Open Thread, and Two Resources to Navigate Hurricane Irma

While we’re normally a political site, this weekend and the beginning of next week will see a serious hurricane/tropical storm/tropical depression hit (depending on what part of the state you’re in). Hurricane Irma has a lot of Georgians and a lot of visitors on the roads headed inland. Georgia 511 is a good way to monitor traffic speeds on the interstates. You may want to also download the FEMA app onto your phone, just in case. It will send you weather alerts for up to 5 locations and will list information regarding shelters nearby. It also has a good preparation list, if you need to do some last minute shopping.

Please be careful as Irma comes through. We don’t say it enough, but our readers are important to all of us, and we expect you all to be back here commenting in full force next week!

Now, enough with the seriousness. Consider this your weekend open thread.

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Charlie
Charlie

Comcast Opens Free XFINITY WiFi Service Ahead of Hurricane Irma SAVANNAH, GA – September 8, 2017 – To help residents and emergency personnel stay connected if Hurricane Irma makes its anticipated landfall in Georgia, Comcast is opening nearly 10,000 Xfinity WiFi hotspots throughout impacted areas to anyone who needs them, including non-Xfinity customers, for free. Comcast has opened up all Wi-Fi hotspots in Savannah and surrounding communities, as well as in Augusta and Brunswick. For a map of the Xfinity WiFi hotspots, which are located both indoors and outdoors in places such as shopping districts, parks and businesses, residents can… Read more »

Lea Thrace
Lea Thrace

this is a good thing for them to do.

I still hate Comcast with the fire of a thousand burning suns. Well maybe now only 999 burning suns now.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Lea, did your parents head out?

Lea Thrace
Lea Thrace

yep. they got out. they are being put to work here doing house chores. 🙂

PM
PM

1) We have been contacting friends and family riding it out in Florida offering to buy and overnight things that are not available or in short supply in Florida now. Made sure they know we can go to hardware store and ship after Irma leaves. Suggest readers call their friends and family in coastal areas to offer to buy and ship after the storm. Potable water always a big concern after a hurricane so our network verified everyone knew how to chlorinate water to make drinkable, and other basic tips out of the old Boy Scout manual. 2) We are… Read more »

Indypendant
Indypendant

Meanwhile, my congressman…Doug Collins….voted against hurricane aid to Texas.

When are we going to accept the fact that Republicans are the problem?

xdog
xdog

So did mine, Jody Hice. To be fair, no-voting gopers said they objected to coupling hurricane relief funding with an extension of government funding and the federal debt ceiling. They must remain pure.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Why sully themselves with the outrage of funding the government three months more?

Ellynn
Ellynn

We now need Rumor control. I blame Alex Jones for this.

https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-irma-rumor-control

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Keep us informed of your experiences. It’s anecdotal, but I observed many more than the typical number of FL license plates on vehicle travelling north during my yesterday morning I-85 commute.

Ellynn
Ellynn

I was not schedule to leave till Sunday morning. I’m still in a mandatory. Waiting to see.

Ellynn
Ellynn

They should have reversed I 16 yesterday. The majority of the coast evacuated yesterday. Florida drivers all over I 95 & 16 Thursday. I called my neighbor this morning to let them know I shut up her vacation unit, and she told me her daughter’s family of 7 in Miami drove 27 hour straight to get to her home in Duluth. SMH.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Keep in mind that with Zone B & C in Savannah no longer under mandatory evacuation zones, NHS can now use Hunter Army Air field, which has a Coast Guard S&R station, FEMA can now use locations off I95 as a staging area and Georgia National Guard can return to the airport (weather allowing). Reversing I16 allows for assets to be moved back to the coast before the weather turn in the next 36 hours.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Sis, that cone seems to be inching west. Maybe your neck of the woods won’t be as severely impacted!! Good news for you! Do you still need to head to Atlanta??

Ellynn
Ellynn

I saw Atlanta issued their first tropical storm warning ever.
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I gave up my hotel reservation this morning. When I called the reception desk, They had a huge waiting list of people out of Florida’s West Coast. She was going to call and make someone happy. I’m still going inland later today to friends who are in Chatham’s zone C. Astronomical High tide is Monday. Matthew had a record tidal surge at Fort Pulaski at 12.6 feet +/- at a low moon phase. The 1:00 pm tide Monday is estimated to be over 14 feet as of the Sunday Morning reports.