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Nuclear Plants in Irma Path Spark Fukushima Fears

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Hurricane Irma threatens to impact two nuclear reactors when it hits Florida this weekend, sparking fears of a Fukushima-style catastrophe.

Florida Power & Light’s two nuclear plants, Turkey Point and St. Lucie plant, are mulling shutting down the reactors in preparation for the massive storm.

“If we anticipate there will be direct impacts on either facility we’ll shut down the units,” said FPL spokesman Peter Robbins, adding that the decision would be made “well in advance.”

Irma, a Category 5+ storm, is set to make landfall in Florida by Saturday morning.

The Turkey Point plant weathered the Category 5 Hurricane Andrew in 1992, despite the $90 million in damages sustained in the rest of the area.

Irma, on the other hand, has sparked fears of a Fukushima-like incident at the two nuclear plants.

A nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan melted down in 2011 after an earthquake and tsunami disabled the reactor’s emergency generators, which led to three nuclear meltdowns and the release of unprecedented amounts of radioactive material.

The historic incident forced about 160,000 residents to flee their homes, and the cleanup of the radioactive substances in the region remains ongoing after nearly seven years of intensive containment and cleanup efforts.

As we reported, the U.S. government and media downplayed the devastation amid concerns a radioactive plume would cross the Pacific and settle across California.

46 Comments on "Nuclear Plants in Irma Path Spark Fukushima Fears"

  1. Go Speed Racer on Wed, 6th Sep 2017 7:47 pm 

    Blow off a nuclear warhead in the middle of
    the hurricane. It will shut down the storm
    when the fireball goes up the cyclone.

    That way the nuclear plant can keep
    running normally.

  2. Ghung on Wed, 6th Sep 2017 8:01 pm 

    Not sure who thought it was a good idea to put a nuke plant next to a National Park.,-80.3337063,20409m/data=!3m1!1e3

    Or did they put a National Park next to a nuke plant?

  3. Makati1 on Wed, 6th Sep 2017 8:09 pm 

    The US has 18 potential Fukushimas on the East Coast. All are subject to damage in a Cat 4 or 5 hit.

    Odds are, they will all be hit at some time in the future if/as the storms move north.

  4. Apneaman on Wed, 6th Sep 2017 11:20 pm 

    Watch: Heart-breaking aerial footage shows utter carnage on island of Barbuda, ‘90% destruction’, after Hurricane Irma

  5. Antius on Wed, 6th Sep 2017 11:44 pm 

    “Watch: Heart-breaking aerial footage shows utter carnage on island of Barbuda, ‘90% destruction’, after Hurricane Irma”

    Ouch. Why is it that buildings in places ravaged by hurricanes are always cheap and nasty looking timber and mdf structures? It seems to be the same everywhere. Florida is a particularly good example.

    If I lived in such a place, I would definitely build something more robust. Probably using concrete blocks and covered in at least a foot of soil. It’s not as if these things happen only once in a blue moon is it? Not very much learning going on here.

  6. Makati1 on Thu, 7th Sep 2017 12:08 am 

    Antius, I live in the Ps. We are building our farmhouse on the Pacific side of Luzon Island about five miles from the beach at a 50 meter elevation. It is made of concrete and CMU reinforced with 3/4″ rebar.(over 7 miles of rebar required for a 1,000SF house) Designed for at least a seven earthquake and pretty much typhoon proof. Floors and roof are 4″ thick concrete reinforced with 3/4″ rebar.

    No wood, aluminum, plastic, etc. Everything is welded. Steel exterior doors and windows with wrought iron grilles and tempered glass. Nothing left to chance. THAT is the kind that should be built in the hurricane prone parts of the US, but usually isn’t. It can be built here for about $30 per square foot. Maybe 1/4 the cost to build the same in the US.

  7. GregT on Thu, 7th Sep 2017 12:13 am 


    Not many homes are built with concrete block roofs. The old adage of having a roof over ones head doesn’t bode very well in winds greater than 185mph, but I suppose it would be cheaper to replace windows, doors, roofs, and the contents of ones home, than it would be to start from the foundation up.

