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Shannone1
08-18-2008, 01:22 PM
For those of you in FL or surrounding areas. When there is a hurricane coming your way do you...

Rhonda
08-18-2008, 02:20 PM
We stock up on everything, and enjoy the couple of days off! And, if power goes out, we have a hurricane party, and grill up everything in the fridge! :banana:

2goofycampers
08-18-2008, 02:40 PM
We moved to Deland Fl. in 78 or 79 from upstate NY, soon after hurricane David I believe it was came thru. We knew nothing, prepared for nothing. Luckily it wasn't too bad inland. Got married and moved away before the next big one.

Disney Campers
08-18-2008, 02:52 PM
I usually have to work right up to it, so we usually just "Hunker Down"

lisa8200
08-18-2008, 02:59 PM
I fall kinda in the middle of some of these. I will put off until we have a little certainty about how hard we may get hit. If we have anything of any magnitude I will definatly not ride it out. The biggest reason is storm surge. I think the house is sturdy but I don't want to drown in my own house.:rotfl2: . So, staying is not out of the question but, more than likely wil leave the house.

ntsammy5
08-18-2008, 03:58 PM
We'll more likely have a blizzard! Rules are the same though - get lots of beer! After a blizzard in the 70s or 80s (I forget which) the mayor of Buffalo wanted everyone to stay home so he told everyone to stay home and drink a few 6-packs of beer. Smart man. He was Irish! :lmao:

des1954
08-18-2008, 04:24 PM
If I am certain it's coming my way...I take in the patio furniture and any yard decorations (not many) that could blow away. That's about it - and that's only so they don't damage my neighbor's property. During the 3 hurricanes of 2004 we had no personal problems from Charley or Frances. Jeanne left us without power for 4 days, so we just moved into the MH, cranked up the generator - ran a power cord to the fridge in the house & were just fine.

The people who should worry - don't - and those are usually the one's you read about in the news. If you've ever noticed, the buildings the news shows blowing away are usually gas station awnings & pool cages. Older mobile homes (built before 1995) are very susceptible to wind damage and for that reason alone should be evacuated. Also - if I lived on the beaches I would scram just for the tide surge, alone.

More homes were damaged by old, rotten trees in 2004 than by direct wind damage. FtW was an absolute mess after the 3 storms that year. They had batallions of tree removal companies at FtW that year. More than likely, FtW will be evacuated tomorrow. That's always fun!!

BTW --- I've lived in blizzards, ice storms, and hurricanes. I'll take a hurricane any day!

Born 2 Fish
08-18-2008, 08:22 PM
For those of you in FL or surrounding areas. When there is a hurricane coming your way do you...



I use to party like it was "1999" :thumbsup2 ,,I moved out of FL. in 1980.

About that party thing, didn't say I too smart bout them hurricanes.

des1954
08-18-2008, 08:37 PM
I stopped at Winn Dixie on my way home from work today - only to pick up regular grocery stuff - not hurricane junk. There was a guy behind me with a cart full of beer. I look at him and said: "Hurricane supplies?" He said: "I prioritize!" I laughed all the way to my car...he made my day!

The news media is doing their very best to put everyone into a panic. They show an old rotten palm tree laying on it's side - fail to tell you it has been that way for at least a month - and say "this is our first casualty on Key West". I hate that these @zzez show the same blurbs non stop and work everyone into a frenzy. It's this type of "cry wolf" news broadcasting that tends to make people ignore warnings when a real storm hits.

I loved Fox news last night trying their best to find someone in a panic over the storm (Tampa Bay). They found one guy at THD buying a flashlight and practically goaded him into saying it was in preparation for Fay. The guy was probably buying it because the flashlight/ 6V battery combination is $3.95, where a regular 6V battery is $9.95.

pigletto
08-18-2008, 08:45 PM
I stopped at Winn Dixie on my way home from work today - only to pick up regular grocery stuff - not hurricane junk. There was a guy behind me with a cart full of beer. I look at him and said: "Hurricane supplies?" He said: "I prioritize!" I laughed all the way to my car...he made my day!

