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Ian sucked all the water out of Charlotte Harbor.

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u/capt_yellowbeard Sep 28 '22 Silver

Is now when you run out and grab all the treasures normally hidden under the sea like in the Chinese Brothers book?

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u/drLagrangian Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 28 '22

Is that the one where one brother was able to stretch his neck or legs really long and couldn't be drowned?

Edit: This is getting a lot of can anyone find the title?

Edit: thanks reddit. It's "the five Chinese brothers" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Five_Chinese_Brothers?wprov=sfla1

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u/capt_yellowbeard Sep 28 '22

I remember one being able to pull trees up by their roots and one being able to suck up the entire ocean. Those seem like fairly disparate power levels but whatevs.

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u/Brett420 Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 28 '22

I mean you aren't (all) wrong!

1) Has the power to swallow the sea.

2) Has the power of an invincible neck.

3) Has the power of stretchy legs.

4) Has the power of immunity to fire.

5) Has the power to hold his breath however long he wants.

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u/Blarfk Sep 28 '22

The neck guy kind of got the short end of the power stick. Like that will only really help you out in a very specific situation.

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u/foreignsky Sep 28 '22

Fortunately for the brothers, that exact specific scenario happens in the book!

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u/Blarfk Sep 28 '22

He must have been so excited that it was finally his time to shine.

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u/LegalAssassin13 Sep 28 '22

2nd brother: Guys! The Emperor is going to try death by drowning next! 3rd brother: My time has come…

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u/JRRX Sep 28 '22

"I mean, sea-swallowing bro or breath-holder bro could probably take this one..."

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u/LegalAssassin13 Sep 28 '22

“DON’T TAKE THIS FROM ME.”

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u/Its-AIiens Sep 28 '22

It was his chance to become legend and he seized it, you could say he really stuck his neck out there.

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u/Tyrannosaurus_Rox_ Sep 28 '22

Chekhov's neck

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u/One-Inch-Punch Sep 28 '22

Like a crossover with the Highlander movies.

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u/Danzarr Sep 28 '22

yeah, but hes a reverse highlander, you cant cut his head off, but he can die any other way.

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u/sauron-lorenson Sep 28 '22

From the judge's point of view, he kept going home to his mom to say goodbye. C'mon, bro, don't torture the poor lady!

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u/LinIsStrong Sep 28 '22

Wow that’s a blast from the past. I hadn’t thought of that book in decades. Loved it as a kid!

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u/Brett420 Sep 28 '22

Yeah, that's the one.

One brother has stretchy legs, so when they try to drown him he just stretches his legs and stands at the bottom of the sea.

Another has an "iron neck" so when they try to behead him they can't.

(the basic plot is that there's 5 identical brothers, each with a different super power. one accidentally kills someone and is sentenced to death. the other 4 brothers all take his place each time they try to kill him, then after the 4th try they're like well, i guess we just have to let him go since we couldn't kill him)

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u/NorthNorthAmerican Sep 28 '22

"Seven Chinese brothers swallowing the ocean..."

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u/spinbutton Sep 28 '22

Love that REM song!

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u/Sleemonster Sep 28 '22

Seven thousand years to sleep away the pain

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u/mhfc Sep 28 '22

She will return....

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u/dgeniesse Sep 28 '22

No. In hurricanes you maybe have a little more time then a tsunami, but you don’t have a lot of time.

Anyway not a good time to pick up the stranded fish or look for bodies (oops treasures)

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u/capt_yellowbeard Sep 28 '22

Well, to be fair (spoiler alert) in the book a child does this and spends too much time out there and ends up drowning soooo….🤷‍♂️

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u/onvaca Sep 28 '22

I loved that book!

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u/Nanojack Sep 28 '22

So did I, and I haven't thought of it in 20 years until this comment

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u/[deleted] Sep 28 '22 edited Nov 02 '22 Helpful

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u/hibrett987 Sep 28 '22

With interest

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u/rynamdn Sep 28 '22

He’ll make it rain.

