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Hurricane Coming

sisterceleste

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Message to Richmond Jake and to H and Mrs H:
Hurricane coming in the Hurricane State.
Wanted to particularly warn Richmond Jake cause this is his first hurricane.
Here is Sisterceleste's Survival Kit.
First of all you need all the stuff they say you need, batteries, flashlight and a thousand cans of tuna.
But here is my specialized list:
If you are going to a shelter be sure to take an air mattress and sleeping bag, ear plugs and a mask to cover your eyes cause they never turn the lights off at the shelters (as long as there is electricity, some are on generators)..
Forget reading if there is no electricity. Take playing cards and board games to keep yourself occupied.
If you are going to brave it and stay at home particularly with a significant other, there are things you can do that you normally do at night but remember there is no air condiioning. Once again playing cards and board games help past the time.
I invite others to add to my specialized list for occupying ones time during a hurricane and the time afterwards with no electricity.
 

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Thanks. I have my eye on these things. Mrs. H is in Tally. I am in Central Fla. until Sat.

I will add a good stock of wine and some tequila to the list. :)
 
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sisterceleste. Take playing cards and board games to keep yourself occupied. .[/QUOTE said:
Get extra "AA" batteries for your kid's Game Boy and then play that. You don't need electricity and it's easier than other games to play by candlelight.

Don't forget the manual can opener.
 

Richmond Jake

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Thanks for this tips, sisterceleste. Lastest tracking shows it passing directly over my city. I'm not in an evac zone (this thing's not big enough). If I did, I'd be going to my boss's house...no public shelter for this kid. Went to Publix after work yesterday and left with all the beer, wine, and bottled water I could fit in my pick up...oh yea, and a bag of potato chips. That should get me through a couple days. ;-) BTW, I hate canned tuna.
 

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umm sounds odd but be sure you have TP, well for the obvious reasons and its good to clean up other messes. Or baby wipes work well.
 

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I was living in South Florida when Andrew hit. If you have pets make sure to store enough water for them and get extra food. May sound silly but have a manual can opener as I've known many people to have tons of can food and only an electric can opener.

I second PG's TP recommendation.
 
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I wish my Floridian neighbors the best of luck with the imminent storms. Even though we are 2 months into the hurricane season, things don't really pick up until Sept/Oct. when the more severe storms are likely to occur. Of all the hurricane-prone areas, I think the New Orleans area is one of the most vunerable. Being 3 feet below sea level and built like a bowl, massive flooding is a definite from a direct hit from a Category 3 and above storm. I really HATE hurricane season.
 

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PlannerGirl said:
umm sounds odd but be sure you have TP
That doesn't sound odd at all...I'm a real fan of TP...I always have extra. :cool:
 

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RichmondJake said:
That doesn't sound odd at all...I'm a real fan of TP...I always have extra. :cool:
Tranplanner has special hurricane powers? Who'dathunkit ;)

Seriously, a radio and cell phone would be wise to have. If you are on any meds, be sure to take a decent supply.
 
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Gedunker said:
Tranplanner has special hurricane powers? Who'dathunkit ;)

Seriously, a radio and cell phone would be wise to have. If you are on any meds, be sure to take a decent supply.
A FULLY-CHARGED cell phone would be even better to have. Also, access to a regular, old-fashioned phone (not cordless). When power goes out, cordless phones are absolutely useless.
 

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Oh, and go out and buy the biggest kite that you can get your hands on. Oh and a wind mill. (no use letting all that good wind go to waste!)
 

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If you're a surfer, I bet the waves are going to be terrific! :D

Planderella -- Have you heard the theory (storm surge eliminating) marshland around New Orleans is disappearing due to offshore oil drilling in the gulf? The theory is that it is causing the delta to subside, which is killing off the marsh grass. It sounds pretty plausable to me.

Habanero -- That can opener thing is hilarious. :-D Had they kicked the can for that, it would have surely been a darwin.

It sure is a pity we don't get any proper storms around here. The last tornado was in the '70s, and was considered to be a freak, thanks to the lake effect.
 

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Here's the non-funny part. I have a 1/2 acre lot with about 30 pine trees from 60' to 80' in height. I'm vamoosing ASAP. I spent this evening, with the son, cleaning out the carport, storing stuff on the screened-in porch, then boxing up all our photos, his plaques, etc, and hauling them to a friend's house. Tomorrow we pack up our clothes, pet stuff, 5 pets, insurance papers, etc., and hit the road. Not fun, packing up the things in your house that mean the most. Big winds, big trees, bye-bye house. And now the poor little guy is having to do his homework.
 

