ft. Lauderdale.

      • billbear1961

        Added to the list!

        Thanks, SCG!

      • JW Swift

        Yep, that’s correct. Thanks!

    • whollyfool

      Thank you!

    • johncAtl

      John Ruff

      • billbear1961

        This is another member in Florida, John?

        • johncAtl

          I thought he was but I found a comment where he said he’s in DC.

    • Hank

      Thanks BillBear for the list. I have not seen Eddi on the site for a couple of days. He is, Fortunately about an hour North of me. So he is getting the same weather I am in FTL.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/02c8bcffa0b8133e8cb985e96109dd46bc84a178f132c95c92a97429f9112f14.jpg

      • billbear1961

        I think I saw Eddi yesterday, Hank.

        • Hank

          True, but yesterday at 2 PM, I was outside in the sunny weather!!! LOL (I moved my car from the ground level parking to the second floor. 😉

        • JWC

          last I heard of Eddi He was bunking in with his mom in a seniors home (may have changed )Tampadink his partner and dog are in Tallah with family I would imagine with power problems there will be little contact Hope this is info helps

          • billbear1961

            That’s right–Eddi didn’t leave because his mom wouldn’t. He thinks–hopes–the home is pretty sturdy.

            And, yes, TD and his family are staying with family up north in Tallahassee.

          • JWC

            thanx Bill

          • billbear1961

            Thank you.

          • JWC

            Billbear thanx for being a gate keeper it is much appreciated We are all just cyber friends on here but that does not stop our empathy We all care

      • johncAtl

        Eddi was on earlier this morning on the open thread from last night.

        • billbear1961

          Thanks, John!

    • Darling I’m in Leesburg, or to be more precise Lake County just outside Leesburg

      • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

        I guess you spend a lot of time in Orlando; that’s what confused my hubby.

        • Are you suggesting we spend a lot of time chez Mickey? Smooches

          • UrsusArctos

            I notice you took the high road, and didn’t assume he meant P-House. *fleeing*

          • Well I NEVER! How VERY dare you… (flounces out in a huff) (returns quickly because it’s raining monsoon)

    • Todd20036

      Sorry, I don’t give a shit about LesbianTippingHabits.

      An anti Clinton troll who helped bring us Trump.

      FUck him.

    • Zeldacat

      I’ll add down here at well – my mom, yetanotherLaura who’s been taking an internet break so hasn’t posted in a while, is in Tampa.

      • billbear1961

        I’ll add her, Zelda!

    • zhera

      There’s also BJORN RAGNVALDR or whatever his name is. I only ever notice his avatar which is usually a hunky, bare-chested man. I *think* I saw him post something about staying in Florida? Please correct me if I’m wrong!

  • Mrs. Councillor Nugent

    Actually, Rick, we’ve been praying ever since you were elected, and look what good that did

  • Dagoril

    “The most important thing is to pray for us,” Gov. Rick Scott said on NBC.”

    No. The most important thing is to stop denying that climate change is a real thing, and start taking action to protect your state from it.

    • kareemachan

      And stop putting development over the environment – you know, the kind of thing that makes the flooding much, much worse.

  • SoCalGal20

    For the first time ever, Atlanta is under a tropical storm warning.

    https://twitter.com/komonewsradio/status/906897772292456450

    • billbear1961

      Watch out, John!

      • johncAtl

        It shouldn’t be too bad here. We frequently get the remnants of hurricanes that come in from the Gulf.

        • billbear1961

          High Alert, all the same, Johnny!

    • johncAtl

      In 1995 Hurricane Opal reached Atlanta. It did a lot of damage because there are so many trees here.

      http://www.ajc.com/news/local/photo-vault-hurricane-opal-struck-georgia-years-ago-this-week/jjvSl6EZx8KjNRP05DUl3H/

      Also, this is the view from my living room right now. That density of trees is what most of Atlanta is like.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b359d1d14ff2d68150fefb7e096dedd4efd5a69b3e98e1207b644851c537ef3e.jpg

      • SoCalGal20

        Beautiful! I hope the majority of the trees are spared.

      • melllt

        I lived in Charlotte when hugo paid a visit. There were tons of trees down and lots of power outages. It took my college only a week to get the power back.
        They had a “competition” for the professor who was without power the longest. The “winner” went six weeks without electricity.

      • Ric Kelley

        John, where is this? Thought Piedmont Park…,because of the green area, but no buildings…

        • johncAtl

          Facing west from an apartment just behind the Houston’s on Peachtree. If I lean out from my balcony and look to the left I’m looking at the Shepherd Center and Piedmont Hospital. And that’s the Bobby Jones Golf Course in the middle. The NW section of the Beltline starts just along the edge of the golf course on the left.

