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Offline Bruce A. Smith

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Re: New Forum & News Updates
« Reply #6210 on: August 25, 2019, 03:05:59 AM »
Ah, yes, I knew the music sounded familiar. Yes, "The Mission." Powerful movie.

I hope the G8 can do something about the fires in the Amazon. Brazil sure doesn't seem to care that much.
 

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« Reply #6211 on: August 25, 2019, 10:14:03 PM »
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Army Tigers Parachute Team Near-Tragedy

I just saw a video of a member of the Army Tigers demo team descending horizontally at a very high rate of speed, risking death. How did that happen? His rectangular chute was still inflated, but the diver and his chute circled each other in a rapid fashion. Bizarre.

Can anyone explain? 377?

Post a link to the video and I'll see if I can explain what happened.

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« Reply #6212 on: August 26, 2019, 01:40:14 AM »
Hmmm. I don't have a link handy. I'll see if I can dig one up.
 

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« Reply #6213 on: August 26, 2019, 12:06:59 PM »
The latest episode of The Cooper Vortex is out now, DB Cooper was a Frogman with Matt L'Hommedieu. Matt is a former US Navy Seal, Air Force PJ, and Smokejumper. Enjoy!

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« Reply #6214 on: August 26, 2019, 04:50:52 PM »
I got the opportunity to speak with Captain Scott’s daughter today. She was 16 at the time of the skyjacking and remembers it very well.

The conversation was insightful and fascinating. That said, I will not take the time to write about it here. However, for those interested in attending CooperCon 2019, she has agreed to speak with me on stage.

This will be a terrific opportunity to hear about what happened behind the scenes and to hear what her father thought about the skyjacking. It really will be very interesting.
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« Reply #6215 on: August 27, 2019, 12:20:25 AM »
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I got the opportunity to speak with Captain Scott’s daughter today. She was 16 at the time of the skyjacking and remembers it very well.

The conversation was insightful and fascinating. That said, I will not take the time to write about it here. However, for those interested in attending CooperCon 2019, she has agreed to speak with me on stage.

This will be a terrific opportunity to hear about what happened behind the scenes and to hear what her father thought about the skyjacking. It really will be very interesting.

Interesting. 'Eric of Portland' told several people years ago he had found and talked to Captain Scott’s daughter. 
 

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Re: New Forum & News Updates
« Reply #6216 on: August 27, 2019, 03:34:49 AM »
Wonderful, EU. The CC 2019 just keeps getting better.
 

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« Reply #6217 on: September 01, 2019, 09:51:07 AM »
South Florida is putting a lot of trust in the National Hurricane Center. people stopped getting gas and going to the store since yesterday. if this storm doesn't turn as predicted we will have a lot of people unprepared. this is a extremely dangerous hurricane packing winds of 140 and gusts to 160/185. the hurricane force winds only extend 30 miles out from the eye so only tropical storm warnings have been issued for the Florida coast. it's hard to watch local radar and see it headed right for us....
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« Reply #6218 on: September 01, 2019, 02:40:58 PM »
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South Florida is putting a lot of trust in the National Hurricane Center. people stopped getting gas and going to the store since yesterday. if this storm doesn't turn as predicted we will have a lot of people unprepared. this is a extremely dangerous hurricane packing winds of 140 and gusts to 160/185. the hurricane force winds only extend 30 miles out from the eye so only tropical storm warnings have been issued for the Florida coast. it's hard to watch local radar and see it headed right for us....

Shutter, you have the right idea.  Even if this one misses southern Florida, everyone there should start getting ready today for the next one.  Such things as electric generators, plywood, canned food, etc., should be acquired during the "off season" for storms.  Even water and gas should be acquired before the last minute rush.

My fellow Boy Scouts and I were taught to "Be Prepared" (an actual Scouts motto).  It looks like quite a few people don't have this mindset today.   
 

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Re: New Forum & News Updates
« Reply #6219 on: September 01, 2019, 04:48:21 PM »
Hurricane Dorian Tropical Cyclone Update
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL052019
400 PM EDT Sun Sep 01 2019

...CATASTROPHIC CATEGORY 5 DORIAN POUNDING GREAT ABACO...

This is a life-threatening situation.  Residents in the Abacos
should stay in their shelter.  Do not venture out into the eye if it
passes over your location.

Hazards:
- Wind Gusts over 220 mph
- Storm Surge 18 to 23 feet above normal tide levels with higher
destructive waves

These hazards will cause extreme destruction in the affected areas
and will continue for several hours.


SUMMARY OF 400 PM EDT...2000 UTC...INFORMATION
----------------------------------------------
LOCATION...26.6N 77.3W
ABOUT 0 MI...0 KM E OF GREAT ABACO ISLAND
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...185 MPH...295 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...W OR 275 DEGREES AT 7 MPH...11 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...910 MB...26.87 INCHES
 
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« Reply #6220 on: September 01, 2019, 06:02:26 PM »
Preparing for the next storm is far from the point here. the storm is just over a hundred miles off the coast of Florida. the preparations should of never stopped. a soldier doesn't walk on the battlefield without being locked and loaded even if no action is taking place.

