I wish I had something more positive to write about. Believe me I would much rather be making a post about Linux or even one of my hobbies or adventures. Times are more serious however with hurricane Irma on a collision course with my home state. If you have not figured out by know I am in central Florida. Looking at the latest storm tracks from NOAA here and the weather underground track and computer models here it looks to be a safe bet Florida is impacted. I will post more here as the situation develops. Knowing from experience these things change course, stay tuned for more updates. Hopefully Irma misses the state or has minimal impact. Forecasts make that seem unlikely. This is a serious Category 5 storm that can not be ignored.
Florida governor Rick Scott has already placed all 67 counties under a state of emergency. The only mandatory evacuations have been for Monroe county and the keys, more are likely to come. I would suggest that anyone living on the coast, in a low lying area, or a mobile home have a plan in order. Those staying can already get sandbags to protect your property. If you need more information on that check CF news 13 here or WFTV’s link here. Local schools are already making decisions about closures, for those closer to Tampa this link has the latest closures. Those living in the Orlando area be sure to check here.
Be sure to have your local emergency management contact information handy. For those in Seminole county that is found here. In Orange county you can check here for information. Central Florida shelters are not open yet but as that information becomes available I will post it. For the entire states emergency management check here, though I must report at the time of this posting they were already receiving more traffic than they could handle. Though I encourage you to call only in case of emergency here is the Orange county sheriff’s office number (407-254-7000). For those in Seminole county that number is (407-655-1450). If you are in Lake use (352-343-2101), and for my family down in Highlands county use (863-402-7200). Again only use these if needed but I wanted to get the information out now. More sites will probably suffer outages due to traffic load as this beast approaches.
Here is the most recent track from NOAA.
Because you can’t take things too seriously a bit of comic relief.