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Re: Hemingway's Cats REFUSING TO EVACUATE Florida

Postby tzor on Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:09 pm

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Re: Hemingway's Cats REFUSING TO EVACUATE Florida

Postby Dukasaur on Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:53 pm

tzor wrote:By way, I know you were all worrying yourselves to death over this but ...

Hemingway’s 54 Six-Toed Cats All Survived Hurricane Irma

emingway’s Six-Toed Cats Ride Out Hurricane Irma in Key West



Yes. From the second link:

“Get in the car with the cats and take off,” Ms. Hemingway pleaded.

Ms. Sands did not. The cats, she said, would come inside when the barometric pressure dropped, and they and their human attendants would be safe within the 18-inch-thick limestone walls of the house.

It appears she was right: The house’s curator, Dave Gonzales, confirmed Monday that the cats, many of which have six or seven toes, were unharmed.


I figured a house with stone walls should be fine in a hurricane, especially if it was well above sea level. I think someone said the house is 12 or 15 feet above sea level.
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Re: Hemingway's Cats REFUSING TO EVACUATE Florida

Postby saxitoxin on Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:19 pm

TMZ = Fake News

From pre-storm:

The legendary Ernest Hemingway home appears doomed ... an almost certain casualty of Hurricane Irma.

http://www.tmz.com/2017/09/07/key-west- ... cane-irma/
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Re: Hemingway's Cats REFUSING TO EVACUATE Florida

Postby saxitoxin on Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:20 pm

Dukasaur wrote:
“Get in the car with the cats and take off,” Ms. Hemingway pleaded.



I like the image of a 72 year old woman speeding up US 1 in a car filled with 54 angry cats.
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Re: Hemingway's Cats REFUSING TO EVACUATE Florida

Postby tzor on Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:23 pm

Dukasaur wrote:Ms. Sands did not. The cats, she said, would come inside when the barometric pressure dropped, and they and their human attendants would be safe within the 18-inch-thick limestone walls of the house.


Not to mention that it is firmly placed on solid coral keystone. (I remember the story about the pool at the house, built at great expense by one of his wives while he was away because it required blasting into the keystone. When he got back he exclaimed "you just spent my last penny" then realized he still had a penny in his pocket and had it cemented into the edge of the pool.)

But it doesn't take "stone" ... a lot of the old Key West buildings were actually designed by ship builders and like a ship that rolls with the waves the buildings swayed with the high winds (much like palm trees sways with high winds).

Here is a USA Today article with a video of the aftermath and you can see a significant number of buildings are untouched even the ones in new town created when the military base was the main revenue generator in the 50's (the parts where you see the canals are the shots of new town).

Yes PTSD is going to massive and there's a lot of cleanup, but the structures survived, wood and stone.
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