  8. GregT on Thu, 7th Sep 2017 12:22 am 


    That sounds more like a bomb shelter than a farmhouse.

  9. Go Speed Racer on Thu, 7th Sep 2017 1:19 am 

    According to the laws of physics, there is an
    attractive force between hurricanes and
    cheaply constructed buildings. It may be due to
    magnetic effects of too many staples instead of nails.

    The underlying physics is irrefutable and is why hurricanes typically are seen plowing
    thru cheap real estate, such as mobile home parks.

  10. Davy on Thu, 7th Sep 2017 1:59 am 

    “Designed for at least a seven earthquake and pretty much typhoon proof. Floors and roof are 4″ thick concrete reinforced with 3/4″ rebar.”
    Makat, you and your anti-American buddies are having a hay day these days. So much American tragedies to choose from. You in particular have had multiple comments of US doom. They are flowing like a mountain stream. This must be really exciting and satisfying times for you. Somehow these times do not extrapolate to Asia at least in your mind. Do you really think you are immune to all dangers because you have some concrete and rebar. I mean typhoon/earthquake proof. Is your garden typhoon/earthquake proof? Are you people proof? Here is your densities of people near your fantasy farm. I have heard the stories of how you are in a special hiding place but that is BS.
    “Luzon…With a population of 53 million as of 2015,[2] it is the fourth most populous island in the world (after Java, Honshu, and Great Britain).”
    or the densities near your farm 100mi from Makati, Philippines.
    BTW, you are almost never at this farm. You would rather go to Hong Kong and shop than go to the farm. Farming is a journey not a destination and at “almost” 75 your rendezvous with destiny is near.

    Anti-Americanism is enjoyable during these times. Many are finding great pleasure in the suffering with that smug “I told you fucking so hype”. Some of you will not come out as blatantly as makat with flaming hate but it is in your heart. Your days are coming maybe for different reasons but none of you I have listened to have another planet to go to.

    I am dooming and prepping because I know my days are ahead. Yes, I know my prepping is tied to FF. I am struggling with a 500 acre farm with resources. 100 acres is permaculture. Permaculture is not profitable. It is hard work and the results fragile. It would be different if the culture were tied to it but it is not and can’t be anymore. It is a good life though and I am enjoying it in the here and now. I am very happy with my grazing system of goats and cattle. My fields are much readier for climate change then my neighbor’s with fields that don’t have the diversity I have. My livestock guard dogs are wonderful. They will make good protection for me if SHTF mad max. Will they save me? No but might help. I have some chickens who hang out with the goats giving me eggs. The farm is teaming with wildlife and edible fauna. I am promoting wild life on the remaining 400 acres. It is like a wildlife refuge. Yea, makat, you can tell me how when SHTF the wildlife will all be eaten. Yet, isn’t that what will happen to you when those 53MIL people go on the move in search of something better? We all share the same beds in regards to doom. Some are better located than others. Yet, how well are you located in your heart? What is there? Ultimately that is the location that matters.

    Many Americans are going to be educated the hard way in the days ahead. I think the dooming I have been preaching is about to begin a new phase here in the US. Some of this is going to be good. Poor behaviors will need to be adjusted. In many places it may be too late. Yes, we are 3rd world already. Many places have been and more are going. Many of my neighbors are. But you all are going there too especially the Anglosphere and Europe. Asia’s mad growth will end soon also and they too will see gains erased. China is a train wreck in the making. Enjoy these next few days as you pass the popcorn. Go research this or that to comment “I told you fucking so US”. When you are suffering in your last days remember Davy saying “I told you fucking so”.

  11. Cloggie on Thu, 7th Sep 2017 2:16 am 

    Sint Maarten/Saint Martin is half Dutch (South), half French (North) and was visited first by Irma. The pictures are in:

    6 dead, 95% of the buildings damaged. Having a roof is a luxury item these days in those parts of the world.

  12. Davy on Thu, 7th Sep 2017 2:21 am 

    This might be a record setting hurricane for damage with a record setting season.

