Hurricane Matthew, October 6, 2016 · · PAGE 30.
October 6, 2016: This page contains
images of the property taken before Hurricane Matthew approached the Melbourne,
Florida area with the eye passing about 20 miles offshore in the Atlantic
Ocean. Winds at the Melbourne International Airport peaked around 70
MPH. The airport is located about FIVE miles north of our home. This
photo shows the rental car I used during a company road trip that began on
Saturday morning, September 24, 2016 and ended with my return late Wednesday
night, October 5, 2016. The winds were starting to pickup as I took this
photo at 6:52 PM on Thursday, October 6. The highest winds are expected
between 2 AM and 4 AM on Friday, October 7. All our vehicles were moved to
the north end of the old golf course access road to get clear of the "fall
zone" if any of the big trees should be uprooted by the expected high winds
that were forecast to be as high as 140 MPH if the EYE of the hurricane should
I was using forced flash in the photo above. That is why you see all
the reflectors on the car, and the one I have adjacent to the storm drain are
all glowing in the image above. The image below shows the storm shutters
closed and locked in front of the living room windows.
I had some thoughts about the boat moving around if the winds get strong
I wanted to show the lawn was relatively clear of any Spanish moss from
the trees. There was a thunder storm here a few days before I returned
home. I picked up the debris from that one and had it all in my trash can
before the start of the hurricane winds. The focus is soft on this image
because of the fading light as sunset approaches.
Here is another view of the boat and its trailer. A smaller trailer
is chained to the bigger one. The red reflector from my bicycle is glowing
in the garage.
This view is looking southwest showing our vehicles away from the
"fall zone" of the trees in the yard beyond. They are all parked
on the asphalt road that ends here. There is a drainage ditch not seen
here just west of the vehicles. A lot of water flows off the golf course
via that ditch and the large concrete culvert that runs under our yard and
driveway and underground to the Tillman Canal behind the lots and homes on the
south side of Meadowbrook Road in front of our house.
The moss in the trees is being blown by the north wind from the
approaching hurricane. The tall grass beyond the cars at the edge of the
asphalt and before the drainage ditch is also being blown south by the wind from
the north. The cars are pointed into the wind and close together.
Here is my last photo before sunset and getting inside to ride out the
storm that will come overnight. The gutter down spouts were all checked
before we headed in for the night. I checked the ones we could see from
the Florida room during the storm and they were flowing well. I had the
foresight to rake away any leaves that would restrict the drainage from the down
spout at the NW corner of the Florida room.
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