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I woke up to no power this morning. Went to work where I am now and had everyone call in on me. I had one cat say his hood was about to fly open while on his way to work. LMAO that was a first.

I am 3 blocks from the beach. Looks like a typical Noreaster so far, but I am expecting it to get much rougher here in a few hours as Fay drifts further north and westward. I expect it to stregnthen a bit before it lands, now the sun is turning up the heat on it.

I plan on working till about 3 and heading to my Widowed mother-in-laws house with my dog and 3 cats for the evening. She lives about 5 miles from the beach; on the otherside of the intercoastal waterway.

Well back to work for me. I hope I don't get stuck on this side of the ICW if they decide to close the bridges. Looks like they are waiting till the winds reach 40 MPH to do so... Chao



Fay Shatters One Man's Boat and Dream


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VILANO BEACH, FL -- Gill LeHoux was literally picking up the pieces of a dream Wednesday.

His boat had been ripped about into thousands of pieces and those pieces had washed onto Vilano Beach.

Waves, kicked up by Tropical Storm Fay, continued to attack his sial boat named Lady Cecile.

The shredded hull rocked on the beach.

LeHoux had sunk all his money and years of hard work rebuilding the boat.

The French Canadian had sailed it from Montreal, he was bound for Cuba, and then around the world.

LeHoux told First Coast News he was trying to sail into the St. Augustine Inlet Monday night, but he got stuck.

So he pulled out, but got stuck again. He said he had a bad chart.

Fearing Tropical Storm Fay, LeHoux said he freed the boat again, and decided to head due east into the Atlantic.

After the course was set, and he was sailing out, LeHoux said he went underneath for a bite to eat.

"All of a sudden, I was projected forward," LeHoux said. "The boat was beached here. I never heard anything. I never heard the waves here. I never felt the boat turning 180 degrees." Indeed, the boat had somehow made a complete turnaround and ran ashore on Vilano Beach.

Tuesday morning, tow boats and the U.S. Coastguard tried to free the boat, but they could not because the tide was too low.

So, the Lady Cecile sat on the beach.

The tow boat captains told LeHoux they would try again Wednesday if conditions were better.

But Tuesday night, LeHoux said he sat on the beach and watched Fay's outer bands destroy his sailboat.

Wednesday, as LeHoux was picking up debris, he said he felt "broken, empty." "I can tell you this. I seem to be having flashes of time when I look at a piece of wood. 'Oh yeah. I remember this one. It took me three bloody days to craft by hand.'"

Now, the sails that were supposed to take LeHoux around the world were being flung around on the sand by the whipping waves.

As onlookers stared and passed-by the boat and one man's broken dream, LeHoux continued to clean up.

He has vowed to rebuild and sail again... after he picks up the pieces of memories that were scattered along the beach.

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At least we take this stuff seriously...

Hey, ya'll, watch this!

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Someone attempted a little kitesurfing in Fay winds. A Darwin candidate, the poor fellow. The link will take you to the page with the video (sorry, I couldn't extract it from the Brazilian site, but it should work all the same)


Revista Náutica ::. Kitesurfista tenta velejar em tempestade e é arremessado contra prédio nos EUA

Why do people do these things anyway?!
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Yup... someone posted the link to the video of the idiot of the day earlier.
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Well Jacksonville is now experiencing the most rain and the most wind of anyone in Florida for the past 12 hours. We are experiencing the knuckle punch from the north east quadrant of the storm., we are being pounded by rain and wind. We had gusts of over 60 MPH @ my beach tonight.


Fay wobbled west and then southeast tonight and then west again, Fay is driving our local forcasters crazy. It is as if I am hearing the exact echoe from the forecast we got last night. Speaking of crazy, a 21-year-old woman from Indiana died @ our beach today, she drowned in the surf.

About 80,000 people are without power. Here at my Mother-in-laws house we have power and cable, two things I don't have at the beach.

WOW I just saw a 51 yard Hail Mary pass with no time left on the clock in the game between the Bears and 49ers. Too little too late however for the Bears as the 49ers win it.

We would be experiencing a major Hurricane had the center of the storm been farther offshore. We still have about 200 miles of rain offshore that has still got to follow Fay as it makes it treck across the state. I can't help but shake my head and laugh thinking WHAT THE WHAT THE WHAT?
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Wouldn't that just be Darwinism in action... going to a beach and playing in the surf during a hurricane strikes me as incredibly stupid.
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Well Jacksonville is now experiencing the most rain and the most wind of anyone in Florida for the past 12 hours. We are experiencing the knuckle punch from the north east quadrant of the storm., we are being pounded by rain and wind. We had gusts of over 60 MPH @ my beach tonight.
You guys be safe down there.

My sis-in-law sent a picture message to my cell phone, showed a sail boat on the St. John's that had broken loose and was bouncing off the bridge. Not a sight you want to see.
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There is no doubt in my mind, Fay is an awesome tropical storm. A storm that refused to be tamed by forecasts, while forcing those who assumed a position of playing it down to rethink their position as it forced tree's to come crashing down on their homes while in their sleep, and even killing a passenger who was traveling down a street.

Fay had some huddling in their bath tubs as tornado reports abounded, and others like me in sheer awe while watching as the wind and rain pound us; even a day after fay moved to being across the state and into the gulf. Like a pack of wolves, Fay howled night after night, our Mayor kept vigil making sure there were plenty of shelter for his constituents to feel comfort and rest through the plight.

Our infastructure was sound, people like me who lost cable and power were sure to be found. Fay gave a lesson that there is nothing vanilla about a tropical storm, and that those who do not take heed, could find themselves knocking on deaths door. Fay was a beauty as far as tropical storms go, and a beast to the experts who aimed to bridal her motions and flow.

Fay shattered dreams, Fay shattered lives. Here it is a week later and Fay is as strong as ever, one can only hope that people will have more respect for tropical storms in the future as opposed to playing them down by comparing them to catastrophic storms rather than clear sunny day.

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