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S Fla Battered By Wilma

Mon Oct 24, 2005 11:24 pm

I just got off the phone with my family in S Fla (Kendall by the Falls). One brother reports that 3/4th of the neighbor's roof is gone. The fence in the back yard is gone. Very little rain damage but extensive windstorm losses. Power has been out since 6:40 AM.

The other brother (close to MDCC) reports a tremendous number of trees down. Very little rain. Power went out around 7:30. He's touched base with several friends throughout the area and all of them are without power.

They both say that they think the damage (at least in Kendall) may exceed the damage caused by Andrew.

I'll post more as I hear updated info. Please post any info you may have.
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RE: S Fla Battered By Wilma

Mon Oct 24, 2005 11:49 pm

Just got off the phone with my mother, who's in Boynton Beach about ten miles south of PBI. No damage to her house other than a coach light in front, but a neighbor lost part of his roof and another one had severe damage to a screened-in porch. Fairly extensive tree and shrubbery damage in the neighborhood. Power is out (but telephones are working, duh) with no estimates being given for its restoration.
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RE: S Fla Battered By Wilma

Tue Oct 25, 2005 12:06 am

Just reach my father by cell phone, he's in Broward County (Ft. Lauderdale).

100mph winds with gusts to 120. All the trees in the neighbourhood are gone, not just knocked over but totally gone. Powers out of course. Windows are bowing in from the outside pressure, and through nothing's broke yet, with the quantity of debris hitting the home he expects to lose them soon. Tiles are coming off the roof, and a lot of water is leaking in, with the noises coming from it, he's expecting to start losing the roof shortly if these winds sustain much longer.

The Sun-Sentinel webcam has live images from downtown Ft. Lauderdale:

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/sfl-webcam3,0,3709944.htmlstory
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RE: S Fla Battered By Wilma

Tue Oct 25, 2005 12:12 am

Quoting AC320 (Reply 2):
Just reach my father by cell phone, he's in Broward County (Ft. Lauderdale).
100mph winds with gusts to 120. All the trees in the neighbourhood are gone, not just knocked over but totally gone. Powers out of course. Windows are bowing in from the outside pressure, and through nothing's broke yet, with the quantity of debris hitting the home he expects to lose them soon. Tiles are coming off the roof, and a lot of water is leaking in, with the noises coming from it, he's expecting to start losing the roof shortly if these winds sustain much longer.
The Sun-Sentinel webcam has live images from downtown Ft. Lauderdale:
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/sfl...story

I believe the FLL area is on the south side of the eye, where the winds are the strongest. Wilma's rapid forward motion also adds to south-side wind velocities. My mother's location, 10 miles south of PBI, is either under or just north of the eye, where wind speeds are somewhat lower.
BTW, the webcam is still showing an image from about three hours ago.
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RE: S Fla Battered By Wilma

Tue Oct 25, 2005 12:12 am

Your folks will probably see some flooding soon w/ 4-8" (possib 12") rain predicted through Tues. Live TV feeds show noticable flooding in various parts of mid to southern east coast cities. Fed disaster declared a short time ago.

Interestly, NOAA hhas made mention of Wilma possib "merging" w/ Alpha off the coast of the mid-Atlantic states. Regards...jack
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RE: S Fla Battered By Wilma

Tue Oct 25, 2005 12:21 am

My mom is in coral gables east of US1, she says what trees we had left in good shape after Katrina are now shredded or down, and while the house is undamaged, a tree fell on a neighbor's house and took off part of the roof. A family friend lives in a houseboat docked off of one of the Bay Harbor Islands, and after Katrina 5 of about 20 houseboats there sank, and apparently now the rest of them, including his, have sunk. No home insurnace on the houseboat either  Sad
 
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RE: S Fla Battered By Wilma

Tue Oct 25, 2005 12:51 am

Quoting PROSA (Reply 3):
I believe the FLL area is on the south side of the eye, where the winds are the strongest. Wilma's rapid forward motion also adds to south-side wind velocities. My mother's location, 10 miles south of PBI, is either under or just north of the eye, where wind speeds are somewhat lower.

That would be about right. We've been through about a half dozen hurricanes in our time down here, but never been on the South side of the eye. My father describes it as a "nightmare", the worst storm he's ever seen. They haven't been able to sleep all night from the sound of the wind, the roof creaking and snapping, and the thumps of debris hitting the exterior.

12:00pm EST update - water mains have ruptured, half the county is now under a boil water advisory. Sewage systems look to be failing as well. Winds have not let up, even the knee-high hedges around the house have been totally removed of foliage. Several roofs nearby have failed. He describes it as what an atomic bombing must look like.

[Edited 2005-10-24 18:10:45]
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RE: S Fla Battered By Wilma

Tue Oct 25, 2005 1:19 am

Just talked to my folks in the west Broward suburbs of FLL...they're fine...our house lost some roof tiles, there are some trees down, and the sewers are totally clogged with debris, but no major damage fortunately...

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RE: S Fla Battered By Wilma

Tue Oct 25, 2005 4:34 am

I just got back from D.C. where I did not have a phone and I spoke to my Dad who told me that he had not heard or seen winds like the ones he saw SINCE Andrew. My Dad is not the one to exaggerate so I believe him. One can only wait to see what happens.

I am sitting in an office of the Florida Department of Community Affairs in Tallahassee, we are militarized and they seem to be working double time to get stuff done. I might see the governor before I leave this afternoon.
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RE: S Fla Battered By Wilma

Tue Oct 25, 2005 5:49 am

Quoting Cptkrell (Reply 4):
Interestly, NOAA hhas made mention of Wilma possib "merging" w/ Alpha off the coast of the mid-Atlantic states.

Wilmalpha has a nice ring to it.

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RE: S Fla Battered By Wilma

Wed Oct 26, 2005 5:11 am

Just finally talked to my folks who own properties in Deerfield Beach and Coconut Creek. My stepdad weathered Andrew out in '92 and he said this one scared him even more. The house in Deerfield is undamaged and so are the cars. The apt in Coconut Creek is also undamaged but the destruction is such that there is not one single tree left in the area, and many of the intersections are not even recognizeable. It's going to take a few weeks to get back on track.

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RE: S Fla Battered By Wilma

Wed Oct 26, 2005 10:05 pm

I know I'm sort of bringing this thread back from the dead, but I just got my power restored (living in Miami Lakes) and I've got a ton of pictures of the damage.







The area of Wilma we got hit by was the area with the strongest winds, and we had the eye for a little while as she raced through the area. I agree with the above posters about the south side of the eye. Fortunately I just lost some roof tiles and a tree fell outside, but that's been taken care of already. Thankfully I never lost water nor did I have to boil it. Damage is estimated at around 10 billion dollars.

[Edited 2005-10-26 15:07:45]
 
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RE: S Fla Battered By Wilma

Thu Oct 27, 2005 7:28 am

Yea it was alot worse than most thought it would be in South East florida like MIA and FLL. I lost a few trees in my backyard and one fell on the house nothing major. No major damage. Still no power yet. Hope to get power back soon. But last of laptop battery.

[Edited 2005-10-27 00:30:42]
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RE: S Fla Battered By Wilma

Thu Oct 27, 2005 8:31 am

Checking in  checkmark 

Family's ok, and the residence is fine. The truck's gonna need a paint job, some body work, and a new windshield and hood.

Electricity was just restored here (Coral Springs) at 6:45pm EDT Wednesday.
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