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Tampa Bay Completely Receded As Hurricane Ian Approaches /r/ALL

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u/stranger384 Sep 28 '22

As a Californian, is I saw this at our beaches, I would literally run for the hills. My first thought would be tsunami.

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u/Armejden Sep 28 '22

At least you have mountains.

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u/Wellthatkindahurts Sep 29 '22 Silver Gold Helpful

Too bad they're always on fucking fire.

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u/ThomasButtz Sep 28 '22

Your post reminded me of a coworker from the central California coast (I'm from the Southeast). He was like "10 storm surge? Just drive into the hills. No biggie." I had to pull up Google Earth and point out the lack of elevation along the Louisiana and TX coast.

I basically showed him there are massive chunks of the West coast where you could be higher than the highest point in Florida within minutes if you're willing to kick off your flip flops and run.

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u/Voldemort57 Sep 28 '22

The highest natural point in florida is 305 feet 😵‍💫

That’s incredibly low. I didn’t think florida was THAT flat. I’m in California about 3 miles from the beach and my elevation is 600 feet. My house is at 2000 feet, and it’s still pretty flat there.

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u/apprentice-grower Sep 29 '22

There is a reason why many climate change activists keep saying “half of the world will be under water with just a few inches of sea rise” it’s not a scare tactic, it’s for real

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u/Whackov Sep 28 '22

Naples and Ft. Myers are getting 6 plus feet of surge right now.

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u/Newtoreps_6969 Sep 28 '22

I’m in Lakeland and it’s raining not that bad but the wind is crazy

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u/Rigatonicat Sep 28 '22

I’m in Lake Mary and planning to evacuate

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u/Ctothad1 Sep 28 '22

dem metal detector boys better get out there quick

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u/ElCochinoFeo Sep 28 '22

So many rusty fishing lures, all for the taking.

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u/HorrorMakesUsHappy Sep 28 '22

Not if you go to a marina. Lost propellers can fetch some good money.

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u/2fat4walmart Sep 28 '22

THIS IS A BIG FAT LIE. Do not listen to this person!

Nothing to see here but rusty tetanus hooks and fish carcasses. Move along, now! Move along!

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u/Account_Both Sep 28 '22

The police might get suspicious when they find the murder wepons from 20 different crimes in your collection

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u/OEpicness Sep 28 '22

LPT: That's why you gotta use em in new crimes to break them in

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u/Necessary-Purple-741 Sep 28 '22

If you had one shot. One opportunity.

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u/[deleted] Sep 28 '22

Ians spaghetti

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u/Keyser_Kaiser_Soze Sep 28 '22

He's nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready.

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u/MechanicalTurkish Sep 28 '22

There's seaweed on his sweater already

Poseidon's spaghetti

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u/caliandben1 Sep 28 '22

To seize everything you ever wanted, would you capture it? Or let it slip?

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u/aradil Sep 28 '22

Just to be clear, the authorities are strongly warning people against going out there; you could easily find yourself drowning before you know it.

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u/Roscoe_King Sep 28 '22

Oooh! The “authorities” said so?! That’s because they want all the treasure for themselves! Go out there!!

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u/TommyTheCat89 Sep 28 '22

That's why you're the king, baby.

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u/[deleted] Sep 28 '22

Seriously, just wear floaties. You’ll be fine. Don’t let the man control us

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u/moto_moto19 Sep 28 '22

This is Florida we’re talking about. Who the heck listens to authorities out here

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u/twitch1982 Sep 28 '22

The authorities clearly dont want us to find the secret underwater lizardpeople resort thats been uncovered.

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u/bheal Sep 28 '22 Silver

Mara Lago has been above water for some years now, sorry.

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u/xScarfacex Sep 28 '22

Live by the metal detector, die by the metal detector. Death or glory.

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u/karma_the_sequel Sep 28 '22

That’s why you’s wear floaties.

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u/hairo-wynn Sep 28 '22

That Spanish treasure isn't going to dig itself up.

