New Hurricane Heading for Florida Panhandle

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  1. NL7W

    NL7W Ham Member QRZ Page

    Another hurricane is headed for the northern Florida coast. There's talk it might make landfall as a Cat III, but I'm thinking a Cat II. Batten down the hatches!

    How will amateur radio respond?

    Hurricane Michael has the Florida Panhandle/Big Bend region in its crosshairs, with a landfall on Wednesday predicted by all of our reliable track models.
    https://www.wunderground.com/cat6/H...ane-Michael-Hermine-Dennis-Ivan-Opal-and-Kate
     
  2. W4NNF

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    Here, the local amateurs are keeping an eye on it. It should miss us in Mobile, but you never know with these things. Good advice from our state (Alabama) organization:

    "As most of you know by now, a possibly significant storm is headed
    towards Alabama and Florida's Gulf coast by mid week. At present we are
    at a Category 1 as listed by the NWS and Michael is expected to reach
    Category 3 by landfall.

    Now is the time to make your plans to be safe and ready for such an
    event. If you live in the Districts of A and B you know these drills and
    expectations from possibly living through these situations in the past.

    Please remember to check on loved ones and pets and ensure all of you
    have an evacuation plan should this be needed and that you can sustain
    your health and your safety for several days should you be affected by
    the storms floods, winds, and or damages.

    I also want to remind everyone that we do not encourage self-deployment
    after any storm. There will be an organized process for seeking out
    volunteers once the initial assessment is made by first responders.

    We will coordinate our efforts if called upon through our Alabama DEC's
    for Districts A and B which are Chuck Miller, KD4NGA,District A and
    James Nelson, KE4GWW District B. Our SEC David Gillespie W4LHQ will help
    lead this effort as needed.

    More to come as this storm approaches and we learn more about its path
    and potential damage it could bring to Alabama.
    73 everyone and please stay safe."
     
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  3. K1VSK

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    "How will amateur radio respond?"

    Except for those in what appears to be the effected small section of Florida, we're playing golf. Got to go...
     
  4. KY5U

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    Be a cat 1 onshore in <10 miles from the beach down from a 2. I am rooting for uninhabited areas and not my house. Prayers are always appreciated. I am in Jackson packing my shack gear. In all honesty, I am pointing and grunting, my son in law is packing.
     
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  5. W4ZD

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    Grew up in Florida, all over the place. In the panhandle, Tallahassee, Quincy, and Chipley. Nice little towns that I recall with affection. Too far inland for any real threat, I suppose. Never did experience a hurricane in 30 years there. It once snowed, in Lakeland. That was a gas! Killed a lot of the plants, though. Those days... :)

     
  6. W5TTW

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    Like it always does. The WX Whackers will babble at each other on their silly nets while the first responders do their jobs.
     
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  7. KK5JY

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    This is all likely (and sadly) quite true.

    That said, I have been surprised by how popular this has become, even outside AR circles. Whenever the weather forecast becomes anything but "sunny and mild," even the professional weather whackers get on TV and play it up like it's the end of the world (again). We're in the middle of the fall rainy season here, and the local weather reporters act like they are trying to sell lifeboats to people living on hilltops. Every time a hurricane comes anywhere near a US coastline, the weather people want to make an adventure movie about it.

    Major weather events were part of life long before the invention of TV and radio, but the latter seem to spawned an entire generation of drama queens. The amateurs are amateurs at it, by comparison. At least the TV guys have pretty graphics and red-alert apps for your smartphone. The hams have... $25 imported HTs...
     
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  8. ND6M

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    Yeah, but, can Amateurs fake videos of the wind while reporting the Wx?
     
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  9. KK5JY

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    No, but they can blow across the microphone to make it sound like a monster wind. :rolleyes:
     
  10. NL7W

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    Have Baofeng, will travel! ;):p:cool:
     

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