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    Julian Glover‏Verified account @JulianGloverTV

    Grocery run pre-Irma is getting intense. Friend in Miami just sent me this pic. Checkout lines are snaked thru isles, already out of water



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    Christal Hayes‏Verified account @Journo_Christal 3m3 minutes ago

    Christal Hayes Retweeted Taylor Trogdon

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    I am at a complete and utter loss for words looking at Irma's appearance on satellite imagery.
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    there was some huge storm in the gulf of mexico back in the 80's iirc. it was a Cat 5 and the storm clouds filled the entire gulf below the Texas coast all the way to the Yucatan Peninsula. it actually eventually lost power and wasn't a huge threat to anyone. I keep hoping somehow this will happen to Irma.

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    Quote Originally Posted by juliekan View Post
    there was some huge storm in the gulf of mexico back in the 80's iirc. it was a Cat 5 and the storm clouds filled the entire gulf below the Texas coast all the way to the Yucatan Peninsula. it actually eventually lost power and wasn't a huge threat to anyone. I keep hoping somehow this will happen to Irma.
    Wow, I remember that and thanks for reminding me. That does give some hope. Could happen again.

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    Long, but an important read.

    Some advice....
    This is important stuff.....
    All weekend you're going to turn on the TV and see a weather person pointing to some radar blob out in the Atlantic and making two basic meteorological points:
    (1) There is no need to panic.
    (2) We could all be killed.
    Yes, hurricane season is an exciting time to be in South Carolina. If you're new to the area, you're probably wondering what you need to do to prepare for the possibility that we'll get hit by "the big one."
    Based on experience, we recommend that you follow this simple three-step hurricane preparedness plan:
    STEP 1. Buy enough food, beer, and bottled water to last your family for at least three days.
    STEP 2. Put these supplies into your car.
    STEP 3. Drive to Nebraska and remain there until Halloween.
    Unfortunately, statistics show that most people will not follow this sensible plan. Most people will foolishly stay here in South Carolina.
    We'll start with one of the most important hurricane preparedness items:
    HOMEOWNERS' INSURANCE: If you own a home, you must have hurricane insurance.
    Fortunately, this insurance is cheap and easy to get, as long as your home meets two basic requirements:
    (1) It is reasonably well-built, and
    (2) It is located in Nebraska.
    Unfortunately, if your home is located in South Carolina, or any other area that might actually be hit by a hurricane, most insurance companies would prefer not to sell you hurricane insurance, because then they might be required to pay YOU money, and that is certainly not why they got into the insurance business in the first place. So you'll have to scrounge around for an insurance company, which will charge you an annual premium roughly equal to the replacement value of your house. At any moment, this company can drop you like used dental floss. Since Hurricane Hugo, I have had an estimated 27 different home-insurance companies.
    This week, I'm covered by the Large Bob and Big Stan Insurance Company, under a policy which states that, in addition to my premium, Large Bob and Big Stan are entitled, on demand, to my kidneys.
    SHUTTERS: Your house should have hurricane shutters on all the windows, all the doors, and -- if it's a major hurricane -- all the toilets. There are several types of shutters, with advantages and disadvantages:
    Plywood shutters: The advantage is that, because you make them yourself, they're cheap. The disadvantage is that, because you make them yourself, they will fall off.
    Sheet-metal shutters: The advantage is that these work well, once you get them all up. The disadvantage is that once you get them all up, your hands will be useless bleeding stumps, and it will be December.
    Roll-down shutters: The advantages are that they're very easy to use, and will definitely protect your house. The disadvantage is that you will have to sell your house to pay for them.
    Hurricane-proof windows: These are the newest wrinkle in hurricane protection: They look like ordinary windows, but they can withstand hurricane winds! You can be sure of this, because the salesman says so. He lives in Nebraska.
    Hurricane Proofing Your Property: As the hurricane approaches, check your yard for movable objects like barbecue grills, planters, patio furniture, visiting relatives, etc.. You should, as a precaution, throw these items into your swimming pool (if you don't have a swimming pool, you should have one built immediately). Otherwise, the hurricane winds will turn these objects into deadly missiles.
    EVACUATION ROUTE: If you live in a low-lying area, you should have an evacuation route planned out. (To determine whether you live in a low-lying area, look at your driver's license; if it says "South Carolina" you live in a low-lying area.) The purpose of having an evacuation route is to avoid being trapped in your home when a major storm hits.
    Instead, you will be trapped in a gigantic traffic jam several miles from your home, along with two hundred thousand other evacuees. So, as a bonus, you will not be lonely.
    HURRICANE SUPPLIES: If you don't evacuate, you will need a mess of supplies.
    Do not buy them now! South Carolina tradition requires that you wait until the last possible minute, then go to the supermarket and get into vicious fights with strangers over who gets the last can of SPAM.
    In addition to food and water, you will need the following supplies:
    23 flashlights and at least $167 worth of batteries that turn out, when the power goes off, to be the wrong size for the flashlights.
    Bleach. (No, I don't know what the bleach is for. NOBODY knows what the bleach is for, but it's traditional, so GET some!)
    A 55-gallon drum of underarm deodorant.
    A big knife that you can strap to your leg. (This will be useless in a hurricane, but it looks cool.)
    A large quantity of raw chicken, to placate the alligators. (Ask anybody who went through Hugo. After the hurricane, there WILL be irate alligators.)
    $35,000 in cash or diamonds so that, after the hurricane passes, you can buy a generator from a man with no discernible teeth.
    Of course these are just basic precautions. As the hurricane draws near, it is vitally important that you keep abreast of the situation by turning on your television and watching TV reporters in rain slickers stand right next to the ocean and tell you over and over how vitally important it is for everybody to stay away from the ocean.
    Good luck, and remember: It's great living in Paradise!!!
    Now Giddy Up