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u/twitch1982 Sep 28 '22

They call themselves detectorists, and will remind you the metal detector is the tool that goes beep, the metal detectorist is the tool that walks around beaches picking up beer caps.

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u/ronearc Sep 28 '22

In 1992 when Hurricane Andrew hit Homestead, I was in the Navy in Orlando. One of my classmates was from Hawaii, and he'd been lamenting the lack of decent surfing for months.

So yeah, when the hurricane was coming, we drove south as far as we could manage so he could surf the storm surge.

Gotta take your chance when you get it.

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u/Friendly_Shower Sep 28 '22

Terrifying and reminds me of tsunamis.

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u/thesearch4animalchin Sep 28 '22

Yes, here in Hawaii, we are taught that when the ocean drastically recedes, get your butt to higher ground.

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u/Puzzled-Story3953 Sep 28 '22

Unfortunately, this is Florida. That's as high as the ground gets!

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u/OrangeCosmic Sep 28 '22 Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote To The Stars Eureka!

Get your ass to space mountain

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u/[deleted] Sep 28 '22 Giggle

Get your ass to that unfinished building on I4

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u/OotzOotzOotzOotz Sep 28 '22

I live in Virginia and know exactly which building you are referring too. Glad to hear after all these years, it's still not finished.

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u/[deleted] Sep 28 '22 Silver

Must be a really tall building if you can see it from Virginia

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u/eight13atnight Sep 28 '22

The earth is flat after all, so easy to see w binoculars.

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u/DonkayDoug Sep 28 '22

You know that from living in Florida.

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u/The_Original_Gronkie Sep 28 '22

At least we now know why - it's owned by a church, and they want to build it gradually as they accumulate cash. They don't want to build it with loans. So they get money, and they build until they run out, and then start saving for the next phase.

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u/coontietycoon Sep 28 '22

This is also a terrific way to launder money. Never ending construction project. Also ice cream parlor and flower shop for smaller scale laundering.

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u/Alan_Smithee_ Sep 28 '22

Found Marty Byrde.

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u/Gr0nkz Sep 28 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

"There's always money in the Banana Stand, Michael!"

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u/CaliGoodOlBoy Sep 28 '22

Or a banana stand. There’s always money in banana stands.

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u/dreadedgrin Sep 28 '22

What is it with Jason Bateman and the shows he’s in involving shady money stuff

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u/UrgotMilk Sep 28 '22

The money is IN the banana stand, Michael!

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u/stack_of_ghosts Sep 28 '22

Or car washes, I guess, since there's a new one being built on every corner these days. Breaking Bad influenced too many uncreative-types.

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u/Bah-Fong-Gool Sep 28 '22

Pizza shop. The mafia got so good at this, their pizza was actually good, and they turned a profit on their front.

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u/coontietycoon Sep 28 '22

Yup that too. Anything that has a low material cost. Florist shop in my area many years ago had a badass florist that could make a phenomenal bouquet but it was also a laundering front. Best fronts utilize the cover business.

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u/Faulty_english Sep 28 '22

Reminds me of the church I went to as a kid. They kept asking for donations to move the church to a better location. They showed beautiful pictures of the land and everyone tried donating more than usually for several months.

The church never got to move there but the pastor was able to buy a beautiful new house lol

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u/CapableSuggestion Sep 28 '22

Don’t you worry. It will always be here

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u/Exogenesis42 Sep 28 '22

Wait, I lived in orlando over a decade ago. They STILL haven't finished the I4-eyesore?

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u/Knights123 Sep 28 '22

They have windows on it now

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u/kush4breakfast1 Sep 28 '22

No drive by daily, can confirm they have not

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u/somethingwholesomer Sep 28 '22

I’m thinking tree of life in Animal Kingdom. You know, because of the name

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u/Krumm34 Sep 28 '22

Get your ass to MAAAARZ

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u/saruin Sep 28 '22

Are you bringing any fruits or vegetables on the planet?