    “Hurricane Irma an Extreme Storm Surge Threat to the U.S. and Bahamas”

    “Irma’s storm surge”
    “Irma’s large wind field is putting in motion a vast amount of water, which is spiraling into the center of Irma and creating a large mound. In the open ocean, that water is forced downward, pushing deeper water outward, and the sea surface is not elevated more than a few feet. However, once the hurricane drives that mound of water into a shallow area near land, the water cannot flow downwards, and instead piles up and is forced on land, creating a storm surge. In the Turks and Caicos Island and in the southeastern and central Bahamas, a highly destructive storm surge of 15 – 20 feet above ground is expected near the coast to the right of where the eyewall hits.”

    “A potentially catastrophic storm surge for Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina”
    “If Irma makes a trek up the East Coast from Miami to southern South Carolina as a Category 3 or 4 hurricane, as the models currently suggest, the portions of the coast that the eyewall touches will potentially see a massive and catastrophic storm surge, breaking all-time storm surge records and causing many billions of dollars in damage. Even areas up to a hundred miles to the north of where the center makes landfall could potentially see record storm surges. The area of most concern is the northern coast of Florida, the coast of Georgia, and the southern coast of South Carolina, due to the concave shape of the coast, which will act to funnel and concentrate the storm surge to ridiculous heights. If we look at wunderground’s storm surge maps for the U.S. East Coast, we see that in a worst-case Category 3 hurricane hitting at high tide, the storm tide (the combined effect of the storm surge and the tide) ranges from 17 – 20’ above ground along the northern coast of Florida, and 18 – 23 feet above ground along the Georgia coast. If Irma is a Cat 4, these numbers increase to 22 – 28 feet for the coast of Georgia. This is a Katrina-level storm surge, the kind that causes incredible destruction and mass casualties among those foolish enough to refuse to evacuate.”

  13. Cloggie on Thu, 7th Sep 2017 2:22 am 

    Ouch. Why is it that buildings in places ravaged by hurricanes are always cheap and nasty looking timber and mdf structures? It seems to be the same everywhere. Florida is a particularly good example.

    Because they are still paying off the repairs from the previous storm.

  14. Makati1 on Thu, 7th Sep 2017 2:25 am 

    GregT, when you live on the ring of fire and also in typhoon ally, you have to build strong if you can. If you cannot, you build cheap with local materials like bamboo, palm fronds and the like. Things, that if lost can be replaced quickly and cheaply. If you do not have to worry about cold, a shelter is easy and comfortable. We are building long term and for the rest of the family as a ‘bug-out’ location. They are all part owners of the land and may build their own homes there eventually.

  15. Makati1 on Thu, 7th Sep 2017 2:29 am 

    Cloggie, you are probably correct. I do not see rebuilding the Harvey area happening as quickly, or as thoroughly, as the news wonks are professing. Many people will never come back. They will just abandon the properties to the banks when they find out that their insurance does not cover “acts of god”.

    Ditto for whatever is going to happen with Irma, and maybe Jose and whatever follows. It is just another step down the ladder to the Great Leveling.

  16. Davy on Thu, 7th Sep 2017 2:48 am 

    Looks like Trump’s Mar-a-Lago might get some serious wind and water. That would be some poetic justice for many who believe Gaia is making herself felt.

    “Interactive Map”

  17. Cloggie on Thu, 7th Sep 2017 2:56 am 

    According to that map, Irma wil pass Cape Canaveral.

    “Lift-off… we have a lift-off”… were the last words heard.

  18. Makati1 on Thu, 7th Sep 2017 5:36 am 

    “So much American tragedies to choose from. … They are flowing like a mountain stream.”

    Well, since I had no part in creating them, I just watch them unfold. It is only the continuation of the Great Leveling. I am not happy about what is happening, but I can also say that I am not sad about it either. It was going to happen eventually. Now ‘eventually’ is here and neither you, nor I, nor anyone can stop/change it.

