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Old 08-24-2011, 04:59 AM   #21
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You're only 80 or so miles south of my favorite hangout of all time..Daytona Beach.

My favorite Hotel there (The Sunrise Inn) is long gone and torn down.

If in doubt I hope you will evacuate or at least go inland and not be a tough guy.

I'm a Florida native too. (Ocala)

As Angus said, stock up ahead of time. Depending on how it plays out, in the worst case watch out for the looters. Once a certain element knows that law enforcement is overwhelmed they will shoot you over a dime. They cause more mayhem than the actual event in most cases.

If you have to evacuate, make sure to grab irreplaceable things. Legal docs, photos, videos, the computer, the pets, etc.

Plan ahead just in case.

I'll be watching the weather channel and hoping for the best for you and our other posters on the Atlantic Coast.
I'd never leave my house in a hurricane. Even if you just have a little damage, they won't let you baack to your home, sometimes for a week. But I didn't live on a barrier island or right on the water.
We had 2 tropical storms, plus Ivan in '04 and Dennis in '05, that was a 6 month period. When Katrina hit Waveland, MS we lost power for 3 days. I lived in Pensacola, FL then.
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Old 08-24-2011, 05:25 AM   #22
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I had a bullseye on my house 7 yrs ago. 3 hurricanes in a row, Frances,Wilma and Jean. 55K estimated damage to my home.

And I caught part of Andrew back in 93.

I installed all impact windows in my house last year. At least i don't have to climb any more ladders to put those dang shutters up!

You guys in the path better get out and gas up and pick up food, water,batteries before it gets crazy. And propane bottles for your camp stove.
Garbage can or tub full of water to flush toilets with. And watch your drainfields, alot of rain can saturate it and back it up and you may have to use buckets to crap in......seriously.

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For those of us on the East Coast. Yes an earthquake yesterday and a hurricane this weekend. See CNN http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/americ...her/index.html


Miami (CNN) -- Hurricane Irene intensified into a Category 3 storm Wednesday, threatening much of the United States' East Coast in the coming days.

The storm had maximum sustained winds of 115 mph, and is expected to strengthen further "in the next day or so," the National Hurricane Center said Wednesday morning.

"This is a huge storm," said CNN Meteorologist Jacqui Jeras. "The cloud field is more than 800 miles across. The tropical storm force winds extend out 200 miles from the center."

The strengthening, which officially made Irene a major hurricane, came as the storm continued to pound the southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
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One wiggle west as it gets closer to the east coast and it will make landfall. I have been getting calls all day from clients requesting us to storm ready their beach homes.

Most high end homes now have hurricane shutters however some still have to be boarded. I have been taking down ceiling fans from porches all day, with another crew doing window and doors. Will be a busy next few days for us.
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Sorry Carolina/Georgia/Florida guys, they are saying if it hits you, it will affect us very little. But if it veers out into the ocean, we could be in for a walloping...

Hope everyone makes it out safe... and remember, don't give the pooch too much water during the storm... he WILL pee on the carpet... I learned that the hard way..
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And those of us in the plains would love to see a tropical depression/cat 1 or 2 storm come in the Gulf and head north to break the drought we are in.

Thoughts and prayers to the guys in the path of the storm.
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Irene is looking pretty bad. Even for us out in the sticks!
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Short blog post with hurricane preparation tips.
http://www.johnsonhomeconstruction.c...-hurricane-286
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We rarely get anything here. I think we had Gloria and Bob in the past 25 years and I think that they weren't even hurricanes by the time they got to us.

Gee....I hope a tree doesn't fall on our piece of **** garage. That would be a shame to have to rebuild it
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kent that sounds way too much like a wish or a hope .....lol
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Gee honey, must have blown down while we were sleeping.
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kent that sounds way too much like a wish or a hope .....lol
It is really embarrassing to look at. It's bad. Most times, old homes do NOT have cute and cozy out buildings. They are leaning over and sinking into the ground.....like mine!
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Irene does not look too terrible, but being in an area with a lot of press and news stations, it certainly will get a lot of TV coverage for at least a week. Even the little 5.8 earthquake could be enough to totally rebuild the Washington Monument and create more jobs because of acouple of cracks near the top.

The common saying always said along the coast in the NC/VA area, every lot is eventually oceanfront has a lot of truth for beach erosion, but evacuation from something like the Outer Banks of NC is very difficult.

I spent about 5 months in LA/MS as a government disaster recovery damage assessor after Katrina and the real damage was not the wind which dissipates quickly as you go inland. The 28' storm surge and then the levee failures later were the real problem.

A direct hit like Katrina with a 28' storm surge is the real monster. In that area, especially MS, everything within a mile of the coast was totally gone and the wind was not a consequence. If is a real surge, staying around and not evacuating is really totally foolish.

I talked to a man that lived about 3/4 miles from the coast is MS. He and his mother survived by staying the bathtub on the third floor (roof was gone). They were protected by the one block long row of other condos that were gone, but dissipated the surge somewhat. According to him the flow from the storm surge outward was much worse because of all the debris (trees, cars, houses) that eventually flowed back into the gulf.

All along the coast everything was totally gone and further inland, the 80-100 mph winds caused roof damage, trees down to block the roads and the buildings to be left for weeks without power and roofs in the 90F+ weather when the mold did the real damage there.

The difference between Katrina and little storms like Irene is that Katrina was a direct hit (most of the worst wind damage was on the east side of the eye) with a storm surge and the others usually glance off or dissipate quickly. The west side of a hurricane does not have the high winds.
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Stay Safe Paul!

I hope your battening down the hatches.

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I'll push her out to sea.
Maybe, I can save, at least the Middle Atlantic and New England states.

I'll make the 6 1/2 - 7 hr. R.T. to the South Jersey peninsula.

A/C window units, storm windows, patio furniture and what ever else needs to be done, to somewhat secure the place.
I guess it's better off to be safe, than sorry.

You know how it is, If I go, She's out to sea.
But, if I don't go, She's Cat III over head, with an 18' surge.

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hopefully this is just gonna be a light blow over, something the news is making up to take the headlines off of the attacks on gadaffi's compound


last years hurricane hit us but didnt do anything too too major, a bunch of downed branched and power out for 6 hrs or so. In 2003 we were hit with juan which had the city claim "state of emergency" for the first time since the halifax explosion in 1917. i was without power for 10 days.

btw brutus, if we do get anything youll get to play with you axe two weekends in a row clearing downed trees
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hopefully this is just gonna be a light blow over, something the news is making up to take the headlines off of the attacks on gadaffi's compound


last years hurricane hit us but didnt do anything too too major, a bunch of downed branched and power out for 6 hrs or so. In 2003 we were hit with juan which had the city claim "state of emergency" for the first time since the halifax explosion in 1917. i was without power for 10 days.

btw brutus, if we do get anything youll get to play with you axe two weekends in a row clearing downed trees
Totally played with the axe and a saw during the last hurricane. The winds knocked a branch down onto a neighbours car, smashing out the back glass. Too big to lift, so we chopped and sawed our way to get to it. Cleaned out the glass and replaced with cardboard, poly and duct tape.
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I believe these storms are manna from heaven for us contractors...


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I can do without them. I got some manna through my own roof a couple of weeks ago.

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