The news media is doing their very best to put everyone into a panic. They show an old rotten palm tree laying on it's side - fail to tell you it has been that way for at least a month - and say "this is our first casualty on Key West". I hate that these @zzez show the same blurbs non stop and work everyone into a frenzy. It's this type of "cry wolf" news broadcasting that tends to make people ignore warnings when a real storm hits.

I loved Fox news last night trying their best to find someone in a panic over the storm (Tampa Bay). They found one guy at THD buying a flashlight and practically goaded him into saying it was in preparation for Fay. The guy was probably buying it because the flashlight/ 6V battery combination is $3.95, where a regular 6V battery is $9.95.
I don't usually post on this forum.. but I just had to when I read your post.
I could not agree more with everything you wrote.:thumbsup2 :thumbsup2
It is the same here with over zealous ice and snow storm reporting. And when you finally get sick of it after being wound up one too many times you find yourself stuck without power for three days or driving in deplorable conditions. It's completely unethical.:headache:

des1954
08-18-2008, 08:56 PM
I don't usually post on this forum.. but I just had to when I read your post.
I could not agree more with everything you wrote.:thumbsup2 :thumbsup2
It is the same here with over zealous ice and snow storm reporting. And when you finally get sick of it after being wound up one too many times you find yourself stuck without power for three days or driving in deplorable conditions. It's completely unethical.:headache:

I originally came from Buffalo/Niagara Falls area and moved to Florida in 1973. We never got a lot of news preceding snow storms back then. The bigger news was waiting to hear that your school had cancelled classes for the day!:laughing:

The news stations did such a bad job covering Hurricane Andrew in 1992, they feel "obligated" to over-stress any storm now. A lot of this sensationalizm led to Charlotte County Florida (Punta Gorda) residents not preparing for Charley in 2004.

BTW.... WELCOME!!! We're a little crazy here, but you're welcomed to hang out with us!

LONE-STAR
08-18-2008, 08:57 PM
I voted ride it out. When the last storm came through here (Rita) the roads where so gridlocked it was taking 18hrs to make a 3hr drive. We are far enough inland that storm surge is not a problem so if its going to be real bad we just board up.

poohbearwithme
08-18-2008, 09:02 PM
We stock up on everything, and enjoy the couple of days off! And, if power goes out, we have a hurricane party, and grill up everything in the fridge! :banana:

Yea what Rhonda said...

stacktester
08-18-2008, 09:35 PM
Jacksonville always seems to miss the hurricanes because we're in that armpit. My fear is that everybody is going to keep thinking that way and one day we're gonna get the s#!t knocked out of us. We usually evacuate at least 100 miles inland because we have horses and tin roofs on the barn doesn't mix with horse flesh. As the crow flies we're only about 1.5 miles off the beach so the surge and winds would get us bad. I have a generator and would take the camper so we would have a place to stay. We evacuated to Valdosta, GA in 99 for a hurricane Floyd. My mom reserved 10 rooms about a week before knowing friends and family would need them if we evacuated. Thanks mom :cheer2: . They were used and then some.

DisneyBishops
08-18-2008, 09:49 PM
As a native I have always ridden out the storms. Even as a small kid in Tampa we never left, just put duct tape on the windows. Then after the wind we would play in the flood water. LOL those were the good old days.

Still just hunker down and drink a few beers. Fay is not going to be a big deal.

AuburnJen92
08-18-2008, 09:56 PM
I live in hurricane alley. We had three in two years and I have lived through many of them growing up here. Since we live so far south, it does not behoove us to go anywhere because everything gets so gridlocked on the highways. We just hunker down and ride everything out. I have DH trained now. All is good.

fldisneymommyto2
08-19-2008, 10:28 AM
Jacksonville always seems to miss the hurricanes because we're in that armpit. My fear is that everybody is going to keep thinking that way and one day we're gonna get the s#!t knocked out of us. We usually evacuate at least 100 miles inland because we have horses and tin roofs on the barn doesn't mix with horse flesh. As the crow flies we're only about 1.5 miles off the beach so the surge and winds would get us bad. I have a generator and would take the camper so we would have a place to stay. We evacuated to Valdosta, GA in 99 for a hurricane Floyd. My mom reserved 10 rooms about a week before knowing friends and family would need them if we evacuated. Thanks mom :cheer2: . They were used and then some.

