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Hurricane Charley Now Cat 4. Hitting Ft. Myers!  
User currently offlineFlymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7119 posts, RR: 9
Posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1537 times:

Hurricane Charlie is now a Category 4 hurricane winds of 145MPH+!
All of Southeast Florida is under a Tropical storm warning and the west coast under a Hurrican Warning. Expect alot of delays in allmost all of Florida in the airports. Charlie should make land fall around 4:00 in Ft. Myers


"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
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User currently offlineN670UW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1603 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1506 times:

Ouch...that thing has really picked a lot of strength since the National Hurricane Center's last advisory. 145 mph will do a lot of damage. I'm assuming evacuations in that area are now mandatory, right?

Wouldn't want to be in the RSW area right now...




670


User currently offlineFlymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7119 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1498 times:

well now it went north and is hitting some smaller resort islands around 20-30 miles from Ft. Myers.


"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
User currently offlineCon-pilot From United States of America, joined Sep 2002, 54 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1474 times:

Fort Myers FL (Page Field) [KFMY] hourly observation on the 13th at 2:53pm EST (1953Z)
wind 170° at 41 knots gusting to 66 knots, visibility 1/4 mile, thunderstorms in the vicinity, fog, 500 feet scattered, 900 feet broken, 1,500 feet overcast, temperature 24°C (75°F), dewpoint 24°C (75°F), altimeter 29.47, automated station with precipitation discriminator, peak wind 160° at 66 knots occurred at 2:50pm EST (1950Z), lightning beyond 10 miles west, thunderstorms began at 11 minutes past the hour and ended at 26 minutes past the hour and began at 41 minutes past the hour, rain ended at 37 minutes past the hour, pressure falling rapidly, sea level pressure 29.47" Hg (998.1 hPa), 1.07 inch (water equivalent) of precipitation in the previous hour, temperature 24.4°C (75.9°F), dewpoint 23.9°C (75.0°F).

That is wind gust of over 75 mph and over an inch of rain in just the last hour, and the worse is yet to come.


[Edited 2004-08-13 22:30:41]


Remember that different is different, not better or worse, just different.
User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 33
Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1464 times:

If I'm reading this sateelite photo correctly.....:
http://www.intellicast.com/Local/USNationalWide.asp?loc=usa&seg=StormCenter&prodgrp=FloaterImagery&product=Float1HIRES&prodnav=none&pid=none
.....it looks like the eye is coming ashore in Charlotte County on the peninsula just north of Charlotte Harbor and will pass just west of Port Charlotte.

Something else the amateur weatherman in me is seeing: with the 2 PM advisory showing the hurricane heading NNE at 20 mph, it looks like the TPA area will end up on the west side of the eye. Not that they won't have problems there because they will, but areas on the east side of the eye will see rougher weather than the west. I'm thinking that the Orlando/Daytona Beach/Jacksonville area will be getting the rougher side of the weather before too long.

Tom at MSY




"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 33
Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1454 times:

Just found this:

http://a.www.orlandoweather.com/hurricanes/3651357/detail.html

The National Hurricane Center said the eye of Hurricane Charley has made landfall with 145 mph winds on Sanibel Island to the southwest of Fort Myers.

Charley's projected path could take it directly over the city of Orlando, creating the biggest threat the city has seen in decades, emergency officials said.

Tom at MSY




"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 45
Reply 6, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1452 times:

Bye bye Sandbar - er... Sanibel... It was nice knowin' ya.

redngold



Up, up and away!
User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 33
Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1435 times:

Looks like my old stomping grounds has already taken some:

http://a.www.orlandoweather.com/wxcam/1456165/detail.html

This is the Halifax River/Intracoastal Waterway in Daytona Beach.

Actually, the local radar showed some pretty strong squalls a little bit ago.

Tom at MSY



"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
User currently offlineFlymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7119 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1396 times:

Well its over. And it was BAD. For Charlotte County. Does not look like The Carolinas are going to have to much trouble only 85MPH winds. But lots of rain in the Northeast.


"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
User currently offlineSkyhawk From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1066 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1384 times:

Hi all-I just talked to my sister-in-law. She, my brother, niece and her husband, their 4 yr. old son, and my mom all live in Arcadia, Fl. That is about 45 miles from Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte. They were fortunate (my brother) that only some huge oak trees came down in their front yard. The small town of Arcadia had a lot of damage. The hospital was damaged too. Right now the town has no electricity and they are estimating that it will be 10 days for it to come back(those that have generators are doing OK). My sister-in-law has an antique store that had some damage but not too bad. This is a town that exists mainly on cattle and orange groves. Fences are down cattle have gotten out of the pastures and the groves had been severely damaged. Luckily my niece, her husband and their little guy are OK too. They got very lucky. They live in a mobile home and the only thing that happened was that they lost their front steps! The assisted living place where my mom is did OK. Like my brothers' place, they lost trees and have no water but that is it. The local high school is damaged as is the middle school.

