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Topic: HURRICANE CENTRAL: Storms and your Disney trip, Will Hurricanes/Storms Affect Your Trip?< Next Oldest | Next Newest >
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Posted: July 08, 2005, 4:56 pm Quote

Gasoline prices shot up today.  I was lucky to top off at $2.099/gallon, and as soon as I finished an attendant put a "pump not working" plastic bag on the unleaded pump I'd just used.  I went shopping for supplies at Wal-Mart nearby.  Just a short time later where I'd just filled up shot the price up from $2.099/gal to $2.199/gal regular unleaded.  Yep, a 10-cents per gallon increase.  ALL gas stations are doing it local to us, about a dime increase in the cost per gallon no matter where you go.  Triple situation:  Tropical Storm Cindy earlier in the week disrupted gas production, the terrorist bombings in London Thursday spooked the oil and gas markets, and Category 4 Hurricane Dennis is likely to cause evacuation of Gulf of Mexico oil rigs and disruptions of petro chemical industries.

Wal-Mart is a roller coaster ride all its own.  In addition to putting out back to school supplies already (schools return to session in just a month, August 11 and 12) they are putting out cases of bottled water and batteries.  Tuna is disappearing from the shelves.  Bottled water in individual bottles as well as gallong jugs is strating to go off the shelves.  Appetizing canned goods, such as chili and soup, are still in good supply but people are snatching them up.  People are stocking on the non-perishables.  Even with the precise landfall of Dennis being three days away and unknown as to where, people are packing it in at Wal-Mart like crazy.  And they can never shop in there alone, always has to be at least 1-5 other humans going along.  Lines at check out are LONG and SLOW.

No one is saying "mandatory evacuation", yet the officials are encouraging people to take a long weekend in Nashville, Memphis, Little Rock, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta and get out while the driving is easy and before the contraflow begins on the Interstates leading out, north and west.  So far Interstate traffic is moving freely.  But folks are still are "waiting and seeing" if they really do have to leave or not, wondering Dennis' path first before they take the final steps.

My purpose in putting this information is to give you perspective.  Don't comment on the nitty gritty, but look at the big picture.

Preparing is a process.  Wait too long, and the lines are long and slow and it sucks out your available time to get other things done.  Leave early, and the driving hassles associated with evacuations of mass populations are not too bad.  Costs go up stocking up on the supplies you wouldn't normally acquire, sure.  Even gasoline costs can be affected by market forces and not by gouging.

It does feel like you're dreaming to do this.  Life is supposed to be normal, on a Friday families should be shopping for just routine groceries and items.  You shop for batteries only if you need a few.  You shop for plywood only if you're building something.  If you're supposed to be on vacation, it's strange to shop for groceries to hunker down in your hotel room with because you can't eat at your vacation destination as you'd planned to.  It's not supposed to be crazy like this.  I want to relax, I want to wake up from this dream!  You'll think that too.  But if you're in Orlando or another hurricane prone area, you know you should take precautions like these.  But it feels odd to be doing it.  

And it's frustrating, you're right, life wasn't supposed to be like this.  It's frustrating to the locals, too.  If you are caught in Orlando as a tourist with this same thing going on, know you are not alone.  It's either stock up as well as possible or be hungry and thirsty until normal operations resume.  You can only suck it in, deal with it, and count this as a travel memory you won't soon forget.   You have shelter, and you are with other fellow travellers.  All of you will get through it, together, and your host hotel or resort helps you as best as they can.  Most of the time, hurricanes aren't blowing through and disrupting people's vacations, livelihoods or home lives.  Even with an annual hurricane season, these things are UNusual to happen.  So keep perspective as much as possible.  It really helps.
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Posted: July 08, 2005, 5:39 pm Quote

Quote (utilidor27 @ July 08, 2005 14:03 am/pm)
Can't wait to see those reporters on the beaches telling people they need to stay off the beaches.  :) Anybody remember Geraldo last year!

Yes, I do!!! I found something I posted last year about this... As I wrote then, you'll only need to worry about a hurricane affecting us here in the New Orleans area if you see Geraldo Rivera doing his "bendy" routine while reporting live from the French Quarter!



And it looks like the latest hurricane forecast track from the National Weather Service for Hurricane Dennis has it shifted just a bit to the east, no longer making landfall along the Alabama-Florida border but just east of Pensacola, Florida now.

Our FOX 8 Meteorologist in New Orleans, Bob Breck, thinks that there is a greater chance of Hurricane Dennis going east of that line on the National Hurricane Center forecast track map rather than east of it. That's good news for those in New Orleans, bad news for those in the Florida panhandle.

In about 8 hours Hurricane Dennis will be back out over water -- in the Gulf of Mexico -- after leaving Cuba. At that time we'll have a better idea which way it is probably going to go.

Here is information from a hurricane post Carol wrote last year . . .

Gulf Coast media outlets if you want to follow local coverage of the hurricane:

WEAR-TV 3, ABC-TV, Pensacola FL-Mobile AL

http://www.weartv.com/

WKRG-TV 5, CBS-TV, Mobile AL-Pensacola FL

http://www.wkrg.com/

WPMI-TV 15, NBC-TV, Mobile AL-Pensacola FL

http://www.wpmi.com/

WALA-TV FOX 10, FOX-TV, Mobile AL-Pensacola FL, site not operational.

