Hugo Redux

In 1989, Charlotte NC was clobbered by Hurricane Hugo. Because hurricanes never track inland, 100 year old trees grew unmolested – spared from being tested by high winds. They were ripe to knock over, blocking major roads and downing power lines, some for up to three weeks.

Power companies rely on neighboring power companies to send in crews to deal with restoring service in big storms. Irma’s current track is aimed right at Charlotte. The National Weather Service estimate is for 50 MPH winds here. If this is true, presumably the storm will track up into Pennsylvania and/or New England. No power company East of the Mississippi River is going to have repair crews to lend out to Duke Energy

Since the track is so vague, at this point it doesn’t make any sense to try to outrun the storm, so for now we’ll just stay put and buy some cans of Spam and saltine crackers.

Charlotte already has gasoline supply issues because of the shutdown of the Colonial finished products pipeline because of the shutdown of refineries in Port Arthur during and after Hurricane Harvey.

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18 Responses to Hugo Redux

    • Parrott says:

      : ) ‘Spam’ It maybe on sale this month at costco, The low sodium version of course.
      The Hemingway cats are going to ride it out in the Hemingway house in Key West. I think Mrs Parrott said 52 or 53 cats and 7 caretakers. Its a strong house. 18 inch thick walls of cut limestone, on the highest ground in Key west, at an elevation of 16 feet. I think they will be fine.
      When we visited last spring, the tour guide guy said it has never flooded in the basement.
      Key West is a good ways west of Homestead and Miami FLA.
      Praying for them.
      Mrs Parrott doesn’t like ‘spam’ all that much either.

      stay safe out there,

      • Fred Stiening says:

        Trump’s house in Palm Beach has 3 foot thick walls

      • Fred Stiening says:

        Amazon has many options

        As a benchmark, walmart is $2.64 for 12 oz original style

        Amazon Prime Pantry (dry goods in a big box) has it for $2.20

        Amazon Prime has it for “free delivery” for $11.99

        If you want 12 different varieties tt will set you back $55.09

        If you want 10 cans of just spam, that is $44.13

        If you want to send the kids to school, they offer individual spam slices – 24 2.5 oz slices for $18.62

        Have a spam day!

        • CC1s121LrBGT says:

          Walmart has a store brand version of the product, including the low sodium version. It will set you back less that the “Spam” brand. You can probably order it on line and then pick it up in a bad with your name on it for no additional charge.

          • CC1s121LrBGT says:

            I was streaming BBC Radio 5 this morning and they had a split broadcast between the UK and South Korea, interviewing Korean students at both locations, mainly regarding their feelings about the tensions with North Korea.

            They saved for their last question a question about Korean food versus western food and the Brits were astonished to learn that Spam is and extremely popular and loved staple of the Korean diet, according to the Korean students. It is much more popular with the older generations, the students said. They explained that during the Korean war, there was starvation and that the Americans would share Spam with the Koreans and that they have fond memories of eating it.

  1. countess robini says:

    grandmama would turn over in her grave. at the very least, her faithful french maid would insist on tinned caviar on toast points.

  2. Fred Stiening says:

    In the past couple hours, the predicted path is moving away from Charlotte and toward middle Tennessee. Guess the spam will see a better day….

  3. Parrott says:

    Fred: break out that ‘Presidential Bacon’ for the Countess.

    Alex is saying there is a ‘Solar Storm’ jumping off the sun today and tomorrow. Could affect communications. Luckily actress Jennifer Laurence, has explained to us commoners, these Hurricanes, earthquakes and solar storms is because we voted for President Donald Trump. whew, that was a relief.
    I was somewhat worried that God was displeased with the republicans since they haven’t done anything, except fight against Trump.

    I think I am going to go smoke a cigar, havn’t had one in a long while six months ?
    Might as well, never know how long we have

  4. Fred Stiening says:

    Irma has decided to pay Brian a visit

  5. Fred Stiening says:

    The Chicago Tribune is brave enough to point at the elephant in the room. Irma was not the hurricane of the century. The airport in Key West is open, and authorities are reopening the causeway. Power is out in much of Florida, but electric utilities these days preemptively cut the power to minumuze damage to transformers.

    There was no deadly 10 foot storm surge and minimal injuries or deaths.

    • TheChairman says:

      I have family in Ft Myers. My dad and sister live 8 miles apart in northeast Lee county. The remnant of the eye passed between them late Sunday afternoon. I was watching a live stream from a Naples web-cam on someone’s 8th floor condo… at one point, the eye passed over and people went out to let their dogs ‘potty in the eye of Irma’. lol Marco and Naples took a decent pounding, but this hurricane could have been a lot worse. The MSM was really hyping and ‘hoping’… and it fizzled on them. A reporter tried to ‘sell’ storm surge (1 foot) by pointing at a 20 foot long dock that was broken and floating; yet, in the background, most of the other docks were fine… looked like high tide to me.

      Harvey was much more devastating and costly IMO. Harvey went from a tropical depression to a category 4 in only 36 hours. So the people in Houston had very little lead time and were basically caught by surprise, with perhaps 18 hours of warning at best. By contrast, Irma had been en route for over a week.

      • TheChairman says:

        To clarify, I’m talking about surge on the gulf coast. People focus on the ‘eye wall’, but angular velocity and surge is strongest on the northeast quadrant of a hurricane (in the northern hemisphere) i.e. Florida still got the worst of the storm on the Atlantic side.

      • CC1s121LrBGT says:

        I like your pun regarding the eye. I just to live in Florida and see the tourist t-shirts that said “My parents went to Florida and all I got was this t-shirt.” It was back in the 80s and I would sometimes ask the vendor if they were selling hurricane watches ?

        Today, you can buy a plain iWatch (and eye wash), but still no Hurricane iWatch. 😉

        actually, I believe the product is an Apple Watch rather than an iWatch. 😉

      • TheChairman says:

        Thanks CC. I’m watching a livestream situation update from FP&L estimating power fully restored in Lee county by Sept 22… ouch! It’s hot and humid ~ 95 deg. All my relatives in FL stayed with their homes; they’re not stuck in Georgia, but they also may not have power or water. I’ve had no communication since Friday.

        • CC1s121LrBGT says:

          I hope they are alright down there, Chairman. Lee County does not have the Caribbean and South American immigration that Dade and Broward have, and it not associated with the same level of looting as the Carribean, Dade and Broward.

          • TheChairman says:

            Oddly enough, today I saw a news clip from a WINK TV crew in Lehigh, FL… lo and behold, my brother-in-law (county employee) was on camera, working hard to clear the roadways.

            I lived in that area from 1982-85 when my family moved from MI due to economy. Other than Sanibel/Captiva and Naples/Vanderbilt beach, I really disliked it and the potential for this sort of calamity. Unless you live within 1/4 mile of the gulf, I think it’s miserable. Being a young buck, I went west and settled in Arizona.

        • Fred Stiening says:

          According to FP&L, of the 4.4 million who lost power, 2.7 million are back online

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