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“Shelves Go Empty, Sandbags Run Out” As Florida Braces for Emergency Evacuation, Cat 5 Hurricane

Mac Slavo
October 6th, 2016
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Empty shelves, gallons of water. Image capture: Popeye Dtrh

For those living in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina or North Carolina, and in the path, hopefully preparations have already been made – because store shelves are already running out of critical emergency supplies and the situation looks severe.

IF weather forecasts are worth anything in tracking and predicting the course of Hurricane Matthew, the Category 5 hurricane could make a dramatic double-dip around Florida, and batter the peninsula and the people on it twice over. Weird stuff, and it will very likely cause significant damage.

It is projected to be the most powerful hurricane to hit Florida in some 9 years, and may cause serious destruction to George, South Carolina and North Carolina as well. South Carolina is already in the process of forcibly evacuating over a million people.

According to the AP, evacuation has been urged for millions of coastal residents, and mandated for some low lying and poorly developed areas:

“I cannot emphasize enough that everyone in our state must prepare now for a direct hit,” Gov. Rick Scott said in a Wednesday press conference. “If Matthew directly impacts Florida, there will be massive destruction that we haven’t seen in years. This is a deadly storm approaching our state.”

“Failure to adequately shelter may result in serious injury, loss of life or immense human suffering.”


Mandatory evacuation orders were also in effect for Brevard County’s Merritt Island, barrier islands and low-lying areas, and in St. Johns County, low-lying areas and barrier islands will be ordered to evacuate on Thursday.

Voluntary evacuations are currently in place for parts of numerous other counties; the Florida Division of Emergency Management has a complete list. In total, about 1.5 million Floridians have been ordered or urged to move away from the coast…

For those not able or willing to flee, it may be necessary to have supplies to withstand several days or even weeks without power and essential services.

As this video shows, bottled water is in short supply and other food staples are unavailable in some areas.

Here, the bread aisle, empty:

Glad I didn’t need any bread before stupid Matthew drops… water on the otherhand… #notprepared #hurricanematthew #florida #target

A photo posted by Eric Seidmon (@e_seids) on

Very long lines of cars waiting for sandbags to hold back the floods, but in many areas including Orlando, the sandbags have long since run out.

As Popeye Dtrh reports on Facebook:

Heads up anyone in Seminole County Florida heading to the Public Works Building in Sanford looking to fill sandbags. There is no sand and no bags. Spoke to city and they said it will be refilled tomorrow morning (10-06-2016). So the 24/7 sandbag operations there have stopped.

There is no doubt that the feds and state governments are coordinating for all emergency contingencies, and have martial law and the management of large numbers of people on the books and in the works, should it be deemed necessary. Some of these preparations are already in motion, though it remains to be seen how far things will go.

Southern Florida is particularly ripe for a major catastrophe because it has such a giant coastline, and because the peninsula has numerous major metro areas, and relatively few paths out of the state which will be clogged and immovable if enough people head for the exits.

Wherever you are, get ready.

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  1. nina o's ghost says:

    Can we say October suprise false flag weatherwarfare
    Phsyop hilter distraction uwmex16 martial law drill
    With rainbows and skittleshitn unicorns

    • Really??? says:

      We can say it but it wouldn’t make any sense.

      What makes me worried is that FLA is already a bunch of dolts concerning voting. If they get hit TWICE voting could be a real bitch in a few weeks with cleanup still going on.

      So it’s easy to rig the ‘vote’ and the bitch gets FLA for the win.

    • WhoWTFKnows... says:

      How many times on here has WWTI said this year, to stock up heavy on sand bags? 250 Min? How many listened and acted, and how many dopes criticized me? Know who the REAL PREPPERS are on here and who will get you prepared and get you thinking, and Ignore the BS space wasting Fakes. They bring this website down.

      Sand Bags also can be a great bullet stopper. Strategically set up your gun nests on your BOL property. With clear view of your property entrance gate and property lines.

      ~WWTI… You can’t fake prepping. I had all my sand bags for several years, when I bugged out I set up sandbags around my entire exterior foundation 4 deep. Just in case. So like now, I am sitting here relaxing with a cup of coffee, and watching the unprepared freak out, and end up with none 1 days before a hurricane. Prepping ahead of time on your watch is a great stress reliever, for when a crisis hits. Got Food, Water, MRE’s Battle Rifle to protect all your Preps. PM’s? Just bought another 100 oz yesterday when everybody was preparing for a hurricane. Get ahead of the game folks.