  • SoCalGal20

    “Right to work”…it’s awesome! /s

    https://twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/906389143462322176

    • Rebecca Gardner

      Ain’t America Grand!

    • JW Swift

      Yep, saw a segment on the local news in S. Fla. before I left to head north, a locally-famous former public defender confirmed that you can be fired in the state of Fla. if you are told to report to work and you don’t.

      “Right-to-work” state, indeed.

      • Tulle Christensen

        You can get right to work or be fired, simple as that

  • canoebum

    I’m going to disagree with the Florida governor. The most important thing is not to pray for Floridians, but for the entire government of Florida, especially the Governor, to get on the horn to The Orange Menace and his climate change denying henchmen and tell them to cut that shit out and do their fucking jobs. Climate change is no hoax. If they don’t want to believe the entire scientific establishment, they can ask any one of the 3 million people on the road or in shelters.

  • jo gerardo

    Worked on this old house, helped two neighbors shutter down and then some ladies from our old hood bring some HEAVY ass plants inside. (“Bitch, this plant ain’t going anywhere!”) Went outside last night and heard someone still hammering. Slept most of yesterday and just woke to the sound of wind bursts and the smell of pancakes.
    Fuck Rick “Don’t say climate change or global warming” Scott. Instead of praying, I’m continuing to cross my fingers and hope the taxi marshalls continue pointing Irma to the right, away from Lake Park. But then, it’ll mess up someone else. Maybe NK can nuke Irma while it’s in the Gulf? Maybe hubs will stop playing ’80s nuwave “hits” before I go hurricane on his ass. Maybe I’ll go back to sleep.

    • Gustav2

      “This is the time to talk about climate change. This is the time that the president and the EPA and whoever makes decisions needs to talk about climate change. If this isn’t climate change, I don’t know what is. This is a truly, truly poster child for what is to come.”

      — Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado (R), quoted by the Miami Herald, criticizing the Trump administration for denying the connection between climate change and increasingly destructive storms..

      • kareemachan

        Good for him. All Voldemort had to say was to pray for Florida.

        That’s helpful…

      • UrsusArctos

        Unfortunately it won’t be, just like Newtown wasn’t. *sigh* Stay safe and dry.

  • Gustav2

    The Tampa Bay is emptying. NOT good.

  • SoCalGal20

    I don’t know which bay this is but not good! Also, that emptying is so eerie!

    https://twitter.com/paulfox13/status/906904898217943040

    • Rebecca Gardner

      That does look like Tampa Bay near a restaurant I like.

      • SoCalGal20

        It is.

      • TampaZeke

        The Colonnade?

        • Ric Kelley

          We like the Colonnade in ATL…always waned to go to the one in Tampa.
          ATLs been open since 1929.

    • SoCalGal20

      Here’s an additional tweet about this.

      https://twitter.com/paulfox13/status/906896903719268353

      • Gustav2

        Yeah, tell me about it when you have high tide at 3 pm plus then Eye passing over.

        • billbear1961

          Best always to act as if there WILL be a BIG problem–that way you’re ready, just in case.

          If you DON’T prepare–go to safe shelter–and there IS a huge surge . . .

          🙁

          A tweet like THIS one may cause people to drop their guard–it is VERY foolish.

          EDIT: What a surprise it’s coming from fucking FOX!

          • UrsusArctos

            Despite my LOATHING for all things Faux, the local stations can be fairly good. That’s what’s propelling Sinclair Media’s push to overtake them by buying local stations and making them run propaganda “packages” from the mothership. It’s a way to bring RWNJ cable crap to open broadcast stations.

        • SoCalGal20

          I’m kind of skeptical of that guy’s reaponse but he’s the weather guy for the local Fo xaffiliate so…

    • Homo Erectus

      That’s Bayshore in Tampa at low tide.

      • SoCalGal20

        So it always looks like that at low tide? If that’s the case than at least it’s nothing abnormal.

        • Homo Erectus

          Bayshore Blvd. is where all the news photographers go to show horrible, catastrophic flooding pictures. If a fly farts in St. Pete during an unusually high tide, the water comes over the seawall at this point and runs over the road. Pictures from exactly this spot were responsible for the RNC shutting down it’s convention here a few years ago. That tropical storm never touched us.

    • TrollopeReader

      that was shown as Tampa on msnbc … still hours away …. *sigh*

    • TampaZeke

      That’s Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa.

      • Randy Left Brooklyn

        Glad you’re still posting.

        • TampaZeke

          So far rainy and breezy is all. I think we are in for the first real bands in the next hour or so. To add insult to injury, we’re going to take the worst of it some time after midnight.