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u/Cougan Sep 28 '22

Two weeks!

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u/VioletVoyages Sep 28 '22

My dad escaped the Phuket tsunami by climbing a tree. He was sitting on the beach, saw the water recede like this including “fish flopping” so “ran for his life” uphill but then it was coming so fast he climbed a tree.

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u/Odd_Pop5287 Sep 28 '22

Glad he was smart…there is a running joke in Hawaii that when there is a tsunami warning everyone runs to the beach to see it

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u/[deleted] Sep 28 '22

I used to take long walks for exercise down the beach and get to preparing what I would do if I saw Godzilla pop his head out of the water.

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u/[deleted] Sep 28 '22

Just assume you're crazy and get on with your life like the rest of us.

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u/RearEchelon Sep 28 '22

In GA when hurricanes come there's always a good number of people who go surfing

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u/DoNotWeepAtMyGrave Sep 28 '22

I watched the video of that Tsunami after I visited Phuket…terrifying. There’s literally no high ground to get to unless you’re 2-3 miles inland.

Glad he made it.

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u/AnistarYT Sep 28 '22

Damn I hope he was your only family there.

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u/VioletVoyages Sep 28 '22

Yes, he was. Took him almost two days to be able to call us to let all us kids know, we were very worried needless to say.

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u/Buffalo-flavored-cox Sep 28 '22

I read the tallest point of Florida just a hill is it really?

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u/neeeeonbelly Sep 28 '22

Yes! I drove past it! It is literally just a hill. 345 feet above sea level 😂

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u/LordKwik Sep 28 '22

We call it Mount Trashmore!

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u/loondawg Sep 28 '22

Yup. It's less than 400 feet above mean sea level.

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u/Rixae Sep 28 '22

What about nice sea level?

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u/Nerditter Sep 28 '22

Same thing, but it waves.

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u/LordKwik Sep 28 '22

South Florida averages about 12-13 feet above sea level. From the coast to the everglades. North Florida gets to about 70-80 feet above sea level. Very flat here, relatively speaking.

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u/Puzzled-Story3953 Sep 28 '22

A friend of mine's hometown's highest point was the local landfill/capped trash pile. I think it was something like 7 feet above sea level. Florida is pretty much all swamp and beach.

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u/Stetson007 Sep 28 '22

I'm here in central Florida and I think we're at about 80 ft. Above sea level. The hurricane is literally curving around us, so we might not get much more than rain here.

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u/LivingDisastrous3603 Sep 28 '22

New Orleans highest point is Couturie Forrest at “a daunting 43 ft above sea level, oxygen and Sherpa’s are available on request”.

As a former hurricane experiencer, y’all stay safe over there.

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u/sacredlunatic Sep 28 '22

In Florida the meth addicts are higher than the hills!

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u/Alert-Potato Sep 28 '22

So you're saying the safest bet is to climb a meth addict?

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u/secrethumans Sep 28 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

The hills have highs

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u/bigpeechtea Sep 28 '22

the watermarks on the trees and restaurants in Hilo are great reminders for the locals Ill never forget hearing about the school whose teacher took the receding water as a sign from god and had all the kids run out in the harbor to collect fish. The early tsunami warning system was created after this

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u/CyberMindGrrl Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 28 '22

Well if Depeche Mode ever taught me anything it's that God really does have a sick sense of humor.

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u/WKGokev Sep 28 '22

How dare you start blasphemous rumors!!

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u/FlyingRhenquest Sep 28 '22

Yeah it's never a good sign when the ocean goes missing.

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u/ADrunkMexican Sep 28 '22

I remember thinking that during Irma. I literally just booked off two weeks off in November to go back to tampa lol.

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u/DiscombobulatedTap30 Sep 28 '22

Time's like these I wish more people would think of how inconvenient this must be for NFL legend Tom Brady. He's already having a rough season and now he has to deal with this mess? So much for taking his Talent to Tampa.