      • Redoubt Renee says:

        Honestly, WWTI, and I’m not being sarcastic here at all, you ask people how many times you have warned them, and expect them to take your warning seriously, but half your posts are just caustic jabs at other posters. Why? How about you just stick to the warnings and try to avoid looking like a jerk? Your message is being muddied by your attitude. I figure you are older than I am and even I remember my mom telling me the old adage “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” That applies to the internet too. Believe me, as a relative newb to this site, you don’t come off as a good guy here. I don’t mind it when posters go back and forth in a decent argument, what makes you look like a jerk is dragging insults from article to article, with out provocation.

    • Watchdog says:

      Geo-engineered to cover the imminent collapse. watch for October 11-12.

  2. Ron Ahrens says:

    If you even had half a brain you would of been out of that state years ago-a state full of 22 million TOTALLY UNPREPARED dumbed down obese beach bum Big Pharma dependent drunken cowards, and old coward boot lickers hanging out on the golf course, while psychopaths destroy their children’s freedom, health, future.

  3. Lone wolverine says:

    Just heard from friend who had to drive from Daytona beach to Alabama to find hotel room.

  4. Matthew may curve back around and hit Florida twice. Keep up to date. Stay alert. Stay safe.

  5. Someone in the Back Room says:

    This is one unusual system. It defies natural laws by doing a loop. It is possible, but is helped (directed) or natural?


    • grandee says:

      That would be directed.

      God ! The Omnipotent Creator.

      Job 39 is a good place to begin

      Job 40:2 Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct Him? He that reproveth (rebukes) God, let him answer.

      V.2 for those Bible deniers.

      I leave in peace?

    • Winston Smith says:

      It’s not unprecedented. Tropical systems have done this in the past, so I doubt it is weather modification. Also, I would tend to think that the vote for Hillary would be the most suppressed, as there is no enthusiasm for her as a candidate, but Trump supporters will go through hell or high water to support the guy. I live on the West coast Florida, and while you see plenty of Trump and Hillary for Prison bumper stickers and Yard signs, you almost never see anything supporting Hillary. You are more likely to see a Gary Johnson sign than Hillary!

    • Marcus says:

      yeah, weather systems never move in circles… *eyeroll*

  6. Godsoldier says:

    Truth is they dont give a shit about people lives property loss ect except for the fact that it interupts their slaves labor and their money flow and how much they will have to pay out to get the machine up and running again when the time comes that the economy and stock market crashes 95% OF people will be wringing their hands expecially the elite machine operators so to say but me ill laugh in delight cus it will be a reality check to them as far as just how much they are in controll cus they like to play God and he will just shove them in the corner and slap the crap out of them so to say..

  7. WhoWTFKnows... says:

    WTF????? Get this… Damn it Man!!!!

    Oil And Gas Companies Dump Fracking Wastewater Directly Into Oceans With EPA Approval
    10-05-2016 •

    Oil and gas companies are dumping unlimited amounts of fracking wastewater and chemicals directly into the Gulf of Mexico with the full approval of the EPA.

    Though many believe that the Gulf of Mexico is “back to normal” following the 2010 BP oil spill, the Gulf has continued to suffer silently in the years since. Natural gas and oil companies, with full approval of the EPA, have been dumping unlimited quantities of fracking wastewater and chemicals into the Gulf, with 75 billion gallons dumped in 2014 alone.

    ~WWTI… Good Job Obama Ahole. Its your Fracking EPA doing this crap!! GD-Environmental Terrorists.

    This needs to stop NOW!! Call your congress M-fers and bitch!! Start filing lawsuits against the EPA and Frackers. Collusion via Fascism.

    • WhoWTFKnows... says:

      Oil And Gas Companies Dump Fracking Wastewater Directly Into Oceans With EPA Approval

      ht tp://

      Oil and gas companies are dumping unlimited amounts of fracking wastewater and chemicals directly into the Gulf of Mexico with the full approval of the EPA.

      Though many believe that the Gulf of Mexico is “back to normal” following the 2010 BP oil spill, the Gulf has continued to suffer silently in the years since. Natural gas and oil companies, with full approval of the EPA, have been dumping unlimited quantities of fracking wastewater and chemicals into the Gulf, with 75 billion gallons dumped in 2014 alone.

      ~WWTI… Good Job Obama Ahole. Its your Fracking EPA doing this crap!! GD-Environmental Terrorists.

      This needs to stop NOW!! Call your congress M-fers and bitch!! Start filing lawsuits against the EPA and Frackers. Collusion via Fascism.