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u/Clcskycrow Sep 28 '22

21 Waffle House locations have closed. We need to evacuate all of Florida, this is an Avengers level threat

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u/cp314159 Sep 28 '22

Came looking for this: Waffle House Index

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u/dildomiami Sep 28 '22

Levels Edit The index has three levels, based on the extent of operations and service at the restaurant following a storm:[7][8][9]

GREEN: full menu – Restaurant has power and damage is limited or no damage at all. YELLOW: limited menu – No power or only power from a generator, or food supplies may be low. RED: the restaurant is closed – the restaurant has been completely destroyed or severe flooding.

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…fuck they take selling waffles pretty serious :D

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u/WigglestonTheFourth Sep 29 '22

Hashbrowns, always has been.

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u/Bdogbooze Sep 29 '22

Yeah I worked at one of the most northern ones and they made me come in during level 3 snow emergencies fuckingjerks

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u/nayesphere Sep 28 '22

Holy shit TWENTY ONE closed?! As someone originally from the South, that’s when you know shit is about as serious as it can actually get. Not joking.

They have generators and were always the only ones to have food and water for people during hurricanes when I lived at the coast for a decade. They NEVER closed, even through Cat 4s.

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u/Clcskycrow Sep 28 '22

Fr tho this is an Avengers level threat, I’m in Tallahassee rn

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u/mikefrombarto Sep 28 '22

This is the severity gauge in the South.

If your local Waffle House is closed due to a storm, you probably should evacuate.

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u/cherrybombsnpopcorn Sep 28 '22

*should have already evacuated. Waffle house workers are closing the bridges behind them.

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u/T3canolis Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 28 '22

As someone who grew up in Punta Gorda (and whose family is still in the nearby area), my breath is held and I am hoping my hometown is not destroyed again. It took so long for things to rebound from Charley… I can’t imagine having to do it all over 18 years later.

EDIT: don’t forget the word “not,” folks

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u/Mydogdexter1 Sep 28 '22

I think you're missing a word in there somewhere.

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u/gundumb08 Sep 28 '22

Jokes on you, he HATES towns.

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u/ells9824 Sep 28 '22

I AM IAN ...I EAT TOWN

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u/protein_factory Sep 28 '22

Yeah, fuck that town

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u/a_rather_small_moose Sep 28 '22

Bouta send Atlantis some neighbors

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u/aKnightWh0SaysNi Sep 28 '22

I agree. Punt that Gorda back into the ocean. Needs another cleaning.

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u/Ditka85 Sep 28 '22

He REALLY hates that town.

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u/s0cks_nz Sep 28 '22

That's what is gonna fuck things up, the constant destruction. Towns, even cities, just won't get rebuilt in the near future because it won't be worth it when a previously 1 in 100yr storm hits every few years.

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u/swim-bike-run Sep 28 '22

I live in Saint Petersburg and I just went down to Tampa Bay and this is exactly what it looks like. There were people walking around about a mile out.

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u/CarminSanDiego Sep 28 '22 I'm Deceased

Exactly what I expect floridians to be doing

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u/livens Sep 28 '22

Just take a pool noodle with you and you'll be fine.

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u/Ann_Summers Sep 28 '22

Can I use a donut floaty instead?

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u/jaspersgroove Sep 28 '22

Only if it’s a sprinkle donut floaty, you’ll need those extra calories when you end up having to tread water for 72 hours.

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u/PM_me_yer_kittens Sep 28 '22

Good shellin’ way out there

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u/jabba_the_wut Sep 28 '22

You can find amazing shark teeth on the Gulf coast!

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u/Smartnership Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 28 '22 Silver hehehehe

Sometimes still installed and fully operational!

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u/mower Sep 28 '22

It’s like sometimes the shark teeth just find you, instead.

