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Old 10 October 2018, 10:57 PM
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I was surprised to see that no one had started a thread. This is the strongest storm on record to hit the Florida panhandle in over a century. I've been watching pictures on Twitter and Instagram all day, and the destruction is immense from Panama City to Mexico Beach and Port St. Joe.

(However, as always, there are no sharks swimming through the highways. )

This storm intensified so rapidly that even as of yesterday morning, my boss hadn't canceled her road trip vacation to Texas. She finally decided by the afternoon that I-10 might be too crowded or debris-filled to travel on.

I have friends in the area and all of them have reported that they're safe.
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Old 10 October 2018, 11:33 PM
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Glad to hear that you are safe. My Aunt and Uncle have a place in Mexico Beach although they live in Adel Georgia. Haven't heard from them yet although the radar looks like most of the storm will miss them.
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Old 10 October 2018, 11:49 PM
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Glad you're OK, Cervus.

Other people in Florida, snopesters and otherwise: try to stay safe!
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Old 11 October 2018, 12:26 AM
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Thanks for the concern, but I live 500 miles away on the opposite end of the state, and was never in any danger.

FYI, a long-time snopester named Spam-and-Cookies, who lives in the panhandle, is safe too.
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Old 11 October 2018, 04:00 AM
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Thanks for that, Cervus. Stay safe. In Atlanta we are having soaking rain but not high winds - yet.
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Old 11 October 2018, 02:55 PM
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I, too, wondered about the lack of a thread, Cervus. I saw it as more evidence of the shifts I have seen in this community over the past few years.

My son lives in Atlanta, at least for a couple more weeks, and they had a tornado alert over the loudspeakers during the lunch hour yesterday. The company suggested employees take refuge in the stairwells. He did not participate in the general panic and enjoyed his "me" time. Guess that's the Florida boy in him. No tornadic activity followed the alert.

Several of his employees asked if her was worried about his parents. Nope.

We had breezy conditions with on and off again rain. Big waves at the beaches with some flooding. Today the weather is worse as Michael's "tail" drags across the state.
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Old 11 October 2018, 03:20 PM
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Thanks, Cervus, for letting us know that Spam & Cookies is okay.

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Old 11 October 2018, 06:07 PM
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(However, as always, there are no sharks swimming through the highways. )
That's because there's no such thing as a Sharkicane.
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Old 11 October 2018, 06:31 PM
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*sings*
Michael blow the boat ashore. Hallelujah!
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Old 12 October 2018, 02:48 PM
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I, too, wondered about the lack of a thread, Cervus. I saw it as more evidence of the shifts I have seen in this community over the past few years.
I think I was waiting for someone in Florida to start it. Maybe I shouldn't have.
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Old 13 October 2018, 10:04 PM
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On a somewhat relate not, last year after certain natural disasters, including hurricanes Harvey and Maria, my employer set up a website where employees could donate to relief organizations and the company would make a matching donation. This year they didn't do that after Florence and Michael. Obviously I can still go and donate to the Red Cross on my own if I want to, but it would be nice if the company would match my donation. I don't know if if management just didn't consider this year's hurricanes as serious as last year's, or if they just cheaped out this year and didn't they didn't want to do matching donations anymore.
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Old 14 October 2018, 12:35 AM
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Third possibility, WildaBeast, though somehat related to your second: maybe they're beginning to think that there are going to be a whole lot of disastrous storms, and they don't want to keep doing what they originally thought of as something that was only going to come up every few years.
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Old 14 October 2018, 02:37 AM
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Glad to hear that you are safe. My Aunt and Uncle have a place in Mexico Beach although they live in Adel Georgia. Haven't heard from them yet although the radar looks like most of the storm will miss them.
Still haven't heard from any of my several relatives in the area. I also haven't seen any of their names in the news. So, no news is good news.
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Old 14 October 2018, 03:28 AM
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That must be kind of unnerving, though, RichardM. Are you usually in much contact with them? Do you have a way to reach them that's probably functional and not too disruptive?
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Old 15 October 2018, 02:42 AM
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Well, I missed an email from my SIL on Thursday. She got a text from one of our cousins that all were well. Finally saw another email today that they had been to Mexico Beach today. The houses were sort of still standing although there had been water to within a foot of the ceiling. I'm not a particular religious person but still, Thank God.
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Old 15 October 2018, 03:11 AM
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Whew. At least the people are OK.

Thanks for updating!
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Old 15 October 2018, 03:27 PM
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Obviously I can still go and donate to the Red Cross on my own if I want to, but it would be nice if the company would match my donation.
My employer sometimes has special pages for things like hurricanes, but anytime you make a donation to charity, you can ask for a match. If it's something no one's asked about before, they will evaluate it and may or may not agree to match. If it's something common (like the Salvation Army), you just tell them that and they will match. You can do this up to a certain number--whether donations or dollars, I don't remember--each year.

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Old 16 October 2018, 12:56 AM
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Cousin sent our an email today explaining that the house that had had water up to almost the ceiling while mostly intact, it was now sitting on their neighbors lot, brick walls and all.
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Old 16 October 2018, 01:02 AM
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My employer sometimes has special pages for things like hurricanes, but anytime you make a donation to charity, you can ask for a match.
I looked into it further and it seems like my employer only does matching gifts for educational institutions, not all charities in general, unless they decide to do something special for things like natural disasters.
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