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SAY HELLO TO FRANCES - SEP 03, 2004

 

Update: 17:45 hrs. Frances has been downgraded to Category 3 and has slowed down further, to a meager 8 mph. However, its deformed eye is still over land in the eastern Bahamas. It is expected to gain shape and strength as it meets the Gulf stream when enters the Atlantic between the islands and Florida's east coast. 

 

Winds speeds have picked up in the Orlando area, but are still well below storm grade.  Orange county has declared a voluntary evacuation of the low lying areas and has ordered a curfew from 9pm tomorrow to 5am the day after.

 

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We in Central Florida have been making quite a few new friends! First Charley, and now Frances ... I must say, these are very exciting times!!

 

If you recall, my previous post centered around my own personal experience with hurricane Charley. It was scary. But when it had passed, I was thrilled about having witnessed the worst hurricane in Central Florida in the last forty odd years. Little did I (or anyone else) know, that Charley would have to be stripped off all the records it set, in the same season and with in the next twenty odd days! All adjectives used to describe Charley would have to be "upgraded" to superlatives and used again for Frances.

 

There are many different ways of saying this. I will pick the simplest. Charley was big. Frances in much bigger. Charley was bad. Frances is much worse. Ultimately, the wind speeds experienced in my area might turn out to be exactly the same as Charley, but there is one BIG difference. Charley was inland Florida for about six hours. Frances will cover the same distance in 24 hours. Charley was outside my window for thirty odd minutes. Frances will hang around for six hours! And that, might be a cause for concern. Only time will tell.

 

The eye should make landfall southeast of Orlando at 8pm on Saturday and cross right over the Orlando area sometime in the evening on Sunday. (This detail has changed twice since I started writing this post. I am sure this will change soon.)

 

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I was supposed to leave Orlando and fly to Baltimore and then drive to West Virginia for a rafting trip on the New River. My flight was scheduled to leave MCO at 730pm today, but the airport will close as early as noon. Looks like I will have to look for all the excitement right here. There will be 18 to 20 inches of rain, so I am not sure if rafting can be ruled out either. :) 

 

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Clicked this picture the day after Charley. This cloud canopy isn't even the actual hurricane. Its just a depression in the hurricane's wake. It was just past noon when I clicked this picture. Of course, you really can't tell that by the lighting.

 

 

 

 

 

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