Posted originally on the conservative tree house on September 27, 2022 | sundance
[National Hurricane Center Data] As of 11:00pm ET Monday, Hurricane Ian has maximum sustained winds of 105 mph [Category 2]. Ian is anticipated to strengthen rapidly in the next 24 hours as it enters the Gulf of Mexico as a major hurricane [Cat 3+]. All west coast Florida residents from Bonita Springs to Tampa should use Tuesday to finalize their hurricane preparations.
Tuesday is the last good weather day to finish your preparations and secure your property. Do not be alarmed but do take this hurricane seriously. This is not a ‘wait and see’ type storm. All reasonable precautions should be completed today, and all coastal residents are urged to pay close attention to local officials for any evacuation orders. Each locality is different, each coastal locality has a zone of potential flooding and storm surge. As a general rule, hunker down from wind – but evacuate from water.
Official projections put the storm just off the Florida west coast on Wednesday night, with the potential for a 24-hour duration cycle. That is an alarming amount of time for a major hurricane to be centered near or on the coast. That is a minimum of two tidal cycles, which will make a big difference from prior hurricanes in terms of flooding and the potential for a historic storm surge into inland waterways.
Hurricanes can be frightening; downright scary. There’s nothing quite like going through a few to reset your outlook on just how Mother Nature can deliver a cleansing cycle to an entire geographic region. If this storm rests on/near the coast for the projected duration (24 hrs), things could be much more sketchy than other hurricanes. This possibility is not something to dismiss. No one in Florida has a reference.
The geography on the south side of the storm faces the possibility of inbound wind and water for two tides, very uncommon. Additionally, with outbound water limited by the pressure of inbound tides, the Peace River will flood, potentially at a historic level. Let us hope the official forecasts are wrong, but we need to plan for this. Projected rainfall is up to ten inches.
The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast near and to the right of the center, where the surge will be accompanied by large waves. Surge-related flooding depends on the relative timing of the surge and the tidal cycle, and can vary greatly over short distances. For information specific to your area, please see products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office. [HERE’S LINK] Pay attention to local officials.
Do not panic, but work your plan.
Dangerous coastal area storm surges are now predicted from Fort Myers north into Tampa Bay (south side of storm). Please outline your communication plan with your family. Select a specific person outside the area to be your immediate contact. That person then relays information to the rest of your family. Please do this [Example Why].
Right now, you are in control. Do not be alarmed – but take every preventative measure your individual situation needs. Work your hurricane plan and stay focused on what you do control. Work the plan, step by step and focus on what is in front of you. Ignore the dark imaginings and turn off the national media. Pay attention to your local officials and local media.
Finish your laundry. Sanitize and stage your water storage. Inventory your supplies. Organize your tools. Fill your freezer with water jugs to take up room and freeze. Test your generator. Stage your extension cords. Stage your battery powered devices. Test your weather radio. Take small steps to prepare. Secure your home. You are in full control. Today is the day to finish all preparation tasks.
The #1 priority is to keep calm. Keep stable. If other people around you are panicked, do not let it impact your plan. Stay focused. Stay organized. Stay in control. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for everyone around you and your family. Everything is replaceable, except you and your family. We have a lot of Treepers in the path of this storm. If you need assistance, use the comments section of any ‘Update thread’ to reach out, or use the email address in the upper right of the site.
DAY THREE (Tue/Wed)
- Get Storm Update
- Re-Evaluate your Supplies based on storm update
- Finish last minute preparation
- Plan for a minimum of THREE DAYS without power
- Assist Your Neighbors
- If Needed – Evacuate Your Family
Communication is important. Update your friends and family contact list. Stay in touch with family and friends, let them know your plans. Select a single point of contact for communication from you that all others can then contact for updates if needed.
Telephone and power poles, yes, even the concrete ones, can, and likely will, snap like toothpicks. There’s a sound when you are inside a hurricane that you can never forget.
It ain’t a howling wind, it’s a roar. A damn scary raging roar that just won’t quit….
It will quit… eventually… but at the time you are hearing it, it doesn’t seem like it will ever end.
A constant and pure rage of scary wind that doesn’t ebb and flow like normal wind and storms… hurricane wind just starts and stays, sometimes for hours.
This type of wind is relentless and damn scary. It takes you to that state where you begin to doubt things, it just won’t let up.
And then, depending on her irrelevant opinion toward your insignificant presence, she stops.
No birds. No frogs. No crickets. No sound.
Nature goes mute. It’s weird.
We have no idea how much ambient noise is around us, until it stops.
Oh, if she wants, she’ll keep dumping buckets on you as she wanders away. Buckets. Not pails, garbage can size buckets. After the scour, yup, nature too has a rinse cycle.
Prayers for all those in Ian’s path.
Pray together and be strong together. It might sound goofy to some, but don’t be bashful about prayer – it works.
It will be ok.
Last point, housekeeping. Most of the long-term Treepers know I will likely be unavailable as Civilian Emergency Response Teams (CERT) are activated. The daily threads are auto scheduled to post, and the site admins will update on events if/when I am unavailable. My apologies to those who have written complaining that CTH is not providing the comprehensive coverage of political news.
Unfortunately, home base for all current research will consist of three duffel bags, a laptop, generator and a well-suited 4×4; loaded with power tools, emergency kits and assorted roughneck supplies. I will make every effort to return to political research and analysis – as soon as current logistics, community safety and overall concerns are abated. As part of FL CERT, we reposition outside of the storm surge area. As a consequence, during the logistical move I will be out of the loop for most of the morning and early afternoon Tuesday.
To ensure continuance of communication, CTH has auto-scheduled posts set up throughout the week which will run automatically without any need for human data entry. [ie. the website is secure and will function as normal – and site admins are disbursed throughout unaffected time zones] Other than my absence (hopefully sporadic), you should not see any disruption.
What can YOU DO?
Please pray for the people of Florida. This is an extremely stressful time for many people, including a significant amount of elderly. Unfortunately, due to modern disconnection a considerable number of people do not have frequent contact with family, COVID made this issue worse.
If you know people in Florida, please just reach out to them via social media, email, text, etc and let them know they are in your thoughts and prayers. You don’t have to call them, you don’t need to look for a response, but a short note -just touching base- via social media (Facebook etc.), with kind words, can mean the world to people who might be feeling isolated.
Trust me, I’ve seen those faces all day. It matters.