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1  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Hurricane Irma on: September 13, 2017, 03:03:06 PM
>>kill more people in FL than the hurricane did

I heard only 11 people died in the hurricane. My guess is there will be more deaths and injuries from people trying to clean up downed trees. I saw some Darwin award winners up on a roof yesterday with axes trying to chop through a big tree with people standing right below where the tree would roll down.

And there are a LOT of intersections with no lights that should be treated as 4 way stops but every time I go out I see someone barreling through them without even slowing down. And a friend of mine got rear ended when she stopped at one of these lights.
2  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Hurricane Irma on: September 13, 2017, 02:43:32 AM
Still no power here. Supposedly they started today with 260,000 in the city without power and now that number is down to 120,000. So hopefully tomorrow.

A friend who got power let us borrow their generator. We have the fridge plugged in, some fans running, and internet and TV. And it is nice to be able to charge up the phones. But no AC sucks. The heat isn't too bad but everything in the house is moist. Very humid the lasts couple days.

If I am still here in Florida next year I think I will invest in a generator of my own. That will pretty much guarantee I will never lose power again.
3  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Hurricane Irma on: September 11, 2017, 06:01:35 PM
We lost power around midnight. Probably 15 inches of rain in the last couple days. 11 inches yesterday. About 3 AM was our strongest winds. Guessing 50-60 mph with some 80 mph gusts.

There are quite a few trees down around town and the river is flooding. High tide is right now and they were expecting another couple of feet of flooding. Downtown the river was about a foot higher than the previous high.

Hopefully we get power restored soon but I am not hopeful. Winds have died down enough for crews to start working but there are a lot of people without power.

I did find a couple neighborhood's with power and at the Waffle House there were about 20 people lined up waiting to get in.
4  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Hurricane Irma on: September 09, 2017, 09:42:33 PM
Also just heard that the Waffle House out at the beach will stay open.
5  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Hurricane Irma on: September 09, 2017, 09:37:58 PM
>tropical storm winds, maybe even Cat 1

That is what we are planning for here. 8-12 inches of rain is what they are predicting and maybe 2-4 feet of storm surge. That storm surge shouldn't do any significant damage up here. 
6  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Halo Top Ice Cream on: September 08, 2017, 01:55:38 PM
Tried Halo Top. Flavor was very good, texture was not. Really icy and airy. But it didn't upset my stomach like most other ice cream does.

And $5.49 a pint is pretty spendy.

I can see them riding a big wave of popularity but soon I would guess Ben & Jerrys, Hagen-Daaz, or some other big manufacturer will come out with a similar product and gain back their market share.
7  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Hurricane Irma on: September 07, 2017, 08:11:05 PM
I just saw a 3:00 update that showed it heading a bit more to the West. So skirting right up the coast and coming directly over Jacksonville. Hopefully at the 5:00 updates it will show it back to the East.
8  Why We Are Here / Economics & Investing / Re: “They’re going to want a gazillion dollars in benefits,” on: September 07, 2017, 03:04:09 PM
I hope it goes somewhere like Raleigh or Memphis or even Jacksonville or a city along those lines instead of a bigger metro area like Boston, Chicago, NYC, etc.

Even the warehouses Amazon is opening here in Jax are having a huge impact on the employment market. I am guessing we will have trouble staffing our warehouse during Q4 because of that.

If they did choose to open the HQ here I know it would have a huge effect on our compensation packages if they wanted to keep anyone around here. Most departments based here would definitely lose people and they would have to pay more to keep the rest of them around or attract new talent.
9  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Hurricane Irma on: September 07, 2017, 02:22:59 PM
>My current best guess

Seems pretty accurate. My firefighter brothers-in-law in the Hilton Head area are getting ready for a hit up there. If it is above category 3 (don't think it will be) they have to evacuate too.

Still tracking 50-70 miles off shore here so other than a lot of wind (probably 50-70 mph) and rain we should be fine.
10  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Hurricane Irma on: September 06, 2017, 03:14:46 PM


And we are back to the East side of the state. Would like this to make another tick East. Looking a bit too close for comfort. Miami/FLL isn't looking good right now.
11  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Hurricane Irma on: September 05, 2017, 04:19:38 PM
Looks like this could follow the same path as Charley once it hits Florida. Land around Ft. Meyers, head up just east of Orlando and hit the ocean around Palm Coast or St. Augustine. 
12  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Hurricane Irma on: September 05, 2017, 03:32:12 PM
>Northern hook shown on 11am Vortex.  Good-bye FL keys.

Guessing Napels-Ft. Meyers are getting hammered too.
13  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Hurricane Irma on: September 05, 2017, 02:07:29 PM
>plowing up the center of Florida

That bright green line is problematic.

Other than that if it goes all the way up through Florida like this I would assume the storm would lose some of its steam by the time it got up to us. Probably still a lot of rain but the wind wouldn't necessarily be as destructive. Am i just fooling myself?
14  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Hurricane Irma on: September 04, 2017, 06:04:24 PM
>I think this is just too far out to bank on, but I'm logging it here to see how it will compare to the actual track

Yeah, that is what it seems like will happen. Kind of just depends on how far west it goes before turning North.
15  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Hurricane Irma on: September 03, 2017, 05:23:57 PM
Yeah, I am going to start the early preparations. Not liking the way this is tracking.
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