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u/Smartnership Sep 28 '22

It’s one sure way to get a full set.

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u/Ganjake Sep 28 '22

Dude Sanibel is gonna be destroyed.... I feel so much for the people over there. Some of my best memories growing up shelling there.

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u/ProfessorPickleRick Sep 28 '22

They never got the eye Sanibel was continually trapped in the eye wall. It’s one of my favorite spots in Florida :(

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u/hippywitch Sep 28 '22

I’m addicted to beach combing but damn.

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u/irishbball49 Sep 28 '22

I respect the ocean way way too much to see that and think I'm gonna walk out there.

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u/Seige_Rootz Sep 28 '22

when water disappears from where it should be Mother Nature is literally winding up to sock you square in the dick

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u/mycroft16 Sep 28 '22

I'm from CO and UT... the high points of the continental US... and even I'm not stupid enough to do more than pause for a pic and gtfo.

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u/timesuck47 Sep 28 '22

I’m pretty sure that’s what it looks like before tidal waves approach as well. So as a rule of thumb, if the ocean dries up, don’t go out there.

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u/NorthNorthAmerican Sep 28 '22

Here's video but it doesn't show anyone walking out (smart cut, if you ask me)

https://www.wtsp.com/video/weather/forecast/reverse-storm-surge-tampa-bay/67-ba6253f1-cfd0-490e-92ac-5efac244e9ba

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u/Sh1bdib Sep 28 '22

Just watched a 30 second ad for an 18 second video.. I hate the internet

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u/nicolasmcfly Sep 28 '22

It's never too late for an adblocker

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u/go4tli Sep 28 '22

Worst idea possible unless you are Aquaman.

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u/TheDucksTales Sep 28 '22

My goodness. That’s so dangerous

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u/jkvincent Sep 28 '22

There were people walking around about a mile out.

Yikes, poor decision. Maybe their last poor decision.

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u/sharkethic86 Sep 28 '22

But they'll be immortalized on their Instagram pages at least

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u/Euclid_Jr Sep 28 '22

Natural selection at work.

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u/Kinguke Sep 28 '22 Silver Wholesome I'll Drink to That

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u/Genghis_Tr0n187 Sep 28 '22

And if the water comes back, don't you think people will just sell their homes and move?

-Benny Shaps

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u/darklordwaffle Sep 28 '22

"SELL THEM TO WHO, BEN? FUCKING AQUAMAN?!?"

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u/kneel23 Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 28 '22

JIM COME GET YOUR DAMN LAND

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u/dealyllama Sep 28 '22

This is fine.

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u/John_Tacos Sep 28 '22

I think it will be the opposite problem.

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u/BizzyM Sep 28 '22

Row row row your sub

Gently beneath the sea

Blub blub blub, blub blub blub, blub blub blub, blub blub blub

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u/Darth_Taun_Taun Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 29 '22 Silver

Man, this Ian guy is really thirsty

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u/Goose_Dies Sep 28 '22

Thirst trap.

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u/OptimusSublime Sep 28 '22

Two things are equally terrifying.

Lots of water where none should be

No water where lots should be

Get the fuck out.

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u/dgeniesse Sep 28 '22

With a Hurricane you get the opportunity for both, plus a lot of rain…

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u/Whereisthefrontpage Sep 28 '22

How do we steer Ian directly over lake Mead? Nukes?

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u/Kelli217 Sep 28 '22

Careful use of Sharpies on the path projection maps.

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u/Grogfoot Sep 28 '22

LOL. It is so difficult to think of the most ridiculously thing he's done (there are so fucking many), but that one has to be up there.

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u/HKBFG Sep 28 '22

Reference?

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u/durgadurgadurg Sep 28 '22

A hurricane was headed for Florida, trump tweeted that Alabama might also get hit. Worried Alabamians called the NWS, which tweeted that Alabama would NOT get hit by the hurricane. Trump has a hissy fit about being wrong and posts a sharpie altered forecast projection map wherein the hurricane takes a sharp left turn into Alabama instead of going up the coast. Everyone facepalms.

