Fay’s Main Rainfall Hasn’t Reached Northeast Florida (YET)

I hate to be one of those naggy people that always knows everything (and here is where the but is inserted) BUT the worst flooding I’ve experienced in NE Florida has been from slow-moving tropical storms and depressions in the big bend area of Florida. I’m afraid we’re going to have days of rain as Fay travels west. I know we haven’t seen a lot of wet stuff yet (my rain gauge just had 3.7 inches as of this morning). However, the ground is saturated here in my portion of northeast Florida from recent rains. There is already some wide but shallow puddling on area fields. There will be flooding, possibly severe, as the rains do arrive and, since the roots of even the giant oak trees have very shallow root systems, it won’t take much wind for those trees to start falling. If you have a choice in the matter, do not park under or near any trees.

If you are new to the area and do not know whether your property is subject to flooding, check with your county office or neighbors that live in the area. If nobody in your housing development is local and are from out of state or down state, Lord ha’ mercy, you are going to get a lesson on how quickly land turns back into swamp.

Update: The Daytona Beach people are wondering whether Fay is going to become a permanent fixture, much like the Great Red Spot on Jupiter. That’s going to be tough on Bike Week and the Daytona 500. Maybe they can change it to boat week and have people yelling “show us your anchors”! As for Nascar, racing speed boats around the track would be nice.

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