Hurricane Michael and the Florida Panhandle

Hurricane Michael is scheduled to make landfall this afternoon. Last night it gathered strength and was designated a Category 4 storm. CBS reported (no link due to autoplay video):

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) says Hurricane Michael is packing even more punch: It strengthened into a Category 4 storm early Wednesday, with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph. According to the NHC's latest advisory, Michael could produce a life-threatening storm surge as high as 13 feet and dump as much as a foot of rain in some places.

Florida, Alabama and Georgia are in states of emergency. 375,000 people have been ordered to evacuate. [More...]

The 5:00 a.m. ET advisory:

Hurricane Michael Advisory Number 15
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL142018
400 AM CDT Wed Oct 10 2018


....LOCATION...28.3N 86.5W

This does not sound good. If you are reading and in the area, please let us know how you are faring.

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    Hurricane prep done (5.00 / 3) (#1)
    by ragebot on Wed Oct 10, 2018 at 08:47:09 AM EST
    My boat is in St. Marks around 75 East of Panama City close to where the eye is suppose to make landfall.  I finished securing extra lines yesterday.  High tide was just before 4:00 PM and at 5:00 PM the water was still rising and maybe a foot from the top of the sea wall.  Beautiful blue sky and a light, under 5kn wind.  As I was leaving for Tallahassee where I will ride out the storm I had to make a small two block detour to avoid water running over the road from the marsh to the Southeast.  I am expecting 10 foot of storm surge.

    I have 20 gallons of gas in jerry cans and 3 gallons in the generator if I lose power.  The dishwasher is running and I am on my second load of laundry before the power runs out.

    Hope all my friends stay safe.

    Wow (none / 0) (#2)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Oct 10, 2018 at 01:12:29 PM EST
    It looks like this one is what the cable channels wanted the last time.

    Stay safe, rage. (none / 0) (#6)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Wed Oct 10, 2018 at 04:24:39 PM EST
    Do you think (none / 0) (#3)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Oct 10, 2018 at 01:29:04 PM EST
    Plus the apocalyptic climate report might, possibly, FU@KING maybe, make democrats start talking about the FU@KING climate?

    NAH (none / 0) (#4)
    by jmacWA on Wed Oct 10, 2018 at 02:55:14 PM EST
    Come on... we're talking the GOP here

    The Democrats have been talking about climate... (none / 0) (#5)
    by kdog on Wed Oct 10, 2018 at 03:24:54 PM EST
    the climate of the keggers in elite prep schools and ivy league frats 40 years ago-present.

    Probably (none / 0) (#7)
    by FlJoe on Wed Oct 10, 2018 at 04:29:37 PM EST
    not, at least not until they gain some leverage. Electorally speaking, I don't think talking about the issue will move the needle at all.

    frankly the American people as a whole are disturbingly blase about this issue. The GOP and their base have written it off as a hoax, the people who are extremely worried will vote for Democrats without saying, and the rest of the population have many more "important" issues driving them.


    Here it is then... (none / 0) (#8)
    by desertswine on Wed Oct 10, 2018 at 05:06:44 PM EST
    the Apocalyptic Climate Report.


        Global Warming of 1.5 °C
    an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty


    Just put it in the other thread (none / 0) (#9)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Oct 10, 2018 at 05:12:12 PM EST
    It is really terrifying.  

    Honestly it makes me glad I am almost 68.

    Because we know nothing will be done


    In a nutshell (none / 0) (#10)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Oct 10, 2018 at 05:18:21 PM EST

    The world's leading climate scientists have warned there is only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.

    The authors of the landmark report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released on Monday say urgent and unprecedented changes are needed to reach the target, which they say is affordable and feasible although it lies at the most ambitious end of the Paris agreement pledge to keep temperatures between 1.5C and 2C.

    The half-degree difference could also prevent corals from being completely eradicated and ease pressure on the Arctic, according to the 1.5C study, which was launched after approval at a final plenary of all 195 countries in Incheon in South Korea that saw delegates hugging one another, with some in tears.

    Correction (none / 0) (#11)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Oct 11, 2018 at 11:48:16 AM EST
    Almost 67

    Jus sayin


    Just saw video of Mexico Beach, FL (none / 0) (#12)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Thu Oct 11, 2018 at 01:58:51 PM EST
    from a helicopter.

    Words fail

    What they don't tell you (none / 0) (#13)
    by ragebot on Sun Oct 14, 2018 at 03:16:05 PM EST
    I got down to St. Marks to check out my boat.  Only had to sponge out a quart or so of water under the starboard stern quarter berth.  One of the forward starboard life line stanchions was hit by something and bent a little (less than five degrees) but I could find no leak there.

    Tons on mess all over.  The water line on the St. Marks Post Office was a good five feet above ground level.

    Finally got my power back (after rocking two generators for three days).  Now have internet as well.

    The most damage at St. Marks (and lots of other places as well) is the residue from the storm surge.  Not stuff like leaves, branches, and general trash.  There is a film of diesel floating on the surface of the water and when the storm surge receded it also left a film on the land/plants/buildings/what ever.

    My friend Addison (who literally wrote the book on cruising in Cuba) was in Cienfuegos when the hurricane hit there and he said the damage from the diesel film there was worse than he had ever seen, in some places it was 1/2 inch thick on the water.

    While not so bad in third world countries when a bad hurricane hits a first world country where there is a big city it is not just the fuel that leaves a film.  Sewage has to go someplace and it can also leave a nasty film.

    Water is the universal solvent and will carry and deposit everything possible after a storm.