Six on Saturday – Ian Aftermath

I have heard from a lot of people this week inquiring about our status after Hurricane Ian blasted through Florida. Here is what happened.

On Monday this week I posted the latest spaghetti models for the path of the hurricane. Meteorologists use these models to show possible storm paths. I have turned into a bit of a hurricane nerd and follow the weather modeling when storms are active. I marked this map up to show how the forecasting moved during the week.

I am located east of the big hole in Florida, Lake Okeechobee. The LW labels are where Ian was forecast to hit last week. Last week the hurricane was hitting South Florida or the Panhandle. The line in black was the Monday forecast. Tuesday it moved south with a prediction of a direct hit on Tampa Bay. Wednesday morning Category 4 Hurricane Ian spinning 155 mph winds made landfall at Cayo Costa, Florida, a barrier island off the west coast near Ft. Myers. It is over 100 miles between Tampa and Ft. Myers. The hurricane never really looked like it was going to hit us. Ironically, when the first rain bands hit my house the hurricane warning area was upgraded to 30 miles north of my house.

Ians’s path through Florida:

The storm passed about 110 miles west of us overnight on Wednesday. There was a constant 30 mph wind that escalated to 50 or 60 mph gusts off and on. We had very little rain.

The dreadful images of storm damage seen all over the internet and news stories are mostly from the two counties near the landfall, Lee and Collier. There is wind damage and ongoing flooding elsewhere in the path. Hurricane Ian reformed after leaving Florida as a tropical storm and hit South Carolina on Friday.

Our nephew lives in Ft. Myers and stayed in his house. After 5 hours of 100 mph winds, he had a hole in his roof and trees down. He was very lucky. The storm surge stopped 1/2 mile away. Another friend, with land development experience, recently sold his golf course view home in Naples after worrying for years about the 6-8 foot topographical difference between his house and the Gulf of Mexico. I imagine his neighborhood was inundated by the storm surge.

Here is what happened in my garden:

Winds blew this pot counterclockwise. I am glad it did not blow off the wall.

Piles of palm fronds to pick up. I hate hurricane cut palms. It is bad for the health of the tree to cut all the yellow and brown fronds and seed heads off as they provide homes and food for birds and bats – but, you don’t have to pick them up after high winds.

The hurricane cut palm is on the right. They are left with 3 to 5 green fronds many times.

The Strangler Fig was mostly covered in new leaves before the winds blew through. The new leaves and many others are now covering the ground.

That is it from my garden. Just piles of debris to pick up. Some of the plants are pointed in a decidedly more southern direction as that is where the strongest winds came from.

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Happy Gardening, I will be adding to my compost heap!


21 comments on “Six on Saturday – Ian Aftermath

  1. Great job Queen. Glad you are safe.

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  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Glad the brunt of the storm missed you, but still a fair amount of clean-up is required. Thanks for letting us know how it went with you… we sit up here and wonder from afar. 🙂

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  3. Cathy says:

    Good to hear it missed you. Terrible pictures of the west though. We occasionally get bad storms in autumn and winter here, and they can vary considerably in strength within a few miles, and it is so nerve-wracking watching the radar images and the wind changing direction unexpectedly! Happy gardening/clearing up. 😃

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  4. I’ve been worrying about you too! Glad to hear that you are fine. Hope the clearing up isn’t too troublesome. x

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  5. fredgardener says:

    Glad to hear some good news from you, I have a Twitter friend who was luckily on the 8th floor in San Marco Island and everything went well for him… Another one in South Carolina was just a little north of the main axis so it was fine too.
    With all these debris and leaves on the ground it’s fall for sure….

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  6. It is certainly good news for you. The scenes look eerily like Ike with all the boats piled up and houses wrecked. I really feel for all the retirees that were living in permanent homes.

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  7. Rosie Amber says:

    Thanks for the maps and info, all very interesting. Glad you are safe.

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  8. Noelle says:

    Its quite terrifying when a storm goes over, pleased you and your garden have escaped the worst.

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  9. Páraig says:

    I’m glad that you escaped, a chara. Others not so fortunate. Bit of gardening tidy up ain’t so bad after all.

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  10. Cathy says:

    Thanks for filling us in on what’s been happening – it helps to open our eyes to other climates and weather patterns. I know others have been less fortunate, but am relieved you were just on the fringe and your damage was minimal

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  11. tonytomeo says:

    Oh my! I do not watch much news, and saw even less of it while away in Southern California. I heard about this from a neighbor down there, but did not investigate.

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