FLORIDA: 4.5 Million Without Power, Key West Largely Unscathed, Damage Much Worse In Middle/Upper Keys

The Miami Herald reports:

As the waves and winds began easing Sunday, residents of Old Town emerged not knowing exactly what to expect from the most powerful hurricane to strike the Florida Keys in more than a half century. But all in all, many in Key West seemed relieved that the damage from a Category 4 Irma was not much, much worse. “It’s not as bad as we thought,” said Robert Phillips. “It’s just trees and foliage and cars.”

That wasn’t the case across the rest of the 110-mile island chain. In the Middle and Upper Keys — on the more savage right side of Irma’s 130-mph winds — the damage and storm surge appeared far more severe. Monroe County emergency managers hinted that they feared there could be fatalities. Emergency Management Director Martin Senterfitt, calling the destruction a looming “humanitarian crisis,” said a huge airborne relief mission mounted by the Air Force and Air National Guard was already in the works.

The center of Irma’s eye crossed Cudjoe Key, a mostly residential island perhaps best known as home to portly Air Force blimp dubbed Fat Albert. It’s only about 20 miles east of Key West, but that small margin seems to have kept a town renowned for charming gingerbread architecture, fabulous sunsets and quirky characters on the less severe side of Irma.

From the Associated Press:

Nearly 4.5 million homes and businesses across Florida have lost power as Hurricane Irma moves over the state. And utility officials say it will take weeks to restore electricity to everyone. Farther north, more than 100,000 are in the dark in Georgia. Much of eastern Alabama and coastal South Carolina are under tropical storm warnings as Irma pummels Florida, weakening on its march northward. The National Hurricane Center predicts the storm will cross Monday into southwest Georgia, where a hurricane warning was in effect for a large rural area including the cities of Albany and Valdosta. Rain already is falling in parts of the state, including metro Atlanta, early Monday.

CNN reports that US 1 is presently impassable for those seeking to return to the lower Keys.

  • LesbianTippingHabits

    Wow.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    The gayest of the keys spared the worst or Irma’s wrath. How oh how will the crackpots preachers spin this?

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen

      God didn’t want to touch those icky gays.

    • netxtown

      It is all in gawds great big plan…..

      • clay

        why can’t God just have a great big flan?

        • Adam King

          What a yummy god it would be.

        • That_Looks_Delicious

          Mmmmm. Coconut flan?

    • clay

      They won’t have to spin it– they’ll just rely on their followers’ selective memory.

      • Skokieguy [Larry]

        Or they claim that their prayers ‘worked’ to atone for the sins of us homos?

      • Todd20036

        Memory? More like ignorance. The preachers will say the FLorida Keys were heavily damaged, and gays live there.

        And technically, that is a true statement, but god fuckers are morons, and no one will think to ask if the areas destroyed were the gay areas or not.

        • canoebum

          They will say “your suffering” is because of the wicked gays. They escaped punishment from the storm, so justice must be done. Take away their rights.

          • Cipher

            Folks, the Hurricane was obviously sent by the DEVIL! Of course it would spare the sinners.

    • Rex

      The gay boys were out shooting at the hurricane.
      But they weren’t shooting bullets.

    • Rambie

      They will ignore facts and still blame the gays.

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    • God didn’t spare the evil gays – they’re already going to hell. He punished the Christian’s for failing to condemn the gays and other sinners. It was his warning, his tiny,tiny sampling of the hell their souls will suffer for all eternity if they accept or fail to condemn or don’t religiously object when doing their government jobs or when selling wedding cakes – NO WEDDING CAKES for gays but yes for the 3x divorced, adulterer, child abuser (spare the rod and spoil the child), sexual harassment is part of a woman’s job, bigot.

    • Harveyrabbit
      • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

        Thank you for cutting through all the bullshit! 😀

    • Ninja0980

      They’ll just lie and their followers will believe them.

    • Statistics Palin

      Of course, the French Quarter was left untouched by Katrina and the Montrose neighborhood of Houston was an island of safety during Harvey, but the fundie fuck weasels won’t mention that either.

      • Chris Gardner

        It’s almost as if God is protecting his fabulous little gay children while smiting those holier than thou straights. LOL

    • Snarkaholic

      “See? That PROVES they are responsible…because they destroyed everyone elses’s homes, while leaving their own intact!”

    • Steverino

      We should thank them for their thoughts and prayers, because obviously they worked!

    • Duh-David

      Island House Key West tweeted out an update that only can be read by the Facebook cult. I’m imagining it says all is well.

      Island House‏ @islandhousekw 5 hours ago

      Dear Friends,

      The last few days have been incredibly stressful, watching Hurricane Irma head for Key West. The… http://fb.me/1vM4oO3RB

      2 replies 0 retweets 2 likes

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    Larry Craig ,Jim Bakker and other good Christians just happened to be there for a prayer vigil … On their knees…. Thanks for the prayers boyz.