I think you may have jinxed yourself!! they are showing Fay paying you a visit! She will visit us this evening..... just a bad thunderstorm but yesterday with school starting was just a tease... the kids are back home again today!!!

loveDmouse
08-20-2008, 11:46 AM
I voted for batten down the hatches and ride it out. Although if it was going to be really bad we would probably try to evacuate but it would have to be really bad. We live on an island with one way on/one way off. Once the causeway floods your stuck. Other then getting around by boat. ;)

medic9016
08-20-2008, 01:07 PM
Working for a Fire Department kind of gets in the way of me leaving. So If it's heading our way, DW and DD will leave with the dogs. I will have to report to work.

PrincessNana
08-22-2008, 10:39 PM
We've always lived on the Gulf Coast, and we've always just battened down the hatches. Been evacuated once . The neighborhood we live in now is on the water and the city makes us leave. (The last little storm they turned off our power to force us to leave! We didn't even get rain.) We would leave anyway, because if its a cat 3 or 4 we'll probably get washed away. We've dodged the bullet for along time----hopefully our good luck will hold out (knock on wood).

ftwildernessguy
08-22-2008, 11:46 PM
We'll more likely have a blizzard! Rules are the same though - get lots of beer! After a blizzard in the 70s or 80s (I forget which) the mayor of Buffalo wanted everyone to stay home so he told everyone to stay home and drink a few 6-packs of beer. Smart man. He was Irish! :lmao:

Ah, that Jimmy Griffin. What a guy.

When I lived in Kane, PA we had a blizzard that dumped an inch of snow an hour for 72 hours (on top of what we already had). I thought it was great - we sat by the woodstove, the fridge was full of food and beer - warm, dry and full of food and drink - can't beat that with a stick.

RvUsa
08-23-2008, 12:02 AM
Jim, I love Kane, we usually make it there once a year in the fall. I used to hunt in the "pines" that are on the way over to kinzua damn. Used to camp there with my dad and my grandfather, in a homemade pickup camper. My goodness could those 2 snore, I used to fall asleep in the woods during the day just cuz it was quiet. :):lmao:

OK GRUMPY
08-23-2008, 12:04 AM
I think I must live in Hurricane Alley on the Gulf Coast. I've lived here for most of my life and it seems when a storm gets in the Gulf and eyes NW Florida it's target is Navarre. I have never been able to get out of work in enough time to leave usally we have to work to the very last moment. Which leaves enough time to make sure my horses are safe and then we head to our Hurricane Shelter MIL house with enough beverages that I try not to have too many worries Just ride it OUT! I'm going to stay home tomorrow and ride this Storm OUT!

HappyCamper87
08-23-2008, 07:35 AM
It would have to be a CAT 4 coming in before I would leave my home. I thought Charley in 2004 gave me another 20 year grace period in this area. I can't believe Fay came so close. Naples/Ft. Myers had a LOT of rain and a bit of flooding.

HappyCamper87
08-23-2008, 07:42 AM
The news stations did such a bad job covering Hurricane Andrew in 1992, they feel "obligated" to over-stress any storm now. A lot of this sensationalizm led to Charlotte County Florida (Punta Gorda) residents not preparing for Charley in 2004.

