LaxerFL wrote on Sep 6, 2017, 15:23:
1badmf wrote on Sep 6, 2017, 00:25:
you might wanna go somewhere further west. there's a chance this thing just rips up the entire eastern seaboard.
Noticing that now. The storm took a slight turn to the north earlier than expected. Going to head inland at some point in the near future!
I suggest you stay to the Gulf Coast, perhaps Tampa area, if you need to stay in FL?
I'm in Columbia County (High Springs/Fort White) just south of Lake City, about an hour and a half west of Jacksonville and about the same from the FL-GA border. We're smack in the middle of the state, along I-75. Either side of FL it goes, we're gonna get something. Hermine (barely a Cat1) nearly killed us last year, Matthew (a much more powerful storm, Cat3) didn't even flicker the lights. (We lost power for 36 hours in Hermine) Go figure. I've been watching this storm for days and every model run. I have a list of their schedules on a separate browser tab, so I know when they update.
Anyway, from the way it looks currently
, I think the west coast of FL is ok. It wasn't that way yesterday. I was seeing models that suggested that Irma would rapidly intensify when it went over the Keys, into a 220mph monster and track right up the Gulf coast. If it ever hit the Nature Coast (Hernando, Citrus and Levy) over to Cedar Key, that 'L' shaped coastline? They might as well scratch it off the map. There's a nuclear power plant sitting there, too. (Because of course there is) Luckily, the models have shifted the track back over to the east some. Still, it could come right up the middle of the state, as some of them suggest (and have suggested since the start) and that would be bad for everyone here, no matter where in the state you are.
Good luck, friend, stay safe!
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