  • Talisman

    Rainy and Windy here near Augusta. Looks like the storm switched paths and is headed straight for us now, unless it turns again. The city did open a couple of shelters, just in case.

    Obviously, there will not be near the damage in this area as in FL.

    • DaddyRay

      It is still a tropical storm and can be dangerous

  • Rex

    Although it’s been awhile, I’ve visited Key West several times, a great place to vacation. On one trip I took a house tour, and when I walked into one of the places I immediately knew that a gay couple owned the house. Beautifully decorated and immaculate. I spotted a basket of teddy bears in one room and then a photo of a hunky bear couple, so, yep, I was right. I was thinking about them this weekend, hoping that their lovely conch house survived with minimal damage and that they are safe.

  • Gustav2
    • Zeldacat

      Poor manatees! They’re one of my favorite animals. I’m glad they got help.

      • Gustav2

        Manatees are much loved in Sarasota County and MANATEE County.

      • billbear1961

        How is your mom, Z?

        She’s a real sweetheart–we’ve discussed music more than once.

        Please tell her it would be nice to see her posting again, if she can face dictator Dump and other horror stories on a daily basis.

        I understand if she’d rather not!

        Please say hello to her from billbear and give her my best!

        • Zeldacat

          I certainly will! Last I heard was a quick message in the middle of the night and all was well, so my guess is she’s asleep. I would be!

          • billbear1961

            Thank you!

            🙂

            Very glad the storm was much less of a monster than they had every reason to fear it would be!

      • JCF

        I saw (on the TV machine) some dolphins rescued, too.

    • Gerry Fisher

      Ohhhhhhh! I love the manatees!

  • Todd20036

    Washington DC, gayest of the US cities (except maybe SF), and all we are going to get from Irma is may a shower or two Tuesday night.

    Keep in mind, preachers blamed Katrina on the gays, and yet the French Quarter was mostly undamaged, but the poorer 9th Ward did not fare so well.

    • Christo

      Ah, just wait for Jose! Longer-range European forecast models have it coming to the mid-Atlantic.

      • Todd20036

        Actually, most models have it meandering in the Atlantic, then dissipating.

  • BeaverTales

    Must be nice to wake up to the sun again. The people who rode it out got lucky and I hope they know it.

  • Gigi

    Key West ‘largely unscathed.’ But that’s where ‘teh Gayz’ live. I thought hurricanes wuz god’s punishment for gay stuffs?

    • Rex

      Some gays are just too fabulous to punish.

      • Todd20036

        I’m just too disgusting for any self righteous deity to want to touch me.
        But that works too

    • Kevin Perez

      We control the weather. Clearly, we should get more respect!!

    • bambinoitaliano
      • Harley

        I’m glad I’m not the only one that likes the dodo.

        • bambinoitaliano

          Who wouldn’t? Beautiful and dumb 😛

      • Gigi

        Fascinating. Thanks for sharing! 💓

    • paganguy

      No, no… you misunderstood. It’s the people accepting us that they say he’s punishing. For reasons.

      • Gigi

        But Tony Perkins’ house was destroyed by a hurricane a few years ago and he’s a defender of marriage and stuff. Gawd really does work in mysterious ways.

  • Rex

    Have you met any of the drag queens in Key West? God does not want to get on their bad side, those bitches be fierce.

  • bambinoitaliano

    Brings back some of the memories. LOL!
    https://twitter.com/Gotham3/status/906832659438956544

    • Harley

      So THATS where tsunamis come from.

  • JuanGalicia

    Not to take from this but yesterday my state ( Nuevo león , Mexico) and also neighboring states lost all power because the power grid went down. My state alone has 5 million residents, it went out for about 3 hours or so . Too many rumours to tell you why it happened but most say it was probably earthquake related.

    Guess I’ll find out today 😛

    • Beagle

      Hope you’re doing better today. Unfortunately, there’s so much going on in the world that it’s too easy to miss some very important goings on.

    • William

      Did you get any of Hurricane Katia?

  • bambinoitaliano

    When you lose a Texas pageant girl……
    https://twitter.com/goldengateblond/status/907083544303869952

    • DaddyRay
      • LesbianTippingHabits


        You go, girl!

        • DaddyRay

          Glad to see you posting, how are you doing after the storm went through Orlando?

          • LesbianTippingHabits

            Thanks, so far, so good. Rain has stopped, some wind, sun’s out. Life’s good.

    • Gerry Fisher

      BAM!

    • David Walker

      All right! Gone are the days of “I want to find a cure for cancer right after I achieve world peace.” Or the other way around.

    • Treant

      The young ladies behind her start grinning like crazy as she gives that answer, too.

