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We still have a roof and no damage. Thanks to all for your concerns.


Let the games begin!! I will try to update this blog with new pictures and reports as they come in. On the left hand pane there are links and short updates. I am on the gulfcoast about the middle of the state.
Today has been rain and more rain. That is all that is expected but I did stack the lawn furniture last night and take in anything loose. The office is closing an hour early today to help with getting home without so much traffic. That will give me time to buy dog food and water (maybe beer) to hold us through if we are out of power for a couple day. Our hurricane preparation procedures (what an excruciating process, like pulling teeth) are in place so tonight I take home the laptop (woo-hoo).

6/13/2006 8:50 am  Well the sun is shining! There is still gusts of wind but now that I don’t have a high profile vehicle, I made it to work without any problems.

6/13/2006 6:20 am High winds and rains come through in waves. Our county is south of the "landing". We still have wind. A barge hit a major bridge during the night and they have closed part of it for repairs. By the look of the radar below, we are still due a few rain storms. Spent a wonderful evening watching the clouds pass by and the cool breeze blowing.

Tropical Storm Alberto is moving northeast at 9 mph with maximum sustained winds at 65 mph. The storm is 60 miles west of Cedar Key and is expected to make landfall sometime this morning. After making landfall, it is expected to make its way to the Carolinas as it weakens.


5:00 update
Tropical Storm Alberto is poorly organized, though its maximum sustained winds remain 70 mph, close to hurricane strength, which is a minimum of 74 mph.

It is expected to make landfall late Tuesday morning along northwest Florida’s coast before it makes it way to the Carolinas as it weakens.

Hurricane warnings have been issued for a portion of the Florida Gulf Coast as Tropical Storm Alberto strengthens. As of 10 a.m. CDT, Alberto’s maximum sustained winds had increased to almost 70 mph, just 4 mph short of Category 1 hurricane strength. A hurricane warning means hurricane conditions can be expected in the next 24 hours. The warning area covers the Gulf Coast from Longboat Key to the Ochlockonee River.

Some additional intensification — possibly to hurricane strength — is likely before Alberto swirls ashore somewhere in northwest Florida late tomorrow. It should be noted, however, that the most significant effects of the storm precede the center. A tornado watch is in effect for much of the Florida Peninsula, and flash flood watches are posted for portions of the Panhandle and west coast.

Locally heavy downpours will soak northern Florida and extreme southern Georgia over the next couple of days. Many spots will pick up 4 to 8 inches of rain with isolated 10-inch amounts possible. A storm surge of 8 to 10 feet above normal tide levels can be expected in the warned area which extends from Longboat Key to the Ochlockonee River.

Weather Center
Alberto is on his way and although not expected to become a hurricane,

he will bring heavy rains and flooding.

6/12/2006 11:45
Alberto strengthens, hurricane warning issued. Winds are up to 70 mph with heavy rain expected.
6/12/2006 3:30
Dire deluge drenches Florida
6/12/2006 5:09
Alberto will miss the bay area. But we still have a big storm heading our way.
6/13/2006 6:20 am

Gusty winds and rain awoke me at 1 am. Voluntary evacuation ordered.


12 responses »

  1. Are you in the path of the storm??  Are you going to be okay??
    Loved the friendship quotes….they are all so true.
    Loved the squirrel rescue video too.  I know I\’ll always get a treat when I come to your site…lol.

  2. Whoa. I hope you are okay.
    I damn near jumped through the screen at you with your answer to #5 on my blog cop out….the just kidding add on bought you some time lady! Funny you mention Jefferson Starship…I almost added them to my #5 just for their song \’we built this city\’, but their other body of work saved them! I still have the Grace Slick solo album in record form (wrcking ball i beleive)
    Take care and find cover!

  3. Hang on tight!!!!

  4. Thank you for the comment on my site – we\’re lucky to have any fish at all – one year a giant Egret(?) came by and emptied the entire pond of Koi.  I came home and thought "Wow, what a GIANT bird – what\’s he doing in my yard?? (since you NEVER, EVER, EVER see something like that – it would have been just as surprised if a bear was in my backyard) – and he flew off and then like a day later I realized what he had been doing.  Enjoy the laptop tonight – hope you don\’t get sideswiped by the storm – we (east coast) have been lucky the last few years since for some reason, your area is attracting them more often.

  5. Take cover!  Just a week into hurricane season and whamo …Alberto.  You\’re probably used to it but be safe. 

  6. Oh my!!  Already!!  I can\’t believe hurricane season JUST started and ya\’ll are getting hammered already! 
    You be safe!  Grab that dog food and beer and hunker-down.  We\’ll be wishing you good luck throughout the next couple of days . . . till we hear you\’re safe.

  7. Good Afternoon.. just doing my regular weekly.. daily blog hopping … work day is done.. wooo hoooo.. smiles.. so
    thought i would pop in to say hi… and leave you a wee small gif.. <a href="; target="_blank"><img src="; border="0" alt="Photobucket – Video and Image Hosting"></a>
    have a wonderful evening now.. keep smiling.. keep shining and most of all keep safe..
    smiles and hugsss
    wow… please take extra care..

  8. Be very careful.  Sending a prayer your way for your safety and well-being.

  9. alberto\’s comin\’ – batten down the hatches!
    i can\’t believe they only just announced that hurricane season is upon us and there is a storm abrewin\’.
    keep safe and i\’ll be checking in for updates.
    you are better than the weather channel!

  10. Stay safe!!!

  11. so it has begun 😦 be careful.

  12. Green grass and high tides (forver). You has missed your calling as a weather babe!!


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