Sunday Reads: One Word, Tampa.

This tweet by Jim Cantore sums things up into one single word…yeah, that is your latest update on Hurricane Irma.

Tampa.

My hometown.

This post is a quick round-up of links and tweets on the storms. (Don’t forget about Jose.)

One of those cranes just collapsed on a building:

And if all this wasn’t bad enough:

A little humor to lighten the mood:

That's the spirit! #Irma #hurricaneirma #IrmaGerd

A post shared by Shannon Fisher (@msshannonfisher) on

Houston sunk 2cm, thank you Harvey:

Update in the Mexico earthquake:

Guess y’all heard about the “stupids” in Florida and their plans to shoot at Irma? Even the sheriff had to make a statement.

LOLGOP had the perfect response:

I will end it there. This is an open thread.

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21 Comments on “Sunday Reads: One Word, Tampa.”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    My family and friends are going to sit the storm out in their homes and shelters. I am so worried about their safety.

    • Enheduanna says:

      JJ – Good luck to all your kin and loved ones! I’m worried about my old home town – Ft. Myers Beach, although we moved from there in 1967.

      This storm is just so gigantic and slow moving.

    • NW Luna says:

      Thoughts for your family and friends and all in the path of the hurricane.

      How far from the coast is your family? Are they in the lowlands?

    • dakinikat says:

      My ex’s oldest brother and his wife and our nephew are in Naples. They all are out thankfully. I have lots of friends in Ft Lauderdale and the surrounding areas.

  2. NW Luna says:

    That “Irma is white” tweet is hilarious, in a bad way.

  3. NW Luna says:

    This looks like a really good cause to support:

  4. Enheduanna says:

    Here is a size comparison of Irma and Andrew:

    https://www.clickorlando.com/news/what-is-the-size-comparison-between-hurricane-irma-and-hurricane-andrew

    I was curious about the size difference with Hurricane Charlie, which hit Ft. Myers in 2004. It was a very compact but vicious storm – they called it “buzzsaw” Charlie.

  5. dakinikat says:

    So ….

    A tale of two Irmas: rich Miami ready for tumult as poor Miami waits and hopes
    As the hurricane approaches, the wealthy residents of Miami Beach can afford to play golf, their homes primed to withstand the wind and rain. In Liberty City, just a few miles away, they’re crossing their fingers

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/09/hurricane-irma-miami-florida-two-cities?CMP=fb_gu

    Meanwhile 45 seems to think the Rich need their tax cuts speeded up as a result of Irma

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-tax/trump-calls-for-a-tax-reform-speed-up-in-light-of-hurricane-irma-idUSKCN1BK0XK

    So, he must want us all to pay for Mar Largo Restoration I guess while all the poor can just eat downed coconuts and live in palm frond huts.

  6. bostonboomer says:

    WaPo:

    Miami woman delivers her own baby because Irma’s powerful winds kept help from getting to her

    A conference call was convened between the woman and the emergency crews who couldn’t get to her. Paramedics, a dispatcher and a doctor from Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami all walked her through her own childbirth — including delivering the placenta and cutting the umbilical cord. The dispatcher told her how to tie it off, Assistant Fire Chief Eloy Garcia told the Miami Herald.

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  9. NW Luna says:

    Mexico sent some of their firefighters to help in the Pacific Northwest. Trump, OTOH, evidently thinks the Blue States can burn up as far as he’s concerned. We do have some senators with seniority; that should help some.

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  11. roofingbird says:

    Just because only two cranes collapsed, it doesn’t mean the rest are safe. Metal fatigue can play a big part in later problems.