As Irma bears down on all of Florida and SW Florida in particular, I am sickened by the almost certainty of losing my beloved 402/4-speed '70 Monte Carlo to Irma's wrath. Sure, it's well covered by Hagerty insurance and it may survive the high winds (unless my garage doors breach), but the massive storm surge now predicted for the coastal areas could easily put it under 3 to 6 feet of salt water.
Knowing that we have several other FGMCC members living on both Florida coasts, I wonder how many others may be at risk of wind or water damage?
All of the hurricane track models earlier in the week had the eye going up the east coast of Florida so the storm surge predictions for the gulf coast were much lower and no threat to my home or vehicles in Punta Gorda, right on Charlotte Harbor. Being still in Minnesota for the summer, I didn't see the need to fly to Florida and put the Monte into that insane evacuation exercise - not sure I could have bought and carried enough gas to get out of the state by then anyway. So ... it is what it is and I'll just have to wait and see what happens.
In the meantime, I am trying to occupy my mind by finally installing a Keyless Klassic door and trunk lock system in my '70 SS here in MN.
Hopefully nothing happens to it, these hurricanes are so powerful it's hard to think about what damage mother nature's wrath can impose. Here out west we are always in fear of that unannounced seismic event.
It would be hard for me to sit and wait on the outcome. Just the suspense would kill me, good luck and hope mother nature keeps her wrath at bay.
Same here Dennis I hope nothing happens. My oldest daughter Valerie and her family just moved into a house in Cape Coral last month and has evacuated to Rome GA. My grand son was not happy with the move aand now he is blaming them for having to leave FL because of the storm. He will be twelve next month so change is hard for him to accept. He really loved living in Murray KY.
Thanks for your replies and well wishes! We just heard from our daughter this morning. She had plowed through some flooded streets to get to our home near Charlotte Harbor. The canal was within 3 inches of the top of the sea wall but our house was intact and had not flooded!
Fortunately, Irma made landfall far enough south at Marco Island so her wind speeds had dropped some before reaching Punta Gorda. Also, contrary to all of the models, her track shifted northeast instead of continuing north-northwest. That inland movement greatly reduced the storm surge and prevented extensive flooding around Charlotte Harbor So, only a tree and some palm fronds were down - no wind damage to the roof or pool screening and no water in the house or garage. That is so different than what had been repeatedly forecast the past several days and we are very grateful to have escaped serious damage. As one local reporter said, "We didn't just dodge a bullet, we dodged a cannonball!"
The eye of the storm passed directly over our daughter's house six miles inland so they lost some trees and had minor roof damage but everyone was safe inside. The one thing that has not changed about Irma is her massive size so the whole state of Florida is being impacted one way or another, especially east coast flooding and the loss of power. The Florida Keys were hit the hardest and damage is still be assessed there.
All of the recent and ongoing natural disasters that make the daily news become very real when we are personally involved. Glad to see so many Americans coming to the aid of those unfortunate folks who have been seriously affected.
Glad things look good for you Dennis. Our oldest daughter just moved to Cape Coral FL and bought a house two weeks ago. The went to Rome GA fri nite arriving sat at noon. They had a neighbor send them photos of the house. No trees down or damage to house. What a way to get welcomed to FL LOL LOL. They do not know how soon they will head back home.The neighborhood has electricity. I have a friend who owns a house on Marco Island, he lost trees and a couple of roof tiles but no damage to house. Storm Surge only got half way up his driveway so no water damage. Nobody can get onto the Island as of yet. He will be going down on Sat to check it out.
Glad to hear your all your property and the Monte made out ok Dennis. I have a cousin that lives in Halendale but was bouncing back and fourth from there to the west side and then back to only find out that her condo was ok and still had electric. Very lucky. I on the other hand was due in Daytona for the week on fri had to cancel everything what a pain, but it could of been alot worse. Glad to hear so far eveyone is ok.
That's great news Dennis. It must have been a restless night knowing nothing could be done but wait. Irma is a big storm. Fortunately here just south of Atlanta it has downgraded to a tropical storm, nothing like Florida but a lot of rain and wind. Good to hear everyone and everything is OK.
great news on the home and car Dennis, could have really been a nightmare.. I'm glad my dad moved north recently, I think the last hurricane scare did him in, he would not have done well with this one.
Nice to hear that your daughter did well also, I don't know if I could have taken the suspense waiting to hear about my car and property
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