Matthew Strengthens, Imminent Threat to Life and Property in Florida. So Local Pasco Podcast, October 6th, 2016

This is the podcast you don’t want to have to make.  I wish the news were better…In fact, the only good news is that it looks like we will be spared a harrowing ordeal.  That’s small comfort to those many of us who have friends and family on the east coast, in the path of Matthew.

2am track guidance. Not good. Forecast to be a Cat 4 or 5, scraping along the coast, effecting millions of coastal residents, from South Florida to St. Augustine.
2am track guidance. Not good. Forecast to be a Cat 4 or 5, scraping along the coast, effecting millions of coastal residents, from South Florida to St. Augustine.

My immediate concern in this post is the late hour.  I will shortly hit the publish button, and rest for a few hours…So by the time you hear this podcast, and read this post, the forecast information will have changed…Let me URGE you, right now, to tune in as soon as possible, and get the latest.  Any slight adjustment westward could put us in peril.  I want to make sure you understand, dear reader:  Me saying we look safe at 3am does not make you safe at 8am.

Aside from the details in the podcast, I want to make sure you know where to go to get information about planning, disaster relief, and preparation help.  You should download and print the EXCELLENT Pasco County Disaster Preparedness Guide, which you can get by clicking the green text, above, or the image of the cover, below.  It is a PDF document, which you can print out at home.  Failing that, copies are available at County Libraries, AND at the government center on Little Road.cover-pic


We talked about “The Loop” in the forecast…It kind of took social media by storm (HAHA) Wednesday.  This is a model run from Tuesday night that seemed to indicate the storm could loop back around and hit Florida for a second time, next week.  It was kind of amusing…But actually could happen.  And since I know we’re all a little nervy and anxious about the storm, the loop just lends itself to a little Benny Hill action:

We could all use a chuckle, at this point.

Here are some other hurricanes from our history that have done loops:

Easy, 1950
Easy, 1950
Betsy, 1965
Betsy, 1965
Gordon, 1994
Gordon, 1994
Elena, 1985 (which effected us here, in Pasco County)
Elena, 1985 (which effected us here, in Pasco County)
Ivan, in 2004
Ivan, in 2004

Finally, the thing that makes me the most nervous, aside a direct impact for us…The Lake Okeechobee Levee System.  It is in crisis and disrepair…There is a plan to repair it that is years behind schedule, and our state officials are not doing enough to fix it.  The last time it failed, in 1925, over 2,500 people died.  A failure now would be even MORE catastrophic, both for the people AND for the environment.  I would remind folks that the algae bloom problems now being experience on BOTH coasts is a result of dumping agricultural runoff nutrient rich water from the big lake into surrounding waterways, to keep the levees from failing.

PLEASE keep pressure on your state representatives to fix the lake, before thousands more die, and more irreparable damage is done to our inshore waterways!

Stay tuned!  Get informed!  Be safe…Talk to you later today.

~Greg

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