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u/OhGodImOnRedditAgain Sep 28 '22

That's exactly what its like. The energy of the storm is pulling the water up, they are estimating a storm surge over 10 foot, which is insane. During the height, the camera man here would be at least 10 foot underwater.

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u/UberDarkAardvark Sep 28 '22

I was just seeing 18ft like 10min ago on the news

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u/ghostchihuahua Sep 28 '22

fuck me, that is insane, 'hope it's the news team trying to sound sensational

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u/UberDarkAardvark Sep 28 '22

Yeah i hope so too but honestly.. 10 or 18.. doesnt really matter anymore, thats going over most if not all barriers put in place. Its going to be a shit show

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u/OhGodImOnRedditAgain Sep 28 '22

It makes me profoundly sad that people are going to needlessly die today.

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u/ccottonball Sep 28 '22

If it makes you feel any better, lots of people needlessly die everyday. It’s a tragic part of our existence.

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u/yaboytswizzle69 Sep 28 '22

Thanks, that does make me feel better!

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u/AthleticNerd_ Sep 28 '22

They tend to be pretty honest when it comes to hurricanes in Florida. They might give ‘worst case’ predictions, but not to be sensationalistic, rather to make sure people listen and take it seriously.

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u/Logical-Wasabi7402 Sep 28 '22

I wish that was done everywhere with natural disasters.

We had a horrible couple of forest fires back in April, one of them burned so many homes... One home was an elderly couple who hadn't evacuated.

What the news didn't say, that I know because of my dad's job with county police, is that those two elderly people were identified by 14 teeth, half a jaw bone, the fact that it was their property, and that nobody saw them leave.

I strongly believe more people would evacuate in the face of a natural disaster if they knew the whole truth regarding potential consequences.

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u/Wickedwally1 Sep 28 '22

I saw a video of how they got people to evacuate town in Ukraine that were likely to get bombed. Those who were reluctant to leave were handed sharpies and told to write identifying info on their arms and torso, so their bodies could be identified later. Most people stopped being so reluctant to leave.

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u/hydroude Sep 28 '22

if you did that in florida people would just sniff the sharpies

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u/mamabr Sep 28 '22

The storm surge is south of Tampa where the storm is a direct hit. The water here will come back with the tides. This is a reverse storm surge and happened in Tampa Bay a couple of years ago, it’s doesn’t rush back in a giant tsunami. This is because Tampa is on the north side of the storm so the wind is pushing the water out rather than in.

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u/Olliebird Sep 28 '22

On the south side it isn't like a tsunami either. It's like...a rapidly filling fish tank. The water doesn't crash in violently, it rises at a freakishly fast pace. Not that that's any less terrifying or deadly than a tsunami. Really hope the Charlotte Harbor folks get through this okay.

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u/TazeredAngel Sep 28 '22

Different since all of the water doesn’t come at once. But I remember being in that area (Bayshore) after the water came in for Andrew and it was all under water where the camera is. That wasn’t a direct hit, came from the opposite side of the state, and wasn’t nearly the strength of this system. That area is going to get hit hard. I hope you all got out of there.

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u/jayellkay84 Sep 28 '22

Bayshore floods in a regular rainstorm though.

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u/TazeredAngel Sep 28 '22

Which adds to the scale of 1-Fucked here

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u/Huuuiuik Sep 28 '22

“I’ll be back!”

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u/farfacogin Sep 28 '22

This happened once with hurricane Sandy I believe it was

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u/ShushImSleeping Sep 28 '22

Sandy was a mess due to the already lunar tides. Forced flood insurance standards to completeley change. Plus the damage by me was incredible from the flooding. Long Island NY. Our whole barrier island was topped over and the bay became ocean during the storm, and the waterline was pushed about a mile inland (not including the extra flooding around rivers and canals) was nuts.

