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South Florida is a disaster area by canaveralgumby on 26 October 2005 3:25am
 
Is anyone seeing this on TV? My family is down there. They don't expect electricity to be restored for WEEKS, from Palm Beach to the Keys, from the east coast to the West. Some areas have no running water at all. Some areas under a foot or so of water.

No matter what I say, it's not as bad as New Orleans! But it's pretty bad. Wilma crossed the peninsula as a category 3 and never died down as it was expected to. I can find hardly any reporting on this.

My husband went down this morning to bring my mother-in-law up (which is a disaster of a whole other category, but I digress). Where there is gas left, it is being syphoned - pumps don't work without electric - and they personally witnessed some people snap in a 3 1/2 hour queue and a gun came out. I'm happy to report no shots were fired...

I was at a trade show in Orlando all day eating candy. I'm a bum.


Okay here's a report at 10:30 pm the day after!

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051026/ap_on_re_us/hurricane_wilma
 
Re: South Florida is a disaster area by suzulu on 26 October 2005 11:18am
 
Sounds horrendous there! I saw it on TV here in UK - there was a reporter being brave (or stupid) trying to report out in the middle of it and he just couldn't stand up. There was a man on his knees trying to support him.
 
Re: South Florida is a disaster area by peripatetically on 26 October 2005 2:05pm
 
We've been trying to contact our family's best friends in the Ft. Lauderdale area. The answering machine works, but nobody answers. Both are elderly and ill living with a daughter. No word has come as to where they are. One of the other children who lives here in Maryland hasn't heard anything either. We are worried sick. One uses oxygen around the clock so they have a generator for power outages, but that doesn't keep the roof over the house. Sure hope word comes today as to their whereabouts. I understand even the cellphones aren't working down there.
 
Re: South Florida is a disaster area by perfectbitch on 26 October 2005 3:16pm
 
I saw the same report as suzulu and was horrified. I hope everyone is well and accounted for by the end of the day. Thoughts are with you. Linz
 
Re: South Florida is a disaster area by tucsonmike on 27 October 2005 2:26am
 
Well I know my thoughts are with you Cori.
What a year.
Mike
 
Re: South Florida is a disaster area by canaveralgumby on 27 October 2005 3:16am
 
Thank you, and I hope everyone is okay in your family, peripatetically.

Electric companies from other states have sent some crews to help. This is what the National Guard is for. Not for military action in another country. They are for handling the heavy logistical work of these types of disasters.

The Governor, GBW's brother, whom we call Pumpkinhead because he really has a huge keppie, made a good point today and I hate that I agree with him. He said that there really shouldn't be people queueing up for ice and supplies mere hours after the storm. "They" (government, newspapers, tv news, insurance cos., etc. etc.) remind everyone a thousand times a year to have 3 days of supplies at home. Only the poorest people wouldn't be able to do this. It would be nice if the aid agencies could attend to the poorest people when they arrive, instead of everybody, middle-class and wealthy, who just didn't take responsibility or have any civic-mindnedness... I think I did this post before, sorry.
 
Re: South Florida is a disaster area by peripatetically on 27 October 2005 12:45pm
 
Thank you, Cori. We did get a little information from a daughter who "SOMEHOW" spoke to them right before the power was lost. Apparently the fence around the pool and the shrubs have been destroyed, 2/3 of the roof shingles are gone and a tree was uprooted in the yard. Nothing else known yet as their power is out. It will be interesting to see if any other damage was discoverd in the meantime and howthey fared psychologically.
 
Re: South Florida is a disaster area by tucsonmike on 27 October 2005 9:14pm
 
Yes it will be interesting to see how folks fare in this mess... Don't count much on the Administration. If you turn on the news today, they have some problems of their own (mostly of their own making).
 



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