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Old 10-04-2016, 11:07 AM   #1
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Hurricane Matthew

I live in South Florida and have been preparing all morning.

Here's a list of things to do to prepare that I came across.

Take the storm seriously. Prepare!
Cash Have some available. Banks might be closed.
Water Seven gallons per person.
Generators. Prepare now, buy gas and run your generator before the storm.
Canned food fruit vegetables.
Flashlights and spare batteries.
Portable cooler with ice.
B.B.Q grill ready to go. Propane tank filled.
First aid kit.
Young children Formula-food-medications.
Back up your computer on a flash drive.
Charge your IPads and IPhones.
Toilet paper.
Fill your bath tubs up for toilet flushing.
Trash Bags.
Chain saw ready to go.
Remove deck furniture, pots, anything that can be a missile.
Secure your garage door.
Neighbor help Neighbor.

Hope everyone stays safe.

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Old 10-04-2016, 11:13 AM   #2
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Stay safe Cliff,hope all goes well this is a bad storm
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Old 10-04-2016, 11:47 AM   #3
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We're right outside the current FL Keys warning area (Big Pine Key) but we'll be preparing anyway.

If you need to go south to escape, let me know!
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Old 10-04-2016, 11:55 AM   #4
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We're right outside the current FL Keys warning area (Big Pine Key) but we'll be preparing anyway.



If you need to go south to escape, let me know!

We are currently squatting at Fort Myers hoping the storm takes a favorable track. We are headed down to Sunshine Key for October. Figure we may head out on Thursday, over night at the casino and drive down on Friday.
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Three of us left Hilton Head Island early and will spend the night at a Walmart just off of I95. There is only one bridge off the island and you can wind up spending hours at a crawl if you wait too long.
Well use this as a staging area and check the weather tomorrow to see how far inland we need to go. Fifty MPH winds are ok, 100 MPH winds not so much.
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Smart thinking. I would suggest you head out prior to even 50 mph. Eighteen wheelers park it at 40 mph.
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Three of us left Hilton Head Island early and will spend the night at a Walmart just off of I95. There is only one bridge off the island and you can wind up spending hours at a crawl if you wait too long.
Well use this as a staging area and check the weather tomorrow to see how far inland we need to go. Fifty MPH winds are ok, 100 MPH winds not so much.
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Three of us left Hilton Head Island early and will spend the night at a Walmart just off of I95. There is only one bridge off the island and you can wind up spending hours at a crawl if you wait too long.
Well use this as a staging area and check the weather tomorrow to see how far inland we need to go. Fifty MPH winds are ok, 100 MPH winds not so much.

If you want to go further north on I95 there is a good one at Walterboro, SC.
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Up in Jacksonville here, I'll be doing my storm prep tomorrow.

To add to Cliff's list

Cut down any weak trees or large limbs, so that you can control the fall rather than whatever the storm will do with it.
For those folks with inground pools, an option for outdoor furniture is to sink it in the pool to prevent it from being blown away.
For those of us who have the RV at home, fill the water tank and if applicable put fuel in the tank for the generator.
Unplug all the electronics you know you won't be using. During the worst of the storm unplug everything you care about so it won't be damaged by a possible voltage spike.
Neighbor help Neighbor - Cliff said that but it was worth repeating.
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Fill up the fuel tanks on the motorhome also. It may be more comfortable than the house. Also fill up any cans you can with more fuel. After Katrina hit fuel was the hardest thing to get.
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I would think one more important factor. Make sure you have all your medication on hand and get them refilled now if running low. Especially people with high blood pressure, and those that take insulin.
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We left St Augustine this afternoon, at a rest area north of Tampa tonight. Will see what the morning update says, if track is still as predicted we will go on south and visit my brother in Port Charllote for a few days then hopefully back to St Augustine by the weekend.
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The west coast of Florida may be the safest place to be for the next few days. I think the biggest problem for RVers will be the impact of the Hurricane on I 95. It will be affected. How badly will be apparent soon enough. If you can stay in place do so. If you can travel on I 75 North or south do so. Just don't count on I 95 for you travel for at least a week. The first thing that hurricanes take down are signs. They fall on the highways and block traffic until the state can remove then. Finally I suggest that you look for ways to be courteous to everyone you meet. People are stressed out and only thinking of the next thing they have to do. Try not to get in their way. People normally don't get hurt during a hurricane, it is after when everyone is driving and none of the traffic control devices are working .
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Three of us left Hilton Head Island early and will spend the night at a Walmart just off of I95. There is only one bridge off the island and you can wind up spending hours at a crawl if you wait too long.
Well use this as a staging area and check the weather tomorrow to see how far inland we need to go. Fifty MPH winds are ok, 100 MPH winds not so much.
We pulled off Hilton Head last night and went to Red Gate RV Park on the west side of Savannah. We'll spend the night here tonight then head west in the morning. I figure we have enough supplies for 5-7 days if need be.
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