    As for your other questions, yes, it is. It is called sharing and community support. It is still a custom here. If you share equally with your neighbors and help them when they are in need, you don’t have to fear them. This is NOT America where most don’t even know their neighbors or want to. Americans live in their little stick built burbs track boxes and buy stuff for that extra parking apace in their two car garage. Their idea of preps is to run out to Walmart the day before a hurricane is to strike them and panic when the shelves are bare. The Ps is a totally different world, but then, you wouldn’t know first hand. Just the propaganda you read in the US MSM.

  19. Davy on Thu, 7th Sep 2017 6:41 am 

    “Well, since I had no part in creating them, I just watch them unfold”
    Sure you did. It was your generation that took us to this place. Surely you don’t think you can just wash your hands and walk away. Where did you get your “get out of jail free card? Run off to your cheap club med and point fingers all the while you get that $tipend from the US. What a joke.

    “It is only the continuation of the Great Leveling”
    The great leveling is happening everywhere so get a grip. Your Asia is set to see some very great and traumatic problems ahead. Just be patient and your turn will come.

    “The Ps is a totally different world, but then, you wouldn’t know firsthand. Just the propaganda you read in the US MSM.”
    Bull shit, you live on planet earth don’t you. You have many of the same problems. You just ignore them and only look at the good in the P’s. You elevate the P’s to something far above what they represent in the world. You make multiple comments on how bad the US is from the abundance of sources. The rest of the world is not under the microscope like the US. Nearly every article on this site is anti-American in some way. Almost all comments are anti-American when dealing with the geopolitical. It is you and a few other that polarize this site. It is your extremism that drives the center away. It is a pity. I am not a disgusting tragedy panderer like you makat. It won’t be long until your tragedies show up and I should crow about them but I won’t. I am looking for personal solutions not a personal agenda of self-praise and a hazing of a people and a continent size country by a feeble mind.

  20. Apneaman on Thu, 7th Sep 2017 12:17 pm 

    Premature ejaculation

    Corps to release water from Lake Okeechobee in advance of Hurricane Irma

  21. Apneaman on Thu, 7th Sep 2017 12:22 pm 

    A Visibly Extreme Jet Stream in Advance of Irma

    yabut jet streams alwees changes….duh

  22. on Thu, 7th Sep 2017 3:24 pm 

    I’m personnaly very happy to witness America fucked up by global warming after having seen America fucked the entire planet with capitalism.
    USA deserves to get down to hell. I want them to suffer for loving their dollar and hating nature.
    It’s payback time. And it’s just the beginning.

  23. Davy on Thu, 7th Sep 2017 3:29 pm 

    Nathing, you have any gaia credentials? I doubt it. Your just another sniffling nose dumbass wanting someone too blame. Asswipe look in the mirror.

  24. makati1 on Thu, 7th Sep 2017 8:06 pm 

    Nothing, Davy doesn’t seem to understand that America is hated by most of the planet now. But he will when that hate comes home to America. Only those who profit from its terrorist acts. are on its side. I do not hate America. I hate what it has done and is doing to the rest of the world. The sooner that is stopped, the better.

  25. DerHundistlos on Thu, 7th Sep 2017 8:08 pm 


    We should listen to the justified criticisms being voiced by Nathing. While America’s reputation around the world has been on a downward trajectory for some time, the election of Trump and all he and his enablers in congress represent have decimated our reputation. I hear it all the time when I travel outside the US and I am tired of making excuses for Trump. I don’t think you can appreciate how much he and what he represents is hated outside the US, and this time people are not holding back.

  26. DerHundistlos on Thu, 7th Sep 2017 8:16 pm 


    Are you dedicating any part of your farm as a native environment for the conservation of biodiversity? Probably not, but I thought to ask.

    In Colombia, we have experimented having agriculture along side a healthy ecosystem and the results thus far are impressive in that the yields are robust without the need to apply pesticides and herbicides. The hypothesis is that a natural ecosystem balances out. The single “negative” for some people is that we are losing productivity by not farming the entire area, but with strong yields and far lower costs of production along with the peace of mind that we are not contaminating the environment, the pluses far outweigh the single negative.

