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Unless the forecast changes significantly we plan to stay put. Officials keep repeating that residents of the "entire state" of Florida are going to experience hurricane conditions. Yet, as is normal, they aren't viewing NW Florida to be a part of the state when they make that absolute statement. We're outside the probability cone, but close to it. Yeah, that could change ... which is why we're on high alert for any such drift westward.

We're doing the usual hurricane preparations and are anticipating a storm, but not anticipating extreme conditions at this location.

I hope everyone in the strike zone takes all due emergency procedures. Get out if it is recommended! Good luck to you all.
 

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I have friends and family in Florida. A couple are going to ride it out. This hurricane is the Grand daddy of them all. Florida never ever seen before. Back in the 90's. My Aunt rode out large Andrew, barely. She wish she hadn't stayed.

Keep safe if you planning to stay. A car, and home can be replaced. Your life can't.
 

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It's nuts outside right now. We live in Dunnellon, the Western side of Marion County(think Ocala). The roads around here are blocked, the gas stations are out and have been past few days (glad to have a smart). A mandatory evacuation order for the next county to our west (about 5miles) has just been ordered. However, There is NO PLACE to go in the time left. With all the traffic coming from South Florida all the road north are full and with no gas around my guess is to staying in my home is better than in a car stuck in traffic. Oh Well. Just got back from a nice 30 bicycle ride and plan on doing the same Sat AM. Then it's lock up and turn on the flashlights. It's going to be a wild ride.
 

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I will give reports from Jacksonville as long as I have power. No generator. My partner took off yesterday with her two granddaughters for Atlanta to ride out the storm with her niece. Her niece owns a dental practice, so they all got free cleanings and check ups today. I have survived five lesser storms in this house over the last 17 years, so hopefully I will still have a place to call home next week.

The last report I heard was it will be a Cat. 1 when it reaches Jacksonville.
 

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It's nuts outside right now. We live in Dunnellon, the Western side of Marion County(think Ocala). The roads around here are blocked, the gas stations are out and have been past few days (glad to have a smart). A mandatory evacuation order for the next county to our west (about 5miles) has just been ordered. However, There is NO PLACE to go in the time left. With all the traffic coming from South Florida all the road north are full and with no gas around my guess is to staying in my home is better than in a car stuck in traffic. Oh Well. Just got back from a nice 30 bicycle ride and plan on doing the same Sat AM. Then it's lock up and turn on the flashlights. It's going to be a wild ride.
How's the Summerfield area? Summerfield is in Marion County. Any local scoops on what Irma going to do there?

I go to FL every year, my hang outs are typically between Tampa, Ocala, and Jacksonville... A real shame I've never been to Miami. But I have spent lots of time in Tampa, Ocala, Summerfield, Jacksonville. Lots of RV'ing. I'm worried about all my friends and family. I have lots of them in FL.
 

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People, you would not believe this traffic, thousands of cars on I-16 going towards Atlanta, I-95 not much better, seems like I'm looking at a movie....
 

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Downgraded to sustained winds of 130mph. Let's hope the forecast is wrong in the it doesn't pick up speed after leaving Cuba...but, warmer waters and all that.

My brother's dad lives in southern Florida. He couldn't leave until yesterday...by that time fuel stations were out of fuel and every main road and highway north is gridlocked. Looks like he too will be riding it out.

If any SCoA member evacuating from this storm makes it this far north and needs shelter, I have space! (though sadly no furniture or Internet yet)
 

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..just bringing this one back to the top to make sure our members that were affected by the storm are doing fine and if they want to tell their story...well...we are all ears...

...and another reason is to tell everybody that our good friend Krusty was doing OK as of yesterday...
...contacted him after the storm just to make sure...and if you know Krusty you know he has a way with words...
...if you want to read what just one individual went through read his blog here...

https://www.facebook.com/SouthernmostSunset/posts/1854768501410496

Jetfuel...hoping everybody did OK...
 

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And I'm still hoping somebody can update me on the Summerfield area. Being a Californian I didn't realize most Floridians go "huh?" when you ask about Summerfield. So, I got it figured out. The area I'm referring to is essentially in Belleview, FL, and just a touch north of Ocala, FL...
 

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And I'm still hoping somebody can update me on the Summerfield area. Being a Californian I didn't realize most Floridians go "huh?" when you ask about Summerfield. So, I got it figured out. The area I'm referring to is essentially in Belleview, FL, and just a touch north of Ocala, FL...
Here are a few photos.

https://www.villages-news.com/residents-still-assessing-damage-wake-hurricane-irma/

Len
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Well, made it back home yesterday, my wife and I was going to ride this one out as the storm shifted more west than 1st expected, but we had my sister in law with us, who is handicapped because of cancer in her legs, after a short discussion with the wife, we decided it might be hard to assist her if the storm turned for the worst, so off the Tennessee we went. As it turned out, Savannah's worst from Irma was the storm surge, a lot of houses suffered water damage, but all in all, we were lucky, traffic on I-16 and I-95 was reportedly at a standstill in some places, fortunately for us I knew the back roads thru Georgia and South Carolina so it was not a bad ride at all. Good luck to all the travelers still out there...
 
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