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Old 09-01-08, 09:37 PM   #1
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Hurricane Chasing

I'm going to have a second chance to sit through a hurricane.
Fay was not much more than a long strong thunderstorm.
Hannah is expected to be a cat 2.
I think cat 2 is my limit, and I'm a little trepidatious.

How large of a storm would you be willing to sit out?
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Old 09-01-08, 09:39 PM   #2
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I sat out a CAT 5 in Homestead, FL at the Homestead AFB. Andrew was a hell of a storm!
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I bet.

Was the roof there the entire time?

Let me rephrase that, what are the accommodations like in an underground bomb shelter?
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I'd rather sit through a cat5 than listen to the news everytime a storm brews up on the Gulf. That and the news talk about the horrid evac debacle called Rita.

For the record I slept most of the way through Alicia... it was a Cat3.

BTW ... good luck
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Thanks.

If it hits it'll be the first direct hit since the 1890s.
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Pretty comfortable, actually. My 18 wheeler was stored in an above ground hardened hangar along with about 10 other drivers that got stuck there as well. We had a critical delivery and USAF guaranteed the driver/equip safety. We stayed in one of the the underground bunkers that was built to withstand a nuke, you're right, there. We never even heard the storm except when we went to the upper levels to take a peek......the power in the bunker never even flickered, either. The changeover to internal power was seamless.

Now, when we came out after the storm, it was 3 days before we could get the road clear enough to leave, so we all had a little minivacation in Homestead at the base. Outside literally looked like a nuclear weapon had detonated, though. It was one of the more awe inspiring sights I've ever witnessed, believe me!
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I bet.

Was the roof there the entire time?

Let me rephrase that, what are the accommodations like in an underground bomb shelter?
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What an adventure! Though perhaps not as dramatic or widespread as far as damage goes, I did witness the results of a major tornado breakout in NE Ohio during the early 80's. At the time I was living in Arizona, but came back to work with my brother and his plumbing company because of the demand for rebuilding of homes and businesses destroyed by the tornados. The twisters that tore through those counties were rated at F5, which caused catastrophic damage to anything and everything in it's way in miles long paths and up to 100 yards wide. Where neighborhoods and strip malls once existed, there was nothing but concrete slabs or empty basements. Along the edges of the damage path was a debris field of pulverized building material. The only large items to be found were things like cast iron fixtures, water tanks, and cars. No furniture, books, clothing or general housing items escaped the blender effect. They just didn't exist anymore. Centuries old deciduous woodlands were stripped bare to the ground with nothing left but jagged stumps and shards of wood. Staggering.

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Pretty comfortable, actually. My 18 wheeler was stored in an above ground hardened hangar along with about 10 other drivers that got stuck there as well. We had a critical delivery and USAF guaranteed the driver/equip safety. We stayed in one of the the underground bunkers that was built to withstand a nuke, you're right, there. We never even heard the storm except when we went to the upper levels to take a peek......the power in the bunker never even flickered, either. The changeover to internal power was seamless.

Now, when we came out after the storm, it was 3 days before we could get the road clear enough to leave, so we all had a little minivacation in Homestead at the base. Outside literally looked like a nuclear weapon had detonated, though. It was one of the more awe inspiring sights I've ever witnessed, believe me!
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I sat out a CAT 5 in Homestead, FL at the Homestead AFB. Andrew was a hell of a storm!
My wife's Aunt & Granma where in their homes for that, they now live in Orlando and get a little freaked out anytime a storm comes near, there house's litrally blew away around them.
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I'm going to have a second chance to sit through a hurricane.
Fay was not much more than a long strong thunderstorm.
Hannah is expected to be a cat 2.
I think cat 2 is my limit, and I'm a little trepidatious.

How large of a storm would you be willing to sit out?
Never been through one. Sat out a typhoon, once, and the wife has been through Andrew and a bunch. Don't know, hurricanes make me nervous. I'll take tornadoes and blizzards over hurricanes and earthquakes any day.
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I sat through Category 3 Alicia in 1983 in my parent's house, where I lived at the time. No damage to the house, but power was out for weeks afterward. In Alicia, you were OK if on high ground, in a solid house, and not hit by flying debris or falling trees.

