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Old 09-05-2017, 02:39 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Yeah I'm beginning to think people in Florida, at least ones in towns near the coasts, should strongly consider leaving before the weekend.
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Yeah I'm beginning to think people in Florida, at least ones in towns near the coasts, should strongly consider leaving before the weekend.
Something to understand is there is a LOT of coast. And there isn't any reason for people on my chunk of coast to evacuate, unless the storm heads into the gulf. Certainly, if you live somewhere that is in the path, get to safety, but some of us can't afford to head out now, just in case it comes in next week.

Maybe a better recommendation is; keep an eye on weather reports and be prepared to do what needs doing, should it start heading your way.

But, for example, where I am, Harvey actually had a minimal impact - but seriously doubt most would consider it to have been a threat to the state as a whole. Likewise, Matthew was something that hit a good part of the east coast of Florida, and impacted the north-south gulf coast, but didn't even send us any rain where we are.
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This could be really bad for the Keys if it continues on this path. The wind would be coming around in a direct hit on the southern tip of Florida, even if it just skirts past. Then it could still hit other southern states. Man, only a week and we are facing this again. Climate Change, get used to it.
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Something to understand is there is a LOT of coast. And there isn't any reason for people on my chunk of coast to evacuate, unless the storm heads into the gulf. Certainly, if you live somewhere that is in the path, get to safety, but some of us can't afford to head out now, just in case it comes in next week.
You know what's best for yourself. All I'm saying is, someone on the Texas coast can evacuate in 5 different directions. If you're in Florida - anywhere in Florida, except for maybe the panhandle - and you have to evacuate, there's only one direction you must go...and more than 10 million other people who also live in Florida have to go the same way, using the same roads.
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You know what's best for yourself. All I'm saying is, someone on the Texas coast can evacuate in 5 different directions. If you're in Florida - anywhere in Florida, except for maybe the panhandle - and you have to evacuate, there's only one direction you must go...and more than 10 million other people who also live in Florida have to go the same way, using the same roads.
i had mentioned that before to my buddy, don't know why they had so many issues.

Infrastructure is set up differently then Houston and everyone is literary forced to go one way so it's streamlined. They call out evacuations zones one by one to prevent overflow.

declaring State of emergency triggers the switch in routes,supplies and money to get everything in place. they will start going north on the southbound tracks if they have to.

once a tropical storm warning is announced, all the road taxes are lifted and it's a big rush for those that want to get out before the weather deteriorates. gas stations will start to go dead one by one as no more is coming in til after the storm. it's really fascinating to watch... when your not in the way that is. theres allot more people living down here then previous years.
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Yeah I'm beginning to think people in Florida, at least ones in towns near the coasts, should strongly consider leaving before the weekend.
I'm in the Atlanta area. If anyone needs a place to go, I have room.
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I'm in the Atlanta area. If anyone needs a place to go, I have room.
Does that count if we aren't evacuating Florida and just want a vacation away from snow in January? Asking for a friend.
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once a tropical storm warning is announced, all the road taxes are lifted and it's a big rush for those that want to get out before the weather deteriorates.
I just saw a thing saying that all tolls in the state are suspended as of 5pm tonight. Which was 2 hours ago I guess, but I'm fashionably late like that.
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As Hurricane Irma looms, Miami-Dade to start evacuations Wednesday; Broward and Palm considering shelter plans - Sun Sentinel

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As Hurricane Irma threatens South Florida, Broward and Palm Beach County officials are mulling when to open shelters and order evacuations; Miami-Dade County will begin evacuations Wednesday.
The article goes on to note the current state of evacuation alerts for various counties.
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As Hurricane Irma looms, Miami-Dade to start evacuations Wednesday; Broward and Palm considering shelter plans - Sun Sentinel



The article goes on to note the current state of evacuation alerts for various counties.
Miami-Dade. Does that mean you, Cris?
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schools in miami and broward is closed thursday and friday.
I have nephews in Sebastian and heard their school is closed at least Thursday and Friday too.
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Whoah!

Not only is this thing topping records but they just showed a radar pic of it. A very well-formed eye so look for it to grow.
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I just saw a thing saying that all tolls in the state are suspended as of 5pm tonight. Which was 2 hours ago I guess, but I'm fashionably late like that.
I forget where i read it but it's estimated that to evacuate all of south Florida it would take 99 hours. 4+ days. honestly i expected another day before they do it. Seems they are definitely taking it seriously.
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This says the maximum rate for one lane of an interstate is 1900 vehicles per hour. The population of the whole state is 20 million. There are two interstates north of Orlando. If they are both six lane and both directions get routed north for 12 lanes you have -
12 lanes * 1900 per hour * 2 people per vehicle * 24 hours = just over a million people a day.

Maybe there's something wrong with my assumptions.

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There you go, with your science..

There is always some insane preacher or politician pointing that these hurricanes are some sort of message from God, usually because... the gay and stuff. I wish no one harm, but I can't help but kind of enjoy the irony of God smacking the two largest red states in the US with multiple hurricanes and I will not pass up a single opportunity to remind the few evangelicals that I know that God is really pissed at them over this whole "Trump thing". I bet your opinion on a government "handout" and socialism really changes when your car just sank and you are standing ass deep in filthy water in what was once your living room.
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This says the maximum rate for one lane of an interstate is 1900 vehicles per hour. The population of the whole state is 20 million. There are two interstates north of Orlando. If they are both six lane and both directions get routed north for 12 lanes you have -
12 lanes * 1900 per hour * 2 people per vehicle * 24 hours = just over a million people a day.

Maybe there's something wrong with my assumptions.

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Not trying to be cheeky, your assumptions are fine, but even the best math unfortunately goes to hell once the first vehicle runs out of gas, or breaks down, or an accident. Imagine how traffic grinds to a halt during a small accident in rush hour multiplied by this volume. I wouldn't be surprised if a quarter to half the lanes become bottle necked.
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Last I heard a few hours ago, Irma is now packing maximum sustained winds of 185 MPH, with wind gusts up to 225 MPH. This thing is a monster. Nobody should be trying to ride out this storm, but until the predicted storm track tightens up, it's kinda hard to know when to evacuate before it's too late to.

You guys living in the affected areas, please stay safe, and check in if possible.
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Not trying to be cheeky, your assumptions are fine, but even the best math unfortunately goes to hell once the first vehicle runs out of gas, or breaks down, or an accident. Imagine how traffic grinds to a halt during a small accident in rush hour multiplied by this volume. I wouldn't be surprised if a quarter to half the lanes become bottle necked.
That would just make my assumptions worse. As they are, there have to be more than 4 million people in South Florida when there's 20 million in the state.
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Colbert has his explanation. There is a thread on reddit that asks a burning question too.

Hurricane irma has been upgraded to category 5. Why dont we downgrade it to category 1 so that people dont get hurt?
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This thing is a monster. Those poor islands.
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