  27. makati1 on Thu, 7th Sep 2017 9:18 pm 

    Derhund, Yes, approximately four acres will be set aside and allowed to remain wild. It is in the less useful/accessible area and is already ‘jungle’ as most people envision that term. There is a natural spring and plenty of old growth trees and undergrowth. That is my part of the farm. It will be kept that way.

    But, no part of the farm will be ‘farmed’ in any present sense of the word. It will be permacultured, allowing even the ‘used’ areas to be ept semi-wild. No pesticides or fertilizers will be used except those that occur naturally. Nothing form the chemical companies. Not even for house use.

    Not that most of the land surrounding the farm is unoccupied. There are three families living in the square mile around it and they are low level consumers. Barely making a dent in the land. “Wild” is the norm where the farm is located. We have a band of monkeys that visit occasionally, monitor lizards, hawks, eagles, many small critters, and rarely, cobras.

  28. GregT on Thu, 7th Sep 2017 10:34 pm 

    “While America’s reputation around the world has been on a downward trajectory for some time, the election of Trump and all he and his enablers in congress represent have decimated our reputation

    The final straw that decimated America’s reputation was the illegal occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, the mass murders of over a million more innocent people, and the complete farce that is the war on terror. The Hillary and Donald sideshow has made America the laughing stock of the world, which in of itself would actually be quite funny, if not for the ongoing warmongering, death, destruction, and complete ignorance of basic human rights. All in the false belief that the unsustainable American Dream is non-negotiable.

  29. makati1 on Thu, 7th Sep 2017 10:48 pm 

    Davy, you are ALWAYS looking for praise and agreement with your narrow vision of the world. Your farm should be doing well as the bullshit must be yards deep all over it, you spread so much.

    The Great Leveling is a fact you cannot dispute so once again, you resort to ” disgusting tragedy panderer like you makat” putdowns.

    BTW: you don’t seem to understand that they don’t work. I laugh at your attempts to point the finger somewhere else. Asia is Asia. It will survive just fine, as will I.

    Americans are going to get exactly what they deserve. As for me, I live far down the ladder and it is a nice level to be at. Soon, I will step even farther down and adjust as always. As I was growing up, I never had most of the things Americans have now, so I will not miss them. It is a form of freedom you will never have or know.

  30. DerHundistlos on Fri, 8th Sep 2017 3:59 am 


    That’s great to hear. I am curious to know if you experience the same benefits as we do, although this may not be a fair comparison since the area of this particular wildlife sanctuary is small at 277 acres, but it goes to show that even small areas accrue advantages as well.

    Thank you for sharing, Mak.

  31. DerHundistlos on Fri, 8th Sep 2017 4:05 am 


    In Colombia, so I can’t speak to other countries, the people do not equate in any manner Hillary Clinton with Donald Trump. Clinton is respected as an able politician (not my personal opinion, but far superior to the alternative).

  32. makati1 on Fri, 8th Sep 2017 4:12 am 

    Derhund, As time passes, I’ll share my experiences with the nature of the Philippines. I had the advantage of growing up in a time when many areas of the world were not even mapped. I experienced personal contact in the wild with many animals now in danger of extinction or extinct. My grand kids will never know such a world. A great treasure lost.

    I know four acres is not much, but it is a dot of wild I can preserve and is a watering hole for the wildlife in the area. I doubt much of the land around the farm will ever be disturbed to any extent. Most of the owners don’t even live there. And, once our house is built, I think we will let the gravel road go back to a path we can walk, not drive. I hope so. I love nature and am happy to live in a “wild” place again.

  33. Davy on Fri, 8th Sep 2017 6:23 am 

    makat, for 5 years you have been building this farm house that could be built in a few months. You are never there because you are always here. You yourself said there is no Wi-Fi there. I think there is more to it you don’t want to share. You talk farming but you are never on the farm. This is 5 years you have not been there except once or twice. You talk nature but live in the one of the densest populated cities in the world. You would rather go to Hong Kong to shop than out to your farm. It does not add up just like your putdowns of the US and talk up of Asia. You constantly portray yourself as this great old man that has done so much and is so wise. You are just a lonely braggart far from you rather large family. You have said you never want to go back to the US. What about your family. Something is not right. You sure have several here fooled but not me.

