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Thursday, September 30, 2004

Hurricane Jeanne - Aftermath

Power was out at my place until Monday afternoon.  I was fortunate to have power restored so soon. Other people that I know are still without power.

I lost two trees, two big branches and one shingle during hurricane Jeanne. I believe that winds in our area reached 70 mph in gusts. Jeanne’s center came within 30 miles of here and certainly did a lot of damage in the neighborhood.

I will be glad once hurricane season is over. I almost feel like I should move and build a new house out of steel reinforced concrete with at least one room that has a steel reinforced concrete ceiling. I currently live in a wood frame house. Sleeping during all the howling winds was a bit un-nerving at first but I knew I could trust the Lord to look over us. I prayed that the house would be spared from damage and it was.

Praise God for getting us through another hurricane. The older I get the bigger God becomes. I have been blessed beyond belief.

Oh please, no more hurricanes for Florida. I don’t think Florida can take another one.

Posted by Stevereno on 09/30 at 03:30 AM
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Sunday, September 26, 2004

Wind - Lots of Wind

Currently the wind is blowing at 33 mph and has gusts of 51 mph. We still have power but it has flickered a few times giving my UPS a real workout. It looks like some dry air is feeding in to hurricane Jeanne and it may rotate our way in another hour. Until then we will just wait it out.

We haven’t sustained any damage as far as I know. There is a tornado warning for Flagler County and rotation has been spotted on radar. I know Orlando is getting pounded. Orlando’s wind gusts are still reaching 68 mph which can do a lot of damage. 

Power is starting to brown out for a couple of seconds at a time now. I half expect it to go out for good soon so this may be my last post for a while.  As I was posting this a big long oak branch has snapped off and landed in the front yard. I hope that isn’t a trend.

It’s really starting to blow hard now.

 

Posted by Stevereno on 09/26 at 01:32 PM
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Hunkered Down - Riding Out Hurricane Jeanne

Currently North of me winds are blowing steady at 28 mph with gusts of 38 mph. At the Orlando International Airport the wind is steady at 51 mph with gusts of 75 mph.  Jeanne has turned into a very powerful storm. The center of Jeanne is South of me 60 miles. Winds are gusting 80 mph or more near the center. It continues moving West and appears to be turning more West-Northwest as I post this.

I can watch the squalls on radar and it looks like we are going to get higher winds and a lot more rain. Looks like we have 3 to 4 more hours to stay hunkered down.

My trees are still standing and so far we have not sustained damage to our home.

Posted by Stevereno on 09/26 at 10:21 AM
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Saturday, September 25, 2004

“Hunker Down” Hurricane Jeanne Approaches

Florida will set a record with 4 major hurricanes striking the state in one year. That hasn’t happened in 118 years.  I hope that’s it for another 118 years cause I’m tired of all the bad weather overhead. It’s hard to sleep with gale force windows outside.

It’s getting to be a big joke in Florida when the local media says “hunker down.”  As one of my coworkers said as they left on Friday, “I’m getting tired of Hunkering down.”  This Floridian is going to be glad when hurricane season is over.

Posted by Stevereno on 09/25 at 02:35 PM
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Monday, September 06, 2004

Labor Day, The Aftermath

The wind is still roaring outside as we wake up on Monday morning. I wonder if this hurricane is ever going to leave.

We have Breakfast on the grill including coffee with a bit of a smoky taste. Spent the day waiting for power to be restored. The winds subside around 2:00 PM. We are under a tornado watch until 8:00pm.

We were worried about out trees, we have a lot of them.

Before Frances


.After Frances 

As you can see from the before and after pictures hurricane winds produce a ton of debris, all over everything. We didn’t loose a single tree but the tree movement broke the water pipe leading to the house so water pressure is very low.  We are fortunate that this is the only thing we have to fix. Power was restored at 5:50 PM so we are almost back to normal

All in all, we survived a historical storm that will not be soon forgotten. I praise God for keeping us safe.

Posted by Stevereno on 09/06 at 07:50 PM
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Sunday, September 05, 2004

Power Is Out Again

Sunday Morning, 4:52 the power has gone out. The roar of the wind outside has not subsided since last night. The wind was still blowing out of the Northwest and Hurricane Frances was still making it’s way on shore. She was taking her time doing so. This was now getting kind of scary.

Since I had lost power I could no longer track the weather online. Up to this point I could connect to the Melbourne radar and know what was coming by looking at the feeder bands rotating around the eye of the storm. Now all I had was a couple of Orlando AM radio stations to rely on for the latest updates. The roaring wind continued all day.

At 4:34 PM the lights flickered for a few seconds but power was not restored. I called the city utility company and they indicated that 75% of the city was without power and they are unable to send out crews due to the high wind.

My wife Tina fired up the charcoal grill on the screen porch and cooked a nice hot meal and we had dinner. Hurricane Frances was still pounding Florida but the winds had let up some.

A little bit after dinner the wind switched direction and started blowing from the south and picking up speed again. We went to bed and tried to sleep. Sleep is difficult. The wind outside is roaring again and did so all night and in to the morning.

Posted by Stevereno on 09/05 at 05:52 AM
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Squalls And More Rain, Lots Of Rain

On radar a bright red and yellow band of rain passed overhead. It was raining real hard here for about 30 minutes. Rain and lots of wind. It’s hard to think about sleeping now. The wind is blowing out of the Northeast.