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    BNL*@BreakingNLive·1h

    BREAKING NEWS: Hurricane Irma has destroyed the Island of Saint Martin. #Irma
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    Quote Originally Posted by mykittysmama View Post
    BNL*@BreakingNLive·1h

    BREAKING NEWS: Hurricane Irma has destroyed the Island of Saint Martin. #Irma
    omg.........

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    just read that Richard Branson is at Necker Island and is intending to stay...

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    〽️/\TT‏ @WhitterMatthew 3h3 hours ago
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    All radio communications from St Maarten are now down...let's hope and pray for them �� #Irma

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    I am on my phone and can't post pics but it's just awful.
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    Ken Weathers**@lucky13wxman·50m

    8am 9/6/17- Leeward Islands getting hit hard by #Irma this morning. Maximum sustained winds still at 185mph
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    Michael Lowry*@MichaelRLowry·10m

    The eye of #Irma coming into view on San Juan radar. A very long day in store for folks in the islands. #PuertoRico #USVI
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    tweets are coming fast and furious:

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    Angus McNeill Peel‏ @AMcNeillPeel 3m3 minutes ago
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    Angus McNeill Peel Retweeted Ari Sarsalari
    Quite worrying to see silence of people tweeting from St Martin- reports even the strongest buildings on island have been flattened #Irma

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    Irma's eye passed over Barbuda around 1:47 a.m., the National Weather Service said. Residents said over local radio that phone lines went down. Heavy rain and howling winds raked the neighboring island of Antigua, sending debris flying as people huddled in their homes or government shelters.

    Irma ripped the roof off Barbuda's police station, forcing officers to seek refuge in the nearby fire station and at the community center that served as an official shelter. The storm also knocked out communication between islands. Midcie Francis, of the National Office of Disaster Services confirmed there was damage to several homes, but said it was too early to do tally or assess the extent of the damage.

    Foreign Affairs Minister Charles Fernandez, who has temporary oversight for Disaster Management, told The Associated Press via text that the northern end of island was hit hard by the storm. He didn't elaborate on the extent of damage.
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    The eye is 25 miles wide. The entire storm is about 400 miles wide. Just massive. @FOX13News @DaveOFox13
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    seth borenstein*@borenbears·13h

    I've been covering hurricanes & storm science for > 25 years & I have never seen anything liked #IrmaHurricane (link: [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]) apnews.com/1eab622061084a…
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    NASA SPoRT*@NASA_SPoRT·1h

    Saint-Martin and Anguilla appear to have taken a direct hit by cat 5 Hurricane #Irma. #GOES16
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    Chris Vickers*@ChrisWTOL·24m

    Direct #Irma hit expected to the British and US Virgin Islands. Here is another LIVE Cam.

