Gut Rumbles
 

August 13, 2004

stormy weather

Rain has fallen steadily all day, thanks to tropical storm Bonnie. Hurricane Charlie is supposed to come in through the back door tonight and tomorrow. Did the NWS miss a golden opportunity with these back-to-back storms, or what? Charlie should have been named CLYDE! Then, Bonnie and Clyde could be on the warpath again.

The Crackerbox is under a hurricane watch and a tropical storm warning now, but I'm not worried about it. Charlie isn't that much of a badass and by the time it gets here, it won't be much more than a good windstorm. The local weather is predicting 60 MPH wind gusts and up to 6" of rain, with possible tornadoes. I see that crap all the time with our ubiquitous "early afternoon and evening thunderstorms" in the summer.

I've got beer, cigarettes and a Coleman lantern, plus a pot of green peanuts boiling on the kitchen stove. Charlie can kiss my ass.

Comments

Charlie should have been named CLYDE!

That's exactly what I told my wife, who even works for the NWS and is her office's hurricane focal point! You'd think she'd have some influence, but I guess not.

In fact, I'm betting if the person who put together this year's list of names had followed Bonnie with Clyde, that person would have been canned faster than Jim McGreevey's gay lover.

Posted by: McGehee on August 13, 2004 04:57 PM

Charlie is a mere 60 miles from my home in Orlando. At least the fucker has slowed a bit from its initial landfall speed of 145 mph. I've heard that it should be down to ~70 mph by the time it hits here, but I'm inclined to believe that that is a bit optimistic as it's currently at 115. In any case, we won't be nearly as brutalized as was the west coast earlier today. Dunno if it's on par with Andrew, but the dammage looks extensive.

Oh, well. At least this house is constructed from concrete block. I certainly wouldn't want to be in one of those expensive cardboard boxes that seem so popular around here these days. And I've got plenty of booze and smokes as well, so everything should be fine. Ditto on the Bonnie & Clyde sentiment.

Posted by: D.J. M.B. on August 13, 2004 08:24 PM

Well, that wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. By the time it arrived it was down to 80 mph sustained with 105 mph gusts. After surveying the damage, I've come to the conclusion that we have come out of this situation virtually unscathed and are pretty damned lucky. Hopefully we'll have power again soon, but I'm not counting on it coming back before some time late tomorrow evening. Yay for laptops.

Moments ago I heard that it's still at 80 mph as it pummels Daytona.

Posted by: D.J. M.B. on August 13, 2004 10:58 PM
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