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#101 ktgrok

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 08:31 PM

Honestly if they can wait a few days, they probably should, until the gas situation is better. 


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 08:45 PM

Thanks for letting me know. She's got gas buddy and AAA but I'm afraid AAA won't do much good if the traffic is heavy. They are taking back roads to Jacksonville and then 95 down to avoid 75 but if 75 is closed altogether that would be bad news all around. I'll pass on the information:

 

According to the governor, both Google Maps and Gas Buddy were supposed to have real time information on the roads and gas situations. I don't know if that was only before the storm or if it's still continuing.


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 08:52 PM

Honestly if they can wait a few days, they probably should, until the gas situation is better.


Yeah, I tried to talk her into staying with my brother through the weekend since they have nowhere they have to be, but they turned off the A/C in their condo before they left and are beginning to worry about mold/mildew damage. They evacuated last Wed or when the storm was aimed for the East coast, so it's been a while. Also, I think my mom is afraid they're stressing my brother and his family out. My dad and my SIL can be high maintenance and while things have been ok, the situation could quickly deteriorate. So they're taking off.
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 08:54 PM

I keep seeing posts on facebook about exits along I-95 in south Georgia being closed and being blocked by state troopers.

 

Sections of I-75 were closed earlier today due to flooding. I don't know if it's still closed.

 

It's been hard to nail down information. I think there's as much misinformation and innocently incorrect information after the storm as there was before.


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 08:30 AM

Yeah, I tried to talk her into staying with my brother through the weekend since they have nowhere they have to be, but they turned off the A/C in their condo before they left and are beginning to worry about mold/mildew damage. They evacuated last Wed or when the storm was aimed for the East coast, so it's been a while. Also, I think my mom is afraid they're stressing my brother and his family out. My dad and my SIL can be high maintenance and while things have been ok, the situation could quickly deteriorate. So they're taking off.

 

Here's up to date information


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 11:20 AM

Sorry.  We're in Jacksonville, but got stuck at JFK flying home for a few days.  Neighborhood flooded, lost power, etc., but things pretty much back to normal when we were finally allowed to fly back yesterday.  Closest Publix had food, and closest gas station had gas.


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 01:03 PM

I'm still seeing most gas stations not having gas, but we aren't near 75 or 95 and may be a lower priority.


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 08:52 PM

The kids and I drove back from Atlanta yesterday. (The nicest ever couple took us -complete strangers with 3 kids and a dog!- in). We had no problems finding gas on I75 or the roads closer to home (Clearwater). There were stations out, but plenty with. The trip took about 8.5 hours including two stops, so maybe an hour longer than usual. But things change constantly. I saw that one of the exits we took yesterday was closed due to flooding today. We took food from Atlanta and ate in the car, so we didn't have to worry about that.

Business is starting to get back to normal, and many people have power back around us finally. However, there are still large areas without it.
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Posted 14 September 2017 - 09:07 PM

Long after the last headlines has been printed, people are usually still cleaning up and feeling the aftermath of something this vast and powerful.

Hope things are normalizing for you all!


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 09:32 PM

The kids and I drove back from Atlanta yesterday. (The nicest ever couple took us -complete strangers with 3 kids and a dog!- in). We had no problems finding gas on I75 or the roads closer to home (Clearwater). There were stations out, but plenty with. The trip took about 8.5 hours including two stops, so maybe an hour longer than usual. But things change constantly. I saw that one of the exits we took yesterday was closed due to flooding today. We took food from Atlanta and ate in the car, so we didn't have to worry about that.

Business is starting to get back to normal, and many people have power back around us finally. However, there are still large areas without it.


My parents have made it to Daytona. She was pleasantly surprised that the trip had been fairly trouble-free so far. Leaving for S Fla tomorrow.
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Posted 14 September 2017 - 09:47 PM

So we had a thunderstorm tonight and some people that just got power back lost it again! A friend had just given her generator and such to someone else in need, and now is powerless. Hoping it comes back on soon. Mine went out for about a minute, and let me tell you, that was a terrifying minute. I had just grabbed the LED lantern when it came back on, to my great relief. 