    Soggy Dollar Bar LIVE HD webcam

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    .@FLGovScott on #HurricaneIrma: "I cannot stress this enough, do not ignore evacuation orders." (link: [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]) fxn.ws/2j2CiWu
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    Christal Hayes*@Journo_Christal·4m

    Gov. Rick Scott giving updates on Hurricane Irma: Mandatory evacuations in Florida Keys will go into effect tonight
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    Florida governor: Hurricane #Irma is "bigger, faster and stronger than Hurricane Andrew" [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

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    Just horrible, praying for everyone in the path of Irma.
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    The pics coming in from Saint Martin are just heartbreaking
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    Florida Times-Union*@jaxdotcom·6m

    Follow our live blog for more updates on #HurricaneIrma. (link: [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]) jaxne.ws/IrmaBlog
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    I can't keep up with the tweets.

    but Al Roker is mighty pissed off at Rush Limbaugh.

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    Replying to @DevonHeinen
    #BREAKING
    South Carolina's governor has declared a state emergency ahead of potential #HurricaneIrma impact.

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    If you go to a shelter for #Irma and you have a warrant, we'll gladly escort you to the safe and secure shelter called the Polk County Jail

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    Stay safe everyone that is in the path of Irma looks like it has moved to panhandle of FLORIDA I have a lot of friends in Florida hope they are safe worried about my Friend Glow hope she is safe!!

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    Hurricane Irma: Eight things to know about Category 5 storms
    Compiled by Graham Brink and Kathryn Varn, Times Staff Writers
    Wednesday, September 6, 2017 3:19pm

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    THE LATEST ON IRMA Wednesday: As Hurricane Irma tracks east, Puerto Rico could get next strike
    Irma has already raked over the northern Leeward Islands, ripping roofs off buildings and knocking out communication. The powerful storm, packing maximum winds of 185 mph, doesn't show signs of weakening as it chugs west toward Florida.
    Here's everything you need to know about Category 5 storms:
    • Since 1924, there have been 32 storms that formed in the Atlantic Basin, including the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, that strengthened into Category 5 hurricanes at some point during their lives. That now includes Irma. A few other famous Category 5s from recent memory: Hugo in 1989, Ivan in 2004, Katrina in 2005, Felix in 2007 and Matthew last year
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    • Every Category 5 storm eventually struck land. But it's exceptionally rare for a hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. as a Category 5. In fact, only three have ever done it: the "Labor Day" storm that slammed into the Florida Keys in 1935; Hurricane Camille, which devastated the Mississippi coast in 1969; and Hurricane Andrew, which rolled over South Florida in 1992.

    Since 1924, there have been 32 storms that formed in the Atlantic Basin, including the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, that strengthened into Category 5 hurricanes at some point during their lives. That now includes Irma. A few other famous Category 5s from recent memory: Hugo in 1989, Ivan in 2004, Katrina in 2005, Felix in 2007 and Matthew last year.
    • Every Category 5 storm eventually struck land. But it's exceptionally rare for a hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. as a Category 5. In fact, only three have ever done it: the "Labor Day" storm that slammed into the Florida Keys in 1935; Hurricane Camille, which devastated the Mississippi coast in 1969; and Hurricane Andrew, which rolled over South Florida in 1992

    Category 5 storms include sustained winds of at least 157 mph measured 33 feet from the ground. Winds that powerful can destroy homes and topple power poles. In 2004, Tampa Bay Times reporters observed Hurricane Charley strip the paint off of a car. And Charley was only a Category 4.
    • Irma's sustained winds have topped more than 180 mph. That's not twice as powerful as 90 mph winds. Why? Wind power is exponential. Think of it this way: A storm with 180 mph wind speeds could easily cause more than twice as much damage as a Category 4 storm packing 135 mph winds.
    • Most Atlantic seasons don't have any Category 5 storms. In 2005, four storms — Emily, Katrina, Rita and Wilma — reached that status, the most of any year. When they do form, September is the most active month with 17 storms.

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