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Irma

Postby mahojim » Sat Sep 02, 2017 11:58 am

Stay safe, yous guys.
Don't have to know ya to love ya.
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Re: Irma

Postby Suziekue » Sun Sep 03, 2017 7:09 am

Agree Mahojim, please be safe everyone.
Soarin' with the eagles all week long, and this is all that we've learned about living - VACATION!

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Re: Irma

Postby Anthony » Sun Sep 03, 2017 1:55 pm

Some news http://www.sj-r.com/news/20170903/air-g ... eparations

We're (well, I am) tracking this on our Hurricane Blog - http://www.caribbean-on-line.com/hurricanes/
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Re: Irma

Postby Summerlover » Mon Sep 04, 2017 6:36 am

I understand anyone on island more than likely too busy to be surfing this site but know we are thinking of you and your safety. One love all.

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Re: Irma

Postby P-600 » Mon Sep 04, 2017 10:34 am

We're all prepping and getting ready to hunker down. Thanks for the thoughts and prayers! Julie
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Re: Irma

Postby Anthony » Mon Sep 04, 2017 12:44 pm

Here is the local statement for the VI:

Hurricane Irma Local Statement Advisory Number 21...CORRECTED
PRZ001>013-VIZ001-002-042315-

Hurricane Irma Local Statement Advisory Number 21...CORRECTED
National Weather Service San Juan PR AL112017
1125 AM AST Mon Sep 4 2017

...A hurricane watch has been issued for Puerto Rico and US Virgin
Islands...

NEW INFORMATION
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* CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
- A Hurricane Watch has been issued for all Puerto Rico and US
Virgin Islands.

* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
- A Hurricane Watch is in effect for all Puerto Rico and US Virgin
Islands.

* STORM INFORMATION:
- About 840 miles east of San Juan PR or about 770 miles east of
Saint Thomas VI
- 16.8N 53.3W
- Storm Intensity 120 mph
- Movement West-southwest or 255 degrees at 14 mph

SITUATION OVERVIEW
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Irma is expected to remain as a major hurricane as it approaches Puerto
Rico and the U.S Virgin Islands Wednesday afternoon into Thursday. Irma
could cause dangerous winds, storm surge and rainfall impacts across
the local isles. Hurricane Force winds are possible across Northern
U.S. Virgin Islands, Culebra and Northeast Puerto Rico with strong
tropical force winds likely. The rest of the area likely to experience
tropical storm force winds. Wind gusts with hurricane force wind
are likely at higher elevations. The earliest reasonable time of
tropical storm winds is Wednesday morning. Rainfall accumulations
between 4 to 8 with isolated amounts over 10 inches likely
Wednesday through Thursday.

POTENTIAL IMPACTS
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* WIND:
Prepare for dangerous wind having possible significant impacts.
Potential impacts in this area include:
- Some damage to roofing and siding materials, along with damage
to porches, awnings, carports, and sheds. A few buildings
experiencing window, door, and garage door failures. Mobile
homes damaged, especially if unanchored. Unsecured lightweight
objects become dangerous projectiles.
- Several large trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater
numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Several
fences and roadway signs blown over.
- Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban
or heavily wooded places. A few bridges, causeways, and access
routes impassable.
- Scattered power and communications outages, but more prevalent
in areas with above ground lines.

* FLOODING RAIN:
Prepare for life-threatening rainfall flooding having possible
extensive impacts across PUERTO RICO AND THE US VIRGIN ISLANDS.
Potential impacts include:
- Major rainfall flooding may prompt many evacuations and rescues.
- Rivers and tributaries may rapidly overflow their banks in
multiple places. Small streams, creeks, canals, arroyos, and
ditches may become dangerous rivers. In mountain areas,
destructive runoff may run quickly down valleys while
increasing susceptibility to rockslides and mudslides. Flood
control systems and barriers may become stressed.
- Flood waters can enter many structures within multiple
communities, some structures becoming uninhabitable or washed
away. Many places where flood waters may cover escape routes.
Streets and parking lots become rivers of moving water with
underpasses submerged. Driving conditions become dangerous.
Many road and bridge closures with some weakened or washed out.