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sisterceleste said:
If you are going to brave it and stay at home particularly with a significant other, there are things you can do that you normally do at night but remember there is no air condiioning.
LOL :)

Zoning Goddess said:
Tomorrow we pack up our clothes, pet stuff, 5 pets, insurance papers, etc., and hit the road.
Take care ZG, we will be thinking of you!
 

Richmond Jake

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ZG, the best to you and your son...stay out of harms way. I'm thinking about you two.
 

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Mr. Sisterceleste is staying home today to clean up the yard, tie down the trampoline, etc. We have great big live oaks in our yard and worry about them falling on the house. We will make the decision to go or to stay most likely this early evening depending on projected wind speeds. My husband works for a community college and they have a shelter at the school for just faculty and families which is nicer than the public shelters. The big worry is the daughter in Tallahasse is suppose to come home this weekend and dodge two storms getting here.
 

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Now there are two storms? Man I am happy I live in Michigan. Best of luck, be safe, and enjoy.

[ot] how many kids do you think where conceived during hurricanes? [/ot]
 
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jordanb said:
Planderella -- Have you heard the theory (storm surge eliminating) marshland around New Orleans is disappearing due to offshore oil drilling in the gulf? The theory is that it is causing the delta to subside, which is killing off the marsh grass. It sounds pretty plausable to me.
I agree that it is plausible. There are a lot of things that are making southeast Louisiana more susceptible to catastrophic flooding - eroding coastline, development of the barrier islands, etc. Sometimes we can be our own worst enemy. :-\
 

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My county closed its offices for today but 'ol Bonnie is hitting landfall east of me. Got to sleep in this morning and drink beer for breakfast. Mostly sunny skies where I am. Best of luck to the folks east of me....stay safe.
 

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We just anounced that we are closed tomorrow, so that makes today my official last day of work.

I'll write from Tally!

Cheers & be safe fellow Floridians! :b:
 

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H said:
We just anounced that we are closed tomorrow, so that makes today my official last day of work.

I'll write from Tally!

Cheers & be safe fellow Floridians! :b:
Good for you, H. Be careful and drive safely.
 

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We found out at 4:45 today that we are closed tomorrow, as are the public schools. My 88-year-old mom decided she's not going anywhere, even though I made plans for us to stay with friends. Since as of now, the hurricane seems to be veering west, I dropped my son at a friend's safe house. I'll stay with Mom tomorrow but if the storm turns and it's past tropical storm mph, we're leaving. Being a native, I've been thru these (a week cooking over Sterno, no A/C in summer, etc.), as has Mom, but it's been 40 years since a major storm hit our area.
 

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Zoning Goddess said:
..the hurricane seems to be veering west....
No, say it ain't so..... :-C I haven't been here long enough!!!!....but then again, I won't be driving on snow or ice this fall/winter/spring....lmao...you and family take care.
 

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RichmondJake said:
No, say it ain't so..... :-C I haven't been here long enough!!!!....but then again, I won't be driving on snow or ice this fall/winter/spring....lmao...you and family take care.
So far, it's not going far enuf west to hit your area, so you can enjoy your day off tomorrow (you do get the day off, right?). I meant making landfall at Tampa and going over Jax, instead of landfall at Venice, and over Orlando before exiting.

Keep Trail Nazi in mind, she and Baby Mac are to arrive in the Jacksonville area this weekend so she can start her new job Monday.
 

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RichmondJake said:
No, say it ain't so..... :-C I haven't been here long enough!!!!....but then again, I won't be driving on snow or ice this fall/winter/spring....lmao...you and family take care.
You could always go with the logic of Garp ("The world according to Garp" -- Robbin Williams movie) when he decided to buy the house that the plane crashed into when they were there to see it on the theory that it had been "pre-disastered". I mean, clearly, if your time in Florida is starting out with one of the worst storms in 40 years, things should be good to go for a few decades. Right? :-S 8-! :-D :-C :p

AKA "No place to go from here but Up."
 