If this was a category 1 I wouldn't be too worried even with shutters. but to forget about a storm packing winds over 200 mph right in your area could be the last thing you worry about. a category 1 hurricane is 74 - 95 mph. it's nothing compared to a cat 5. what I drive into people is to pull the shutters out and place them in front of the windows and be ready to install as the storm approaches. start getting everything else ready. plenty of fuel and food. remove things in the yard that can blow away. prepare the bathroom as a safe space if the roof starts coming off, or the wind starts getting in through a door or window failure. it's the toughest part of the house and the safest place to be. a hurricane puts the house through positive and negative wind loads. you can watch a window breath. you can really see this transpire with clear lexan shutters. I never recommend them for large windows or sliding glass windows.

Impact glass has replaced hurricane shutters for the last decade. that's the new homes. we still have a large amount of homes that only have hurricane panels, accordion shutters, or rollup shutters. then you have thousands who have nothing and fail to keep the wood from the previous storms. depending on the amount of windows a house can be hurricane ready in under 10 minutes that have accordion or rollup shutters. hurricane panels are manually installed in different ways and can take hours to install. if you have panels then they should of been in place days ago. my phone hasn't rang all day? Thursday and Friday was a stream of SOS calls and slowly became silent.

Other than the tracking the main thing I watch is the pressure..
August 29   MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...991 MB
September  MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...910 MB

The bottom line here is this storm should NOT be taken for granted given the distance away from the coastline.
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Re: New Forum & News Updates
« Reply #6221 on: September 01, 2019, 08:49:33 PM »
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Preparing for the next storm is far from the point here. the storm is just over a hundred miles off the coast of Florida. the preparations should of never stopped. a soldier doesn't walk on the battlefield without being locked and loaded even if no action is taking place.

If this was a category 1 I wouldn't be too worried even with shutters. but to forget about a storm packing winds over 200 mph right in your area could be the last thing you worry about. a category 1 hurricane is 74 - 95 mph. it's nothing compared to a cat 5. what I drive into people is to pull the shutters out and place them in front of the windows and be ready to install as the storm approaches. start getting everything else ready. plenty of fuel and food. remove things in the yard that can blow away. prepare the bathroom as a safe space if the roof starts coming off, or the wind starts getting in through a door or window failure. it's the toughest part of the house and the safest place to be. a hurricane puts the house through positive and negative wind loads. you can watch a window breath. you can really see this transpire with clear lexan shutters. I never recommend them for large windows or sliding glass windows.

Impact glass has replaced hurricane shutters for the last decade. that's the new homes. we still have a large amount of homes that only have hurricane panels, accordion shutters, or rollup shutters. then you have thousands who have nothing and fail to keep the wood from the previous storms. depending on the amount of windows a house can be hurricane ready in under 10 minutes that have accordion or rollup shutters. hurricane panels are manually installed in different ways and can take hours to install. if you have panels then they should of been in place days ago. my phone hasn't rang all day? Thursday and Friday was a stream of SOS calls and slowly became silent.

Other than the tracking the main thing I watch is the pressure..
August 29   MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...991 MB
September  MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...910 MB

The bottom line here is this storm should NOT be taken for granted given the distance away from the coastline.

My point was that people in south Florida should have been preparing for hurricanes for years rather than days.

I have a large number of relatives who live in the mid-west in tornado prone areas.  Over the past decade or two, tornado shelters (or "Oklahoma rooms") have grown in popularity even with people who have basements.  A few years ago, one family of relatives headed for their basement during a tornado warning.  That tornado scored a direct hit on their house.  When it was safe to get out of the basement, they discovered that everything above the carpet on the first floor was gone.

I realize that southern Florida homes probably don't generally have basements.  But one section of the house, or maybe the garage, could be built with reinforced concrete (top, bottom, sides, and steel doors) and include sleeping, cooking, and bath facilities.  It would probably float away in a surf surge before being breached by a hurricane.

Shutter, building "Oklahoma rooms" in south Florida might be a good business opportunity for you.  They wouldn't replace "Florida rooms", but their owners would find that they had a lot of new friends during hurricanes. 
 
 

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« Reply #6222 on: September 01, 2019, 09:35:12 PM »
Newer homes are built pretty safe. it's the older homes that fall victim to these storms. however, I don't trust two story homes. they are built with wood. the bottom floor is concrete block that now requires the cells to also be filled with concrete. the roofs are also solid. metal studs replace 2 x 4's. the bathroom is a small confined area with plumbing in the walls that also adds to it's integrity plus it has more cross members. it's just the safest place to be if the house starts to come apart. homeowners insurance requires every entrance to be hurricane rated along with every window.

When I say older homes. I'm speaking of homes from the 80's and 90's. lots of corners were cut in those days, payoffs to the inspectors. Andrew brought that out and changed everything from 1992 forward. some homes date back into the 30's and 40's and prove to be a fine piece of solid work. something that's long lost with today's generation.


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« Reply #6223 on: September 01, 2019, 09:47:28 PM »
It's moving as west as you can get now...

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« Reply #6224 on: September 02, 2019, 11:02:07 AM »
Freeport in the Bahama's must be getting completely destroyed. imagine a category 4/5 just sitting on top of you....winds are picking up here and rain bands coming through but nothing out of the norm..
 
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