It is 9:30 AM Friday and I just got back from breakfast on Lauderdale Beach. *Winds are SSE at 25 mph with gusts reported to 60, seas 6 to 8' and a high overcast. *Tornado warnings are up here until noon.
We had a big rain band come through at 1:44 AM...I know the time exactly because a lightning bolt hit a tree in my neighbors yard...it is toast...it brought me right out of bed...scary. *Not much damage here. *My shade screen held...just barely...and all of my plants are safe but slightly waterlogged.
Key West is getting hammered at this time but Charly's eye is about fifty miles to the West. *My God son called from No Name key and he has had minimal damage so far. *Rising water has forced a small herd...flock?...covey? of Key deer into his yard and they are happily munching on his hot pepper plants. *That would not be acceptable to me. *Sounds like the makings of a really great barbecue...preseasoned venison.
I gotta' go out and wash the salt off my car.
Good luck to all of you on the West coast and Central FL.
Its about 11 am here, everything is a nasty grey color and the wind is picking up, although we have a few more hours until the effects get here. Everything is closed around here, schools, the post office, etc.... even the theme parks are shutting down early this afternoon (yes, even Disney World). I feel sorry for the people in Tampa. They're predicting up to 120mph winds in the downtown area. Hey FlytrapGurl, they said on the news everyone from the Gulf Coast side of the state is heading your way on I-4 trying to stay ahead of the storm. Glad to hear everything is pretty much ok Lauderdale.