Mobile Register daily newspaper

http://www.al.com/mobileregister/

WWL-AM 870 New Orleans, news-talk, clear channel station you can pick this signal up for many miles in the southeastern U.S.

http://www.wwl.com/default.asp

WVUE-TV FOX 8, FOX-TV, New Orleans, the station Rich works at

http://www.fox8live.com/

The weatherman at Fox 8 is Bob Breck and Bob has his own weather site

http://www.bobbreck.com/

WWL-TV 4, CBS-TV, New Orleans

http://www.wwltv.com/

WDSU-TV 6, NBC-TV, New Orleans

http://www.theneworleanschannel.com/index.html

WGNO-TV 26, ABC-TV, New Orleans

http://abc26.trb.com/

WLOX-TV 13, ABC-TV, Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, Mississippi

http://www.wlox.com/

The New Orleans Times Picayune daily newspaper

http://www.nola.com/


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Posted: July 08, 2005, 6:07 pm Quote

Bob Breck thinks Hurricane Dennis might make landfall around Fort Walton Beach, Florida or even Panama City Beach, Florida.

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Posted: July 08, 2005, 9:59 pm Quote

ACK! you're right!

It's even worse this year! :shocked:

In light of all of this, the Geraldo pic did make me chuckle a bit.....
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Can't wait to see those reporters on the beaches telling people they need to stay off the beaches.


too true!  :uhoh:


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Hurricane Dennis has now been downgraded to a category 2 storm! This is great news!
:hurricane:
It is still over Cuba and much later tonight we'll find out more about where it is headed, after it reappears in the Gulf of Mexico and the National Hurricane Center can track its storm path over water again.


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Posted: July 08, 2005, 10:59 pm Quote

that's great news Rich!

Hopefully, it won't gain anymore strength over the warm Gulf water.  :uhoh:


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Posted: July 09, 2005, 7:54 am Quote

It's a category one storm this morning!

This thread is titled for the moment about Hurricane Dennis, so to be specific to that topic:  I think Florida's western coast is going to be pounded by a lot of rain Saturday (today) and Sunday.  Effect on WDW:  Breezy and windy a bit, with some rain.  Get those ponchos out!

If Dennis can stay diminished, Rich's TV station's weather people showed a weather chart of Gulf of Mexico water temperatures.  The northern Gulf waters are cooler than the warm Caribbean waters that made Dennis a Category 4 storm.  Likely landfall is Pensacola-Panama City FL, but Mobile AL is in there as a strong possibility too.  If this storm reaches cooler waters it might not stregthen much more or strengthen to not be a Category 4 as it had been.  If it can move to the east as much as possible, east of Panama City or Apalachicola FL that is less densely populated, and if the cooler northern Gulf waters can keep it from strengthening, that will all be to the good.
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Posted: July 09, 2005, 11:18 am Quote

Quote (utilidor27 @ July 08, 2005 14:03 am/pm)
Can't wait to see those reporters on the beaches telling people they need to stay off the beaches.  :) Anybody remember Geraldo last year!

So we're watching Weather Channel Saturday morning.  Their reporter Jim Cantore is assigned to Pensacola Beach.  Rich spots, in the background, the usual plywood boardings of windows with spray paint about "NameOfHurricane Go Away!" type wordings.  And Rich spots one to the effect "Dennis And Jim, Go Away", referring to Jim Cantore!  A case of "shooting the messenger" maybe....  

The water systems and sewer systems of Pensacola Beach will shut off at 6 pm local time today.  The authorities are asking those insisting on staying for names of next of kin and contact info for their dentists (use dental records to identify bodies) .

Dennis is now a Category two.

Central Florida is getting a brush with Dennis whether they like it or not.  Tampa has had damage already just from Dennis' feeder bands.  High winds, rains, tornado warnings going on even for Central Florida inland.  Means a possibly not pleasant day at WDW, but the park as far as I know is open for business.
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I think Florida's western coast is going to be pounded by a lot of rain Saturday (today) and Sunday.  Effect on WDW:  Breezy and windy a bit, with some rain.  Get those ponchos out!

Don't forget the possiblity of tornadoes... One already struck Tampa today, causing damage.

The feeder bands of Hurricane Dennis have already gone over the panhandle of Florida and continue to do so -- so that means even Walt Disney World can have tornadoes related to the feeder bands of Hurricane Dennis this weekend.
:hurricane:

The latest estimated time for Hurricane Dennis to make landfall is sometime late tomorrow afternoon, possibly at a category 3 strength.

People from Pearl River, MS to the Florida panhandle are getting ready for a possible direct hit.


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While I was in the Bahamas,  I was watching the hurricane pattern VERY closely since we were leaving yesterday afternoon to go home. I knew the hurricane was not directly over us but we were feeling the very strong winds from it. I really didn't want to take off yesterday but the plane ride was only a bit bumpy going up...easy for me to say now that I am home and on the ground.

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