  • I was so exhausted from, well everything leading up to the storm that when the power went out around 10 I guess, I put in earplugs and slept through the whole thing. Mike stayed awake because it was too warm for him to sleep, said it was really loud. I woke up a little after three to pee when the eye was just about finished passing over is. It looks like the trees in back lost a quarter of their branches but the wind was going away from the house so the closest-that would have pierced the roof- missed by maybe 3 feet. Power is out so no water and NO COFFEE until I can get the grill going. We’re under curfew until tonight so we can’t yet go to Mike’s parents who never lost power

    • DaddyRay

      I can’t believe you slept but I imagine the stress leading up to the storm was exhausting. Good to hear you both did well as well as Mike’s parents

      • I was out like a light and missed all the excitement. Spotty service all day on my phone so I have been cold turkey from JMG for hours and hours…worse than caffeine deprivation!

    • GayOldLady

      Y’all take care of each other.

      • Mike slept most of the day…he never closed his eyes last night. I spent the afternoon dragging tree limbs to the street

        • GayOldLady

          Just glad you’re both safe and sound.

    • Adam King

      Grilled coffee is the best. Hang in there.

    • William

      No coffee? I would be on a rampage.

      • prixator

        Reminder: Next time a severe storm approaches, make a thermos of coffee before electricity and/or water systems fail. Or perhaps several.

  • JW Swift

    Power has been out here at my brother’s place, north of Orlando, since about 9pm last night. Limbs down and some of his backyard fence blew over, but no major damage. Winds still blowing and still gusty, but the rain has stopped. Having cold breakfast by flashlight.

    • DaddyRay

      Glad to hear you are ok – having cold breakfast here in Chicago too in solidarity 🙂

      • JW Swift

        Awww, thanks, hon

    • GayOldLady

      As long as you’re having breakfast it’s good news! Take care of each other.

    • Ninja0980

      As long as you’re all okay, cold breakfest is no biggie.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    Florida Risks More Irma Devastation Because Gov. Rick Scott Defunded Wetlands Agency

    The Republican governor prioritized development over ecological restoration of wetlands. Scott cut funding for the state’s water management districts in 2011, leading to staff reductions and less funding for ecosystem restoration projects. Around the same time, Scott signed the state legislature’s repeal of the state’s 1985 growth management law, leading to a spike in development

    https://theintercept.com/2017/09/09/florida-risks-more-irma-devastation-because-gov-rick-scott-lifted-wetland-protections/

    • zhera

      That’s ok, he’ll just say a little prayer and everything will be fine!

    • ColdCountry

      These aholes just don’t get that the earth is our ONLY home, and must be cared for and maintained.

  • HandyAndy

    I’m going to start calling some of my Cudjoe Key neighbors this afternoon to see how they’re doing. The elderly couple across the canal in the backyard from me said that they’d been there since ’62 and had never evacuated before, and weren’t going to do it this time either.
    My neighbor across the street is the publisher of the Key West Citizen newspaper, and he was going to be staying as long as he could to keep the news going. If anyone has the scoop on how Cudjoe held up it will be him.

    • DaddyRay

      Keeping my hopes up that your home didn’t get too much damage, keep us posted

  • God didn’t spare the evil gays – they’re already going to hell. He punished the Christian’s who for failing to condemn the gays and other sinners. It was his warning, his tiny,tiny sampling of the hell their souls will suffer for all eternity if they accept or fail to condemn or don’t religiously object when doing their government jobs or when selling wedding cakes – no for gays but yes for the 3x divorced, adulterer, child abuser (spare the rod and spoil the child), sexual harassment is part of a woman’s job, bigot.

    • Friday

      Suppose that squares with the Christians wanting to get their followers to do most of the actual dirty work of persecuting others.

  • HandyAndy

    In addition to two residential neighborhoods and the Air Force blimp Fat Albert (really a tethered aerostat used to monitor the waters between the US and Cuba), the north side of Cudjoe Key is also home to the Lower Keys’ landfill. That should be an interesting mess to clean up.

    • DaddyRay

      I imagine that landfill is about to get fuller

  • Bluto
  • Harveyrabbit

    I knew the whole thing was fake news! A liberal scam to take our gunz and more taxes. There was no hurricane and I can prove it. I was in Florida yesterday and there was NO hurricane!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b5eeb6723659347e66cb01538f11c0d62754a09e4cc09441abd22786fd95b5ef.jpg

    And I happened to look in an old movie studio near my hotel and guess what I saw… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f692d16940e38a99a8bafcb7c27f85806466c6cce1d2f7e9db89767d25b58317.jpg

    WAKE UP SHEEPLES!!!

  • TrollopeReader

    that awful *thing* Ann Coulter was mocking the “light” drizzle and whiffs of wind yesterday. what a bitch.

    • ColdCountry

      Tie her to a tree in Irma’s path.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    So, it seems shooting guns at Hurricanes works!

