questionsanybody else worried about isaac?

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I'm not personally worried about it, but I am concerned for our community members who live there. Be safe, guys and gals!

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Not really. I live in Mobile County (AL) and we're supposed to be in the target zone though on the western side.

Hurricanes are just a bunch of wind...kinda like my brother-in-law.

I'll keep checking in as long as the power and the net are up.

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I live in the panhandle of Florida right on the beach, and we are directly in the middle of the projected cone for Tuesday. It's now estimated to be a cat 2 during landfall, which still isn't a monstrously huge storm (thank you media), but it will still cause some localized flooding with the surge. I'm expecting to get evacuated on Monday night.

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seems like a pretty typical tropical storm to me.

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We are scheduled to fly from Central Florida to Atlanta then overseas on Wednesday afternoon. Arggh, stupid Hurricane, I sure hope it doesn't interfere with the flights. So, yes, I am concerned about the hurricane.

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Central Florida (Orlando area) checking in. Don't mean to disrespect the weather forcasters, but they're acting like Chicken Little at the moment. And seem to be working very hard to justify their jobs.

Isaac is a Tropical Storm. May become a Cat.1 Hurricane late Sunday or Monday. To me, it's just a storm. Rain & winds of 30+mph expected here. Normal summer storm. We have them often. Will be watching how it tracks; if it moves inland I'll change my tune as I did during Hurricane Charley.

Thanks for asking! :-D

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I'm in So Cal. What's a hurricane? :P

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@kylemittskus: Like an earthquake, but different. ;-)

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I was more worried about Gopher or Julie the Cruise Director than Isaac.

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I wouldn't mind if it would swing farther west. Then we might get some rain from it here in DFW and, in August, we can always use rain.

But hope everyone in the path stays safe.

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They are forcasting busting up some of the mild drought seen north of the Gulf.

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@gmwhit: They've been overstating the potential impact of tropical storms and hurricanes since Katrina.

Note: It isn't my intent to downplay the importance of being aware and staying safe. I hope everybody stays that way, and I hope nobody's BoC gets washed away in the event the mail keeps moving after you're evacuated :D

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@gt0163c: Had a little (key word: little) rain today in Austin. Not a drought-buster, but we've had rain at least once a week since mid-July. I actually had to hike up to the gas station and fill the mower can so I could satisfy my picky-a$$ neighbors by scalping my weeds. Er. Lawn.

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@mistamoose: Ahhhhh! You're right about that. I always liked that bartender's smile & happy attitude.

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@jsimsace: -/ Mil? Misanthropic Iconoclastic Lady? Thank you for your concern, my dear. Of course, if you really cared you'd buy me a 1st class airline ticket to Italy or Spain. I'd be SO much safer there. You would have no need to fret & worry about me. :-D

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@gmwhit: Check your Paypal account. ;)

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@aphroat: Actually, in Florida, the hurricane panic began in 1992 when Andrew plowed into the Miami area. Understandable. It was catastrophic. After that every storm that normally occurs became a possible monster. It has escalated since then.

Hurricane Charley came through Central Florida in 2004. (Katrina was in 2005.) Never been so frightened in my life. It was very destructive, though as far as I know, no one lost their life. Fallen trees caused most physical damage on houses. Power was out at my house for almost 7 days.

I do not take hurricanes lightly. Do think that the weather people are over-dramatizing everything. Tropical Storm Isaac will likely become a hurricane, Cat 1, late Sun. night or Mon. Landfall is predicted to be in the FL panhandle as a possible Cat. 2. All of this is highly speculative now. No matter where the storm goes in the Gulf, we will have winds & rain. As I said before - this is normal for this time of year.

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@jsimsace: And like a complete fool...I did. The glass is half-full, optimistic?? NO, the "i" in Mil clearly should stand for idiotic. :-|

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@aphroat: Not really. Tropical Storm Debbie was deeply underestimated, and parts of North Florida still have streets that are underwater. FEMA is still here taking emergency applications for financial assistance. and many, many people lost most or all of what they owned.

