Ready or Not, She Cometh

The finalization of my sermon preparations were interrupted when I saw this. Ironically, enough, we moved to Cape Coral the opening day of hurricane season and immediately heard talks on television and at home department stores about “hurricane preparedness.” Perhaps I should have been paying more attention!

So I made that dreadful trip to the local Wal-Mart to grab necessities and, well, the buggy-battles were worse than Christmas. The parking lot was full and the aisles jammed. Two hours later I made it back with stuff like water and bread somehow ended up with a gallon of Blue Bell’s Homemade Vanilla ice-cream. (Insert caveat: matters of necessity vary depending on who’s shopping)

But seriously, these next couple of days, if projections are correct, will be eventful. According to the map above, the center of the projection is right on top of Cape Coral/Ft. Myers. Not to be too alarmed, the current projections are that Fay will not be bringing destructive winds. Nevertheless, the amount of rain and wind will a force to be reckoned with.

As I preparing for the Lord’s Day tomorrow, I am praying for the days to follow. Whatever happens, my prayer is that God would be glorified in our midst.

UPDATE:

Here are some links I have posted in the comments that my be of some interest to folks:

National Hurricane Center For Tropical Fay

Fay projection map

Infared Satellite of Fay

Fay Projected Models (possibilities)

Interactive Tracking of Fay

Fay Wind Speed Probability Table

Fay 3-Day Cone

Satellite Image

Water Vapor Image

Infared Image

Here are few more links for hurricane preparedness:

Local News Hurricane Guide (PDF)

FEMA Hurricane Info and this one as well

CDC on Hurricane Preparedness and this one as well

Red Cross Info on Hurricane Preparedness

HHS Tips for Hurricane Preparedness:

Homeland Security on Hurricane Preparedness

EPA on Hurricane Preparedness

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18 Comments on “Ready or Not, She Cometh”

  1. bkingr Says:

    We will be praying with and for you guys. Texas has had Dolly and Edouard so far with no extensive ill effects. Perhaps Fay will be similar in scope.

  2. Jerry Says:

    It is best to have 72 hours worth of emergency supplies on hand at all times. That way you avoid the Blue Bell temptation during the mad dash for that last case of drinking water!

    As long as it remains a tropical storm you should be OK. However, if it (or any other storm) intensifies to Cat 3 or above you might want to seriously consider evacuation. After seeing first hand the gulf coast after Katrina I now know the power of these storms.

    However, we know that God is totally sovereign over the wind and the rains, and that he holds you secure in His hands.

  3. Donna Says:

    I seriously hope you did NOT forget the poptarts and peanut m&ms!!! The first hurricane is always the MOST exciting….and I’m missing it! We will be watching and praying for you all. God reigns in the storm.


  4. bkingr,

    Thanks for praying!

    Jerry,

    You mean Blue Bell ice-cream is not considered emergency supplies?! Somebody should have told me to scratch that off my list. 😉 Thanks for the helpful info and good word.

    Donna,

    Well, you guys are about as far away from hurricanes as it gets. When they say evacuate, you guys take it seriously. How’s the global warming up there in Alaska?

  5. Delaney Says:

    I have lived in FL for the past 20 years, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s this:

    Wherever the “experts” say the storm is headed – go there. Because it never lands RIGHT THERE. LOL….most native Floridians will understand my lame humor….sorry.

    God Bless and Protect you!


  6. Ha! Yeah, I think I remember hearing of folks in this area evacuating up to Orlando and getting caught there. Not a whole lot of arteries to get out of town anyway, so I think we are going to hunker down for the time being.

  7. Bryant King Says:

    Delaney is right, Timmy. The best place to be is where the storm is suppose to go 2 days before it hits. Charley, which hit us, was suppose to hit Tampa.

    Moreover, Timmy, I went out and bought a generator and 4 5-gallon gas tanks today, thereby almost completely insuring that it will not hit our area. You’re welcome.

    If we lose power Timmy, you are going to have to eat that ice cream all at once before it melts. Good call! I usually make sure we are well stocked with both fruit and chocolate candies as storm rations.

