For anyone that's concerned about Hurricane Charlie hitting Florida so far we're doing just fine. If anything they are estimating that it will come up the center of Fl which is still about 1 1/2 hours away from me but this doesn't mean we won't get some of the side effects. Tonight they are expecting anywhere between 50-70 mph winds through here....what does that do to me? Well unfortunately it means they will be shutting down the bridges...including the Buckman Bridge which is my path to and from work. I've already made arrangements for my son to go to a neighbor's house just if it closes before I'm able to get home. I myself have somewhere to crash if I get stuck on the other side as well. My supervisor will be keeping a close ear on the news for the few of us on this side of town too so he'll know when and if to send us home early.
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Hopefully my plans won't have to go into effect. This is actually the first time in the past 10 years that I've lived here that Jacksonville has actually been worried about one of these....mainly because one hasn't come this close and still this powerful since the early 60's....this is why people here shrug off these things.
Mom if your worried....don't. We've got things planned for the situations and we'll be fine. And please....Turn off the Weather Channel.....as we learned with Hurricane Dannie 5 years ago...it does NOT give accurate up to the hour information.
As for school....Fire is loving it so far....he's run into a few friends and claims that the girls have staring problems....(I accused him of picking his nose when they were staring but he denied that one). I don't have any additional supplies I need to get him for Automotive Technology but I'm sure I will have that list shortly.
Well have to get ready for work....I'll update later to let my mom know I got home ok.
Ok if anyone talks to Madeline (from WIKTT chat) find out how she's doing and if they're doing ok and please let me know....she's from Tampa and closer to where it'll touch land.
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This storm really needs to make up it's mind on what it's gonna do here.....
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This morning they were stating that it'd go up the middle of the state and we'd get the inside tail of it.....bridges closing between 1600-1800....
Around 1000 "Be where you have to before 1800 because the bridges will close." (shit..."hey Butt Picker, can I leave at 1630 since my son is home by himself?"..."No, you'll stay until 1700...we'll have someone else do the overhead phones until 1800" (oh how very kind of them since that is something I volunteer for anyway...bastard))
Around 1200 "The hurricane is now a catagory 4 and the eye of the storm is going to cross directly over Jacksonville" (glare at Butt Picker when he walks by...but wait...he's leaving at 1230 so won't do a damn bit of good)....co-worker is panicking....grrrrr no good
1600...waiting patiently....tapping foot...ready to start slamming head against desk again if co-workers don't stop with this....maybe need to get her drunk but afraid it'll get worse once she is....damn....Amberfire calls....coming straight for us...live in trailer..."can we come and crash at your place?"..."Sure do you really think you need to ask???"....should have asked her if she was bringing her mother-in-law too...damn....thats 6 additional people in this house for the weekend...ACK!
1630....GOOD NEWS....It's turned again....looks as if it's going south of St Augie....but as far as I know Amberfire and family are still coming over.
Right now...it's dropped down to 73 degrees (was 94 this morning)...winds rushing past the house and tons of rain but no lightening as of yet so, so far so good.
More news is we also got hit from a Tropical Storm along the eastern coast and downtown flooded out.....
Haha...and they laugh at those of us who live on the west side of town....the shelters on this side here are gonna be packed tonight.
Has anyone heard from Maddy and know if they evacuated or stayed behind to stand it out?....guess I may find out if I still have power tomorrow and can be in the chat....
Oh shit...they're now starting to do voluntary evacuations in SC...
Anyways...that's the news...so far so good and I aint goin anywhere unless they come and take me away....I've done tornado's...earthquakes...fires racing down mountain range toward my home...now this....about damn time.