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u/ellWatully Sep 28 '22

The best part is how the sharpie he used to draw on the map was sitting on his desk in the video where he claimed the poorly altered map was legit.

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u/2Quick_React Sep 28 '22

Was this before or after he suggested we launch a nuke into the hurricane?

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u/USSMarauder Sep 28 '22

To this day I'm convinced Trump meant to type 'Bahamas', he fat fingered it to something like 'Ahbama', it autocorrected to 'Alabama', he never noticed, and then doubled down because HE CANNOT BE WRONG

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u/ScoobyDerp Sep 28 '22

Have you tried “correcting” the hurricane’s projected path with a sharpie?

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u/batmandela Sep 28 '22

Even the fish have evacuated.

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u/Derp_State_Agent Sep 28 '22

No worries, it's all coming back...all at once. You should get tf out if you haven't already.

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u/fuzywuzyboomboom Sep 28 '22

I bet you could find a Spanish gold coin or two before you got pummeled by the ocean.

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u/JustaRandomOldGuy Sep 28 '22

I could see my life ending that way. I find a treasure chest full of gold and then see a ten foot wall of water rushing toward me.

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u/TheAzureMage Sep 28 '22

An enormous chest with three skeletons and a pile of gold? My lucky day!

*sees wall of water*

Well, I guess I'll live a few minutes longer if I get into the chest.

Many years later: An enormous chest with four skeletons and a pile of gold? My lucky day!

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u/toxic_pantaloons Sep 28 '22

Goddammit, its getting crowded in this chest!

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u/mouseknuckle Sep 28 '22

Look at this right here. This is how you write a short story.

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u/No_Wolverine1608 Sep 28 '22

Nah, fuck it, stay right there and keep filming. I’m sure you can get a few more karmas.

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u/ThighsofJustice Sep 28 '22

Bust out the handy metal detector. Be sure to take your time as to not overlook anything...

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u/Iiiggie Sep 28 '22

Underlook everything, though.

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u/kmikek Sep 28 '22

"don't overlook anything" you're fixated on the ground and unaware of the clouds above you.

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u/Lexsteel11 Sep 28 '22

Put on some swimmies/floaties

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u/jhb760 Sep 28 '22

YOU ALWAYS HAD THE BLONDEST HAIR

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u/andbruno Sep 28 '22

stay right there and keep filming

Make sure it's a livestream. Won't be able to upload the video when pummeled to death by the incoming storm surge.

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u/KGsaid Sep 28 '22

Make sure everything is auto-loaded to the cloud so your family can share after the storm.

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u/Lonelan Sep 28 '22

He's gone from suck to blow!

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u/beaverboyseth Sep 28 '22

"Commence Operation Vac-u-Suck!"

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u/brooksyd2 Sep 28 '22

Perri-Air

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u/Jcapen87 Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 28 '22

I have multiple family members (ages 65-92) who live in Port Charlotte area- Rotonda West- who are flippant about this and aren’t leaving. I don’t get it. Me and my parents are a 7 hour drive up the road in GA and have offered both our houses to them for as long as needed, but they want to play tough and hunker down. Even though they are older and arguably more prone to severe injury in storms like this, not being able to move as quickly.

Respect the balls I guess, but not the brains.

UPDATE: power is already out.

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u/TheBrownishOne Sep 28 '22

My family and I also live in Port Charlotte area, and we decided at 11pm last night that if we were going to leave, we absolutely had to do it then because there would be no opportunity afterwards. Now we're in a parking lot in Ft. Lauderdale trying to figure out an AirBnb, but at least we're together and alive. 18 ft. storm surge is nothing to fuck with. Hopefully we still have a home to return to.