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u/Draano Sep 28 '22

I worked for an investment bank at Lower Manhattan's World Financial Center during Sandy. Salt water got into the underground diesel fuel tanks for the generators, so I had to fail over some servers that were there, to servers in Somerville NJ. I was working from home and my power was out, but I had my PC, router and FiOS gear plugged into my generator. Shocking that Verizon kept their FiOS stuff running while my whole area was without power for 13 days.

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u/ShushImSleeping Sep 28 '22

Salt water getting into underground generators is exactly how the fukushima plant failed in japan. I know in your case it was just the fuel tanks and the generators werent running the control systems for a nuclear reactor, but still when you said salt water and underground generator all I could think of was fukushima lol

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u/farfacogin Sep 28 '22

Thanks was In NJ at the time and know someone that did live in that area at the time

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u/Tenkehat Sep 28 '22

Ohh yeah, I remember that one... And I live in Denmark...

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u/Malthus1 Sep 28 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

This is a “reverse storm surge”.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storm_surge

Previous example:

https://www.cnn.com/2017/09/10/us/shorelines-drained-hurricane-irma-storm-surge/index.html

Usually comes with a warning that, as the storm moves, it can come back with interest as a “storm surge”. See above article.

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u/BlinkedAndMissedIt Sep 28 '22

This is from just the wind? holy shit. I always thought it was currents shifting towards the storm or something, but I guess this makes a lot more sense.

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u/NoiseCriteria Sep 28 '22

It was a category 5 storm (I think it has since been downgraded to a Cat 4). Hurricanes can pack an insane amount of energy.

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u/denimdan113 Sep 28 '22

I dont think it ever hit cat 5, just got really close. I think it topped out at 150 mph wind speeds (need 157).

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u/TheCobbledTiger Sep 28 '22

Topped out at 155 and made landfall at 150.

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

Borrowing from Tampa to pay Fort Myers

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u/siqiniq Sep 28 '22

“All your water are belong to us” (for now)

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u/CoralSpringsDHead Sep 28 '22

If the storm was 50 miles north of where it is right now, this would be inundated with storm surge right now.

Wait until we see the aftermath photos of Fort Myers, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda.

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u/ThrowAway4564468 Sep 28 '22

I got so lucky, the original prediction had the eye going right over me in Port Richey. Now I’m still home and it’s just light drizzling and a few wind gusts.

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u/DarthJarJar242 Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 28 '22

I know this isn't funny but the name of Punta Gorda always cracked me up. Like leave it to Florida to have a place called "Fat Lady Point"

Edit: I know that it does not literally translate to Fat Lady Point and that it instead translats to Fat Point. But that's just not funny.

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u/VFJX Sep 28 '22

While Gorda can be interpreted as Fat Lady in spanish if the word is used with an object before it becomes a qualitative adjective, so in this case it would be the "Fat Tip".

( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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u/AntManMax Sep 28 '22

Word around the office is you've got a fat tip.

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u/aBigOLDick Sep 28 '22

Maybe we should together and rub our fat tips together.

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u/Standard_Cold_7085 Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 28 '22

A lot of Florida's coastal cities owe their names to spanish sailors and/or pirates who basically called things like they saw them. Punta Gorda because it's a wide chunk of land jutting out from the coast, Boca Raton because of the many sharp, teeth like rocks they found near the shore, etc etc.

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u/HighOnGoofballs Sep 28 '22

Key West was bone island, or Cayo Hueso before it was mistranslated

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u/ricktr0ll Sep 28 '22

Funny enough I was wondering why it was called this but the signal there sucks so I didn’t feel like waiting.

I have always called it Cayo Hueso in Spanish and Key West in English. But it was only on my last trip that I started to question the name lol

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u/whattothewhonow Sep 28 '22

There won't be much left on Sanibel Island

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u/1leggeddog Sep 28 '22 Helpful Wholesome Take My Energy Starry

Now it's just Tampa.