    One helpful hurricane tip in case it does hit us:

    If we lose power for an extended time, you will be able to use your cell phone immediately after the storm. Go ahead and call all of your family members and tell them you are fine, because after a while, you won’t be able to use your cell phone anymore. I am told that the towers have backup generators or batteries intended for short power outages. Once they run out of juice, you will lose the ability to communicate with your cell phone. As soon as a bad storm is over, get the calls in and tell people not to worry if they can not get in touch with you. But again, I don’t think this one is going to hit us and it doesn’t sound like much of a storm anyways. I predict this one to be more of a political event than a weather one.

    Bryant King

    P.S. Thanks for your prayers recently, Timmy.


  8. Bryant,

    It’s funny that you say that because Fay is not said to be moving towards Tampa. Dejavu maybe?

    I filled up both vehicles yesterday (for $3.63 to boot), but haven’t gone way of getting multiple tanks yet.

    Let’s just hope that the storm doesn’t hit your garage or all the anacondas and pythons would get loose!

    Now regarding rationing ice cream. Since it is bound to melt, I felt that it is in the best interests of those under our roof to spare them the messiness and difficulty of consuming such undesirable manna, so I will reluctantly partake of the homemade vanilla all by myself. 🙂

    I appreciate the tip regarding cell phones. I heard that an old finger-twister thingie works and is the only kind that does because it does not require power. Too bad the only phones we have are cell phones!

    It was great to see Sarah Elizabeth in church this morning! She is a doll. I am so excited for you guys. I will remember you guys in prayer.


  9. Note: the picture on the blogpost is regularly updating itself (it’s a GIF image), just to let you know. The original image was posted Sat. at 2 PM EST. Obviously, the picture is not the same.

    Here are some more links for charts and data:

    National Hurricane Center For Tropical Fay:
    http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/index.shtml?#FAY

    Fay projection map:
    http://weather.sun-sentinel.com/tropical/tracking/at200806.html

    Infared Satellite of Fay:
    http://weather.sun-sentinel.com/global/Region/g3/2xpxIRSatellite.html

    Fay Projected Models (possibilities):
    http://weather.sun-sentinel.com/tropical/tracking/at200806_model.html

    Interactive Tracking of Fay:
    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/weather/hurricane/sfl-stormpulsemap,0,2265668.htmlpage

    Fay Wind Speed Probability Table:
    http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at1+shtml/143514.shtml?table#contents

    Fay 3-Day Cone:
    http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at1+shtml/145243.shtml?3day#contents

    Satellite Image:

    Water Vapor Image:

    Infared Image:

  10. Pregador27 Says:

    Hey Timmy,
    It is good to be prepared, and better to be spared. Since only God knows where this thing will hit, and how strong it will be, preparation is always the best. If it goes over Cuba and west of the Keys, it may re-energize and be a big problem.

    Bigger problem- we live in a mobile… uh, manufactured home. That is a tornado magnet. Bah. We will not be staying at home for the storm.

    Be safe brother!

    Pete >
    Brooksville, FL USA

  11. Mark Says:

    That’s life in Florida!

  12. Tim Says:

    Next time….double stuff oreos…the mint ones if you can find them!

  13. Brad Hughes Says:

    Latest projection shows it going DIRECTLY over my house. I LOVE hurricane parties!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Randy Says:

    I am north of Orlando and it is … just time for this storm to move on. I don’t wish bad things on anyone but fifteen or so inches of rain, I am ready for Fay to goooooo.


  15. Randy,

    I agree. I think we are still being hit with feeder bands from Fay and she passed us over three days ago. Enough already!

  16. Bryant King Says:

    Well, Timmy, I forgot to tell you (because I had forgotten myself) about the “Hurricane Paradox.” That is, sometimes the insignificant storms cause the most damage through flooding, high tides, or just plain lingering longer than they should.

    You will hear people here in Southwest Florida talk about the “No Name Storm” that caused lots of flooding years ago. Fay was somewhat like that. I never lost power, but flooding came an inch into parts of my house and we were stranded at my house for a day or two.

    If you live in SW Florida, and didn’t flood from Fay, then your house is probably not prone to rain induced flooding. The other type of flooding we get is tidal from seawater coming in.

    I estimated Fay’s winds correctly, but underestimated the water.

    Bryant King


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