  • TampaZeke

    Placed our last homemade sandbag. Nothing more can be done. It’s eerily calm today. Very little wind and no rain until the last half hour. We’re hunkered down in our spot for the duration. Looks like we’re taking a direct hit here in Tampa.

    Don’t mean to be a drama queen but I don’t want to take the chance of things being left unsaid.

    Love to everyone. Forgiveness to everyone. I ask forgiveness from everyone I’ve hurt or harmed in any way.

    To my Florida friends and family. Take care as best you can. Take care of each other. Take care of those who depend upon us no matter how many legs they have.

    Love and light to the JMG family. You really have been more of a family to me than man family has been. I truly appreciate that.

    • BearEyes

      stay safe as best you can.

    • Ken M
    • Sam_Handwich

      stay safe, dear Mr Zeke!

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen

      Oh honey, I’m not one to be emotional,,, but come over here and give Rosario a virtual hug.

      • UrsusArctos

        The REAL test is if you’ll share your vodka or not. *innocent look*

    • Joe in PA

      Wish I could give you a big hug hug hug. 🙁

    • kareemachan

      Who left the damned chopped onions in the computer room?

      Be safe.

    • TrollopeReader

      Best wishes, lots of hugs, I hope your “spot” is safe.

    • houstonray

      Virtual hugs and sending good vibes from Houston to you!

    • Snarkaholic

      Much love to you, Zeke.

    • zhera

      Gah, you’re making cry. Endless love to you too, Zeke! Go hug your dogs and man right now, we’ll be there in spirit with you.

      We’ll see you real again soo, I’m sure of it! ♥♥

    • billbear1961

      Good luck, Zeke!!

    • David Walker

      No drama queen. Sincerity. I get it. Thank you.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZ0pXUb5jVU

      • JCF

        When I moved away from my closest friend in Michigan 7+ years ago, I left this on her computer (physically left it: I stayed the last few days at her place, after I’d cleared out of my own apartment).

        When I talked to her from the road the next day, she’d found it—and was sobbing.

        This song still affects me this way.

        • David Walker

          Thank you for sharing your story. It IS a remarkable song. I’ve directed it for two different choruses. I like to ask the singers what they think about a song…I think (when it works) it lets the group form a group understanding and they sing more convincingly. One chorus was a small town community chorus, the other a gay men’s chorus. The two groups offered quite different examples but the examples given made the song personal, even (especially?) for those who didn’t say anything. I really do think this is one of the greatest songs ever.

    • TampaZeke

      Thanks everyone! It may sound corny but all the love a light being sent this way really does help.

      Eerily calm still. This is what they mean by “the calm before the storm”.

      • UrsusArctos

        Nothing like impending shit hitting the fan to force ya to sort out what’s important. STAY SAFE and in touch afterwards.
        Post-Katrina I practically homesteaded a Waffle House next door to a medical center with open WiFi. You’ll be surprised where you might find WiFi. Nowadays I’d bet McDonalds is going to be seeing a lot of Tampanians loitering for the WiFi. HUGS

        • ColdCountry

          Someone posted yesterday that Comcast had open free wifi hotspots all over FL, and ATT had waived charges for talk, text, and email. Good on them!

      • Mark

        I understand. Big hugs!!!!!!

    • MountainBoy

      Two dear sisters just moved there from Portland 🙁 I’m hoping they are safe!

    • TampaZeke

      She’s knock, knock knockin’ at our door now! Looks like it will graze us to the east which is much better than the direct hit or grazing on the west that we were expecting. We’re also expecting it to be a Cat 1 instead of the Cat 3 they predicted. Power’s been out for over 4 hours now. Dogs have done amazingly well. I think we should be on the back side of this thing in the next hour or two.

      • JCF

        Yay! SO glad to hear from you, TZ. Stay high & dry…and pet your doggies for me. Mwah!

      • JCF

        Yay! SO glad to hear from you, TZ. Stay high & dry…and pet your doggies for me. Mwah!

  • Rebecca Gardner

    What if this takes a different path and becomes Donna 2.0? So far the track has been pretty much the same.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/65e4c1dc65656c3e37bcbed03539b4d7d51d5541155c9da9f42ae6591b2cf10d.png

    • Tulle Christensen

      With the noreaster blowing off the coast of North Florida not very likely

      • Rebecca Gardner

        Just looked on Windy.com. Yeah, good point. My goodness Florida is getting pounded right now.

        • Windy.Com has been my go to website for the last two or three days…

        • JW Swift

          Ah, thanks for that!

