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Monday, October 24, 2005
Hurricane Wilma Whacks South Florida



Hurricane Wilma whacked south Florida.  Screaming in from her long weekend in Cancun, Wilma raced across the Florida penninsula from the Gulf to the Atlantic communities in just 4-5 hours.  South Florida is the most populated region of Florida, so her drive-by destruction was felt by millions of people, despite her comparatively short time playing God's lawn mower.

Hurricane Wilma slammed into the SW Gulf coast of Florida in hurricane Charley fashion, but near Naples this time.  I'm reminded that Florida has seen 8 hurricanes making landfall in the last 14 months, and everyone is fatigued from it.

Emergency preparedness, rescue, recovery and damage mitigation are becoming all too common for the local and state officials and organizations.  Practice makes perfect -- but each hurricane affects each community uniquely.

Check last year's hurricane Charley images to see how that storm flattened Punta Gorda and ate trailer parks.  Besides Charley, Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne made me hunker down (drink Melicious!) or evacuate.  Luckily for me, hurricane Wilma tracked well south of central Florida.  My area had tornado warnings, but I didn't get any damage.

Also, for those so thoughtful to check in on me, here -- Melicious IMed me to report that she and her family are doing fine, but power was off and on.  No word about her parents in Naples, yet.  Though, we all wish them safety and good health.

The power is out for about 6 million people in the storm's path.  Insured loss estimates range from 2-10 billion dollars.  Double that amount for the true cost of Hurricane Wilma -- because it should be a matter of common knowledge that like the U.S. healthcare industry -- about half of the people can't afford insurance premiums and are totally uninsured for catastrophic events -- whether from illness or mother nature.

[snark] I'm sure that some people should just be relieved that I've been so preoccupied with natural disasters lately, I don't have time to focus on the gross ineptitudes of the current Bush administration and its domestic and foreign policies.

I use the adjective "current" in hopeful expectation of a Nixonesque deconstruction of this BushWorld regime -- hopefully culiminating in federal indictments, presidential impeachment, 2006 elections going bonkers, and some awakening of the apathetic slackers against political corruption.

On the other hand, Florida governor Jeb Bush seems to be a capable leader in a crisis.  Not only does Jeb speak fairly fluent Spanish, but also he doesn't have to pronouce English words over three syllables in length slowly and phonetically while on camera. [/snark]

For the geographically challenged, match up my image above with the websites below for more helpful information for your friends and families in these South Florida counties affected by hurricane Wilma:
  1. Charlotte County :: Port Charlotte
  2. Glades county :: Palmdale
  3. Martin county  :: Stuart
  4. Lee county :: Cape Coral / Fort Myers
  5. Hendry county :: Clewiston
  6. Palm Beach county :: Palm Beach
  7. Collier county :: Naples
  8. Broward county :: Fort Lauderdale
  9. Monroe county :: Key West
  10. Miami-Dade county :: Miami
I hope the links above lead you or your loved ones to information that can assist your friends and family.  While Florida residents are fairly practiced at dealing with hurricanes, lately, it's still traumatic if one's residence is destroyed.

One unreported, but helpful resource I found today was "Operation Blue Roof," sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Check their site or call 1-888-766-3258 for more information about getting free tarps for damaged roofs.






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Posted at 04:11 pm by John Furie Zacharias

CM
October 25, 2005   11:26 PM PDT
 
Well it seems you survived intact, good to know. The aftermath of the hurricanes will last years, I'm so sad for all the people severely affected. I can't imagine having lost everything, particularly for the poor. So sad.
J f Z
October 29, 2005   01:51 AM PDT
 
If my little house gets destroyed, I'm coming up to LA and sleeping in your bath tub, CM.
 

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