  34. makati1 on Fri, 8th Sep 2017 7:09 am 

    Davy, you live where things can happen fast. It took over three years to get the legal work done to combine several family land grants to be transferred to one property. Yes, FREE land. Several of the family members, who were the original owners, died years ago, making it even more difficult as all heirs had to be contacted and papers signed and notarized. All of the paperwork is finally in process with the government for approval and consolidation to one deed. When it was submitted, we were told it could take five months to completion. There are still a few months to go. All back taxes have been paid although they were minuscule.

    The one kilometer road right-of-way also had to be negotiated thru six properties with all of the legal work associated. THEN the road could be started. Getting a machine to do the necessary heavy work meant waiting until it was free of other jobs. A few more months. Several conduit bridges had to be built. It is about ready for the hundred or so truckloads of gravel. THEN we can start the actual house construction.

    You have no idea how many times I go where, Davy. You like to make up shit because you need some put-down. Do you think I tell you or anyone else everything I do? That would be stupid, I think. Certainly not to someone who is nothing to me. And most certainly not on the internet where everything is forever. They have internet at the farm and at internet cafes in the town nearby, so I can be online anywhere.

    As for my family, As I have said before, they are scattered all over the US. Even if I lived there, I would rarely see them. Wait until your kids are on their own and see how many times you see them. IF the US holds together that long.

    You are the biggest fool here, Davy. You profess to know a lot about others here, but you know shit. Only what others want you to know. And that is not very much.

  35. Davy on Fri, 8th Sep 2017 7:31 am 

    makat, you are always here so you are never there that is how I know where you are. Poor excuses for family. As the patriarch of the family it is your duty to see them IMO. If you don’t give a shit about family then yea I can see your point. I care about mine. All your talk about farming and construction experience is bogus attempts at self-advancement. Why not get some humility and embrace reality. Your stupid little farm is not the key to the future for mankind like how you try to portray it as. You are an old man that is going into his twilight years acting like you will live forever. In a declining world you are going to be put to the test. Laying around the Makati, Manilla condo is not working on solutions. It is called laziness. All you are is talk. You are a fake and a fraud.

  36. makati1 on Fri, 8th Sep 2017 8:12 am 

    Davy, did you read my comment? I told you that I have internet access at the farm also. Not to mention in the internet cafes in the town nearby. And WIFI in-between. The Ps is not a backward country Even the poor here have cell phones. I am always on, no matter where I am. It is how I keep in contact with friends and family in the FSofA and other places in the world. This is 2017. The internet is everywhere.

    You are the poor excuse. My family has been spread out for over 20 years. That too is the world in 2017. You are too young and inexperienced as a father to have any idea of what or where your family will be in 20 years. Not a clue. If they are smart, they will not even live in the US by then. If they even have the option.

    I am enjoying my life and expect to continue to do so for many more years. I could not do that is the FSofA Police State, land of taxes and lawyers. I should live longer than you, Davy. I have no stress. No debt. No responsibilities other than myself. No health problems or the need to support a family. Been there. Done that. Have a family that loves me but who has their own families to raise and support. I understand that. So do they. You obviously do not.

    Keep trying the putdowns. They only make you look even more deluded than usual. LOL

  37. print baby print on Fri, 8th Sep 2017 9:45 am 

    give it some money maybe will change its course

  38. JuanP on Fri, 8th Sep 2017 12:18 pm 

    We are fully prepared for the storm. It is beginning to get windy. The wind is blowing from the NE at 18 mph right now, which is stronger than usual. It will be around 23 mph by midnight so we expect no problems today. Yesterday was a beautiful beach day but now only some beach walkers and the lifeguards are out there. Saturday and, particularly, Sunday will be the most windy days. We expect Tropical Storm Force winds of more than 40 mph after 8 am tomorrow and Hurricane Force winds of more than 90 mph after 8 pm tomorrow and through Sunday.

    They keep moving the track of Irma’s eye West with every update. This is good for Miami. The forecast is much better today than it was yesterday. Winds are 150 mph and Irma is a Category 4 hurricane right now; yesterday winds were 185 mph and the storm was a Category 5.