* SURGE:
Prepare for life-threatening surge having possible significant impacts
across the Atlantic shorelines. Potential impacts in this area
include:
- Areas of inundation with storm surge flooding accentuated by
waves. Damage to several buildings, mainly near the coast.
- Sections of near-shore escape routes and secondary roads become
weakened or washed out, especially in usually vulnerable low
spots.
- Major beach erosion with heavy surf breaching dunes. Strong and
numerous rip currents.
- Moderate damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks, and piers.
Several small craft broken away from moorings, especially in
unprotected anchorages.

* TORNADOES:
Prepare for a tornado event having possible limited impacts across
PUERTO RICO AND THE US VIRGIN ISLANDS. Potential impacts include:
- The occurrence of isolated tornadoes can hinder the execution
of emergency plans during tropical events.
- A few places may experience tornado damage, along with power
and communications disruptions.
- Locations could realize roofs peeled off buildings, chimneys
toppled, mobile homes pushed off foundations or overturned,
large tree tops and branches snapped off, shallow-rooted trees
knocked over, moving vehicles blown off roads, and small boats
pulled from moorings.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
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* EVACUATIONS:
For those under evacuation orders, leave as soon as practical
with a destination in mind. Gas up your vehicle well ahead of
time. Be sure that you take all essential materials from your
emergency supplies kit. Let others know where you are going and
when you intend to arrive.

If evacuating the area, stick to prescribed evacuation routes.
Look for additional traffic information on roadway smart signs and
listen to select radio channels for further travel instructions.
Drivers should not use cell phones while operating vehicles.

For those not under evacuation orders, understand that there are
inherent risks to evacuation (such as traffic congestion,
accidents, and driving in bad weather), so evacuate only if
necessary. Help keep roadways open for those that are under
evacuation orders.

If you are exceptionally vulnerable to wind or water hazards from
tropical systems, consider voluntary evacuation, especially if
being officially recommended. Relocate to a predetermined shelter
or safe destination.

If evacuating away from the area or relocating to a nearby
shelter, leave early before weather conditions become hazardous.

* OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION:
Now is the time to check your emergency plan and take necessary
actions to secure your home or business. Deliberate efforts should be
underway to protect life and property. Ensure that your Emergency
Supplies Kit is stocked and ready.

When making safety and preparedness decisions, do not focus on the
exact forecast track as there are inherent forecast uncertainties
which must be taken into account.

If you live in a place that is particularly vulnerable to high wind,
such as a mobile home, an upper floor of a high rise building, or on
a boat, plan to move to safe shelter. Take enough supplies for you
and your family for several days.

If you live in a place particularly vulnerable to flooding, such as
near the ocean or a large inland lake, in a low lying or poor
drainage area, in a valley or canyon, or near an already swollen
river, plan to move to safe shelter on higher ground

Always heed the advice of local officials and comply with any orders
that are issued. Do not needlessly jeopardize your life or the lives
of others.

When securing your property, outside preparations should be conducted
as soon as possible before conditions deteriorate. The onset of
strong gusty winds and heavy rain can cause certain preparedness
activities to become unsafe.

Be sure to let friends and other family members know of your
intentions and whereabouts for surviving the storm. For emergency
purposes, have someone located away from the threatened area serve as
your point of contact. Share vital contact information with others.
Keep cell phones handy and well charged.

Be a Good Samaritan and check on those who may not be fully aware of
the situation or who are unable to make personal preparations.

Visitors to the area should become familiar with nearby surroundings.
If you are a visitor, know the name of the county or parish in which
you are located and where it is relative to current watches and
warnings. If staying at a hotel, ask the management staff about their
onsite disaster plan. Listen for evacuation orders, especially
pertaining to area visitors.