I live in this area and a lot of us weren't prepared as we should have been because they kept saying it was going to Tampa. We're set up with the bare minimum and we're watching the coverage on TV when they say, right around the time it's even with Fort Myers "Oh by the way Charley's taking a RIGHT!"
Now, I do not trust where they say the storm will hit. I have enough Water and food to get us by for four days no matter what. Then, if another storm takes a Right, I'm ready!

des1954
08-23-2008, 07:59 AM
I live in this area and a lot of us weren't prepared as we should have been because they kept saying it was going to Tampa. We're set up with the bare minimum and we're watching the coverage on TV when they say, right around the time it's even with Fort Myers "Oh by the way Charley's taking a RIGHT!"
Now, I do not trust where they say the storm will hit. I have enough Water and food to get us by for four days no matter what. Then, if another storm takes a Right, I'm ready!

I so remember Steve Jerve on Channel 8 news in Tampa turning pasty white when he was handed an update on Charley while on live broadcast. He stopped dead in his tracks, looked straight into the camera and said: "If you live in the Ft. Myers to North Port region seek shelter immediately! It is too late for you to evacuate. Charley just turned to the east and will be hitting your area within the hour."

I never thought hurricanes could cause such damage to central Fla...but I sure got a lesson in 2004! Because our MH is parked beside the house and under cover - I don't stock up on water or worry about purchasing other items. If we lose power or water, we just crank up the generator & move into the MH. Now - if a cat 3 or above storm is going to hold it's power by the time it hits central Fla, I'm cranking up the MH & going to Georgia!!

HappyCamper87
08-23-2008, 08:04 AM
Yeah, you learn your lesson quick with hurricanes I guess.

ntsammy5
08-23-2008, 08:30 AM
How are things now? Just watched the national news and it looks like Fay is camped out over Florida and is dumping about 10' of rain an hour!

Born 2 Fish
08-23-2008, 08:38 AM
I think I must live in Hurricane Alley on the Gulf Coast. I've lived here for most of my life and it seems when a storm gets in the Gulf and eyes NW Florida it's target is Navarre. I have never been able to get out of work in enough time to leave usally we have to work to the very last moment. Which leaves enough time to make sure my horses are safe and then we head to our Hurricane Shelter MIL house with enough beverages that I try not to have too many worries Just ride it OUT! I'm going to stay home tomorrow and ride this Storm OUT!


Off Topic....

Love the pup pics on your sig.:thumbsup2

ntsammy5
08-23-2008, 09:11 AM
Just to show the contrast in weather, we set a record yesterday in Buffalo - broke a 137 year-old record high yesterday was 88! What's the record high for Orlando for that day?

2goofycampers
08-23-2008, 09:51 AM
How are things now? Just watched the national news and it looks like Fay is camped out over Florida and is dumping about 10' of rain an hour!

I wish Fay would come this way, our pond is waaaaaaay low, our grass is brown, haven't had to mow in a couple weeks and hose water on the garden just ain't cutting it.

It was 96 by our digital here yesterday.

OK GRUMPY
08-23-2008, 10:10 AM
Off Topic....

Love the pup pics on your sig.:thumbsup2

OT

Thanks! By the way pup likes to fish! LOL!

djblu883
08-23-2008, 03:11 PM
well since I'm 2 blocks off the beach in my TT I'd have to move it.....but otherwise I'd stay for a good hurricane party!!! My DBFF was here during Katrina and never left....(same place I'm in now) and they got some roof damage...I'd say God had to have been looking out for his family!!!

nessz79
08-23-2008, 03:41 PM
We live pretty inland for our area. About 20 miles from the beach. Our backyard floods, but our house is recent construction so it and the front yard are built very high and have never even come close to flooding (and we just received 12" of rain from Fay).

So, that being said, we batten down the hatches and sit tight.

BigDaddyRog
08-23-2008, 04:11 PM
My garage floods at least once a year, ususally twice. But my house is raised up about 2.5-3 feet:
http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t296/dj_bigdaddyrog/734bc593.jpg
The water has gotten up to the 4th step several times...but its forces us to clean out the garage once a year!!!

Born 2 Fish
08-25-2008, 06:53 PM
In 1979, the US Weather Service started using mens names to identify hurricanes. They'd been using womens names since 1953. The firstman's name they used was,, Bob.
:rolleyes1