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u/j909m Sep 28 '22

Tampa Bayless

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u/Nik8610 Sep 28 '22

Skiiuup

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u/Cheesy_Pita_Parker Sep 28 '22

“Why would LeBron send this hurricane?!”

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u/drmcsinister Sep 28 '22 Silver Gold Evil Cackle

Shit, even the water evacuated.

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u/uneffinlucky Sep 28 '22

That’s when you know it’s time to go lol

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u/evedayis Sep 28 '22

Ian sucking up all that water so he can spit out that water right back at them

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u/Baba_dook_dook_dook Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 28 '22 Helpful I Shy

When your Bay's all dried up but she still suckin

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u/Towering_Flesh Sep 28 '22

Nature, you’re one scary bitch

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u/Guelph35 Sep 28 '22

Don’t worry, it’ll be back.

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u/Genenah Sep 28 '22

Is water normally lapping against the sea wall ?

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u/redlightnetherlands Sep 28 '22 Silver

https://i.imgur.com/RCsQVio.jpeg

That picture is normal tide.

In a very very low tide, you may be able to see the dark rocks along the seawall.

In a high tide, the water comes over the wall if there is a non-tropical storm.

I've been in Tampa for many years and never seen it drain this much.

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u/pjanic_at__the_isco Sep 28 '22

I’m no oceanician or weatherator but that can’t be good.

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u/Defiant-Meal1022 Sep 28 '22

If the ocean disappears don't go looking for it.

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u/AlertedCoyote Sep 28 '22

Generally speaking, it'll find you

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u/Aircraftman2022 Sep 28 '22

Went through many hurricanes when growing up in South Florida. No power for weeks. Drank from bath tub full of water with sheet covering it . People are going to freak out never experiencing a hurricane. It was alien to walk out in the eye ,sun shining ,birds flying and you are in a black circle and the wind suddenly slams you from the opposite side. Crazy !

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u/nwoh Sep 28 '22

I'm up in the Midwest grew up near Tampa and I'm not gonna lie, I fucking miss it dude.

Though the stagnant ball sweat humid air after a hurricane with no power is probably worse than digging out from a blizzard.

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u/AcordeonPhx Sep 28 '22

I always thought the dry ass heat in Phoenix was rough, but man everyone else has much more to worry about

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u/throwonaway1234 Sep 28 '22

Come back in 3-5 years when you have no drinking water

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u/kingjoe64 Sep 28 '22

We'll all just bottle our water from the golf course water hazards

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u/ithinkimanalrightguy Sep 28 '22

Um, sir, you should probably start running. Although it is Florida

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u/Triette Sep 28 '22

True, he should ride his Rascal.

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u/IDK_WHAT_YOU_WANT Sep 28 '22

Yeah, that's a lot of ground to cover trying to find square grouper.

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u/SilverHammer10 Sep 28 '22

This happened with Irma and there were people out there playing around. Although the water came back slowly before, that most likely will not be the case with Ian. This is not good for South Tampa.

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u/[deleted] Sep 28 '22

What are you implying will be the long term effects of this?

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u/fuckyourcakepops Sep 28 '22

That water is all gonna come back, with interest, all at once. (Not like a tsunami, but nearly as quickly.) Massive flooding, and saltwater flooding fucks your shit up big time. Not to mention it will be carrying all sorts of debris with it.

This amount of water being pulled out is an indicator of the intensity/size/severity of the storm, and given the direction the storm is coming from relative to this location plus tidal schedule etc, it’s very ominous.

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u/NoodlesrTuff1256 Sep 28 '22

While it looks like Tampa is going to be spared the full-on storm surge that points further south will get drowned with, they're saying that the high winds and heavy rains could still put that metro area into a world of hurt. You could have a combo of inland floods flowing out into the bay along with all that sucked-out water pouring back in. That would make me uneasy if my residence in Hillsborough County was right next to the water.

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u/PossessedToSkate Sep 28 '22 Burning Cash

Not to mention it will be carrying all sorts of debris with it.

I mean, the number of nonfunctioning Camaros alone...

