11:00 am .. WINK said that now the Surge could be up to 18 feet .. UGH .. the Marina will not exists once the Surge gets above 11 feet and High Tied for the day is 02:00 pm today .. this is real bad news ..
11:45 am .. Charlie’s Track just changed .. Charlie is now going right at Fort Myers .. this is real bad news .. and they are still forecasting a Surge of 18 feet .. this dose not make sense to me .. I do not think that the Surge will be that high based on the direction of the of the Eye and the land mass that it is tracking ..
12:00 pm .. Jon called .. they abandoned their Home in Cape Coral as the forecasted Surge will devastate their Home .. he said that they were going to head East to our run the Hurricane .. this was a most WISE decision ..
(( .. the balance of our Log for today is from Marv’s hand written notes .. i.e. this is when we packed up the PC and our other stuff in preparation for Plan B .. ))
12:30 pm .. after having some of Marv’s homemade Vegetable Soup we relocated to the Boaters Lounge .. we took enough supplies for two days .. the Boaters Lounge is located above the Marina’s Office and it overlooks the Marina .. we spent much time during the Storm on the Balcony that faces the Marina ..
12:35 pm .. there were a total of 14 people .. 7 dogs .. and 1 cat that took refuge at the Marina ..
12:40 pm .. Cheryl called and said that they made it to Jim’s parents place and would be spending the night there .. if Charlie’s Track dose not change they will get there share of winds from Charlie .. but the speeds should be way down by then ..
01:00 pm .. the Hurricane has now been classed as a Category Four as the winds are now over 145 mph .. the owner of the Trawler left his Boat by Dinghy ..
01:15 pm .. Marv helped Eric turn the Power and the Water off to all the Docks ..
01:45 pm .. we talked with Jon again .. they are headed to Fort Lauderdale .. and are now well out of the Hurricane’s range ..
02:00 pm .. we heard an Electrical Transformer exploded .. it was the first of many explosions that we heard in the next hours ..
02:15 pm .. the first real heavy winds picked up .. the wind direction was from the Shore Line right straight across the River .. i.e. from the Southeast right at the Port Side of Dee Light .. this will be a real test of our Line preparation .. it will work or we will have a real mess ..
02:16 pm .. all the Power in the downtown area of Fort Myers terminated .. yet the Power at the Boaters Lounge remained on .. it did flicker quite a lot but it always came back ..
02:20 pm .. the Trawler below A Dock is starting to move .. the winds are pushing it Southeast across the River ..
02:30 pm .. Eric moved his family to the Apartment behind the Boaters Lounge .. his House can only take an 8 foot Surge ..
03:00 pm .. a Sailboat broke loose from its Slip on D Dock and was pushed up to a Finger on D Dock ..
03:15 .. the winds are now making a ROARING sound .. I have been told that this occurs when the wind speed is at about 100 Knots ( 120 mph ) .. the Exterior TV Antenna must have ripped off but we could see a fuzzy picture of WINK on the TV in the Boaters Lounge ..
03:45 pm .. the wind direction has now changed .. it is coming right up the River from the Southwest .. with the River water flying thru the air it was difficult to see at all .. Dee Light disappeared from our sight .. many Boaters called us during the Storm to check up on their Boats ..
04:00 pm .. the Trawler is now dragging its Anchor up the River towards the Bridge ..
04:15 pm .. the Boats n A Dock really took a beating .. many times we could see the underside of some of the Boats .. the Fly Bridge ripped off Sharon’s Boat on A Dock ..
04:50 pm .. the boat A GIVEN ( 53 foot Hatters ) broke loose from A Dock .. the boat drifted up River with the winds pushing it .. it came to a rest at the Tie-Along area of B Dock .. Eric headed up a group of Boaters that were able to get it tied off .. if they were unsuccessful the Boat would have caused damage to a number of Boats on B Dock ..
05:00 pm .. the Trawler that was drifting up the River has now disappeared into the winds and River Waters .. UGH .. (( .. we later were told that it collided with the Bridge just above the Marina .. the Bridge ripped off everything above the Deck of the Trawler ..
05:30 pm .. Jon called and said that after they have dinner at a Sports Bar in Fort Lauderdale they were going to return to Fort Myers ..
07:00 pm .. the Surge crested at about 6 feet .. as it went down it left black marks on the Concrete Pilings that support the Marina’s Docks ..
09:00 pm .. we relocated back to Dee Light for the night .. with our Generator we had Power and we had filled our Water Tank .. we made some adjustments to some of the Lines on Dee Light as the winds had really stretched them out ..
10:00 pm .. from our Fly Bridge we could see that there was not a light on anyplace in the area ..
11:00 pm .. Jon and Sarah stopped by Dee Light to let us know that they made it back .. they then headed to their place to find minimal damage to their Home but no Power and no Water ..
11:30 pm .. we went to bed .. it felt good to be back in our own bed .. there were many others that did not fare as well .. in the morning we will have to start our preparations for Danielle that is now heading our way ..
.. the photo above is of Dee Light when the winds were from the Southeast at about 90 mph .. later the winds shifted to the Southwest and increased up to over 140 mph .. later we had to adjust our Dock Lines ..