We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"Nature is ever at work building and pulling down, creating and destroying, keeping everything whirling and flowing, allowing no rest but in rhythmical motion, chasing everything in endless song out of one beautiful form into another."
I'm in -- if you can believe it -- Nebraska! No tidal flood worries here, you can bet. I have, however, been in email contact with my buds in the Keys, and most have headed for the hills. Those who are staying on their boats have played out lots of room in the dock lines, because -- unlike houses -- boats can float. While I never went through a hurricane, I went through a couple of brutal tropical storms, and while the boat rocked 'n' rolled quite a bit, it wasn't any big deal. It has to do with placement. The idea is to place your computer chair in the middle of the boat, facing forwards. That way, the rocking is reduced to a minimum. And, since most larger boats have a generator on board, even if the power goes out, it's no big deal.
My heart and feelings go out to the Keys, though. Whatever happens over the weekend, it won't be pretty.
For a great GIF showing how even Hurricane Andrew, the last Category 5 hurricane to hit Florida, paled in comparison to Irma, check out this site, about a third the way down the page:
I remember stepping outside here in Tampa when Andrew went by Miami and nothing but blue sky.
That's not gonna happen this time. It's coming straight up the state. We'll see what happens, was encouraged to see the pics of lots of utility trucks waiting for the storm to pass and restore power. Lots has been learned since Andrew. I'm not sure which is worse the wind or the flooding of Harvey.
The 11 pm has the track moved west over the Keys and possibly with the eye staying offshore along the west coast of Florida for a good while which means it can keep up its strength. Could be very, very bad for anyone foolish enough to stay in the Keys. I'd expect road traffic won't be going there for quite some time.