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Florida Webmasters: Hurricane Jeanne
from the "you've got to be kidding me" department

 6:29 am on Sep 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

Start your full backups for Sunday folks.
Ready for the third time around? I'm considering moving next year!

They are expecting EIGHTEEN hours of wind and rain for a few parts of Florida.

Our power was off 4 days last time, ran out of laptop batteries on the 2nd day and missed at least one important business decision.

Spooky sat image off all three hurricanes:

This should be quite alarming by Sunday morning:



 11:42 am on Sep 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

Isn't this actually the fourth time around for Florida? Charley, Frances, Ivan, and now Jeanne? I'm not sure which I'd hate more; hurricanes or the tornadoes we get here in Illinois. (I know hurricanes often spawn tornadoes, but those seem to lack the intensity of the ones we get around here.) I saw this tornado damage [crh.noaa.gov] with my own eyes shortly after it happened, but this hurricane damage [noaanews.noaa.gov] sure looks more widespread.

Try to stay safe, everyone.


 12:30 pm on Sep 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

Yes, this will be number four. And even after losing power for at least 2 days, we STILL don't have a UPS backup for our web server! The I.T. guy and myself requested one months ago. So now we just get to sit back and tell management "We told you this would happen," every time our website is offline.


 3:33 am on Sep 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

You can still get a small 1000 watt generator off ebay for $150-$200 :)


 5:33 am on Sep 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

Man, I know what this feels like and although I'm glad its you and not me (sorry) ... I feel really badly for you guys!

Keep your heads down.



 6:30 am on Sep 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

Ivan pretty much missed us alltogether really. Charley was the worst one seen here in Orlando this year.


 2:52 pm on Sep 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

Power was only off for a day this time, yay! Makes you appreciate electricity.

I'm thinking of investing in a high current power inverter and some marine batteries. Anyone have experience with such things?


 3:41 pm on Sep 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

Yeah, I had an inverter hooked up to 4 golf cart batteries. It works well but is quite expensive. You have to make sure you get a really good inverter with pure SIN waves or you can damage your computer.

The best (and easiest) is just to get yourself an inexpensive generator. Noisy but effective!


 9:20 pm on Sep 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

i was in fl last weekend (sept 18). my friend is a reuters photographer. he's been working during all these and he was showing me some amazing pics from the first 3. we were supposed to be back in fl this past weekend for his b-day party... needless to say, it was called off due to the hurricane and he had to go back to work.


 11:22 pm on Sep 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

I know I would rather have a big unexpected earthquake on average once every 20 years than hurricanes. At least they are over before you really figure out what is going on. The 2 or 3 days notice you get from a hurricane has to be nervewracking. Still, it is better than a Godzilla attack.


 12:35 pm on Sep 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

Luckily, we did not lose power for any extended length of time during this latest one. I still want a backup power supply, but the chances of getting that are "slim" and "fat."

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