OT: A long night ahead

Submitted by UMFanInFlorida on October 6th, 2016 at 11:26 PM

For those who are willing, it's going to be a long night and day ahead for us in eastern and central Florida. We'd appreciate your thoughts and prayers as hurricane Matthew is bearing down on the area.

Looking forward to cheering on Harbaugh and co. once we get through this mess.

Thanks and go blue!

ed: thanks for the well wishes already. My family and I are in Orlando. So yes any further east and we'd have gotten the heck outta town.

6:30 AM update:

So far so good in southeast Orlando. There's some blowing and gusting, but overall it's been tamer than expected. 
We've had power all night, so coffee's on. I got about four hours of sleep, and wife and son are still sleeping soundly.
We aren't out of the woods yet, but thanks for the prayers and positive thoughts.

8:30 AM Update:

Still raining and blowing here, but no visible damage other than a few small limbs down. Nothing worse than a summer thunderstorm as far as that goes. The Atlantic coast has taken it pretty hard and there are lots w/o power. Daytona Beach is getting hammered by wind and rain all morning. Praying for similar positive reports from other MGoFloridians.

Comments

drjaws

October 7th, 2016 at 12:26 AM ^

Yea, lived in the east bay for 6 years. Earthquakes never bothered me to be honest.

Most people die from deer for 2 reasons. They swerve and hit a tree or the deer ends up going through the windshield. I drive large trucks (Ram 1500 or 2500) so the windshield issue is null and I don't swerve. Maybe slow a bit but yea, I've pegged a few deer. They are rampant vermin in SW Michigan and I wish more people hunted them. They taste terrific.

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mgobleu

October 7th, 2016 at 6:34 AM ^

My personal empirical evidence: every Chrysler product I've ever driven seemed weird and poorly made. Nevermind consumer reports worst car brands list for 2016; the top 6 include dodge, Chrysler, jeep and fiat (all the same company). I can't remember exactly when, but like 4 or 5 years ago that CR couldn't recommend a single car made by a Chrysler company. That's miserable.

Gucci Mane

October 7th, 2016 at 11:48 AM ^

I know someone very high up in Ford who has access to every test and number possible, and as far as trucks they feel they have the best followed closely by GM with Dodge a distant third. Any other truck is not even worth comparing. As far as personal experience goes, I love my Corvette.

Gucci Mane

October 7th, 2016 at 4:34 PM ^

Not sure if you are saying that's a good or bad vehicle ? But just so you know it can't compare to the top trucks. Now if you want a cheaper vehicle with bed space and don't care about buying foreign; not a bad choice.

drjaws

October 7th, 2016 at 11:48 AM ^

Weird. My wife and I have only ever driven Dodge for the last 10+ years and have never had an issue. 2 trucks and 2 cars.

I have had to replace ball joints on one car with 107,000 miles on it. My old truck had rotors and bearings (hub) replaced at something like 135,000 miles or so.

Both newer vehicles (a 2012 and a 2011) have had no problems whatsoever.

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pescadero

October 7th, 2016 at 10:21 AM ^

...but you're more likely to be killed by a tornado in tornado alley than a deer in Michigan, and you're more likely to die from flooding in the Missippi flood plain than a deer in Michigan.

Hurricanes and earthquakes in the US don't kill too many folks.

WolvinLA2

October 7th, 2016 at 12:24 AM ^

California? The last earthquake that did real damage out here was in 1994. 22 years ago. There have been dozens of deadly hurricanes/tornados/floods/blizzards in other parts of the country since then. I would hardly lump CA in with that group.

drjaws

October 7th, 2016 at 11:54 AM ^

No, I don't live in Kalamazoo. But cool post even though it doesn't apply to me in the least.

Also, pretty much no one who has ever lived in Kalamazoo thinks it sucks. Actually pretty sweet town for only having 75,000 residents.

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ats

October 7th, 2016 at 4:26 AM ^

If you want to like someplace where mother nature can't get at you, you have very few options.  Mother Nature can pretty much say that anywhere in the world.  About your only option is to move to someplace like the Cheyenne Mountain Complex where you are insulated from just about anything.  

Let's not pretend that anyplace is really safe from Mother Nature.  Hell, Michigan gets tornadoes, it gets blizards, it gets floods, hell Michigan even gets earthquakes.  That's pretty much every natural disaster that mother nature can throw out.