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August 13, 2004

Final Hurricane Track

Here's the 5 a.m. forecast image. I'm going to paste some IM messages I just sent to Overg that detail the specifics:

  • 5am forecast has a direct hit on Pinellas County, landfall at Clearwater (the next city south of me, about 5 miles away)

  • hurricane force winds around 5 pm, lasting until 1 am Saturday

  • strong category 2 or minimal category 3 - winds are currently at 110 mph

  • okay, now they're saying it will hit land as a category 3 (120 mph) but go down quickly to category 2 (115), but since there's only a 5 mph difference it isn't a distinction worth making

  • tropical storm force winds starting at 11 am

So yeah! Worst forecast track possible if you're me. I'm going to go back to bed and try to get a few more hours sleep, then get up and construct the sandbags (kitty litter inside pillowcases) to put out around the patio and the front door.

I'm going to unplug the computer around mid-afternoon (or sooner if the power starts surging) but will update this entry with comments until then as possible.

*goes outside to check conditions*

Perfectly calm, for the moment.

(Oh, and please think positive thoughts for Scuddy. She's sick and I won't be able to get her to a vet until Monday, if she lasts that long.)

Posted by Highwaygirl on August 13, 2004 06:29 AM to the category Day In the Life

*clings to Heewig and family*

Stay safe! Keep us updated if you can. Special hugs to poor little Scuddy.

Posted by: Teem at August 13, 2004 07:22 AM

Good luck HWG!

We'll be thinking of you all day!

Posted by: Phildozer at August 13, 2004 08:41 AM

HEH. The forecasted landfall is "between Dunedin and Tarpon Springs." Guess what city is between Dunedin and Tarpon Springs? THAT'S RIGHT! MY city!!

Posted by: Highwaygirl at August 13, 2004 09:06 AM

Be careful and update when you can!!! I thought of you this morning when I watched the news here in Texas.....

Posted by: Tracie at August 13, 2004 10:57 AM

Now they're forecasting landfall at 8 p.m. Eight more hours of waiting. I think I might go crazy with boredom.

There's some light wind outside, but that's it.

Posted by: Highwaygirl at August 13, 2004 11:27 AM

While Highwaygirl is dealing with the very real world of Hurricanes, check out this...


Absolutely hysterical!

Posted by: Phildozer at August 13, 2004 01:46 PM

Whatever. Now it's not going to directly hit Pinellas County at all. All of this for nothing!

Posted by: Highwaygirl at August 13, 2004 02:37 PM


Not having to risk life.
Not having a tree smoosh your car.
Having a home for another day


Disappointment of missing a serious storm.

Posted by: Phildozer at August 13, 2004 03:33 PM

Yay, Heewig am safe! It looks like your neighbors to the south are being hit by quite a doozy though. When Isabel came through last year it was only a Category 1. I can't imagine what a Category 4 would be like.

Posted by: Nancy at August 13, 2004 03:36 PM
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