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  1. FastEddieB

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    Folks in the southeast US best keep an eye on Irma...

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    Too early to panic, but not too early to start thinking about plans.

    If anyone needs to evacuate, we have tiedowns and even some hangar space up here at Copperhill, TN (1A3).

    Just don't wait too long to bug out - with each hurricane planes (and lives) are lost that could have been saved.
     
  2. Twin_Flyer

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    Yeah, believe me I have an eye on it...:fcross:
     
  3. N659HB

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    My hangar is at 570' MSL. I should be ok. My wife will be closely watching this one. The last one (Joaquin) gave us a thousand-year flood. Some local roads are still closed two years later.

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  4. frfly172

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    The entire coast ,should stay alert.If your going to bug out ,you want to go in the right direction.
     
  5. SkyDog58

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    Yep keeping an eye on it. Oh and along with folks in the southeast, you folks in AL & MS might want to keep an eye on it as well. :D
     
  6. mscard88

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    Got my eye on it 'Dog.

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  7. Twin_Flyer

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  8. SkyDog58

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    You and Irma have something in common. She only has one eye as well.
     
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    I'm looking.
     
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    So its gonna hit anywhere between Yucatan and 'not at all'. Well that narrows it down.
     
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  12. JustinD

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    The span which it shows right now is just so wide. I left for Matthew last year with my plane and if something rolls through my area again I plan on doing the same!
     
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    ktup-flyer Pattern Altitude

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    We should be good up here. Just got rain from Katrina
     
  14. Chris Fischer

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    Don't panic...yet.
     

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    Come to Fayetteville, TN. (KFYM) Lots of ramp space available. Jack Daniels and Prichard's distillery up the road.
     
  16. FastEddieB

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    I could make myself available to ferry a plane out of the danger zone if requested.

    I'm Commercial, Instrument, Multi and CFI, CFII and CFIME. Not instrument current. 6,800 hours with no accidents or violations. But operating under BasicMed, so it would be a straight-out favor.

    If anyone want to opine on the legality and implications of such a flight, please do so in a different thread.
     
  17. TRocket

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    You had me a Jack Daniels
     
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    Living in eastern, coastal NC, I have been through a couple of dozen of these, both big and small. It is the price to be paid for living in the best kept secret on the east coast. So far, no major damage.
     
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    Georgia has only been hit twice by hurricanes in 100 yrs.
     
  21. eman1200

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    Do tell!
     
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    The general path forecast so far is similar enough to Irene that even those of us in Vermont ought to be watching this one. But I agree that sp far the error bars on the forecast track are too wide for anyone to start making urgent plans. We should know more by tomorrow or Wednesday.
     
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    I'm ready and primed to get outa town!

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    I live on the water but somewhat sheltered. Tidal flooding is the main issue. irene had 2 ft. Of water in my garage. Other storms, none. Fortunately, I built the house with all of this in mind. Power goes out but they have done a lot locally to improve the durability of the grid. I did recently buy a generator. But typically it is not out for long, couple of days.
    Flooding inland has been the biggest issue in the past. Floyd was a non-event for me on the coast. But inland the flooding was epic. Many people were drowned, several in their attics climbing to escape the rising waters. A lot of livestock also drowned. It was a mess. Happily for me, the waters recede as quickly as they rise.
     
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  25. FastEddieB

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    I recall a hurricane that killed about 14 in western NC. Monsoon-like rain in low-lying areas have one set of hazards, see Harvey, Katrina et al.

    But if they hang together into the Appalachians, a different set of dangers emerged - mud and rockslides, flash floods and the like. Getting inland is good, but may still hold some risks.
     
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    This reminds me, I need to go to fix the fuel shut off valve on my generator. :eek:
     
  27. SkyDog58

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    She's now a Cat 4 and current models seem to favor Cuba and south FL.
     
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    Yeah, I've been following closely since she was an initial tropical depression, and in the last 36 hours, the guidance has steadily shifted from "throw our hands into the air, we don't know, the entire east coast is in danger" to much more southern guidance. I think the big question to be answered in the next 72 hours is whether it will swing north after arriving IVO south FL and track up the coast, or if it will blow into the gulf. I think the outcome will be better for everyone involved if it does swing north, and weaken either offshore or just degrade overland. Could be a real bad scenario if it continues into the gulf.
     
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    That's just creepy Kirk! :hairraise:
     
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    I don't expect anything head-on. Just a little wind and gnarly storms like we had with the edges of Katrina.
     
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    A little shoutout to my home crowd in the coloni-- er-- "Territories". Just spoke with my folks back home in SJU, all is well. They got the generator, cistern and storm shades in place as always, life is good. Just another Tuesday really, in El Caribe. :D Hella more graceful than the embarrassing buffoonery occurring in San Antonio and SW TX I can tell you, nevermind when compared to the hardships of SE TX -- aaaand I digress....
     
  32. weilke

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    Argh.

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    Times like this I feel sorry for people that have their airplanes tied outside. Move it or lose it!
     
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    Does anyone know where Jim Cantore is?
     
  35. Ryanb

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    Moving them inside doesn't guarantee anything, unfortunately. It's a crap shoot either way.
     
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    Ugh...we have a trip to Seabrook Island, SC (south of Charleston) scheduled for next week. One time that I'm happy to be flying commercial. Still, I'll be keeping an eye on this one...
     
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    Just raised to CAT 5... not going to be good where ever it hits.
     
  38. FastEddieB

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    Everyone with plane anywhere in FL should have it fueled up and ready to go.

    The images of Punta Gorda after Charley or Homestead after Andrew should be convincing enough.

    Irma is now a Cat 5, and while a hangar may help, it clearly may not.

    It's not like most of us don't mind an excuse to go flying!

    Reminder: as of right now I'm still free to help with moving aircraft or logistics.
     
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    Would insurance cover hurricane damages to aircraft, or would that be excluded under the "act of God" clause?
     
  40. FastEddieB

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    Pretty sure they are covered.

    I bought my Tiger at a fly-in sales event in S FL post-Andrew. The idea was many owners of destroyed aircraft had insurance checks in hand and were ready to buy.

    As an aside, also pretty sure that many or most policies will reimburse a pilot's relocation expenses from the path of a hurricane. But if you like your plane, I would not let that be a deciding factor.