Hurricane Frances?

Old Sep 1st, 2004, 05:31 AM
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I check on (weather underground) from time to time. They do a probabability chart. Ft. Myers and Marco went from a 9% to a 14% overnight.
This storm is scary and unlike Charley is not at all concentrated. I think it's going to affect a wide area, regardless of where the eye hits.
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Old Sep 1st, 2004, 05:48 AM
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Yes Patrick, they're saying winds from Charley extended 20 miles, whereas winds from Frances are 80 miles wide...
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Old Sep 1st, 2004, 06:00 AM
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Judy...Did we "talk" last week?? LOL

Patrick, is my favorite tracking site as well. You can look at it from every angle imagineable: Tracking maps, 5 day forecast map, Public Advisory, discussion, marine forecasts, strike probability maps, computer models, satellite photos etc. The shifts last night and today are disconcerting although everyone stresses that it can go anywhere (as we well know). Still...there seems to be a trend, further and further south, and it's a huge storm. For anyone interested in tracking on that site, click the "tropical" link on their homepage--from there it's easy to navigate.

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I am thinking and praying for all of you who are in Florida and along the coasts.

Go Travel-I am glad you survived Gaston. I was worried when you did not post for awhile! Glad you checked in...
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This season has been crazy. We've been hit by Alex, Charlie, and Gaston so far (to some degree) and we won't escape Frances no matter where it hits.

I love living on the beach but at times it takes its toll.
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And here it comes....Bahamasair cancelling flights to/from Florida as of tomorrow; US Airways "allowing" itinerary changes for flights to/from Bahamas...I do hope we aren't going to be treated to any of those, "Oh, we've never left before and we aren't going to now," tragedies...but suppose they are inevitable....sigh!
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Schools in Jacksonville are closed on Friday and stores are about out of generators and plywood.
We just got back from a day in Winter Park (what a pretty town!) and visiting the Morse Museum of Art. If you like Tiffany, go! It is amazing.
So here we are, not in a flood zone, no windows boarded up, and told to sit tight, sometimes one is safer at home.
My daughter is closer to the River, she will be evacuated, so she will bring her two greyhounds and cat to my house-
Pup will look forward to the next hurricane if he thinks his friends get to sleep over every time.
I guess unless someone tells us differently, we are staying put.
Send those Positive thoughts this way- keeping my tall trees off my house
Good luck to all of you..
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Old Sep 1st, 2004, 02:54 PM
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Winter Park supposedly was hit hard by Hurricane Charley. Lots of trees down in the residential neighborhood. The Morse Gallery is wonderful -- did you see the art center that's on the lake there? That's a trip.
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Winter Park was hit pretty hard. There were trees and debris from fallen trees on every corner, a house here and there with tarp covered roof ,, the lady that owns the Caswell and Massey store said that some people just got back their electricity. She plans on sleeping in a small room in the back of her store during Frances.
The Museum was so wonderful, I look forward to going back. I asked one of the guards about their Hurricane preparedness. They will lock it down tomorrow. The guards will sleep there throughout the storm. There are no windows opening into the museum itself. It is solidly built to withstand storms.
The Yankee has now gotten into the habit of telling me not to worry, he has a feeling it will not hit us (Jax ) very hard...bless his heart.
From his mouth ~
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I've not been in the museum since it moved to its present building, which has been years. It is a gorgeous collection though, isn't it? Imagine all those glass windows in his home, mmmmm? Or better yet, in yours!

Winter Park was one of Florida's first tourist towns circa 1880. The train stopped in Sanford and many Yankees brought their own sleeping trains down, which were furnished quite elaborately. And after 1900 they came by car. It had quite a heyday.

Scarlett, if you have to evacuate consider a trip to the Park Plaza Hotel. They are the lovely ones on the main drag (Fairbanks?) that have the balconies with hanging plants. The rooms are quaint but with AC and all amenities. Too bad the restaurant is not any better.
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