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Michele Zone said:
You could always go with the logic of Garp ("The world according to Garp" -- Robbin Williams movie) when he decided to buy the house that the plane crashed into when they were there to see it on the theory that it had been "pre-disastered". I mean, clearly, if your time in Florida is starting out with one of the worst storms in 40 years, things should be good to go for a few decades. Right? :-S 8-! :-D :-C :p

AKA "No place to go from here but Up."
Good point, and why most of us still live here! I like the "pre-disastered" concept.
 

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Zoning Goddess said:
So far, it's not going far enuf west to hit your area, so you can enjoy your day off tomorrow (you do get the day off, right?). I meant making landfall at Tampa and going over Jax, instead of landfall at Venice, and over Orlando before exiting.

Keep Trail Nazi in mind, she and Baby Mac are to arrive in the Jacksonville area this weekend so she can start her new job Monday.
No, dam it, I'm working tomorrow. Geez, I wish the best for TN and family...hopefully Charlie will be long gone before they get here.

Michele Zone said:
...."No place to go from here but Up."
Now for you.....you've said it all again. Thanks
 

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Zoning Goddess said:
I have a 1/2 acre lot with about 30 pine trees from 60' to 80' in height.
Completely anecdotal: during Hugo, the pine trees tended to snap off 15-20 feet off the ground, so that they did not have as much force when they hit (one hit our house)...other trees (esp. live oaks) were much more destructive.

We're getting inundated by the remains of Bonnie now, waiting for Charley tomorrow night (it should be weakened by being overland for quite a while before it reaches here, if it does). I'm not worried about winds, just about flooding, as we had rain yesterday, Bonnie today, and Charley tomorrow.

To everyone in Charley's direct path: good luck, stay safe and dry, we'll be thinking about you!
 

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What a **** of a weekend for me to move home. Good luck all. I'll be stuck with the remanents of the storms no matter where I am.
 

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Trail Nazi said:
What a **** of a weekend for me to move home. Good luck all. I'll be stuck with the remanents of the storms no matter where I am.
You can say that again. I'm sitting here at 5 am this morning to hear the latest update so we can start figuring what to do. Could not sleep knowing the next big news would come at 5. If we go, I have to figure out what to do with the pets.
Well, the stupid news told me nothing new. So, I'll just have some more coffee at the moment.
 

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be safe guys, Im pretty worried about my sister in Naples, she is young and dumb etc etc and the old fart dad is in Daytona so I think he will be ok.

Damn it I have that Disney trip in 32 days.

TN be safe, you and that cutie-pi baby ok?

*hugs*
 

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sisterceleste said:
You can say that again. I'm sitting here at 5 am this morning to hear the latest update so we can start figuring what to do. Could not sleep knowing the next big news would come at 5. If we go, I have to figure out what to do with the pets.
Well, the stupid news told me nothing new. So, I'll just have some more coffee at the moment.
All the best to you and hubby. Stay low.
 

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We will probably see lots of rain later today in the Ft. Lauderdale/Miami area but looks like Tampa will get the brunt of it.
I'm glad I moved last weekend instead of tomorrow! :D
 

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This is my final communication before leaving for the shelter. (Does that sound serious or not...understand its hard for me to be serious.) Pets are taken care of. House is as ready as its going to get. I'll touch base once its over.
 

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My boss is supposed to leave on a cruise from Tampa on Saturday. He started driving down there yesterday. :-c
 

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Good luck Dloridians - he was just upgraded to a cat 4 and is tracking to make a mess all the way up the coast at reduced strengths....
 

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Looks like we will all be paying to rebuild all those million dollar Yuppie McMansions on Sanibel Island. :-@ :-@ :-@

If there ever was a time to end FEMA subsidies, it's right now. I don't want to pay for some elitist A-Hole to build and even bigger McMansion only to have it blown down again (and paid for again) a few years later.
 

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Oh man, o man, any one know any hurricane jokes? keep those handi cams rolling you could be the next guest of Jim Santori!


Hoping none of ya'll blow away seriously! Im glad to be in michigan I don't miss those b*st*rd storms.
 

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Super Amputee Cat said:
If there ever was a time to end FEMA subsidies, it's right now. I don't want to pay for some elitist A-Hole to build and even bigger McMansion only to have it blown down again (and paid for again) a few years later.
What we need is:

1) disaster relief for the people that really need it like Nerudite (yes I know she's ina different country)

2) insurance comanies that cover what they rightfully should, evenif it means higher premiums for everyone (OMG that.... sounded....like.... democrat.... must stop.... now....)
 
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