my least favorite species

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office [in the Tampa Bay-area] tweeted late Saturday: “DO NOT shoot weapons @ #Irma. You won’t make it turn around (and) it will have very dangerous side effects.”


…responding to a Facebook event page…
80,000 people indicated they were “going” or “interested” in the event…


Is the worst danger the winds? the storm surge? the rain? or Teh Stupid?

Keeping a close eye as I have a pal in the Sarasota area…


  1. DougM and his raccoon platoon
    Posted September 10, 2017 at 9:09 am |

    That’ll be even more dangerous than an Arab wedding,
    because there’ll be alcohol involved.

    Nature has a word for them: victims

    Besides, everyone knows you sacrifice a virgin to…
    Oh, wait, that’s for volcanoes.
    What is it for hurricanes? I forget.

    (What? Uh, no, dunno if they still make virgins.)

    PS: Good luck, Floridian KisPers, although you probably won’t see this because of the power outages.

  2. DougM and his raccoon platoon
    Posted September 10, 2017 at 9:51 am |

    If you still have power,
    I recommend watching Key Largo.
    Yeah, that’ll cheer ya right up.

  3. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted September 10, 2017 at 10:24 am |

    Teh Stupid is everywhere. My sister and BIL in Sarasota have had hurricane shutters and doors for years, a multi-fuel generator, food and water storage, arms, house built to latest hurricane building code. They reported to me at 10:00 am that they are more worried about Teh Stupid in their neighbors; e.g., some idiots around them have planted live oaks on their tiny lots, trees that won’t hold in the sandy soil, and will uproot electric, gas and water lines when they blow over. The guy next door has large clay potted plants all over his yard, garbage cans, patio furniture etc. still lying around unsecured. At 1:00 pm, winds are at 49 mph, improvised cannon balls next door still lying around loose.

  4. DougM and his raccoon platoon
    Posted September 10, 2017 at 12:53 pm |

    It’s much saner to grab an anemometer and measure wind speed,
    but perhaps not actually safer.

  5. Fat Baxter
    Posted September 10, 2017 at 2:27 pm |

    Crap. I live in Alabama, and now the eye is forecast to pass almost overhead.

    Tomorrow’s forecast says “showers,” then “light rain,” then “rain” through about 0600. Then it says “rain/wind” until 1300, when it changes to “squalls” until 1900.

    Squalls??? In central Alabama? WTF? Thunderstorms, OK. Tornados occasionally. But “squalls?”

  6. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted September 11, 2017 at 7:43 am |

    Dick @3 — how’s your family?
    My pal txtd last nite around 11p local and was going to bed [!!?!]. all was well then. No response now but cell towers may be out…

    Fat Baxter @5 — y’all doing ok?

  7. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted September 11, 2017 at 8:23 am |

    Update: all is well with my pal!

  8. Fat Baxter
    Posted September 11, 2017 at 11:01 am |

    Update as of 1245 Central time Monday:

    Originally, they were predicting winds 20-40, gusting to 50, with 1-3″ of rain. That’s been scaled back a bit. Drizzle, gusts maybe as high as 30 mph. Continuing through the rest of today and into tomorrow morning.

    We had much more drama when Ivan came up I-65 from Mobile in 2004. And Ivan was goofy. After weakening as it moved northeast from Alabama, over the Carolinas, and Virginia, it moved back over the Atlantic, picked up a bit more strength (tropical depression), circled back south (!) to cross over southern Florida, and then finally made landfall in Louisiana.

  9. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted September 11, 2017 at 2:55 pm |

    ^^Claire (6 & 7)
    Thanks for thinking of me. Talked to Sis and BIL this am, and all was well. No electricity, land line out, but cell phone is working and their generator is running just fine. They’re relieved (so am I).

    They were so tired from closing shutters, filling water containers, securing all their loose stuff, going through their checklist and the stress of the possibilities, they crashed about 10 pm and slept thought it all, just like your friend. Glad your pal is OK.

    Obviously, there’s a huge difference between 145+ mph wind like the sky-is-falling talking heads go on about about and the 92 mph wind they actually got in Sarasota. Their house is supposed to be good to 135 mph. The jerk next door never did pick up his stuff, so now he can go get it out of the big pond/small lake out back. I doubt the alligators (for real – I’ve seen them) will be much help.

  10. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted September 11, 2017 at 3:51 pm |

    FB@8 – glad to hear it pooped out to annoying.