The good news is that compared to Hurricane Ian, Hurricane Nicole will be less apocalyptic: it is, after all, already November, the waters are still very warm, and they feed hurricanes with energy, but the system is not as well organized as a typical, mid-summer, tropical cyclone. The bad news is that waves offshore will reach 40 and possibly even 50 feet. Those waves will not come directly crashing at full power, but the beach erosion and storm surge will have a major impact.
My family and I are on a “barrier island” at a friend’s house that is to say that we are off the mainland and that flooding, again, will be the biggest risk for us. As of right now (22:00 hours) the forecast looks okay, but we have already experienced power outages due to a feeder bands. I fully expect to lose power by tomorrow morning. And even if we have power, the communications networks will be under huge stress.
In other words, wish us the best, keep us in your prayers, and I hope to report back by Friday or Saturday.
I have a guest post ready for tomorrow Wednesday, and if I have Internet access and get more submissions, I will do my best to post them. And I will try to keep an eye on moderation as best I can.
But I ask for your understanding and patience until things return to at least some degree of normality.
Kind regards, hugs and cheers to all,
GodSpeed; May you and your loved ones stay safe. Thank you for the update.
“….waves offshore will reach 40 and possibly even 50 feet…”
Wow, that is serious height.
Saker, I hope this one is the last this year. Stay safe.
Kia kaha Andrei.
Stay safe. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Bendith arnoch o Gymru a Gofal From Wales (UK) Blessings and Take care x
A barrier island sounds like a dangerous place to be, since its job is to stop big waves from rolling farther in!
I hope that the island holds the line and you and your family are on its more protected side.
Barrier island means up on tall stilts, I hope. We came to periscope depth in a hurricane in the Med. We were doing 90 degree rolls. We leveled off at 200 ft to keel depth and were still rocking back and forth. Have a fun ride. Nothing like a big storm to make you feel alive. and small
Andrei, it’s kind of funny. On November 1 I moved from the spot where Ian’s eye passed over my camper and it was hit with 80+ mph gusts. I was near the Cape and Playalinda. Although the camper was in 18″ of water, it was dry inside.
Now I am in Nicole’s path but further inland. Like Ian it’s a squirrely storm. I’m fairly safe. My hopes and prayers are with you.
I have been through 10 – 12 Gulf hurricanes over the years, and my experience that water is the biggest destroyer, and the low lying coastal lands pose the greatest threat! The major problems occur when the rising waters block all exits, and you have no way out. To compound the situation, the uncertainties of mother nature kick in and any plans you make, good or bad, can simply overwhelm you.
Therefore, my experience would suggest you leave an island, assuming it may become inaccessible later.
Once you make the decision to stay you have put yourself in danger. At some point, mother nature may take over and you will be left “blowing in the wind”. One hurricane plan I suggest renting a Uhaul truck, load it with your stuff. If accessibility becomes a concern, then drive your family and the truck to high ground and leave it parked in a safer location.
Please consider getting off the island. Once the forces of nature take over, your plans may vanish and you would be left with survival mode issues. Water rising, injury, etc – not much can be done about it. You literally may be putting your life and well being into the hands of God, and hoping for the best.
May you and your family are safe and secure.
“Kind regards, hugs and cheers …”
Right back at you, Andrei! May you be well and safe.
This is 11/10, Thursday, last day of summer here in Mi as the hard freeze sets in Saturday and stays that way. The good news this morning the Hurricane has weakened after hitting the E. coast full force, so that is maybe irrelevant to the Saker. This weather as it is changing and all that is like being in a War zone, unavoidable, unpredictable and it just keeps coming. Good luck to the Saker. Hope you kept your best stuff dry.