    Our condo unit is only exposed to winds blowing from the East through the NNW. Because of the counterclockwise wind rotation of hurricane winds and its pathway we expect to be sheltered from the worst wind which will blow from the SE through the NW on the West side of the building. We should be protected from the strongest winds by the building. We expect to be able to remain at home through the whole storm. Saturday night will be the most critical time for us.

  39. makati1 on Fri, 8th Sep 2017 5:52 pm 

    JuanP, I wish you all the best. It sounds like you are in a good spot to experience the event. It seems to be headed more and more for the Gulf.

    I have not heard from my Florida family for a few says so I hope they are out of central Florida on their way inland to other family. They have their own business and are not tied to an office so they have freedom to leave any time. I’m sure I will hear from them after.

    Hopefully, the Ps will be spared any large typhoons this year. Take care and good luck!

  40. Darrell Cloud on Sat, 9th Sep 2017 4:33 am 

    Current projected wind speeds are 64 miles per hour for Sunday in Sebring Fl. Current wind projections for Largo Fl. for Sunday are projected to be 56 mph. People with absolutely no experience with hurricanes have heightened the hysteria and the anxiety for millions of people. Spin, sensationalism and hyperbole have captured the moment.
    The weather sensationalists have projections all over the map and these idiots propose to tell me what sea levels are going to be in 100 years. The founding fathers were right to build a republic rather than a democracy. The mob is mindless.

  41. Davy on Sat, 9th Sep 2017 7:22 am 

    Darrel, you may see worse winds depending on how the storm interacts with the coast. It looks like a more western track. I would not let your guard down you are 40mi from the projected track and they are calling it a cat3 at that point. Winds in a cat3 are 111-130. You are situated nicely in the interior but the track of the storm might swerve inwards more. It has been a very difficult storm to track. Good luck! I have friends in New Port Richie that are worried. I have friends in Jupiter that are feeling a little better. Looks like Cuba will have some serious damage because the eye hugged the norther coast there.

  42. Davy on Sat, 9th Sep 2017 7:52 am 

    Sadly this storm will compete with Harvey for which storm will be more damaging and expensive.

    “Irma Takes Aim at Florida With $200 Billion Damage Toll Seen”

    “Damage could easily top $135 billion in Florida, with other economic losses pushing the price tag as high as $200 billion, Watson said. Preliminary estimates show losses across the Caribbean nearing $10 billion. CoreLogic said 8.5 million properties in Florida may be damaged by Irma’s winds. Hurricane Irma triggers the largest ever evacuation in Miami-Dade County. Total losses from Katrina reached $160 billion in 2017 dollars after it slammed into New Orleans in 2005. “Wind damage is totally going to throw a wrench into the insurance industry,” Watson said. “You are talking about companies failing.” About 9 million of Florida’s 20.6 million people may lose power, according to the state’s largest utility Florida Power & Light Co. Irma may also curb natural gas demand in one of the largest U.S. markets and threaten $1.2 billion worth of crops. Officials were taking steps to ensure adequate supplies of gasoline after residents filled up cars, boats and back-up generators ahead of the storm.”

  43. joe on Sat, 9th Sep 2017 8:16 am 

    Davy, let’s just pray it turns out to not be as bad as the predicted outcome of ‘experts’. What’s worrying me most is if hurricane Jose follows the same path as Irma.

  44. makati1 on Sat, 9th Sep 2017 8:25 am 

    At this point, it looks like Irma is going straight for Texas, not Florida. It has been following the northern coast of Cuba all day. If it continues in that direction, Huston is the target. And Jose seems to be one the same track. The steering winds keep pushing them south. You can see it here:,21.01,1186

  45. Davy on Sat, 9th Sep 2017 1:32 pm 

    maKAT, weather expert on the best track for the most destructiveness. This then becomes his forecast. What a sick old man and some around here like this piece of shit. Pathetic

  46. Cloggie on Sun, 10th Sep 2017 2:52 am 

    Bahama’s… where has all the water gone?

    Spoiler: to Florida…

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