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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:31 AM
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Wilma is now a Category 5 Hurricane
Oh boy, here we go again :cry:


http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20051019/ts_nm/weather_wilma...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hurricane Wilma, which triggered mudslides that killed up to 10 people in Haiti, has strengthened to a catastrophic Category 5 storm as it approaches western Cuba and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
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The season's record-tying 21st storm, fueled by the warm waters of the northwest Caribbean Sea, strengthened alarmingly as it headed into the Gulf of Mexico on a path expected to lead across storm-weary southern Florida by Saturday.
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Mutley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:34 AM
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1. This is crazy!
This has to be some kind of record for Cat 5's in the Gulf.
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Clintmax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:36 AM
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2. Good GODS!
When did THAT happen! Last time I looked she was still a tropical storm! Holey moley!

x( "stay away from Florida, stay away from Florida, stay away from Florida)
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:01 AM
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9. I don't think there is much chance that Wilma
will stay away from Florida. I just hope it stays away from the Hollywood/Ft. Lauderdale area. My daughter and sister both live there.
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Pacifist Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:16 AM
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18. This turn it's projected to make is so strange.
At least Hollywood and Ft. Lauderdale are on the east coast. I was on the east coast when Charley came across us and we were definitely spared the brunt of it.
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matcom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 07:03 AM
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3. oh my beautiful Yucatan
:cry:

best of luck to all our Mayan friends x(
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Robeson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 07:20 AM
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5. "best of luck to all our Mayan friends"....
...Yes, indeed.
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Clintmax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 07:11 AM
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4. Wow! Here's what the weather channel is saying...
"Hurricane Hunters early this morning recorded a pressure of 884 mb, now the lowest pressure ever recorded in the Atlantic Basin. This represents more than a 86 mb drop in just 12 hours! This appears to be one of the fastest pressure drops on record."

Jesus.
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 07:31 AM
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6. Clintmax . . .
What's the Florida news saying about the Keys? :scared:
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Clintmax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:05 AM
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10. I haven't turned it on yet...
I'll let you know shortly. Hello, Miss Heidi, by the way! :hug: :hi:
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:42 AM
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22. Hi, my friend.
My sister lives in Key West, and she _never_ evacuates. :eyes:
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Mizmoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:55 AM
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23. My uncle didn't either
until one hurricane (years ago) sucked his brand new car out to sea. He still had to make payments as "being swept out to sea by God" was not covered in his insurance. He moved to a more northern part of the state after that.
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Mutley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:10 AM
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11. Wow!
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Pacifist Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:13 AM
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16. I have been studiously avoiding coverage of Wilma.
Probably not such a good idea after all. Thanks for the info.
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KG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 07:50 AM
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7. ACK!!!! it's headed in my general direction
well, i'm on the northern edge of the project path. i filled up my truck this morning and making notes of what to take if i gotta flee.
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 07:56 AM
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8. I"d run out and stock up on a couple dozen jugs of H2O
:cry:
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KG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:22 AM
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20. i have two gallons of water, but if it looks bad, i'm heading to my moms
place in GA. thats 2/3rds of a tank of gas away. i plan to keep my tank topped off next few days.
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Pacifist Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:12 AM
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14. Be careful!
After everything that's gone on in the past two hurricane seasons I'm inclined to bug out early and avoid traffic. Even if it means looking like a fool if the track turns and I wasn't in the direct path after all.

Good luck!
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datasuspect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:12 AM
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15. as a recent hurricane evacuee
HEAD NORTH . . .

do this before they even declare an official evacuation.

it's no fun being stuck on roads for HOURS at a time.
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Pacifist Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:13 AM
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17. That's just what I was saying. Absolutely agree!
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Pacifist Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:10 AM
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12. I have reservations at Disney World for the Epcot International...
Food & Wine Festival this weekend. If that hurricane ruins my wine-sodden trek around the world I am going to kick some Wilma ass!

How's that for selfish?

Actually, I'm truly concerned for Cuba and South Florida. I'm on the northern edge of the projected path and the opposite coast so it's unlikely we'd suffer any serious damage.

This is insane!
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datasuspect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:11 AM
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13. there is no global warming
these aren't the droids you're looking for . . .



and its mid october, 90s in texas and the gulf is still hot.
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:24 AM
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21. I have a feeling we're going to see Alpha for the first time ever
six weeks left in Hurricane season

:scared:
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xmas74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 09:27 AM
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I think Alpha's coming to.
Isn't Alpha the next storm name? I don't think we have anything for x,y or z.
I'll have to look it up.
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 10:33 AM
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31. Q, X,Y,Z are not used for hurricane names
There aren't enough names for them especially knowing that major storm names get retired (Ie - there will never be another Katrina or Rita since they were both massive storms)

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xmas74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 11:27 AM
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34. That's what I thought.
The names being retired have to be approved by the committee. I read that they are retired for a minimum of ten years(for insurance reasons and for morale) but can be reused after, but never are. It's supposed to help clear up confusion over claims. Usually, for a name to be dropped it had to cause extensive damage and many times loss of life. (I read up on the subject once because I wanted to know how to send in my name. Turns out they prefer short, easy to pronounce names and that my name would probably be disqualified).
Katrina,Rita, Andrew, Camille-names we will never hear again except as curses. And that is the way it should be.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:19 AM
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19. Dang. It was cat 3 yesterday at 5PM and headed toward Florida...
the wiener-shaped part of Florida.
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 09:04 AM
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24. One of it's projected paths puts it at my front door.
Today I'll stock up on dog food, double check my gas supply for the generator, probably get another couple super long outdoor extension cords...you know, before total chaos ensues.

Almost forgot...ice, beer.

There, that'll do it.
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Stockholm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 09:09 AM
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25. Anyone with an english graphic of the calculated route?
I only found this, how can it turn like that?

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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 09:23 AM
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26. High Pressure zones to the north and west of it....
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 09:25 AM
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27. Here's one
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 09:27 AM
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28. And another
I grabbed from DUer wxmike in GD:

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xmas74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 09:28 AM
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29. Good luck to you!
Stay safe.
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Shell Beau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 09:34 AM
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30. I don't know how many more hurricanes we can take!
:( :scared: :cry: :hug: Enough is enough!!!
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lumberingbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 10:42 AM
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32. Checking supplies right now.
Heading out this afternoon the purchase what I need.
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Lisa0825 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 10:50 AM
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33. Best wishes to Florida, Cuba, and the Yucatan...
As a Rita evacuee who was thankfully spared much damange, y'all are are in my thoughts.

:hug:
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