    • safari

      If we’re looking for “fun” scenarios, apparently one of the ECMF runs yesterday has Jose hitting NYC.

      • UrsusArctos

        Unfortunately for the NE, those ECMF have been far more correct than the GFS and other US forecast runs.

    • ColdCountry

      I’m thinking Donna must be the storm I remember as a kid in CT. Nasty.

  • Joe in PA

    This may have been posted…looks bad in Miami:

    https://twitter.com/KillarneyKnight/status/906908922640060417

    • JCF

      But doesn’t water this deep happen regularly in Miami anyway? “King Tides” IIRC…

  • TrollopeReader

    Half of my area goes to Naples / Ft Myers / Marco for the winter .. hope they have something to arrive to…..

  • Joe in PA

    Fuck you google.

    • bzrd

      funny, what happened to the street sweepers who made big bucks hourly then bought Ranger Rovers and BMWs.
      Ah, those were the days

  • Homo Erectus

    Taken about an hour ago (11:30 AM) Palm Harbor, FL
    Garlic chicken and corn-on-the-cob on the grill, no wind or rain yet.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d1c86281004239c77f75c7fa2fb3af7e49f9072dcfe040a0bab3ae0f963970ce.jpg

    • Bitch! Just kidding, kisses

    • SoCalGal20

      Wish you the best! Enjoy that delicious lunch!

    • Ric Kelley

      Man after my own heart!

    • billbear1961

      *paws on hips*

      And here I thought you were in battle armour prepared to take on Irma the Horrible in Fortress HE!!

  • whollyfool

    Sorry if this was already posted….

    https://twitter.com/WLRN/status/906904556881240065/photo/1

    What to do after the hurricane

  • SoCalGal20

    Brickel Ave. in Miami is a bit flooded right now.

    https://twitter.com/cnnbrk/status/906911590552932354

  • whollyfool

    Tips for your fridge when you will lose power
    https://twitter.com/ManateeGov/status/906906393508184075/photo/1

    • Snarkaholic

      Also, pack your fridge as tightly as you can. For example, if you have canned fruit (or other cold-friendly canned items, such as tuna, jars of mayo, jam, etc.), load them all into the fridge now. The added density of these items will keep the entire fridge colder overall.

      • zhera

        Normally that’s not recommended for fridge. Freezer, yes, but not fridge, as it is the cold air that keep things cool. But what to do when the power goes out? I dunno. Maybe you’re right.

        • UrsusArctos

          Z – As they defrost they hold the temperature down. A full freezer stays frozen longer. You might have to trash them, or they may burst, but they can salvage more valuable proteins, etc.

      • melllt

        In the days leading up to a storm we pack our freezer with as much bottled water as possible. The bigger the container, the better. When your power goes out you can slowly move the frozen water down into your fridge to keep your milk cold.

    • Homo Erectus

      Here’s a simple safety tip: Put a glass of water in the freezer. After it freezes solid, place a quarter on the top. When the quarter falls to the bottom of the glass, the foof must be cooked or discarded. This is especially useful for people who evacuated and don’t know how long the ‘fridge has been off.

      • whollyfool

        Perfect

      • billbear1961

        How big should the glass be, not more than a cup of water?

        • Homo Erectus

          Bigger than a quarter. The ice will thaw at the same rate as the food.

      • JCF

        I’m assuming plastic cup? You don’t want broken glass in your freezer!

        • Homo Erectus

          Rock glass.

  • Gustav2
    • houstonray

      Is that water coming in or draining out?

      • Gustav2

        You have rain on the beach, making the puddles. The water has nowhere to go. Plus it does look out a bit, high tide is in 2 hours. This is the widest part of the public beach. The sand should be all white.

      • Gustav2
      • BearEyes

        wind ahead of the eye is pushing the water west away from the coast. Once the eye passes, the reverse will be true with the surge coming in.

  • whollyfool

    https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-irma-rumor-control

    Looks like hotels are not required to take pets

    • AJayne

      I thought yesterday Scott declared they must…

      • safari

        Maybe he just lifted all bans on it?

        • AJayne

          Not sure – observer from afar. So many articles I read every day, but was sure I had seen that from the FL gov – specifically said, “All hotels/motels must accept pets.”

          • whollyfool

            I googled but couldn’t find anything. I hope you’re right though.

          • safari

            As of the 7th

            Gov. Rick Scott urged hotels that ban pets to waive the rule for pet owners fleeing the storm.

          • Hank

            If I was a pet owner, that was turned away from shelter, I would sue!!! Let us see if any jury would not go after the SOBs!!!

          • All the pet friendly shelters in Leesburg are at capacity…we wouldn’t leave the dogs behind

          • whollyfool

            Excellent, thanks. 🙂
            Edit: wait, “urged”? Argh.