Closely monitor NOAA Weather Radio or other local news outlets for
official storm information. Listen for possible changes to the
forecast.
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Re: Irma

Postby jake » Mon Sep 04, 2017 6:59 pm

Best wishes to all...we'll be watching and hoping for the best for all of you.
Stay as safe as you can.
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Re: Irma

Postby Ragdoll » Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:34 pm

We are thinking of all of you and keeping you in our prayers. We hope to be there towards the end of the month if conditions permit. Our main concern is for the residents - please stay safe.
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Re: Irma

Postby Coconuts » Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:46 pm

All: With what is now a Category 4 storm trending alarming closer, from 120 miles on Thursday, to 39 miles this evening (suggesting a devastating direct strike on very low lying Anegada), we decided to fully shutter both of our villas, moving all loose deck furniture into the pool or indoors. The time of closest approach has remained pretty stable, at about 8 PM on Wednesday evening. Given the spread in forecast accuracy a few days out, the current 39 miles could easily drop to zero, in which case we will be walloped, or return to its earlier, more comfortable buffer. Irma's turn to the west, followed by its turn to the WNW, is what we need to have happen on time. Here's hoping that subsequent forecast models don't drift southward.

Working with our web programmer this weekend, we updated the code for our VI weather site, http://www.weather.vi, to follow the changes that NHC recently made to their graphics. The site also now includes up to date hurricane discussion from the NHC.

Here's hoping that tropical force winds and some rain for a day is all we see from this!

All the best,

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Re: Irma

Postby Teresa_Rae » Tue Sep 05, 2017 1:12 am

Coconuts wrote:All: With what is now a Category 4 storm trending alarming closer, from 120 miles on Thursday, to 39 miles this evening (suggesting a devastating direct strike on very low lying Anegada), we decided to fully shutter both of our villas, moving all loose deck furniture into the pool or indoors. The time of closest approach has remained pretty stable, at about 8 PM on Wednesday evening. Given the spread in forecast accuracy a few days out, the current 39 miles could easily drop to zero, in which case we will be walloped, or return to its earlier, more comfortable buffer. Irma's turn to the west, followed by its turn to the WNW, is what we need to have happen on time. Here's hoping that subsequent forecast models don't drift southward.

Working with our web programmer this weekend, we updated the code for our VI weather site, http://www.weather.vi, to follow the changes that NHC recently made to their graphics. The site also now includes up to date hurricane discussion from the NHC.

Here's hoping that tropical force winds and some rain for a day is all we see from this!

All the best,

Kevin


Kevin, are you on island now?

It was almost 3 years ago that my family was on island, staying at your neighbor Soul Island, and you were keeping me posted via PM on the weather hazards coming our way. That hurricane was October of 2014 and brought some insane waves, but certainly not anything like the magnitude of Irma :(

I'm worried and I'm praying.
Let us live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
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Re: Irma

Postby SusanNJ » Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:54 am

Thoughts and prayers to everyone down there. Stay safe.
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Re: Irma

Postby Coconuts » Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:19 am

Teresa Rae: No, we are off island, but as you might expect, are watching conditions there closely. We do head down next week, though, perhaps in time for the storm behind Irma. Presumably, the power will fail at some point as Irma approaches, but until then, you can check wind speeds, rainfall, and more from the roof of Plumeria via our VI weather site: http://www.weather.vi.
We hope that VI residents remain safe during this monster of a storm!

All the best,

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Re: Irma

Postby hoosierdaddy » Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:20 am

Prayers for all of those effected. Be safe if on island.
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Re: Irma

Postby chicagoans » Tue Sep 05, 2017 1:29 pm

Holding all of those affected in my thoughts and prayers. Stay safe. <3
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Re: Irma

Postby Anthony » Tue Sep 05, 2017 1:31 pm

We updated some webcams today -

St. Barts already showing signs or Irma: http://www.caribbean-on-line.com/caribb ... bcam.shtml
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