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Hurricane Irma has been tracking through the Atlantic and poses a threat to all of Florida, and it has many on social media on edge.
Hurricane Irma is forecast to remain a powerful category 4 hurricane as it approaches Florida with the forecast cone continuing to show the storm’s path across the center of Florida.
The window to prepare and put your hurricane plans is closing fast, and many in Southwest Florida have their cupboards stocked and homes shuttered up tight.
Now, the waiting game begins.
We’re hearing from readers on our Facebook page, asking questions and sharing tips for getting ready for Irma. Many are even pointing to some of the local flooding and the devastation from Hurricane Harvey in Texas as their wake-up call
Lee County Schools and District offices will be closed on Monday, September 11th.
Heather Muckle writes that “we probably wouldn’t have reacted in panic had we not been surprised and trapped by the Island Park flooding last week. Our neighborhood is already depleted from that. Many neighbors spent Labor Day weekend helping each other clean up. Tuesday night we all helped each other board up and pack up because we anticipate it will flood again. But, no one knows the outcome yet. We can only prepare and be kind!”
Michelle Berkley shares her tips to “fill up empty jugs, pitchers, soda bottles, thermoses etc with tap water from your kitchen faucet!
It’s safe to drink! You can also get Gatorade, Powerade, Capri suns, and juice boxes instead.”
Some long-time Floridians believe we need to stay calm.
Will Louis Harris says that “People need to stop freaking out. Am I the only one just sitting here thinking it’s just another day. We will all be fine. It will be a 3 by the time it gets near us if it doesn’t shift anymore east.”
Cindie Young Watson replied to Will: “Have you been through a category 3? It can be catastrophic. Serious structural damage as well as storm surge damage.”
Will replied that he’s “lived here 36 years. I’m not scared just annoyed about the inconveniences the past few days.”
Joanne Iwinski Miller shares her memories of living through Hurricane Charley: “The beach still remembers Hurricane [Charley] and they are being smart. We owned the Reef Restaurant on FMB and lost it from [Charley].”
Carla Cornette Covert has some words of encouragement: “People, help your neighbor don’t charge people money for extra material just give it to someone in need. It is time Florida. We are a large part of the United States of America let’s show them how it’s done how people and Florida can hold hands and make it happen.”
“This is that time you trust God and remember that a storm never last forever and beautiful things come from storms,” Covert said.
Many folks are talking on the Naples News Facebook page:
Craig Snider shares that “my daughter is charge nurse at NCH downtown Naples. Let’s not forget all the doctors and nurses risking life to save others.”
Stephen Somogyi also thanks “all the truckers bringing in gas non-stop for days.”
Jackie Blevins feels we “need more shelters in Collier County…and especially pet-friendly ones. I am staying in my home and refuse to leave my dogs behind.”
Fort Myers Beach, Florida resident, John Youngworth documents his sailboat that he has docked at Bonita Bills on Fort Myers Beach. (Photo: Andrew West/The News-Press)
In light of what Florida is facing, it’s still good to see some levity taking place around the state as Floridians prepare for Irma.
Stay safe, Florida friends.
Cory O’Donnell is digital engagement editor for The News-Press and USATODAY NETWORK — Florida. Connect with him via Twitter: @CoryODonnell or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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