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Old 08-01-2020, 03:21 AM
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I love the sound of generators humming in the morning..and that fan blowing hot humid air on you as you try to sleep .. im a life long Floridian.. I got to say it’s getting old... at least the blazing hot summers and hurricanes Next question is where are all the dolphin hiding this year I hope they show up
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Old 08-01-2020, 05:50 AM
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My Honda 2000 is quiet and runs a 5K BTU window A/C and the cable. Block ice keeps the beer and meat cold. Anything cat 3 or over, I''m on my way to GA
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Old 08-01-2020, 07:14 AM
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Originally Posted by FishnDive View Post
......Anything cat 3 or over, I''m on my way to GA
I ran to GA once and the storm followed me LOL.
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Old 08-01-2020, 10:01 AM
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I have heard too many stories from friends who rode out a hurricane in their car. I am staying put. My grandfather may have had the worst one. He rode out one hurricane in the 50s, stuck on the Gandy Bridge. Fortunately for them, it was a glancing blow, not a direct hit but he still thought water was going to go over his car He said he thought he might have even been floating once. The cops didn't show up to clear the bridge until the storm had passed. He never evacuated after that.
Old 08-01-2020, 11:12 AM
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Originally Posted by gfretwell View Post
I have heard too many stories from friends who rode out a hurricane in their car. I am staying put. My grandfather may have had the worst one. He rode out one hurricane in the 50s, stuck on the Gandy Bridge. Fortunately for them, it was a glancing blow, not a direct hit but he still thought water was going to go over his car He said he thought he might have even been floating once. The cops didn't show up to clear the bridge until the storm had passed. He never evacuated after that.
You have to be pre-emptive and leave 2-days before the interstate becomes a parking lot and MAKE SURE you have hotel reservations, there will be no rooms available once an evacuation begins. I usually don't return until the power is back on if I have a choice. We're currently looking at a TS/Cat 1, that means I take in the patio furniture and make sure I have gas for the generator
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Irma made the weather goons look dumber than normal and the people that tried to leave or left weren't looking all that smart either.
Old 08-01-2020, 12:47 PM
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T/S low level Cat 1 won't even get me to bring in the trash cans unless it is going right over us. Right now it is sunny and warm in SW Fla. It looks like we might get a regular afternoon rain. There wasn't a cloud in the sky this morning.
Old 08-01-2020, 12:59 PM
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Irma was pretty exciting here. The eye went right over us at a cat 2 although I don't really think it was that strong. Power was out for 8 days, I lost some screen panels and I had lots of trees to cut up for the FEMA stick man but all things considered it wasn't horrible. I did take advantage of the free claw truck pickup to get rid of a huge Fichus tree that was always a source of trouble in these things.

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Old 08-01-2020, 04:52 PM
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Since 2005, I've spent far too many days in places other than home after hurricanes have past listening to generators to ever enjoy that sound...

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Aren't we a bunch of boaters here... The only issue I'd have is if the 1/16th of a mile to the ramp was blocked. Once the boat is back in the water I'm all set with water, shower, fridge, cooking and AC..
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Originally Posted by 4PetesSake View Post
Aren't we a bunch of boaters here... The only issue I'd have is if the 1/16th of a mile to the ramp was blocked. Once the boat is back in the water I'm all set with water, shower, fridge, cooking and AC..
If it is that bad you won't need the ramp, just swim out and disconnect it from the trailer.
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For us evacuating is a difficult thing to do - 8 horses on the property means a couple of trips to an evacuation barn if we went that route. So far we have stayed put, including Irma at Cat 2 when it came over. We were glad we made a good choice when buying our concrete block house with concrete block barn!

Today I'm doing some electrical work to make running off the generator even easier: transfer switches on the well and pool so we can connect to the genny and still have water, and keep the pool from turning into a frog pond. I'm also adding three external inlets to connect the generator to three separate outlets indoors: my generator will give me 20A to the utility room (beer fridge!), 30A to the kitchen and 20A to a spare bedroom which is small enough to cool easily with a portable AC unit kept in the closet. Should make power outages a breeze.

Very excited about the second generator coming this week too - went for a 5kW inverter and I'm keen to find out just how quiet and economically these run. That one will run the house, and the old, noisy one can flip between the well and pool as needed.

Worst case is we move into the horse trailer which is an RV at the front end. Can run that whole thing off a single 30A generator connection - that's what we used to do back in Alabama when the tornadoes nailed us on a regular basis.
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Guy next door used 55 gallons of gas running his gen during Irma. Trying to get gas down here before and during the storm was a big problem. BTW, I hate the sound and smell of these things running 24/7
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Try having a place in the Abacos right now.
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Gotta love the sound of a chop saw and progress months on end
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I used 40 gallons of gas and about 80 gallons of propane running a 5.5KW full time for 8-9 days after Irma.

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