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u/Ecstatic_Carpet Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 28 '22

I went to a community in Mississippi that got 21 ft of storm surge in Katrina. 7 years after the fact, that community still showed scars from it. The ocean coming to your house is no joke.

Some people also forget that with the storm surge, the ocean is moving inland. So you still get all those impressive hurricane sized waves on top of everything.

Something that never occurred to me before visiting there, is that the weeks after is very hard to live in. All the animals and vegetation that die in the flood waters start to decompose. They even said caskets started floating up. Every water source gets contaminated and the entire area reeks of death. So even if you make it through the storm, an area with a bunch of flooding is not very liveable after the waters recede.

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u/I_Bleed_Paint Sep 28 '22

I live here In New Orleans. It’s not the storm itself it’s after it passes. Unless you’re very well prepared. Gas for generators becomes very difficult to get after a few days. It’s hot, no power, no water, no fuel, and smells terrible.

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u/lmxbftw Sep 28 '22

Yeah, I remember trying to get a friend living in Metarie to evacuate in the aftermath of Katrina. They hadn't flooded and weren't getting news, we finally got through to their phone 4 days after the storm and convinced them that the water wasn't going to come back on anytime soon. They ended up living in Tennessee for a year.

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u/ZombieAlienNinja Sep 28 '22

I remember reading a story about a heroin addict who decided to stay during Katrina because they wouldn't be able to get their fix if they left. They described walking around the city finding other people and trying to survive. Sounded like hell.

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u/FuckingKilljoy Sep 29 '22

Being a heroin addict unable to get your fix is hell enough, it must have been absolute torture trying to make it through that as well as survive hurricane Katrina and the aftermath

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u/synndiezel Sep 28 '22

There are parts of New Jersey that never really covered from Sandy, 10 years after.

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u/OminNoms Sep 28 '22

I'm from Waveland, just outside Gulfport, MS. We made the choice to evacuate to Florida a few days before it hit, even though my grandparents didn't think it was going to hit us too bad.

We came back to our roof 20 miles away, and a water line on the few remaining pine trees almost 30 feet up in some spots (mostly was 15 feet. But still). Everything was gone. Everything was dead. We lost everything, including the wildlife and wilderness we loved.

We moved to Bradenton, who is now being affected by this storm, and I am so stressed for my friends and family there now. This is the first storm I won't be with my family to help (I moved up north last year), and my mom is getting a bit of PTSD flashbacks from Katrina. The videos coming out of Fort Myers (especially Sanibel) is horrific. I'll be going down after this passes to help with clean up.

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u/Jcapen87 Sep 28 '22

I hope it all works out for your house, but the most important thing is you’ll be alive. I’m not certain that will hold true for my family at this point.

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u/floridasqueezed Sep 28 '22

thinking about you and your family.. from Charlotte, NC

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u/kindnesshasnocost Sep 28 '22

As someone who lives in a war-zone/disaster-prone country, I commend you for making the right call. It can be easy to get complacent or underplay the risks involved.

I know it's not convenient but I hope you guys manage to make some good memories nonetheless and I hope you do in fact have an unharmed or minimally harmed house to return to (I say house, because remember you're already home right now!).

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u/Wiltonator Sep 28 '22

If u can’t find a place to stay, head to the parking lot of the nearest Walmart. You can sleep in your car while you ride out Ian.

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u/TheBrownishOne Sep 28 '22

That's what we did last night. Another option would have been airport parking garage

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u/paradoxofchoice Sep 28 '22

I also recommend using the hotel tonight app if you haven't found a place to stay yet.

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u/TheBrownishOne Sep 28 '22

I think we have it figured out, it's just a little harder finding places that will take all our pets too (2 dogs and a cat)

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u/spinbutton Sep 28 '22

I'm glad you brought them along.

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u/Plsmock Sep 28 '22

I think hotels etc can't deny pets during a weather emergency

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u/diox8tony Sep 28 '22

"It's not a weather emergency here!

