Canceled: Pafford’s Landing Cleanup due to Hurricane Irma 2019-09-08

Everyone is a bit preoccupied right now tying things down for the most powerful Atlantic hurricane ever observed, so the Outings Committee has canceled this Sunday’s Rivers Alive Cleanup and Paddle Outing on the Alapaha River at Pafford’s Landing. Hurricane Irma may still decide to go east or west, but for a hurricane, better safe than sorry. Depending on the aftermath, we may reschedule for next weekend; stay tuned.

Category 1
These maps are details from New York Times, UPDATED 12:45 PM ET, SEPT. 8, 2017, Maps: Tracking Hurricane Irma’s Path.

Madison to Ocala

Four days ago Florida governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in all 67 Florida counties, and Monroe County, including Key West, was evacuating.

Irma is currently predicted to drop from category 2 to category 1 around Ocala. Citrus County is already under a partial voluntary evacuation order.

Probably nobody in Cedar Key or the town of Suwannee, Florida needs to be reminded after Matthew what a hurricane storm surge can do, and Irma is going to cause that again no matter which way it goes.

Madison to Ocala

Cordele to Waycross

Irma is currently expected to be category 1 through the entire Suwannee River Basin. I don’t think that has ever happened before.

Yesterday, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency in 30 counties, including Echols, Clinch, Ware, Atkinson, and Coffee , and a mandatory evacuation of everything east of I-95, including Savannah and all of Chatham County. Today he added 64 more counties, including all the rest of the Suwannee River Basin in Georgia, for a total of 94 counties. Fort Stewart is evacuating.

Cordele to Waycross

Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale

Thsi table is from the National Hurricane Center.

Category Sustained Winds Types of Damage Due to Hurricane Winds
1 74-95 mph
64-82 kt
119-153 km/h
Very dangerous winds will produce some damage: Well-constructed frame homes could have damage to roof, shingles, vinyl siding and gutters. Large branches of trees will snap and shallowly rooted trees may be toppled. Extensive damage to power lines and poles likely will result in power outages that could last a few to several days.
2 96-110 mph
83-95 kt
154-177 km/h
Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage: Well-constructed frame homes could sustain major roof and siding damage. Many shallowly rooted trees will be snapped or uprooted and block numerous roads. Near-total power loss is expected with outages that could last from several days to weeks.
3
(major)
111-129 mph
96-112 kt
178-208 km/h
Devastating damage will occur: Well-built framed homes may incur major damage or removal of roof decking and gable ends. Many trees will be snapped or uprooted, blocking numerous roads. Electricity and water will be unavailable for several days to weeks after the storm passes.
4
(major)
130-156 mph
113-136 kt
209-251 km/h
Catastrophic damage will occur: Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.
5
(major)
157 mph or higher
137 kt or higher
252 km/h or higher
Catastrophic damage will occur: A high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last for weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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Cordele to Willacoochee

Cordele to Willacoochee

Tifton to Fargo

This Hurricane Irma path goes directly over my house, after Hurricane Hermine already did that a year ago. Irma is much stronger. Valdosta and Lowndes County have declared a local state of emergency. Probably other cities and counties have done the same; this post is just an outing cancellation, not an exhaustive survey.

Tifton to Fargo

Madison to Starke

Madison to Starke

Madison, Keystone Heights

Madison, Keystone Heights

Horseshoe Beach, Crystal River

Horseshoe Beach, Crystal River

Horseshoe Beach Homosassa

Horseshoe Beach Homosassa

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