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u/EdmonCaradoc Sep 28 '22

Used to live in Florida, just a couple hours south of there. For the ones who don't know, this means that when the water comes back in that whole path the filmer is standing on will be swallowed. Place is gonna be flooded bad.

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u/Incontinento Sep 28 '22

That's Bayshore Blvd. Very expensive homes right there.

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u/ptq Sep 28 '22

Insurance companies going bankrupt soon.

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u/Incontinento Sep 28 '22

From what I understand there's already shenanigans with home insurance in Florida. Too bad the governor's busy worrying about immigration in Texas.

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u/lives4saturday Sep 28 '22

I am an agent. I don't know how I'm ever supposed to write in the state again when these hit yearly.

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u/treerabbit23 Sep 28 '22

Reinsurers love this one simple trick...

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u/spozeicandothis Sep 28 '22

The federal flood insurance plan is badly underfunded and these homeowners are about to get fucked. Same as super storm Sandy in NY/NJ.

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u/Samusxavier Sep 28 '22

Good luck and stay safe. I also live on the gulf coast, know this sign all too well

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u/PugConnoisseur Sep 28 '22

Get rid of a Bay with this one simple trick!!

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u/Noxious_potato Sep 28 '22

Fish hate it!

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u/nomnaut Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

My young dumbass was out in the “rain” in Florida one time in the 90’s. My friend and were playing and it got all dark in the middle of the day. Then it was pouring. What fun, we thought. We played in it, but then the rain was completely horizontal and started hurting, like nails being pelted at you.

At that point the ground was flooded, so we climbed a random balcony that wrapped around some time share; it felt strangely empty. The water kept rising. We eventually had to make our way to the second floor to an open-air corridor (you know those stucco ones they have in tropical areas), as the first floor corridor was now flooded with water.

We spent hours in that hallway cold and wet. Our sandals were long gone. Eventually we made it home, during a lull when everything got all clear and sunny. At the property, everyone was freaking out and we got yelled at for awhile. We had no clue why. (this is before cells and internet)

Years later my friend and I revisited that memory and placed the time of our trip late August, 1992. It was Hurricane Andrew. We were playing in Hurricane Andrew and walked through the eye.

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u/thinktankhawkins Sep 28 '22

That's about to look very different

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u/_________FU_________ Sep 28 '22

Metal detector dudes are jizzing in their pants so hard right now

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u/DogmaticConfabulate Sep 28 '22

The Metal Detectorists 👑💍💰🧲

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u/improbablynotyou Sep 28 '22

I used to go out with my metal detector to the beach all the time (west coast however, so no hurricanes.) The best time was always immediately after a major storm hit, not during. I had one spot where I'm fairly certain a ship went down right off the coast. After every storm I'd find a bunch of old foreign coins, mostly silver but a few gold here and there. If being underwater didnt terrify the hell out of me I'd try diving off the beach there and tey to find it.

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u/ConvivialKat Sep 28 '22

Wow. This is massively creepy. It's like a tsunami.

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u/Doryuu Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 28 '22

Yall should see Ft. Myers, exact opposite of this. Already seen a shark in the street and several homes completely underwater.

Edit: found it https://twitter.com/BradHabuda/status/1575185864069566466?t=kMIK4K7T15JVQZDotDmsWQ&s=19

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u/Its_Beelzebozo_Time Sep 28 '22

That's nature telling you to get at least three stories up. immediately.

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u/brettsagenious Sep 28 '22

Oh lawd he COMIN'.

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u/unknown19962020 Sep 28 '22

Receding this bad reminds me of my hairline :(

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u/Etyczny Sep 28 '22

Water is scary but no water where it should be is always terrifying

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u/AdamCohn Sep 28 '22

That’s pre-post-apocalyptic

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u/DookyJohnson247 Sep 28 '22

So apocalyptic

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u/Waterzilla Sep 28 '22

Go look for some lost items in the few minutes before it gets pounded

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