She’s not here yet but we are getting a lot of rain and wind.
To give you some perspective on the size of this storm, it is nearly as big as the state of Texas. I am about 270 miles north of Key West and Irma making landfall there as I’m writing this. Landfall is where the eye comes ashore.
These rain bands are so strong that they are spawning tornadoes in my area. We’re under tornado watch for another three hours. One band last night threw out over 30 lightning strikes. Florida is the lightning strike capital of the world, but that’s excessive even for us. There are hot spots in these bands that, combined with lightning, form tornadoes.
One reporter was standing in about a foot and a half of water in a Ft. Pierce intersection. Rain, wind, stalled cars and this is only the beginning. It didn’t take long for the water to come over the top of her boots. All I could think of was what would happen if a power line broke and landed in that water. Finally, Fire Department officials made her get out of the water onto a relatively dry median.
Even though the worst of Irma is not going to hit for at least another 12 hours. We’ve lost power a couple of times. The Internet is down as well, so I’m going to cut this short and try to send it if it comes back up at all.
You might enjoy reading: Preparing for a Hurricane.
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