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Old 09-06-2017, 12:27 AM   #21
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We are north of Orlando, and watching closely. Home is almost as ready as it can be. Vegas is ready to travel. We are considering the options. One local gas station was sold out of gas. Grocery stores busy and sold out of water.

This is likely to bring misery to a lot of people, we just don't know who or where. Part of the risk of living in Florida!
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Old 09-06-2017, 12:36 AM   #22
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Very close to Mr Sunshine... And watching too...
As much chance for driving into it's path as there is getting away from it still.
Considering options as well.
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Old 09-06-2017, 12:39 AM   #23
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Leaving Florida

We are located on the Cape Haze peninsula by Port Charlotte. The house is secured as best we can, the MH is loaded and ready to roll! My wife and three dogs will be leaving S/W Florida in the AM on Wednesday. We hope to be in Northern Florida by evening and then head up through Alabama on our way to relatives house in Western Tennessee. This is looking to be a catastrophic storm for the State and we're not sticking around to see it's arrival!
We just hope our house will be here and ok when we return! Everything is insured, so, let's hope for the best!
Safe travels to all of our RV community out there hitting the road to safety!

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Old 09-06-2017, 01:52 AM   #24
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Mother Nature plays no favorites and tolerates no fools! If you have a means of getting out of the path of Irma do so! There are no heroes in storms, only victims. I pray for the safety of all in Florida as I continue to pray for Houston!!!
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Old 09-06-2017, 02:23 AM   #25
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Fleeing Irma?

We are in NE Florida and watching the forecast closely. The MH is loaded a ready to role! Just waiting to see the safest path to avoid the beast of Irma. God Bless all in the Islands and the States - this storm looks horrible
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Old 09-06-2017, 09:19 AM   #26
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5am update this morning wasn't any better. Gusts now up to 225mph, storm as big as Texas. We are heading north in 30 minutes or so. Staying in Ocala tonight then Panhandle Thursday night. We will go north or west from there. Two friends got out on I-75 at 5am and said it was very busy but generally moving good at around 60-65 still. I suspect it will be very slow starting tomorrow out there. Good luck everyone. If you are thinking about staying remember most block structures can fail at gusts over 150-170mph
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Old 09-06-2017, 01:11 PM   #27
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Good luck to everyone in Florida and the Carolinas. I would get out now
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Old 09-06-2017, 02:11 PM   #28
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We got home (Orlando area) late last night with our RV and boat. We were west coast near Anna Maria Island. I-75 and I-4 were mostly clear. Slightly heavier than normal, but moving right along. Lots of RVs and boats heading north. First time towing with our Challenger, 5500lbs of boat and trailer, and my husband was very pleased with how it handled.

Everything is refueled and parked in our driveway. We will ride out the storm at home. Too much family here to pick up and leave. We have a generator, Lexan for the windows, and a solidly built house that suffered no damage from 105mph winds when Charley passed overhead in 2004. Of course the roof is now 13 years older...
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Old 09-06-2017, 02:43 PM   #29
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In CO, won't be home until the middle of Oct so not a problem.
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Old 09-10-2017, 12:34 PM   #30
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Mr. Sunshine, GMC, and others that were considering leaving. I hope if you evacuated you are safely out of the area, if you stayed I hope a shelter is available.

We are discovering that this is such a massive evacuation that you have to be almost as concerned with getting fuel and supplies as you do staying out of the storm's path. Bottled water, gas cans, and other supplies are in short supply even up on I-10 going west out of Florida. All campground are overflowing and a couple Walmarts we have been to up here are full of RV's. There is still heavy WB traffic on I-10 and regular EB traffic consisting of power trucks.

We are trying to stay in Cottondale Florida because we have a site and so far the Love's station close by has fuel. Winds are suppose to be around 50mph here Monday but obviously that could go up depending on exact track of storm.

Anyway, good luck to my fellow residents. It looks like most of our state could be without power for weeks and suffer much loss.
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Old 09-10-2017, 12:43 PM   #31
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We decided to stay put for most of the reasons that you stated. However I did find a great spot to store the rig in a parking garage about half a mile away from home so it is accessible. Click image for larger version

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Old 09-10-2017, 12:53 PM   #32
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We bugged out Thursday afternoon. Traffic was horrible, should have left earlier. We are up in Hudson Alabama, near Birmingham and Jerry ( unknowingly), but no toad. Looks like the storm will come up this way mid-week.
When we left, it was thought that Irma would come up the East coast. We are safe and that is what matters most.
Everyone please be safe and let's get together late October and relate our Irma stories.
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Old 09-10-2017, 01:05 PM   #33
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We are 'sheltered in place'... Lake County. Current track has it staying west of us - but of course subject to change... Winds in 80-90 range expected here. We will get wet and windy regardless - and I expect will lose power.
RV is as sheltered as it can be behind the garage (concrete block)... We are in the house...
Plenty of gas for the gennys - 15 gal for the portable and 50+gal usable for genny in RV.

Stay safe everyone...
I posted this on home page of a site I maintain for a local organization:
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Old 09-10-2017, 01:28 PM   #34
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We bugged out Thursday afternoon. Traffic was horrible, should have left earlier. We are up in Hudson Alabama, near Birmingham and Jerry ( unknowingly), but no toad. Looks like the storm will come up this way mid-week.
When we left, it was thought that Irma would come up the East coast. We are safe and that is what matters most.
Everyone please be safe and let's get together late October and relate our Irma stories.
Stay safe my friend we decided to stay home instead of heading west as planned when the storm turned. MH stored, hurricane shutters up. whole house generator install was completed Friday night at 8PM
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Old 09-10-2017, 02:05 PM   #35
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Please check in with us when you can, and let us know that you're all okay...
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Old 09-10-2017, 03:02 PM   #36
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Stay safe my friend we decided to stay home instead of heading west as planned when the storm turned. MH stored, hurricane shutters up. whole house generator install was completed Friday night at 8PM
Will, that will guarantee you won't need it.
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Old 09-10-2017, 03:11 PM   #37
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Rain is falling here in the center of Florida, with light winds. Calm before the storm. We're hunkered down, and glad to have a concrete block home. By this time tomorrow, will give a damage report from my perspective. Everyone in my neighborhood is as prepared as possible, and holding their breath. All are anxious to have this storm behind us.

BTW-We heard of a couple that left south FL early Tuesday, only to be stuck in crawling traffic and hours long lines for gas and food as they headed north. They finally stopped in Mississippi late Friday!
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Old 09-10-2017, 03:21 PM   #38
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Old 09-10-2017, 03:47 PM   #39
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Old 09-10-2017, 04:00 PM   #40
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Hunkered down at home and playing the waiting game. The current track is better for us here, but our west coast FL RV Resort spot is in the expected 120mph winds and 5-10ft storm surge zone. Left our jetskis and patio furniture there.
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