My sister-in-law's mother lives there too. Her house has some roof damage and the yard is littered with things from her neighbor. Her cattle got out of the pasture so a round up is in progress.

It is going to be quite a while before things are back to some semblance on normality down there. Please remember tonight all of these people in your prayers.


User currently offline747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2789 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1382 times:

My sister went to live with a friend in Fort Myers for the summer. She stopped emailing 3 days ago; no one's heard from her since.


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User currently offlineFSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1373 times:

747-600X, I'm sure your sister's doing fine. With all the chaos, it's near impossible trying to get in touch with people, especially by e-mail.

In anycase, I'm surprised that this thing hit land as a Cat 4, I'm always used to seeing them die down before then.


FSP


User currently offlinePlanespotterx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1371 times:

What I dont understand is why the hell didnt these people leave when they were told, did they think they were better than a Hurricane, or do they have the "it wont happen to me" attitude.
I wont be surprised if many people die because of the attitude theyve taken for this storm, let them learn a very valuable lesson to the survivors, next time GET OUT!!


User currently offlineAlpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1368 times:

What's amazing is that, once overland, it still stayed Hurricane-strength, till it entered the Atlantic. That's highly unusual, but sustained winds stayed above 75mph on it's path across Florida.

I have a friend in RSW, and I've called her twice since it hit, and haven't heard back. I'm not necessarily concerened, since I'll bet it's chaos there.


User currently offlineElectraBob From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 931 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1337 times:

Good grief, there is another tropical depression in the Caribbean....guaranteed to become a tropical storm by Sunday, and a very good chance it will become a hurricane. Early projections put this storm on a similar path as the one that Charley just followed....good chance it too could end up in the Gulf of Mexico. The new storm will be named Earl once it reaches tropical storm strength.

What happened to the storm that begins with the letter D?....that's tropical storm Danielle, which is still off the coast of Africa. All indications point to Danielle being steered Northward into the Central Atlantic.

When they predicted that this will be a very active hurricane season, looks like they knew what they were talking about.



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User currently offlineAlpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1334 times:

CNN earlier reported that President Bush will visit Florida in the next few days, and that he declared the state a disaster area an HOUR after the storm cam ashore.

I'm not sure about a declaration that fast, but kudo's to him going to Florida this week to survey the damage with his brother and state officials. I think he learned a valuable lesson from '92, when his dad had the perception of not acting after Andrew annihilated the eastern half of the state.

Yes, it's an election year, and yes, politics DOES play a role in this-how can it not, but give credit where it's due. In a time like this, the president has a place and a reason to be there. Conversely, Kerry, as simply a candidate, should NOT show up there. It's not his place. If it were Mass. that was damaged, I think it would be appropriate for him AND the president together, to survey the damage, but it's not his constituency, so he should stay away till a later date, which I guess is the plan, according to CNN.

Still haven't heard from my friend in Florida. Fact is, everytime I try, the circuts, even on the cell, are busy.

Best wishes to all the folks in Florida, and the Carolina's to get through this.


User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1325 times:

Hey Alpha 1,

Are you think about with president Bush will during for visit in Florida and will check those out with disaster in Southwest Florida and will check out with any of kind the damaged over there. I sure will make best wish with the folks in Florida and should be all right with some of my friends in Florida. Without of the electriclty at the house or the stores. It will might to get restores over again with the power grids again soon.

Regards


User currently offlineN670UW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1603 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1313 times:

Here's some photos of the damage in the Orlando area:

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/weather/sfl-charley-after,0,4587735.photogallery?coll=orl-home-specialbreaking&index=1



670


User currently offlineCON207 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 292 posts, RR: 11
Reply 18, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1274 times:

With the Gulf Stream flow in its current position just to the South of the UK , it appears that we may get more than our fair share of the remnants of these Hurricanes and Tropical Storms heading our way.

Ok they are called Severe Storms when they finally get over here cos they are no longer over tropical waters but man!! they still pack one heck of a punch.
We have already experienced the backlash of Alex and Bonnie, giving us flash flooding and severe thunderstorms and we hear that Charley could head our way shortly! Our summer has been terrible this year and it doesn't take a genenius to work it out.
As one Hurricane chaser said " People who stay and think they can just ride it out and think its fun.... THINK AGAIN!!  Wow!
The Hurricane shows no respect and no mercy.. for anyone or anything.
Mother Nature must be respected by US! Heed the warnings!!

Sue  Smile



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