At 1:00 AM wind velocity is steady 24 mph with gusts to 38 mph according to the official hourly data from the National Weather Service.

I for one, will be glad when this thing is over. It’s not bad right now the rain has stopped but the wind continues. It is now making that whistling sound that wasn’t apparent before the squall line passed by. The radio reports from around the state have high winds from Miami to Jacksonville. This thing is so big it’s covering the state. It’s moving again at about 5 mph. The eye of the storm is 60 miles across and from what I saw on the radar it looks like the eye is moving West for now. It’s a long night ahead.

Posted by Stevereno on 09/05 at 02:44 AM
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Power Is Out

We lost power at 6:50 PM during a period of wind and rain. We are barely on the edge of the storm and did not expect to loose power so soon. I called the city utility company and they were holding back sending out a crew until the current rain band passed. They indicated that it would be at least another 15 minutes. At 7:20 two big yellow utility trucks drove past our house on their way to restore power. A little bit later,  two more trucks passed by, one with
A brand new, shiny utility pole. I guess one of the utility poles must have broken or was damaged by nearby trees.

11:18 PM power is restored. Nice to have the air conditioning and refrigerator back on line. Time to try to get some sleep but it’s going to be hard to sleep soundly.

Hurricane Frances was moving but has stopped moving again right after making landfall on Florida’s South East coast. Tornado warnings are in affect until 8:00 AM.  This is one big scary storm.

Posted by Stevereno on 09/05 at 12:30 AM
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Saturday, September 04, 2004

Rain

The outer bands of hurricane Frances are just starting to reach my location. It?s off and on sunshine and rain. I am guessing at the wind velocity when I say it looks like 25 miles an hour.  It’s blowing out of the Northeast much like a winter storm with about the same intensity. Melbourne radar shows the very edge of the rain passing the area now. So far all is well but we have a long way to go. 

The eye of the storm is 180 miles Southeast of Orlando and forward progress has barely moved in the last hour. It is expected to start moving toward the West-Northwest at 5 miles an hour soon.

 

Posted by Stevereno on 09/04 at 04:37 PM
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Friday, September 03, 2004

Waiting

Hurricane France’s forward movement has slowed to 8 miles per hour and now it’s just a mater of waiting for it to get here. It is expected to reach my area by 8:00 on Sunday morning.  The slower it moves the more rain is expected. There are predictions of 10 to 20 inches of rain.

The Projections at 11:00 this morning had projected that the center of the hurricane would pass over my home in Central Florida. Now the projection is shifting more to the west and the hurricane is weakening. It still places us on the Eastern side of the storm where the majority of tornados and rain will be.

I am still hoping for Northern turn before it comes ashore but all bets are off. With the forward progress slowing, I am not sure at this point that the meteorologists can predict with any certainty where this storm is going.

Melbourne radar is starting to show the outer rainbands coming ashore in South Florida.

Posted by Stevereno on 09/03 at 08:06 PM
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Thursday, September 02, 2004

The Drive Home

The drive home form Orlando was excruciating. I live about 35 miles to the West of the city so it normally takes 50 minutes to an hour to drive home.  Today, it took 2 hours and 5 minutes due to all the east coast evacuees moving to safer ground. Through Orlando rush hour traffic it took an hour to go less than 10 miles


There are mandatory evacuations of barrier islands covering at least 5 counties on the east coast of Florida. The storm surge could potentially be 10 or more feet above sea level. It could reach the edge of the roofs of most one story structures. It’s wise to obey the local authorities and evacuate. It would be foolish to stay.

Going home some gas stations were out of gas and there were long lines outside the places that have gas. The parking lots at Home Depot and Lowe’s were filled with vehicles. Lumber yards had long lines of people waiting to get plywood and other supplies. Police officers were inside some of the stores to preserve the peace.

I heard a report on the radio that the interstates and 4 lanes out of the area were bumper to bumper and stop and go. There was a report that 2 semi drivers were in the middle of the interstate highway having a fist fight. Things are getting tense.

Posted by Stevereno on 09/02 at 08:20 PM
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Hurricane Frances Is Heading Our Way

I have the day off tomorrow. The company I work for is closing their Orlando facility until the danger has passed. Hurricane Frances is expected to pass over the Orlando area and there is no way to know what the severe weather will bring.

I plan to blog through out the storm’s passing until I either loose electricity or loose my cable connection. I have UPS power but that will not last long. It may last long enough for 1 post if I am quick about it.

Stay tuned.

Posted by Stevereno on 09/02 at 08:07 PM
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Wednesday, September 01, 2004

NOAA Has RSS Feeds With The Latest Hurricane Updates

I live in Florida and current forecasts have Hurricane Frances headed right toward my neighborhood.

While I was on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, (NOAA) National Weather Service, (NWS) website I noticed that they had added RSS feeds to their web site. This is a quick way to view the latest Hurricane information with out having to wade through pages on their website.

They also have a list of RSS aggregators that you can down load to view the data. So if you are watching the Hurricane like me, you might want to check it out and add the link to your favorite aggregator.

Posted by Stevereno on 09/01 at 08:58 PM
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