I guess it was too much to hope this one would move far enough offshore to leave Florida alone. Saturday’s optimistic predictions have morphed into Monday’s abysmal ones.
Yes, the eye of the storm is still over the water in the update above, but it is substantially closer to the shore than before. In fact, if it wobbles to the west even a tiny bit, it will make landfall on us. As it is, even if it follows the path currently predicted, the coast will take a major hammering. The worst winds of the storm are the bands on the west side as they whirl counter-clockwise around the eye.
Mandatory evacuation orders are in place for the red zone areas along the coast, and I do hope people will leave! They are predicting an enormous storm surge all along that area, and that is one of the most dangerous things about the storm. (Notice that “the storm” and I are no longer on a first name basis!!)
Here in Seminole County, we are already under a tropical storm watch, and will no doubt be getting at least that much wind and rain through the duration of “the storm.” We are located just about 40 miles west of the 2AM Wed “M” in the graphic above. In a storm this huge and WIDE, that means we won’t know until it’s here just how bad things might get in Sanford/Orlando.
This image shows the probability of wind speed, with the purple area being full-on hurricane wind. (You can see that a significant portion of the coastline is in the purple area.) We are in the narrow brown band of 50 to 60 mph winds, and close enough to the orange 60 to 70 mph range to be worrisome. And that’s if the storm does not move more inland.
This one is scary, folks.
We’ve done pretty much all we can do to be prepared, and now it’s just wait. And as they say:
WAITING FOR A HURRICANE
IS LIKE BEING STALKED
BY A TURTLE!
I will update again later today, if possible, but since we are already getting some rain and wind, power outage is very likely in the cards. Please continue to keep us and everyone in harm’s way in your thoughts and prayers. And thank you so much for all the love and support you’ve sent our way! ❤ ❤ ❤
17 thoughts on “#Hurricane Dorian – Looking Grim Again!”
Hope you are staying safe, Marcia. Prayers and hugs for a smooth ride through it all.
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Stay safe my dear friend.
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Good luck! We’re keeping an eye on it here in coastal VA, too, as we’re in the cone area for about Cat 2 strength to (hopefully) brush by us Thursday/Friday, according to what I saw on the news this morning.
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Best wishes, Marcia. Keeping you all in my thoughts. Stay safe. Hugs x
Thanks for keeping us updated Marcia. Stay safe and sending prayers.
I hope everybody is safe. Thinking of you all. Take care!
I’ve been thinking of you and keeping a watch on the storm. I have an acquaintance who lives in Miami and she’s been keeping me up to date. Funny (not really funny) but a friend who recently moved back to North Carolina from Texas posted on Facebook that she felt like she was being stalked by a turtle.
Yeah, Marcia, we are in for a ride! Mandatory evacuations started this morning at 8 am here in Jacksonville. Our house is not in an evacuation zone, period! We are well prepared & will shelter in place once it decides to move this way, hopefully further offshore than indicated. My prayers here go out to the residents of the Bahamas. This is going to far exceed the damage & devastation that Maria did to Puerto Rico or Michael did to Mexico Beach. The landscape of the Bahamian Islands will never be the same. Much like when Charley cut Captiva Island in half in 2004, changing its landscape forever. Dorian is certainly a force to be reckoned with. Be safe down there & let us know you are ok on the back end. Prayers to you & your family as well!
Hopefully, you will be spared.
Oh dear, Marcia. Nature is so scary. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
It’s quite terrifying reading about all of this and it must be much, much worse to be directly involved. Still praying for it to move out to sea. The waiting must be agony but at least you’re prepared and have done all you can. Everything still crossed and on hold until I hear it’s passed and you’re unscathed.
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Thinking of you, Marcia. It must be scary not knowing what’s going to happen especially seeing the devastation in the Bahamas.
A terrible anticipation. All my regards and well wishes, Marcia…
Oh dear Marcia! I’ll be thinking of you and our friends in South Carolina. Head for the storm cellar! Stay safe.
Stay safe, Marcia!
I hope this one too would pass by Marcia. Stay safe. Sending you good wishes.
Sending you sunny thoughts Marsh. Don’t give up the ship, with any luck you may just get a dumping of rain. That monster keeps diverting from course! xx