Wimal Fernando and I had discussed the contingency plans earlier in the week knowing that the storm would hit hard where he lives in Marco Island, and the evacuation was going to be inevitable.
Wimal & Iranthie were invited to join us to ride out the storm in Sarasota.
Facts about IRMA
70,000: The square mileage of Irma’s tropical storm force winds. That’s larger than the area of Florida, which is 65,000 square miles.
300 miles: The diameter of those tropical storm force winds, which is about twice as wide as Florida’s peninsula.The top strength of Irma’s maximum sustained winds (though it has since dropped). 1992’s Hurricane Andrew, the most destructive hurricane to hit Florida, had maximum winds of 175 mph. Florida Gov. Rick Scott warned that Irma was “bigger, faster and stronger” than Andrew, which hit as a Category 5
The top strength of Irma’s maximum sustained winds (though it has since dropped). 1992’s Hurricane Andrew, the most destructive hurricane to hit Florida, had maximum winds of 175 mph. Florida Gov. Rick Scott warned that Irma was “bigger, faster and stronger” than Andrew, which hit as a Category 5
History of Hurricanes in Sarasota
Sarasota County recorded a hurricane’s direct hit in 1944 when the eye of a Category 3 storm moved through north Casey Key and Osprey.
There are some theories and local superstitions as to why the city of Sarasota has not had a direct hit from a storm since record keeping began back in 1871; the wildest one has to do with American Indian Spirits that still protect the area. These are what are known as “Urban Legends.” (http://www.escape-to-sarasota.com/hurricanes.html)
Irma made landfall in Marco Island after a devastating blow to Florida Keys. It then proceeded directly north close to shoreline past Fort Mayers , ( south of Sarasota) heading towards Sarasota. When it reached Sarasota miraculously Irma “Wobbled ” off track westwards in the ocean sparing Sarasota. It then headed towards Tampa causing significant damage to coastal bay area.
This is what showed up on the radar on Sunday night .
Legend has it that our area was blessed by a Native American many years ago. The story goes that, when native American Princess Sarah DeSoto died, her body was buried in to Sarasota Bay with the blessing that Sarasota will never be hit by a Hurricane.(according to Sarasota Herald tribune its a story that can never be proven) The blessing provided protection from hurricanes, and the quartz on our beaches helps to keep them away. This was during the height of the storm last night and our area was spared from what was expected
A massive charging station capable of charging our electronics for 5 days , and a windup radio to monitor weather ordered through Amazon arrived on Friday morning
This video was shot out my back door on Sunday evening
Srategiser in chief consuming “Red Liquid”
Fortunately for us there was minimal damage to property. there was some inconvenience due to interruption of High speed internet and partial power outage.
Wimal’s house was intact with some damage to the pool cage
Thank you for all you prayers and good wishes
Wimal and Sam