The weather emergency is 100 miles away, try a hotel there."

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u/natsirtenal Sep 28 '22

us floridians are tough/dumb and not as outdoorsy as we pretend. with out ac 3/4 of us begone in a year

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u/fuzzygoosejuice Sep 28 '22

Ain't that the truth. Anybody not within range of the beach breeze would die of a heatstroke in 10 minutes, me included.

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u/SamIamGreenEggsNoHam Sep 28 '22

It's tough until people have to risk their lives to rescue them, or valuable resources need to be used to house, feed and clothe them even though they had alternative arrangements available.

I'm sorry, as a disaster worker this just drives me up the wall!

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u/cthulularoo Sep 28 '22

You see this behavior all the time. In California, during the forest fires, people would refuse evacuation orders. "We'll tough it out" they say.

And I'm yelling at the TV, you can't tough out natural disasters!

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u/GayMormonPirate Sep 28 '22

Everyone loves to romanticize it about being 'tough' about not 'backing down', 'standing up to the storm', 'protecting their property' or whatever nonsense they come up with.

That's still not going to help them when a 10 foot surge comes crashing through and takes their home floating off the foundation. Hurricane vs human is no contest.

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u/TrumpsTinyHandsJob Sep 28 '22

Please don’t even respect the balls, they are putting first responders at risk, who are often volunteers just cause of their stubborn ignorance

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u/blessyourheart1987 Sep 28 '22

Florida is crazy in South Carolina when it's a mandatory evacuation, they tell everyone if your choose to stay first responders will not be coming until the storm is over. They won't risk their lives for other people's stupidity.

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u/itsnotuptoyouisit Sep 28 '22

They are not coming out now. People have called in for help from sanibel and captiva, no one is there to help. EMS and fire dept left the island this morning amid mandatory evacuations. Anyone left now is left up to their own devices.

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u/hardolaf Sep 28 '22

Emergency services are all at the shelters. If you didn't evacuate, it's your problem not theirs.

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u/Don_Gato1 Sep 28 '22

The same is true for Florida. They won't come until after the storm.

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u/Fun-Ad7789 Sep 28 '22

Special Report on NBC News in Sacramento showing winds now are 155 MPH, Gusts at 190 MPH. Those who stayed get to high grounds soon to late to move anywhere. Stay safe♡♡♡

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u/pm_your_masterpiece Sep 28 '22

there is no high ground in Florida........

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u/dontyoutellmetosmile Sep 28 '22 Gold hehehehe

It’s over, DeSantis

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u/Shufflepants Sep 28 '22

Don't try it!

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u/BassMan350 Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 28 '22

It was you who was to bring balance to the Force GOP, not leave it in darkness!

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u/Kraymur Sep 28 '22

If we start digging now we can make high ground.

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u/WaxStatue Sep 28 '22

They can always find an apartment building in Miami and get to the top of it. Those never just spontaneously collapse.

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u/killafofun Sep 28 '22

there is a sacramento in florida?

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u/dinoroo Sep 28 '22

There was, they moved it to Cali because eff those hurricanes.

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u/Hybrid_Johnny Sep 28 '22

The special report is airing nationally.

Source: I’m working at the Sacramento station running the special report

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u/seicar Sep 28 '22

FL was a Spanish colony, just like CA

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u/OpalHawk Sep 28 '22

Florida has a Hollywood too. I also think there’s a beverly hills.

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u/ph30nix01 Sep 28 '22

Could you imagine living a few hundred years ago and coming across this? Then experiencing what follows?

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u/Theothercword Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 28 '22

There's an account from, IIRC which I very well may not in which person it was, Ben Franklin perhaps basically writing about an intense storm passing over his house that then pauses and goes calm before starting back up again. He basically experienced the eye of a hurricane and didn't really know it but more or less figured it out. Which is pretty incredible given it was when we didn't have things like satelite imagery.

Edit: it's George Washington!