      • Anonamous says says:

        Warns in bible the oceans will be killed, we are given the power to stop these actions if only
        We listened. Not trying to force my beliefs on you just saying. When bp had the oil gushing
        For endless days I called DC 202-224-3121 because it was looking so bad. Anon.

  8. Godsoldier says:

    Only God is God and he wont hesitate to remind people of that..

    • Too bad he can’t seem to remind people who are doing some pretty evil sh–t on a daily basis in the world to other people. Oh well I guess we can only settle for christians blathering on about storms representing god’s wrath. Seriously? In this day and age? P.S. thunder is not god getting a strike in heaven either 😉

  9. Satori says:

    now this is a real October “surprise”

    looks like Matthew is gonna hit Florida
    go up to South Carolina
    turn around
    and potentially hit Florida again,late Tues or Wed

    ht tp://

  10. Godsoldier says:

    When people go on and on about dieing i always just ask them why are you so afraid of dieing what is it you have done in life to make you fear it so much or havent done then i tell them only you can make that right. Now stfu cup cake thats between you and God so talk to him about it cus im not God.

  11. TEST says:


    1) “The first lesson of economics is scarcity: there is never enough of anything to fully satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics.”

    2) “Each new generation born is in effect an invasion of civilization by little barbarians, who must be civilized before it is too late.”

    3) “The vision of the anointed is one in which ills as poverty, irresponsible sex, and crime derive primarily from ‘society,’ rather than from individual choices and behavior. To believe in personal responsibility would be to destroy the whole special role of the anointed, whose vision casts them in the role of rescuers of people treated unfairly by ‘society’.”

    4) “No one will really understand politics until they understand that politicians are not trying to solve our problems. They are trying to solve their own problems — of which getting elected and re-elected are number one and number two. Whatever is number three is far behind.”

    5) “Life has many good things. The problem is that most of these good things can be gotten only by sacrificing other good things. We all recognize this in our daily lives. It is only in politics that this simple, common sense fact is routinely ignored.”

    6) “There is usually only a limited amount of damage that can be done by dull or stupid people. For creating a truly monumental disaster, you need people with high IQs.” (LTCM in 1998, anyone?!)

    7) “We seem to be moving steadily in the direction of a society where no one is responsible for what he himself did, but we are all responsible for what somebody else did, either in the present or in the past.”

    8)” For the anointed, traditions are likely to be seen as the dead hand of the past, relics of a less enlightened age, and not as the distilled experience of millions who faced similar human vicissitudes before.”

    9) “It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.”

    10) ” The charge is often made against the intelligentsia and other members of the anointed that their theories and the policies based on them lack common sense. But the very commonness of common sense makes it unlikely to have any appeal to the anointed. How can they be wiser and nobler than everyone else while agreeing with everyone else?”

    11) “Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good.”

    12) “The problem isn’t that Johnny can’t read. The problem isn’t even that Johnny can’t think. The problem is that Johnny doesn’t know what thinking is; he confuses it with feeling.”

    13) “One of the consequences of such notions as ‘entitlements’ is that people who have contributed nothing to society feel that society owes them something, apparently just for being nice enough to grace us with their presence.”

    14) “Weighing benefits against costs is the way most people make decisions — and the way most businesses make decisions, if they want to stay in business. Only in government is any benefit, however small, considered to be worth any cost, however large.”

    15) “In short, killing the goose that lays the golden egg is a viable political strategy, so long as the goose does not die before the next election and no one traces the politicians’ fingerprints on the murder weapon.”

    16) “There are no solutions; there are only trade-offs.”

  12. swinging richard says:

    Let’s see if the price of gas goes up. Bet it does.

  13. Godsoldier says:

    I wonder if the golden girls blanch sophia ect will be evacuating Miami

  14. RICH99 says:

    Can we say BULLSHIT ? it is NOT a cat 5 NOR has it ever been a cat 5 ….THIS is fear mongering at its finest …..
    WHY did this author say cat 5 ?????????????

  15. Diane says:

    This ant has given up on the grasshoppers. Their suffering and those who depend on them will be Biblical.

    • RICH99 says:

      SHOW ME when this hurricane was ever a category 5 hurricane, otherwise SHUT IT DIANE cuz you you doomtards are just like liberals , you twist and cortort things to meet YOUR needs …..the last I looked this storm is 125mph and unless it jumped 36mph when I was blinking that makes it a category 3 , please show me winds of 156mph or greater ????? GRASSHOPPER

      • Satori says:

        ht tp://

        “Cat. 5 hurricane Matthew at 11pm. Sustained winds 160mph. ”

        you do realize that hurricanes are constantly
        strengthening/weakening don’t you ?

