October 10, 2018 - Hurricane Michael - Callaway, Florida

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  • Published on:  Saturday, December 8, 2018
  • Callaway is across the Bay from Tyndall Air Force Base.
    This video is the short form, for the full story which includes an additional 13.5 minutes from Day 0, please follow:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThzWh...
    We were in the western eye for about 22 minutes. This is not a storm chaser video, it's a homeowner video.

    Michael is just the 4th Cat 5 landfall in US history and took less than 36 hours to grow from Cat 1.
    I have addressed my lack of preparation and the reason for it. Any further attacks which fail to understand these reasons will be removed.

    We went to sleep thinking we faced a Category 3 hurricane the next day. Although intense, we were in a sturdy structure on high ground and decided to stay. In 15-hours, it jumped two categories (35 MPH MSW), extremely rapid intensification.
    Date Time Lat Long Max Sus Ps Category
    10/09/19 22:00 27.1° -86.5° 125 mph 947 mb 3
    10/10/19 01:00 27.7° -86.6° 130 mph 945 mb 4
    10/10/19 04:00 28.3° -86.5° 140 mph 943 mb 4
    10/10/19 05:00 28.6° -86.4° 140 mph 937 mb 4
    10/10/19 06:00 28.8° -86.3° 140 mph 937 mb 4
    10/10/19 07:00 29.0° -86.3° 145 mph 933 mb 4
    10/10/19 08:00 29.1° -86.2° 145 mph 933 mb 4
    10/10/19 09:00 29.3° -86.1° 145 mph 931 mb 4
    10/10/19 10:00 29.4° -86.0° 145 mph 928 mb 4
    10/10/19 10:30 29.5° -85.9° 150 mph 923 mb 4
    10/10/19 11:00 29.6° -85.8° 150 mph 923 mb 4
    10/10/19 12:00 29.9° -85.7° 150 mph 919 mb 4
    10/10/19 12:30 30.0° -85.5° 160 mph 919 mb 5
    The storm continued to intensify right up to interaction with land, gaining 15 MPH MSW in the final several hours.

    If I had the information in the following web page days in advance of landfall I would probably have evacuated. I relied on local media too heavily (in retrospect), and feel the alarm wasn't sounded early enough, nor loudly enough until too late to get out. Combined with reluctance due to our financial and transportation difficulties, resulted in riding it out.
    Very informative page here...in particular go to the "Storm History" tab.
    https://www.weather.gov/tae/Hurricane...

    We had no electricity for 14-days, no internet for 58-days. Two months later, still no cable TV, nor landline telephone. Most of the trees across a 4,000 square mile swath have been destroyed and virtually all are damaged. At least eight houses in the immediate neighborhood were damaged beyond repair. Another lot was cleared the week of the first anniversary. And recovery continues.
    My home, several miles away, is also damaged beyond repair. But, I haven't yet been able to have it demolished.
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