My biggest concern where I presently live is a large ash tree in my neighbor's yard. It could seriously damage the southeast corner bedroom of our house if it fell. We keep a similar ash tree in our front yard pruned so it won't hit the house. These ash trees are all in decline, near the end of their life spans, and several others have fallen in the neighborhood. The developer apparently planted them at several homes in a row on this street, in the mid-1950's.
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Damnit. Looks like I'm going to miss Hannah, which is good because I don't want to clean up after her, but bad because I parlayed a paying photo gig out of her and I'm not going to chase this thing to Virginia.
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Old 09-03-08, 04:52 PM   #12
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been thru a fair share of hurricanes.

rita and Katrina when it was in Florida.

charley, jean, francis, etc.

francis flooded the house due to the gulf and subsequent bay with storm surge.

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Pretty comfortable, actually. My 18 wheeler was stored in an above ground hardened hangar along with about 10 other drivers that got stuck there as well. We had a critical delivery and USAF guaranteed the driver/equip safety. We stayed in one of the the underground bunkers that was built to withstand a nuke, you're right, there. We never even heard the storm except when we went to the upper levels to take a peek......the power in the bunker never even flickered, either. The changeover to internal power was seamless.

Now, when we came out after the storm, it was 3 days before we could get the road clear enough to leave, so we all had a little minivacation in Homestead at the base. Outside literally looked like a nuclear weapon had detonated, though. It was one of the more awe inspiring sights I've ever witnessed, believe me!
My sister-in-law and her two young children were about 5 miles from where you were... minus a roof for the last couple hours of the storm.

I've been at sea during a typhoon. Not fun. I was one of about 25% of the crew that didn't get severely seasick.
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out here in my neck of the woods everyone is waiting for the double dip. hannah and ike. I will get some pics of the surf if we get hit hard. or storm damage if they make up this far. (which I kinda hope they do)
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out here in my neck of the woods everyone is waiting for the double dip. hannah and ike. I will get some pics of the surf if we get hit hard. or storm damage if they make up this far. (which I kinda hope they do)
Ike is a scary storm. It went from a tropical storm to a CAT3 in a single day.
It has the potential to be another Andrew.
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Here's a good hurricane tracking website for ya'll:

http://www.stormpulse.com
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For the record, this one was no fun(Gustav). Still no electricity, one tree snapped at the base, didn't hit anything, tho.
On the positive side, I bought a generator, maybe saved some refrigerator contents, borrowed a small window a/c unit, and finally got some sleep last night.
Came to work today in office near New Orleans. Good times
We are very fortunate actually. Most of BR is without power, many people lost a lot more.
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For the record, this one was no fun. Still no electricity, one tree snapped at the base, didn't hit anything, tho.
On the positive side, I bought a generator, maybe saved some refrigerator contents, borrowed a small window a/c unit, and finally got some sleep last night.
Came to work today in office near New Orleans. Good times
We are very fortunate actually. Most of BR is without power, many people lost a lot more.
really thought you would have evacuated. Or did you hook everything up as a backup and then get out of dodge?
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No need to chase when you live in Florida.

This is my first hurricane season her, and so far have been disappointed. Fay was supposed to be so bad they closed work that Tuesday. Our afternoon thunderstorms are much worse then Fay was. Anyways, Ike looks like the next big threat (Cat 4 right now) though not sure of its path.
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We generally don't evacuate. It's not a life or death situation. Just major inconvenience. We are not in a flood hazard area, and far enough inland that we don't get any storm surge.

Power is down bacause all of the trees that took down power lines. It's just a lot of them. WE were the evacuation center for New Orleans family. They went back yesterday.
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No need to chase when you live in Florida.

This is my first hurricane season her, and so far have been disappointed. Fay was supposed to be so bad they closed work that Tuesday. Our afternoon thunderstorms are much worse then Fay was. Anyways, Ike looks like the next big threat (Cat 4 right now) though not sure of its path.
Current track for Ike, posted about 10:00 am Eastern Time
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Current track for Ike, posted about 10:00 am Eastern Time
No offense to the eastern seaboard, but we really don't want it here
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No offense to the eastern seaboard, but we really don't want it here
But y'all have experience and training and an evacuation plan. The closest we come to that is Bike Week and maybe the GA/Fla football game.


Really hope this one gets spun out to sea, let the Brits have it.
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Hannah is finally rolling by.
The wind went from calm to pretty damn hard inside of an hour.
It's kinna cool.
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