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Elisabeth A. Gay
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/2/2004
 

Wilma


Well, we have the feeling of "here we go again". In the Bahamas where I live we have dodged several bullets as at least 7 of the storms, including Rita and Katrina, formed here, and just gave us a lot of rain and not much else. This time, Wilma is heading straight in through south Florida's front door, and we are just outside the back door! So far all the models show that the eye will miss the Bahamas, although the southern half of the storm they say is the worst. I have family and friends right in the path of this monster. We have lots of BP members in Florida, and looking at this it seems that it is going to affect the whole state, and little us next door! I was supposed to be going to Ft. Lauderdale on Friday (to pick up a new lens!!) but of course, that's been postponed. I am praying for the safety of everyone, and that the storm will lose strength and not cause any loss of life as it makes it's inevitable way across the peninsula. Stay safe, everyone!


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10/19/2005 1:10:53 PM

 
Mellanie    My brother and his family live in Naples, FL and my mom in Melbourne! Prayers are with all in her path!


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10/19/2005 1:48:36 PM

 
Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  I heard a report this evening that the forward progress of this monster was slowing,...a "possible sign of its weakening".
I can only hope so for those in its path because this appears to be a storm which should be taken very seriously.


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10/19/2005 3:58:53 PM

 
Susan Patton
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/1/2004
  I live on Marco Island (just south of Naples) and we are in the process of packing up. I have to tell you that your priorities are easily defined when they have to fit in the trunk of your car! I have a rather small pile sitting on my dining room table of those "things" I hold most dear...a Christmas angel made by clumsy hands many years ago, a plaster handprint of my younger son at four, my Father's watch. Well you get the picture. Everyone else out there in Wilma's path..stay safe.


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10/19/2005 5:46:44 PM

 
Craig  Paulsen   I've kind of grown numb to the things, they're gonna do what they gotta do so I just duck and pray I've got the right Karma cards.


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10/20/2005 8:21:45 AM

 
Craig m. Zacarelli
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/3/2005
  good luck guys. man, I dont know what i'd do if I had to pack up and run... prolly a good thing I have a full sized pick up with an 8 foot bed (so my computer desks fit) lol. I dont know what id grab first.. I definetly feel for all you guys out there. My boss and his wife are in Naples and his in laws live on marco so they are all hunkering down in Naples. I hope they are safe!! I was in Fla. this nov. and in the glades this Jan and I spent one day in Naples on the beach and it was Heaven to say the least...much much better than Laurderdale and Miami, beach wise that is. In nov. we stayd in a little town called Alligator Point in the pan Handle.. awsome but really quiet, scarey quiet.. hope the house we rented survived and continues to survive.
God bless all. God luck and dont forget to bag your equipment, when this is done we want to see pics!
Craig-


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10/20/2005 11:27:01 AM

 
Elisabeth A. Gay
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/2/2004
  I always think how lucky Americans are that they can pack up and evacuate - we have nowhere to go. New Providence is 22 miles long and 7 miles wide. All available transportation off the islands to Florida is always made available to tourists first. So we batten down and pray. But you can believe the first thing I would grab in the event that I had to run for my life would be my Canon! And the CD's with all my kids baby pics!


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10/20/2005 11:52:46 AM

 
Susan Patton
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/1/2004
  You know Eisabeth I hadn't thought about it like that before. We complain (south FL) that it is difficult to evacuate because the state is so narrow, there is basically one route out, and we don't know which way to go until the last minute. But, even though the options aren't always good ones..we do have them. Stay safe.


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10/20/2005 1:02:42 PM

 
Craig m. Zacarelli
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/3/2005
  if I were there id buy a big old van and this way id be able to pack up lots o stuff in a jiffy.

my luck the battery would be dead when I needed it though...lol
Craig-


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10/20/2005 1:26:13 PM

 
Elisabeth A. Gay
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/2/2004
  That's pretty much what we have, Craig - a 1988 Cherokee (mine, all mine!!) and a 1992 Explorer for my hubby!! LOL And with the price of gas having just jumped from $4.03 a gallon (if that wasn't bad enough!) to $4.95 a gallon, you can believe we never let them get below 3/4 full! I was supposed to go to Florida this weekend, but I hear they are already hoarding gas and drinking water, creating shortages, so I am glad we postponed our trip for 2 weeks.


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10/20/2005 2:42:45 PM

 
Dr Silly
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/28/2004
  Hey Annie as you know we here in Winter Haven was hit 3 times last year, prayers are with all in Florida. Beginnig to look like you could have gone to Ft Lauderdale and been home before the storm gets here. And my prayers are also with you.

The problem with evacuation here in Florida is that you may evacuate to where the storm ends up. That happen to my mother-in-law last year. We have family in Tampa, Melbourne, and Fort Lauderdale. So if the storm hits someone will get it.

Later
Doc.


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10/21/2005 10:23:37 AM

 
Elisabeth A. Gay
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/2/2004
  We thought about that after I changed our tickets for Nov 4. But when I heard on the news that people are panic buying gas and water, I'm glad we changed our plans. Wouldn't be much fun over there with rental car and no gas!! Ah, I was dying to get my new lens!! I'll just have to suck it up and be patient, and count my blessings! Praying for Cancun - they are going to have the roughest time of all!


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10/21/2005 1:29:33 PM

 
Deb Holmes-Hatfield
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/20/2004
  My thoughts and prayers are with all the people in the path of the hurricane...my parents live in Punta Gorda Florida and were hit by Hurricane Charlie last year, they had a lot of damage, but never had to leave their home.
They just left here (Ohio) on Tuesday to go home, I tried to get them to come back, but they seem to have forgotten the misery they went thru last year!! seems they are bit stubborn. LOL
Hope everyone stays safe!!!!


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10/21/2005 1:36:25 PM

 
Corinne M. Thompson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/31/2005
  Elisabeth, My prayers are with you that Wilma chooses a different path! I never thought I would say this....but, I guess there are some advantages to living in Illinois. Take care!


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10/21/2005 3:19:30 PM

 
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