 

I am currently baking brownies for the linemen working on this. 


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Posted 15 September 2017 - 08:02 PM

So we had a thunderstorm tonight and some people that just got power back lost it again! A friend had just given her generator and such to someone else in need, and now is powerless. Hoping it comes back on soon. Mine went out for about a minute, and let me tell you, that was a terrifying minute. I had just grabbed the LED lantern when it came back on, to my great relief.

I am currently baking brownies for the linemen working on this.


Oh that would be terrible!

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Posted 16 September 2017 - 02:01 AM

Family drove from Maryland on Thursday and it took them 18 hours when they normally do it in 13 or so.

 

We lost power last night for about 4 hours after having it all along.  I figured they took everyone nearby offline to do the repairs to get lots more people on.  There were concerns though about not having phones charged and not really having food staged in the fridge versus the freezer etc.  Plus I had a load of laundry in the washing machine that hadn't made it into the dryer yet.  


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Posted 16 September 2017 - 09:09 AM

A convoy from Dh's work headed to the Keys to help get water and wastewater operational. They left yesterday. They'll be met half way down the Florida peninsula by a State Patrol escort.

 

Apparently, the Keys are in bad shape. They are going to be SO HOT down there.


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Posted 16 September 2017 - 09:31 AM

A convoy from Dh's work headed to the Keys to help get water and wastewater operational. They left yesterday. They'll be met half way down the Florida peninsula by a State Patrol escort.

 

Apparently, the Keys are in bad shape. They are going to be SO HOT down there.

Prayers for their safety...is your husband part of the crew going down?


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Posted 16 September 2017 - 11:58 AM

Prayers for their safety...is your husband part of the crew going down?

No, he's needed here. Mostly though, the people needed are electricians and mechanics. People who do the actual physical work on the system. My dh is a supervisi g engineer and manager. He helped put together the team, juggle how to keep things going in these folks absences and which pieces of equipment could be loaned out for a few weeks without Putting the city in a bind.


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Posted 17 September 2017 - 08:09 PM

They're working on One of the keys. The situation there is awful. It's called the War Zone. In many places there aren't any street signs. 16 foot storm surge took it all away.

The utilities folks they're working with are so appreciative. They get thanked over and over. Of course, these people are also residents of this place and have lost so very much. They can't even begin assessing what they need to do next until sanitation is restored. Its harder to work because there's no power.

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Posted 17 September 2017 - 11:00 PM

They're working on One of the keys. The situation there is awful. It's called the War Zone. In many places there aren't any street signs. 16 foot storm surge took it all away.

 

 

Big Pine Key took a big hit. That's one of our favorite Keys. It's so sad to see the pictures coming out of there as well as the other Keys. 

 

The photos of islands in the Caribbean are even sadder. 


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Posted 18 September 2017 - 04:33 AM

On a slightly different topic, does anyone know what's going to happen to all the garbage (not just FL, but TX and the islands too)?  There's an awful lot.  Dh and I were wondering where it all goes.

 

Big Pine Key is also one of the Keys with the Key Deer.  I've wondered how they made out.

 

Otherwise, my heart goes out to all the people affected - and now there's Maria hitting the islands (sigh).


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Posted 18 September 2017 - 10:07 AM

 

 

Big Pine Key is also one of the Keys with the Key Deer.  I've wondered how they made out.

 

 

 

It will probably be a while before they know more, but the encouraging video in this article made the rounds on facebook after the storm.

 

http://www.the-scien...Hurricane-Irma/


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Posted 18 September 2017 - 10:15 AM

It will probably be a while before they know more, but the encouraging video in this article made the rounds on facebook after the storm.

 

http://www.the-scien...Hurricane-Irma/

 

Glad to see some have been spotted, but wow, that landscape.  I wonder how many trees made it and how long before things look green again.  I wonder the same thing about the other Caribbean islands.  It's looks so wrong seeing them brown due to lack of foliage.

 

(This in addition to all the other devastation, of course.)


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