    • Harveyrabbit

      Obviously.

  • Beagle

    Glad to hear people checking in, and that the bad news (so far) is about inconvenience and not tragedy. Let’s hope that trend keeps up, and good wishes to those still in Irma’s path.

  • SDG

    See… Key West, VERY gay, other Keys, not so much!

  • Scott Fitler

    Counting my blessings this morning in South Tampa. Slept with the dogs in the laundry room for half the night before finally getting tired of their constant shuffling. Moved to the guest room and woke to no damage and power still on. For some strange reason our street has power while the surrounding streets do not.

  • Dean Chambers

    The eye passed over my place a couple of hours ago (45 miles west of Gainesville). I lost one huge tree, which missed the house by three inches. My neighbor lost one of those huge, beautiful live oaks. One of my neighbors had two fall on her house. Most of the state is out of power and many local areas have curfews in place to keep people off the roads until the highway department clears the debris and checks for downed wires

  • David Walker

    Not so much OT as related:
    Can anyone direct me to video of water returning to the beaches dried out by the hurricane sucking the water out to sea? There’s a picture here of a manatee that got caught on “land” when the water disappeared. It and it’s friend were rescued, thank you, and I’ve seen all kinds of pictures and videos of water-free ocean floors, but I haven’t seen any videos of the ocean returning with the storm surge.

    • zhera

      I think the reason there aren’t videos of that is that when the surge comes, it’s not coming alone. Wind, rain, tornadoes, hail, flooding, storm surge.

      I HOPE there aren’t any videos of that. People should be hiding indoors at that point.

      • David Walker

        Me, the compassionate human being: You’re absolutely correct. Why would anyone risk life and limb to show that?
        Me, the weather porn aficionado: Meh…they shot everything else, why not this?
        (I’m sorry. Mr. Giddypants here…tonight is first rehearsal for the community chorus for the December concerts. I’m staying away from anything political so I can stay in my looking-forward-to-tonight spirits.)

        • zhera

          Oh, I know, it would be an awesome sight, I’m sure. Maybe someone put up a webcam and got lucky?

          • AJayne

            I got to vicariously experience a major hurricane (including time in its eye) yesterday thanks to someone having placed a webcam at the corner of two streets in Naples, near a bay close to the gulf. About an hour into the “south side” of Irma, the broadcast was taken offline.

            From the time the torrential rain and wind came through before the eye, until the broadcast ended, the streets were under 2-3′ of water. I had read the “surge” would occur in the aftermath (westerly? winds), but water level did not seem to change. No idea, of course, what happened after it was taken down.

  • Steven B

    I know there are people who, for a variety of reasons, couldn’t evacuate and to those people I am sorry and wish them good luck.
    But there are many who stayed by choice and I have zero sympathy for them. They asked for whatever misfortune they get at this point.

    • Friday

      Frankly, there’s a lot of places they didn’t think would need mandatory evacuation but ended up getting called to do so rather late in the game, so there’s all kinds of scenarios there.

      • Steven B

        Frankly hurricanes are notoriously unpredictable and anyone anywhere on peninsula should have left.

        • Friday

          Frankly, that’s not practical. But, frankly, that’s why they shouldn’ta voted for disasters we can’t handle and a lot of people who can’t afford so much as a bus ticket for buses we don’t have, if anyone expected it all to go perfect.

          • Steven B

            If they couldn’t afford a bus ticket that means they didn’t have a choice. I specified criticism specifically pointing to people who DID have a choice and yet “stayed by choice.” (those were my words exactly)

          • Friday

            Eh, just saying there’s a lot of grey areas out there even by that standard.

  • MassageBear
    • coram nobis

      “We’re predicting this blowhard to come ashore in Florida at Category 5. People should take shelter.”

  • stanhope

    God spared gay Key West. What have the nitwits to say to that? I once saw a battalion of angels walking down Duval..i favored one with a special blessing.

  • djcoastermark

    Phew, what a last 24 hours. We went to a shelter yesterday morn. Went through the “cane last night. The shelter lost power around 6 last night, went to generator, which meant lights and thats it. No prob. I figured since we live 1 and a half block from the shelter our home was out too. There was a curfew in St Pete until 8 am today. 400, 000 with out power in the county. Left the shelter at 8 am, still raining and windy on foot to head home, fearing the worst. Got home, most of the fence was all over the place but our home was untouched. Thank the stars ! Even more odd was the fact that the Emergency shelter lost power, our house never lost any power at all. Open the door and the A/C was running, no blinking lights on the coffee maker, microwave or anything. Our street was relatively clear of debris but others all around us were impassible or had electric lines down in the road. So odd.

  • colaboy29

    Thank God I just got my power back. Went out last night at 11:30 and just got it back at 3 PM. Now to go clean up the tons of tree debris all over my yard.

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