Sunday, August 17, 2008

Not Tempting Fay

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Updated track Monday, 8/18/08 4:30 PM est
Our location is right above the H in this track line

We expect peak weather about 8AM Tue

Boarding up the shack

There were more than 76 cars in line for gas at Sams Club on Sunday.

Sunday, 8/17/08
Home in Port Charlotte

Last weekend I wrote about some tropical weather systems off the coast of Africa. Well, we now have our first official Hurricane Watch since moving to Florida. Tropical Storm Fay is currently near south central Cuba, moving northwest at about 15 MPH. Her winds are presently sustained at only 50 MPH but once she hits the warm open waters of the Gulf of Mexico it is expected to strengthen to hurricane status. The Florida Keys are already under a mandatory evacuation order for all visitors. Good thing we got our Key Largo fix last week. The Governor of Florida, Charlie Christ, has already declared a state of emergency in anticipation of what may come. We have decided to put our plan into action. Even if its a false alarm this will be a good drill. Here's what we have done:

Fuel up both of our vehicles (line at Sams club was 6 cars deep at each of the 12 pumps)
Have 20 gallons extra fuel on hand for emergency
Have 2 full bottles of propane for bbq grill
Obtain cash from ATM
Have bottled water on hand (we bought 24 gallons in May)
Have 5 day supply of non perishable food on hand
Get important personal papers into the safe room (our master closet)
Put flashlights, first aid kit in safe room
Have extra batteries for flashlights and NOAA radio
Charge all cell phones, keep 12v chargers handy
Install plywood on windows (can't afford the $10k hurricane screens this year)
Remove landscape lighting and hanging plants from yard
Batton down the hatches on the boat, secure it to the lift, raise the lift to max height
Take dated photos of house inside and out

All indications are that this storm will not exceed Category 1 but we won't tempt fate . . . or Fay.

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