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Hurricane Frances

My brother was in his apartment when Frances made landfall, he said he wasn't a bit scared. Yesterday morning came, winds winds of 30-40 mph and a surf of 8-15 feet, and he still wasn't overly concerned. By midnight, winds were 50 knots, gusts were reaching 60 knots, and the surf was in excess of 30 feet. Severe beach erosion had taken place by dawn, which saw winds out of the northeast at one hundred knots and surf of 20-30 feet. Since power and phone lines are down, I haven't heard anything from him since this morning, but apparently, the weather in Palm Beach county began to clear up later today.

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Hurricane Frances

Wow capt.
I hope all is well with your brother. Have you heard anything from him?

I am currently sitting up, keeping an eye on the radar, waiting for it to come to us here in the panhandle. Already gusting wind pretty bad, 35-50 mph, with one gust measuring 72 mph earlier this evening.

Just a note to all of those who have never experienced a Hurricane, the lack of concern that capt described his brother as having is what is dangerous during these storms. The really severe winds typically only extend 30 or so miles from the eye in the "eye wall". If those who have never had the pleasure of being in the eye wall go thru several storms and just catch the fringes then it can get dangerously misconcieveing as to the power and destructive capability of a hurricane. A slight jog in the path of the storm and you will quickly find yourself in serious peril if it places you inside the path of the eye wall.

I have been thru several of these and have seen the power up close and personal. I am VERY concerned right now.
I hope you can contact your brother soon if you haven't already done so.

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Hurricane Frances

It's six am and we have rather clear skys and the winds have laid down here in the Everglades. Just been reading local papers online and it looks as if there was damage all the way to Citrus county on the west coast where the storm left the gulf coast, good luck up there in the panhandle JT and I do have all the skunk ape archives stored, Presently building a DVD with all the film clips, and TV shows from the past few years. When I get it completed we will see about getting you a copy..

~Jeff~

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Hurricane Frances

good luck boys

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Hurricane Frances

How have things turned out? You all have been getting thumped pretty hard lately (understatement). Hopefully Ivan won't take a strange turn for the states....

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Frances passed us by. One huge gust of wind around 6 PM last saturday from a feeder band but that was the worst for us here.

Hope everything is well with the Capt.s' brother.

everything ok in the glades jeff? Looks like Ivan will miss you guys but it aint lookin too good for us in the panhandle.

Man oh man would I love a DVD on the Skunk Apes. Just let me know what I need to do when you get it completed.

Mabe I'll start a thread on Skunk Apes, Bigfoot and the Sasquach sightings and stories. I find it very interesting since my "I seen something big, hairy running on 2 legs cross the road" event.

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Ivan...

Frances may have passed by but a nother one is in persuit...

Hurricane Ivan!

I wish yall good luck with this one!!

God bless Big smile

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Hurricane Frances

I'm still in the Everglades and right about now we are getting the full force of what “Ivan” is going to have to offer us on this pass. There is no rain and just a slight breeze. We have basically had zero effect from all three of the last storms here. Some rain and wind with the first two but nothing more than the usual seasonal afternoon thunder showers. The overcast sky’s have given us cooler than seasonal weather which was welcomed by most every one and the occasional winds sure help keep the flying insects to a minimum. We’ve had an odd hunting related hurricane situation here. They have been closing all the preserves in the state as the hurricanes pass by. This past weekend was the opener weekend for archery season here. The preservers had been closed, reopened and then closed again with the notice of status change being haphazard and very poorly announced. They had been opened for a few days and then closed again Saturday due to “Ivan”. Needless to say this has raised havoc with hunters that planned hunts within a time frame relating to vacation time from their jobs. There are lot’s more preserves here than National Forest areas so most hunters flock to the preserve of their choice for deer season. The entire idea of the closer due to weather thing has really worked up a lot of hunters here. The thought of a government controlling my hunting activities because it might rain or the winds may get strong are a tad to much Big Brotherish for me to swallow. I have driven through some of the area north of here that the first hurricane this season hit. I can see what’s motivated the closure of our preserves, There is a 18 mile stretch along I-75 where about 60% of the forest is destroyed. Mostly southern long needle pines in the area that I observed and they are snapped off around halfway up on the mature timber. Others are tipped over where the ground was saturated and the roots gave way. Even with seeing these results of the possibilities of what can happen on a direct hit from one of these storms I still have a hard time dealing with these decisions being made that shuts down our opportunity to hunt. If they were to continue the practice of closing the preserves for the hurricane season they may as well erase the bow season from the books.

~Jeff~

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