          • JCF

            That’s not what I heard. Scott said pet restrictions WERE LIFTED, not that he “urged” them to. [This was Saturday morning, the 9th.]

      • whollyfool

        Maybe FEMA didnt update? sigh

      • JCF

        I *heard* him say that.

    • Homo Erectus
  • Tulle Christensen

    Well after a day and a half of noreaster, the first bands of Irma coming in, already a tornado in Palm Bay, hit a trailer park, er manufactured homes (trailers with wheels removed) of course

  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    Are there any meteorologists, or hobbyists on here who know what the general circumference of the eye of Irma is?

    • zhera

      I read 400 miles across, somewhere.

      • Tulle Christensen

        no eyes are much smaller than the whole hurricane generally 30-50 miles but i have no idea of Irma eye size

        • zhera

          Oh right, the eye. I read it wrong.

      • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

        WOW!!!!!!!

        • zhera

          I was wrong!

          • UrsusArctos

            Brava, I really appreciate someone (especially on the intertoobz) who can own a mistake. YUGE HUGS.

          • Sadly, it happens much too often. Someone mis-reads or misunderstands yet digs their heels in defending themselves like it’s a life or death situation. Just say oops!

          • zhera

            It’s really not difficult. Only three little words… 😉

          • UrsusArctos

            Those with the deep seated inherent inability to think, much less say, those 3 words got us into the current mess we’re in as a nation.

      • billbear1961

        That may well be the circumference of the ENTIRE storm, Zhera–it is HUGE, wider than the Florida peninsula–but the eye, in the center, is not very big, I should think.

        • JWC

          i too heard 400 but i herd that 75 from the eye to the outer edge so its somewhere between 400 and 150 but wider that the Florida penninsula

      • It’s about 425 miles wide

    • BearEyes

      Bill Kearns on MSNBC recently indicated the current diameter of just the eye itself is down to about 17 miles across

      • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

        Still seems enormous.

  • billbear1961
    • safari

      The birds are terrifying

      • billbear1961

        That’s why I added them!

    • kiprian

      I know that I should recognize those birds, but I can’t place them. Give us a hint please?

      A half hour later: D’Oh! Murnau’s Faust. I knew I’d seen them somewhere recently!

      • greenmanTN

        I can’t place it either, but it looks to me like something from the silent era.

        The Republican National Convention…

        https://youtu.be/Strz0fKJiNI

      • billbear1961

        They’re flying creatures from Murnau’s Faust.

      • greenmanTN

        Good memory! I’ve seen Faust many times (I had it on VHS) but it’s been a while and I didn’t recall that scene.

  • safari
    • billbear1961

      That’s sweet!

      🙂

  • DaddyRay

    2nd Construction crane down in Miami

  • UrsusArctos

    For you Floridians with power still, I can tell y’all motels were crammed with utility crews at least as far west as Gulfport, MS. They were also coming down I-65 in Mobile. The corporates are taking Irma serious. I hope that makes for a faster recovery. Stay safe.

    • I think I’m the only one left with power still on…and a roof

      • ColdCountry

        Hold on tight!

      • TimCA

        Up until now I had always assumed you were in Virginia. I had never heard of Leesburg, FL.

        Keeping my fingers crossed for everyone in Irma’s path!

        • No worries. ..even people in Florida have never heard of Leesburg, Florida

  • safari
    • Tulle Christensen

      remember folks do not use the attic to get away from rising water, even with the wind your roof is a better choice (not a good one but a better one)

  • fkevin

    FYI: The Sanible island causeway C traffic cam is still working. Oddly the interior shots failed.

    http://www.mysanibel.us/traffic/

  • Watching that bitch Irma blowing Jim Cantore…not fair!

  • JCF

    Have we heard from TampaZeke and djcoastermark? Been worried about those two….

  • TampaZeke

    Just now able to get on to comment. Jerry and I are safe. Moderate damage. No power since 7p last night. Neighbors didn’t fair so well. Two neighbors with huge oaks crashed into their houses. Another had a huge oak fall away from his house but the roots lifted the whole house right off of its foundation. It could have been MUCH worse. Feeling very fortunate today. Thank you for all of the concern and the well wishes.

    • ColdCountry

      Thanks for checking in! Glad you’re OK, and didn’t have to eat the neighbors.

    • Randy Left Brooklyn

      I am glad you got through this OK and that you posted to let us know. Thanks!

    • Mark

      So glad you’re okay!!! I’d been wondering and asking after you and JCF gave me the link — So sorry to hear about the neighbors and their issues.