      • Archivist says:

        Mr. Rich, when you wrote “the last I looked this storm is 125mph” above, the winds were actually at 140 mph. So you’re simply not paying attention.

        As I posted earlier, the hurricane was at Cat 5 a few days ago at 160 mph. It goes up and down, but it’s been 140 mph since the 11AM advisory today.

        Try taking a peek at the National Hurricane Center web site.

        ht tp://

        Also, we have Hurricane Nicole at 85 mph, but that one is expected to stay at sea.

        If Matthew loops around to the Bahamas again as the models predict, it can get back up to Cat 5 again. Then it might take another run up the coast, or even go to the Gulf of Mexico and head for New Orleans.

  16. Nailbanger says:

    Good reason to build contemporary/modern design with lots of concrete and steel

  17. Lone wolverine says:

    Hurricane Matthew hits on 10 -7 . Look up Mathew 10-7 in the bible. This is getting scary. And 10-6 and 10-8

  18. Brian says:

    Somewhere in the DNC and RNC are people who are trying to assess the impact of Hurricane Matthew on who wins the states of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. There are a lot of retired people who vote Republican in those states. Kind of morbid. If global warming is legitimate, then we should think very seriously of what we should rebuild along the rivers and coastline following storm damage. The Federal government has underwritten flood insurance. Think of the impact all of this damage will have on budget deficit this year.

  19. anon says:

    It is all now a matter of waiting for the storm. All boarded up. Sandbags on standby. The local news media is frantic. Locked down, Nailed down and strapped down.

    Let’s see what happens. ;0)

  20. Maybe this is a dumb question – but why can’t you fill pillowcases with sand or dirt and use those as sandbags? Or what about buying bags of potting soil from the store while you’re getting the plywood and use those?

    • Jacknife says:

      CDE, you can do that, but the original purpose of sand bags was a military application. Uniformity (same size and color) and they were never intended to be a water barrier. They were used for fighting positions and troops quickly learned the additional uses for them. But it’s the fact that you can buy them in bulk and relatively cheap. You can use the other materials you mentioned but is it as practical and effective?
      Stay quiet Be smart.

  21. Heartless says:

    I live in Florida – west coast south of Tampa Bay. Simple question about something in the article. How the ‘Sam Hill’ can ANYONE run out of sand in Florida? The whole damned State – it IS sand.

    • Jacknife says:

      Heartless, my guess is if it isn’t at the local bldg. supply, then it’s a rap. Do you think people are actually gonna go down to the beach and get it themselves? Actually I thought the same thing you did when I read that part.

    • WhoWTFKnows... says:

      Yep Florida is one large Sand Bar, South of Orlando to the FL Keys is less than 30 Ft above sea level. Thats why WWTI moved to N Central FL 45 Ft above sea level and about a half hour in from the Gulf Coast. I lived on the Gulf Condo with my boat in a marina next door. The sunsets were spectacular daily. Ya pay to play.

      -WWTI… When one gets older and wiser, he gets practical.

  22. Personally, I would not buy a home where it floods, or where there are hurricanes and storms all the time. Yes, California has earth quake faults; but buildings, except for what’s left of some very old homes, are built to be earth quake safe. Hollywood loves to make movies scaring people, but if it’s so dangerous, why are they here themselves, right in the middle of the danger zone.

    Well, I’m not kicking you when you’re down, or maybe I am. But gee guys, if you have to run for your lives every other fall and winter, why ?? I know most of you grew up there. And you would miss the excitement of getting blown, I can relate, but if getting blown and f?^^^ked floats your boat, who am I to judge. ?

    __. Take care. Don’t get mad. I’m just being silly.

    • B from CA The simple answer is you got to live somewhere. I don’t have to deal with shoveling snow or even large coats. The summers suck with the heat and humidity but our winters make up for it. Our garden growing season is better than if I lived up north. With some crops I have two seasons per year. I have lived in Florida 30 years now and this is only my 5 real hurricane to deal with. We have had tropical storms too but they don’t count. This is the first hurricane I have really been concerned about. So we live where we live, pay attention to what is going on, prepare for whatever may come your way, and always be prayed up. Anyone in the path of this storm please be safe.

    • WhoWTFKnows... says:

      B from CA. I choose FL over CA. Ca high cost of living, have to drive at least an hour to get anywhere, illegal mexicans, gays n freaks, earthquakes, high taxes, the ocean water is cold and the beach sand sucks. Good points about CA? Napa Vally and….Napa Vally.

