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Let's see-the '76 '78 '06 blizzards. There was one in the 80's but I can't remember the date. '13 ice storm. Numerous white outs. The Palm Sunday tornado outbreak. Had tornado touch down within a mile where I live in '13. I've been through two hurricanes so far. Both were a lot or wind and rain. Extreme heat and heat index factor-that's pretty much most summers here.
Derecho are a long lasting form of 'straight line winds'. We got hit with a straight line wind storm back in 2001.We had one here in Iowa this last Summer that wasn't on your list: Derecho. A fast moving ultra high wind thunderstorm. One hit Iowa last August 10th. My son's high school was damaged so bad it just opened. Cedar Rapids lost half its tree canopy. We had like 100 mph winds for 30 minutes
Derecho are a long lasting form of 'straight line winds'. We got hit with a straight line wind storm back in 2001.
A buddy and I were down at Myrtle Beach before Floyd made landfall. We figured that a mandatory evacuation was going to happen so we got every thing packed on my truck and hit the road with everyone else. It took us 5 hours to go five miles. We were trading beer for water, at 1 beer for 2 waters. We grilled hamburgers on the small grill on the back of my truck. It was a slow moving tail gate party. It was a surreal experience to say the least. For perspective, 5 hours was typically how long it took to go the 260 miles home at the time. That day it took 11 hours because of the traffic due to the evacuations.The only disaster of note was Hurricane Floyd in Eastern NC in 1999. This was a category 4 hurricane that flirted with a category 5. I think by the time it made landfall, basically directly above us, it was downgraded to a cat 3 but the rains were awful. I was in the Marines and while most of the folks at Camp Lejeune, New River, and Cherry Point were evacuated, I worked in one of the few offices that needed to remain open. Our office was basically a bunker that would never lose power or communication so a lot of the first responders form community set up shop in our space so that was sort of interesting. I normally worked midnights by myself or with the watch officer for the day so it was interesting having a bunch of people in the building with us. However, since I was the only enlisted person in that position who wasn't married, I got voluntold to stay on duty for the duration while the rest of our normal staff was allowed to evacuate. I was told somebody would relieve me about 48 hours after the worst had passed... unfortunately all the rivers in the area flooded horribly so nobody could get back to the base so I was stuck on duty for about a week without more than a couple hours rest. :not:
A colleague of mine (Hawaii resident) who is a FEMA reservist is mobilizing to ship out tonight for a 30-day tour of duty in Dallas - someone thinks it's a natural disaster...I think the worst thing I've been through weather-wise was the Texas freeze last week. But I'm not sure I would call that a natural disaster since conditions were normal for more northern climes. It was a disaster of policy.
I've had tornados jump over the building I was in twice. And, while not a natural disaster, I was a couple of blocks away from an abortion clinic bombing years ago (Eric Robert Rudolph - f*ck that guy).