Edited by PJ Lake Nona FL on 9/12/2017, 10:49 pm
As far as plants, the landscape is a mess. A short list of what I observed...
- Foxtails are not the strongest. Healthy fronds snapped right off. Not just mine, saw this all over town.
- Plumeria had several branches snapped in half including the main one. Gonna look funky for a while.
- Red copper plant all uprooted. I'll restake them. They're tough plants and should be ok.
- Philodendrons are ragged. Probably the large surface area of the leaves just getting battered.
- Pineapple uprooted. That surprised me.
- Christmas palms....rockstars
- Coconut...looks great. and it took full winds the entire storm!
We had almost 9" of rain so the softened ground could have contributed to the uprootings. Also, some of these were victims of the straight line winds. Had other plants been in it, they might not have fared so well.
A few things I learned after my first "real" hurricane.
- if we ever get cat 2 winds or higher, I'm boarding up. I really thought my windows would bust a few times.
- If cat 3 or higher winds are ever forecast to run thru Orlando, I would leave. Hurricanes don't mess around.
- The NHC did a relatively good job with the forecasting but they chose to just follow the Euro model at the end. When Irma made landfall on Marco Island, it was clear it was heading due North. They kept saying west of Tampa and then after several hours of watching radar, finally said "Um, looks like it is headed for Orlando". Other models corrected east on Sunday.
- Plants are just resilient and fighters. With the magnitude and consistency of high winds, I expected many more trees down. Some of the large, older oaks said I'm staying.
- I'll always remember the intensity of the center circulation coming thru and also my ears popping. Didn't expect that one.
- Just from what I experienced, it makes me humble for those islands and poor people who endured the true fury of this storm with 150 mph winds.
I'd post pictures but it's just too time consuming anymore. Thanks again for the well wishes and I hope other Floridians fared well.