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u/Littlesecretgal Sep 28 '22

The George Washington Hurricane. Its named after him.

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u/simcoder Sep 28 '22

Have to imagine it might look something like a parting of the sea and whatnot to the early peoples.

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u/oNOCo Sep 28 '22

Moses was just really lucky that a hurricane was passing that day

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u/mascarenha Sep 28 '22

People had really good oral traditions. For example, when the tsunami hit SE Asia, many people already knew what was coming.

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u/Cyclone7777777 Sep 28 '22

Ian? Sucking off Charlotte? WTF

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u/andreasbeer1981 Sep 28 '22 Take My Energy

They had too much port.

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u/NoFunHere Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 28 '22 Silver Helpful Wholesome Starry

ITT: Wrong answers are being upvoted and right answers are being downvoted because it is reddit.

A tsunami pulls water out of a bay and then returns it in greater volume at a higher speed.

A hurricane pulls water out of one place and puts it in another place in the form of a storm surge. Of course the water will return but not necessarily extremely fast and not necessarily with a significant storm surge. Sucking the water out of the bay is a bad sign for somebody, but not necessarily for the people in the area where the water was sucked from.

EDIT: For all the bozos saying "listen to the experts", of course people should listen to the experts. Correcting the misinformation that was in this thread two hours ago doesn't mean that people shouldn't be adhering to the recommendations of the emergency management people, it doesn't mean that they should go walking around in a dry bay, and it there is nothing in my post that directs anybody to stay, flee, or dance a jig. FFS people, don't be afraid of facts.

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u/dgeniesse Sep 28 '22

That’s a great answer. Thanks. May I give you 100 upvotes!

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u/CraptasticFanDango Sep 28 '22

May I give you 100 upvotes!

...and then scatter them elsewhere!

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u/ihavethebestmarriage Sep 28 '22

ITT: Wrong answers are being upvoted

I'm confused. You're being upvoted. Is your answer right or wrong?

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u/deviousalpaca Sep 28 '22

Please get out of there. That storm surge is coming. Hope you stay safe!

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u/Baebel Sep 28 '22

Caught a post mentioning that the Governor stated it's too late for many to get out from where they're at right now. Hopefully everyone is alright.

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u/dgeniesse Sep 28 '22

Yup. This is common for disasters. Hurricanes, fires. etc. Roads can’t take all the exiting traffic. And emergency vehicles are blocked from entering to help. So everyone rides out the disaster in their vehicle.

Get out early or hunker down.

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u/rich_is_nice Sep 28 '22

So everyone rides out the disaster in their vehicle.

Fuuuuuuuuuuck that

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u/Environmental-Art792 Sep 28 '22

Hopefully the vehicle is a boat or submarine

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u/AangAndTheFireLord Sep 28 '22

A boat would be as bad or worse than being in a car lol.

I like the submarine idea though, you might not even know a storm is happening.

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u/lmkwe Sep 28 '22

Lucky for them some of those cars might become submarines soon

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u/vinbrained Sep 28 '22

Octonauts taught me and my kids that a storm over the ocean is just as deep as it is tall… just sayin’.

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u/Wretschko Sep 28 '22

That was the crazy part about emergency vehicles. Forgot which municipality announced it but they said yesterday that they were suspending emergency services once the winds exceeded 40 mph which was easily already happening.

CNN's now reporting 195 mph wind bursts!

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u/dgeniesse Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

Yes, you are right.

And when the storm has passed - or at least the high winds have stopped - then most exiting cars will be unable to turn around - cause cars are everywhere, stuck in traffic and some people will be unable to start their cars and in some cases the drivers are missing. So the roads will still be blocked, hampering the responders and preventing people from returning. A mess.

Once they do clear a path - and the cars try to return - they will find a mess that gets worse as they get near the coast. Downed trees, power lines on the road (live?), standing water, collapsed roads / bridges and closed roads. Eventually - days later? - access and intersections controlled by police. In some cases the locals can’t return for weeks.