      Hurricanes havnt had any real ones since 2004. Thats 12 years ago. So no they dont happen all the time, do they? Who would live up north where it is cold 9 mths of the year ice and snow 6 mths of the year? The sun disappears for weeks at a time up there its so dreary and overcast. Ill take FL any day from any other place in the USA
      Hawaii you are Isolated. West of the MS river drout,.


  23. Satori says:

    apparently Matt Drudge woke up this morning and asked
    himself “how can I make myself look like a f_cking idiot today?”

    here’s his answer

    As Hurricane Matthew Bears Down On Florida, Drudge Suggests Government Lying About Its Force

    ht tp://

    • Archivist says:

      He was just asking for “independent verification” of the wind speeds.

      We all know the government (every single branch) never lies to us, right?

      • Satori says:

        a little paranoia can be a good thing

        a lot of paranoia just makes you another one of the crazies

        Drudge just added his name to the wrong list

        if he is trying to damage his credibility

        job well done

        • Satori says:

          DRUDGE SIREN!!! The Great Hurricane Matthew Conspiracy of 2016 is Upon Us!

          ht tp://

  24. Satori says:

    Hurricane Matthew may intensify, storm surge forecast worsens

    h ttp://

    • Plan twice, prep once says:

      The moon is about half way between new and full moon, so normal tides are at their cycle minimums. The hurricane is also not driving a surge into land, it’s actually pulling water away from land. It’s the eastern side of a hurricane that drives a tidal surges.

      Florida building codes have improved dramatically. This is a very bad and dangerous storm, but if people have upgraded their Hurricane home upgrades they will likely be fine if they aren’t flooded out.

      When I lived in Florida there were two kinds of houses, wood frame houses less than 20 years old, and older houses that were ALL poured concrete. You won’t find any 75 year old wood frame houses in Florida, period. They are simply a stupid idea. If the Hurricanes don’t get them, the termites will.

  25. LaManiac says:

    The worse part is you don’t have to be close to the coast for it to effect you.What was it 75? Frederick hit m
    Mobile,Lived in Al. Upper east winds 75mph and tornadoes.We were without power for a week we did fine!
    Good luck,Be well all!
    Maniac — out

  26. 2isone says:

    Doesn’t need to be much above 100mph to do bad things, esp. around water. Cows in trees in my home town at 115mph. This will be an education to coastal newbies. We have a friend in Ft. Lauderdale who has evacuated- house on the intercoastal. I am usually a little jealous.. Not tonight.

  27. They have evacuated a lot of homes on the coast! How many looters have they caught so far? I heard a short piece of news saying 9 had been caught but, that was yesterday.

  28. Plan twice, prep once says:

    I was just trying for the last half hour to check Hurricane Mathew’s track. Yeah it ain’t working. Likely the National Hurricane Cnter servers are being hit by more requests than it can handle.

    Like I’ve said before, the Internet is useless for these disasters.

    Over and over this happens, but this government is unable to comprehend the fact that they are failing miserably.

  29. Satori says:

    I reach the site every time I try
    no issues at all

    • Plan twice, prep once says:

      Just tried
      And yes I still get crickets.

      Perhaps if I was a shill for Hillary, I could get in.

      • Satori says:

        site working like a charm

        apparently shilling for Trump don’t get the job done?

        give me a minute
        I’ll contact Hillary and she’ll patch you through
        her basement email server to the site

        you guys are just sad
        make that pathetic
        everything is not political
        and everything is not a conspiracy

        grow up

        • Plan twice, prep once says:

          Plus 5 points.
          Hilarious reply. Seriously, Mac tells us all to have a sense of humor here.

        • Plan twice, prep once says:

          By the way, the same web address that failed miserably yesterday worked just fine a moment ago.

          Same equipment, same web address.

          My point, the government has chosen a one horse solution for disaster communication and it does not work. In the worst natural disasters I have experienced in the last decade or two, the web is either dead, or fails to function. The emergency broadcast system just refers you to the failed Internet.

          It ain’t political, it just doesn’t work.

  30. prepinSC says:

    Prepper here in SC. 60 miles from coast. Got water along a Berkey and a pond. Got 2040 amp hrs of solar fed into the house. Food and first aid. Tried to warn others,guess how that worked?

  31. anon says:

    Tree twisted and snapped about 8 ft. up the trunk.

    Lots of branches down and a few put holes in my shed.

    Wind still gusting to 60mph. Lights flickering.


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