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Old 10-11-2017, 09:30 AM   #1
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Irma and me

Living in South Florida is sure exiting during hurricane season, especially this year. Irma became the strongest hurricane ever recorded. I was all fued up with nowhere to go, so I rode Irma out in shorty at a rest area in Ft myers and 75. Only 6 miles inland from the gulf. This is my story
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Old 10-11-2017, 09:41 AM   #2
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Ok, so most folks freak the heck out if the power goes out for 5 minutes. Florida residents made a mass exodus from the lower half of the state to avoid being stuck. I decided to get my sh stuff together and get to higher ground and ride it out in the bus. I figured I could get away with pulling doubles and never had a problem hooking everything together that I would need for work when it cleared up again.
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Old 10-11-2017, 09:47 AM   #3
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I loaded the dogs, food, extra fuel, water and set out to find a spot to ride the storm out.
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Old 10-11-2017, 10:01 AM   #4
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I drove my rig on that Thursday to 75 and Danials rd and found the local rest area was as good a spot as any. Lots of space and it had bathrooms, soda machines and the highway patrol had a sub station in the back behind the picnic area. Logic told me this place would have priority for power being turned back on. I was correct. Never lost power at that rest area and I had a clear path with mo water crossings back to FMB. they close all bridges by the way, keeping one from going anywhere. Found a good spot for my second amendment, right where I could get to it in case of trouble.
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Old 10-11-2017, 10:15 AM   #5
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The first day of evac was kinda dull so I returned that evening to a local honky tonk on FMB for a hurricane party. It was nice to unwind a bit with a cold beer and the weather forcast was pumping out on the big screen and the taps were pumping out ice cold beer.
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Old 10-11-2017, 10:21 AM   #6
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Was there a spike in crime? And looting. Seems the scum really come out and make a bad situation worse.
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Old 10-11-2017, 10:46 AM   #7
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Fmb is a key. Small town atmosphere. No looters here maybe in Ft Myers there was a few break ins. Never heard of much trouble on the beach tho.
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Old 10-11-2017, 10:55 AM   #8
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The next day was Irmas all day. It just started out with a few rain showers and mild wind gusts but as the day progressed so did Irma.
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Old 10-11-2017, 11:34 AM   #9
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cool stuff.. I made sure i was far away from my st pete place.. got lucky and the storm tracked east and put tampa bay on the west side.. but it looked like things were gonna get real from marco all the way up!. how did FMB fair? I know friends in Marco that took a LOT of damage.. windows, screen rooms, 2 feet of water in their house, many of their ptrees down.

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Old 10-12-2017, 09:50 AM   #10
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When it started blowing harder I kept the nose to the wind as best as I could. Eventually I dared not move anymore. The little bus felt like it was floating on air, where there was standing water there was now a moving river that defied gravity going down the bank and up and over the other side. I had a panoramic view of it all. My phone eventually died and pictures wouldn't show much anyway so I have screen shots of facebook posts.
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