Those still in town will be out cutting trees and looking at house / car damage. They probably will not be able to go far from home - Ie to stores , for food, for a while. You do not want to drive over downed power lines or running water.

I’m not an expert but have assisted after several disasters - hurricanes, fires, floods. It’s a mess for the next several months. That’s when I generally get deployed to help. In my case I help plan for future storms by seeing this current storm and the impacts. It’s called mitigation.

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u/seanmarshall Sep 28 '22

The sea was angry that day, my friends.

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u/EaddyAcres Sep 28 '22

Great picture dude, stay safe out there.

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u/StringTheresa Sep 28 '22

Is doing that in the canals in Tampa bay here

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u/Think_Bullets Sep 28 '22

Europeans wondering who this thirsty bitch Ian is...

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u/SinsOfKnowing Sep 28 '22

Fiona did this last weekend in Atlantic Canada. I would not be getting too close to that waterline.

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u/NameTheEpithet Sep 28 '22

I'm assuming that's in Port Charlotte...? I got an aunt and uncle and a cousin with his wife and 2 babies riding it out down there... I'm from the gulf coast so I get it but, I'm still worried about them. I dunno what the storm sad ten fifteen years ago but they lost EVERYTHING in Port Charlotte. Man it was bad...

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u/foolishDoughnut Sep 28 '22

I grew up in Port Charlotte; I remember Floyd doing this in the 80s. We all went down to the bridge to Punta Gorda and stared at the empty harbour and river mouth. The shops in the mini-mall/arcade thing by the river, near the old park, all had “Avoid the Floyd!!” spray painted on their boarded up windows. This was when Domino’s has the ad campaign ‘Avoid the ‘noid’ to promote their fast pizza delivery service. It was amazing as a kid.

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u/NicNoletree Sep 28 '22

How far out there can you walk? /s

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u/dgeniesse Sep 28 '22

You can walk out there for the rest of your life.

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u/misdirected_asshole Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 28 '22

FYI for some of the people commenting here

This isn't the same scenario as is seen with a tsunami. The water is not going to come rushing back in all at once catastrophically and faster than you can flee. Hurricane flooding doesn't exactly work like that.

With that being said, there is still a high likelihood of flooding. All that water is in front of the storm right now and it's just as high as this is currently low

Edit:

Time lapse of storm surge flooding in Ft. Myers ~40 miles South of Port Charlotte

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u/cjati Sep 28 '22

FLSERT says this: "Do not walk out into receding water in Tampa Bay or Charlotte Harbor - the water WILL return through storm surge and poses a life-threatening risk."

Regardless of how fast, it'll be fast enough to kill you. Be safe

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u/nonlawyer Sep 28 '22

Do not walk out into receding water in Tampa Bay or Charlotte Harbor

Nice try, Deep State government “scientists.”

I have my gun so I’ll be fine.

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u/WeepingSomnabulist Sep 28 '22

LOL just shoot at the water you'll be fine

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u/Moody_GenX Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 28 '22

That's a very very bad sign. Get to safety if you're still near this spot. Whenever this happens the water will could come back extremely fast and with a lot of volume.

Edit: Yes, I know this not a tsunami. We're literally talking about a hurricane and storm surge. This could be bad and it's better to be safe than sorry.

Edit: Link for the trolls and naysayers. FL Department of Emergency Management

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u/goathill Sep 28 '22

I am curious to see what the returning surge looks like compared with a tsunami. Hopefully the OP of this photo is safe during the storm and when the water returns

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u/100LittleButterflies Sep 28 '22

I'm curious too. Does the behavior of the flooding change depending on surge vs tsunami?

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u/dgeniesse Sep 28 '22

FEMA - and others - have maps that show areas that could be impacted by storm surge.

Before you move to an area along the coast - CHECK THE MAP.

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