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'Nuclear' hurricane strikes FL Print E-mail
Written by Jeffrey Herschler   
Monday, 11 September 2017 00:00

Hurricane Irma devastated the entire Florida peninsula. After flirting with the Cuban coast, the powerful Category 4 storm struck the Florida Keys Sunday morning. It made a second landfall at Marco Island (as a category 3) and tore up the west side of the peninsula. As bad as it was, it could have been a lot worse. The lengthy tango with Cuba combined with some unanticipated wind shear weakened the storm. Despite the westward track, South Florida and the entire east cost of the state suffered extensive wind damage and storm surge. The storm passed east of Tampa sparing that city a catastrophic hit. The worst hit areas in the Keys and SW Florida will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.
 
As the storm approached Thursday, the bullseye was squarely on S. Florida. After a spirited debate, the FHIcommunications team decided to re-locate to Sarasota. After two nervous days there listening to revised forecasts predicting a west coat hit, the FHI team evacuated again to Daytona. In the end, there was no way to outrun the storm!
 
Today in Daytona there is no power, no gasoline and as I complete this post Monday afternoon, the power on my iPhone is critically low. We are ok though. Our thoughts and prayers are with our fellow Floridians as we start the recovery. 
 
Last Updated on Monday, 18 September 2017 17:09
 


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