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FDP Forum / Moe's Tavern (_8^(I) / Friends rode out Irma on St. Thomas.

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Clawhammer Rules!
Sep 23rd, 2017 01:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Last night was our first chance to talk since they got back. Wow, scary story. They own a condo in a newer steel and concrete building with "hurricane proof" glass. Well, the glass held, and that was good, but the roof was ripped off of the entire building so all floors were flooded. The water was raining down from the ceiling all night. The roaring lasted for hours and did a major number on everyone's nerves with some coming close to "losing it". At times the pressure was hurting ears and causing intense headaches, some said they felt their heads would explode. They tried getting drunk but the storm lasted longer than their liquor supply. They said that at the worst of it you could not walk across the floor without falling down because the entire building was swaying from the wind. But they were lucky, as most on the island were not in new steel and concrete with reinforced glass windows, and some fared far worse. The next day they could not find one single leaf left on the formerly lush island, every tree and bush was stripped bare. All in all it sounds like hell!

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A Friend of Bill W.
Sep 23rd, 2017 02:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I can't even imagine, they sound like the lucky ones though, I'm glad they survived.

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Who's we sucka?

Smith, Wesson and me.
Sep 24th, 2017 10:10 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

",,the storm lasted longer than their liquor supply."

They'll not make that mistake again. :P

We considered driving north until we were way out of FL but decided against it as the thought of being stranded in our vehicle with no gas was pretty scary.

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North Gnarlyington

Sep 24th, 2017 12:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Terrifying story. They're lucky in that they can leave; pity the locals who are now living in a shattered place with the main source of revenue, tourism, dead.

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Sep 24th, 2017 12:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That's unimaginable.

My BIL's FIL place on Marathon Key is a total loss.

That Irma was Beeyotch.


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Sep 24th, 2017 12:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The inside is in total shambles




Say what one more time!
Sep 25th, 2017 08:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I was in the Air Force stationed on Okinawa for 3 years and went through enough typhoons to know that I would never live on the coast, or own a vacation property on the coast. Just about everything on Okinawa is built to be storm proof but something always gets destroyed. They also have sea walls where needed to deal with the storm surge. I hope it all works out for anyone in the path of those storms.

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