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@wilfbrim: I'm in Northeast Florida, and it looks as if the latest forecast indicates we'll likely get nothing more than some heavy rain. Be of good cheer, and stay in touch as things progress!

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@jazcat: u may be better off renting a car and driving ti Atlanta

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I'm in Ohio so not worried for myself, but do feel sympathy for those in the path. But I think weathermen (here, too) have been running amok for the past few years. I have one TV station where the guy is reasonable and not grabbing headlines and doesn't act like we're all going to die because the wind is blowing and it's raining. He also doesn't insist on taking over regularly scheduled programming when the storm is past and a hundred miles away so he can have his face on the screen that much longer.

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I am in Tampa, and this is just more of the same. I am actually ignoring it, and have no plans to change my work-school-home for 3 hours-work schedule.

I do find it odd that just when the RNC comes down, a hurricane tries to wipe us off the map... I bet it is Bush again, sending another hurricane at people who don't like him. :p
In all seriousness though, the old people in Sun City have already taken every battery, water bottle, and piece of ply-wood from all the stores which gives me a good laugh, but all that preparation means nothing. Really, just make sure the electronics are charged, animals are in, and Florida will coast through another hurricane and ask the rest of the country, "What? What's wrong? Something going on?" when they stare at us in dumbfounded disbelief, again.

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The forecast track keeps sliding West, putting East-Central Mississippi in play. Not fun. 50-60 mph winds & heavy rains means a Mess.

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Yeah, but there is good coming with this storm as well. Many states that are about to be hit seriously need water, which will be coming. So bad for the people who get hit, sort of, but good for the actual environment. Florida needs water, that is for sure, and many other states in the country right now.

So, you know, bright side and all that.. and that is my one optimistic thought of the week. Back to normal.

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I live just west of New Orleans and the latest computer models (Sun. 4 am.) have shifted west and put La. as a possible point for landfall, so it's time to keep an eye on this on. A CAT. 1 or 2 storm can be bad for M.H. and trailers and some street flooding but, if the C.O.E. has done their job (haha) it won't be too bad.

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Central Florida also. Since the weathermen can't whip up some hurricane panic, Tom Terry's moved on to tornado terror. But, that's what I worry about. Tornadoes. We've got a storm room, the house wired to a generator & plenty of supplies. All set here.

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Even though the winds (right now) aren't predicted to be horrible, storm surge will be significant 2-5 feet). Since the hurricanes of the 2004 and 2005 seasons it seemed to be that Floridians in particular were becoming increasingly complacent. After Ivan I had the fear of God in me: 30 gallons of gas for the generator, 15 gallons (min) of water, a couple of boxes of MREs, as well as canned food. And at least one full bottle of propane. Oh, and I never let the gas gauge get lower than half a tank.

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Hurricane Charley (the 1 I experienced) was a Cat. 4 before landfall. From wiki: "Charley weakened considerably due to its passage over land, but still retained sustained winds of about 85 mph as it passed directly over Orlando between 8:20 and 9:40 p.m. on August 13, gusts of up to 106 mph were recorded at Orlando International Airport."

I am not complacent, but am watchful. Tropical Storm Isaac is not a hurricane yet. Winds have lessened; are at 60mph now. Key West is experiencing a "storm", not even getting the brunt of it. Other parts of Florida, such as Miami, are getting higher winds & rains - the outer bands of the storm. The path of the storm has moved west in the Gulf, away from FL's west coast. The TS may turn into a Cat.1 hurricane Monday AM w/winds at 75. Could progress to a Cat.2 w/landfall now somewhere between the FL panhandle & New Orleans.

For those in the path of this storm, please take care. And as the weather forcasters like to say: Hunker down. Be safe!

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@klutzyruth: "... Since the weathermen can't whip up some hurricane panic, Tom Terry's moved on to tornado terror." :-D SO true!!