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#1 Old 09-17-2003, 02:51 PM
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Anyone on the east coast of the US that is going to be relocating over the next couple of days because of Isabel? I know schools around here are closed already for the next two days because of possible localized flooding and power outages. Stay safe any of you along MD, VA, NC, or SC coasts.
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Anyone know the strength of this one..



we have not had a big one in a few years.. the last super mayor one was in 95 (i believe) it riped my roof off and put it in my pool!



for those near it... be safe!
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yikes. worst i've seen was when the tree in our backyard got hit by lightning and a gigantic branch broke off and busted up the fence.



twice.



i heard on the news updates on tv though that people in Toronto are being warned to prepare for evacuation just in case it reaches this far west. scary we're to expect a lot of wind gusts and rain. i walk to work. eep. i knew i should have invested in some splashpants. and rubber boots maybe? canoe?

I'm singin' here to get rid of fear
Hope it disappears right here with the rain
But I know life is pain, not like a fairytale
Meaningless to pray, so just goin' on my way
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Our damage was mild in comparison to a lot of others.. many houses were gone after the storm. all that was left was pipes sticking out of the ground.. it was very sad to come back to the beach and see the horrible distruction.. the storm even wiped out our beautiful sand dunes.. it caused most of the beach to be sucked out to sea, but since then the city has restored the sand, but will never be able to restore the dunes.
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3:36 p.m., Sept. 17, 2003--In keeping with Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Minner's declaration of a state of emergency, all locations of the University of Delaware will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 18 and 19. University offices will be closed and no classes will be held, but essential services will be provided for resident students.



Not that I'm complaining!!! Now I can go to the baseball game tonight, and the art museum tomorrow!!!
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I got my toilet paper and water stocked



I dearly hope that the power doesn't go out...what would I do?
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I got my toilet paper and water stocked



I dearly hope that the power doesn't go out...what would I do?





I guess you didn't lose power in August with everyone else-- We just had a bunch of candles, and booze and a transistor radio and made the best of it. We had a blast, actually--but then again, we had clear skies and warm temperatures, so a backyard party under the stars was splendid.



*You should go find yourself a ton of candles and maybe an oil lamp and flashlight, make a lot of ice in the freezer now, while you still have electricity. Make sure you have canned food that you dont' have to cook and you can eat it at room temp. Non-perishable foods are key.
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Yeah, they closed my school in Virginia tomorrow. We were supposed to have a camping trip for 9th grade on Friday-Sunday but they might cancel it! I kind of wanted to go... At least I have another day to work on my homework...



I'm not too worried about a major power outage and extreme wreckage everywhere... There's going to be some heavy rain and wind, but I think people are acting like it'll be worse than it really is.



Oneness~ I was in second or third grade the last big hurricane i remember. So that must have been '96...
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I got my toilet paper and water stocked



I dearly hope that the power doesn't go out...what would I do?



Find your lover bunny in the dark and commence to makin' baby bunnies.
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you know tame..my lover bunny lives in atlanta..and i'm moving there...if i run into you and don't know it..i'ma be sore...you better send over some pics boy!
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That's what we did when the Big Grid went down. Light some candles, listen to natures music..crickets and whatnot, and let nature take it's course baby. Only, it was like 90 that night so we had to get nekkid to keep cool...which I'm sure had something to do with it.



Make sure you have plenty of batteries, candles, food that doesn't need to be cooked or refridgerated, and an emergency medical kit. That's about it besides water. Oh, a few good books and a deck of cards couldn't hurt either.
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I live in Delaware, I nearly got swept away on Monday when there was flooding. I'm a little prepared, we do have TP, but not too much food. Our van sucks right now though, the power windows are experiencing electrical problems and the driver's side window won't go up, so my husband's stuck driving the 40 mins to work with his window down! It's funny, but it sucks! The part to fix it should be in today, so hopefully he can get it done before getting soaked!
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*You should go find yourself a ton of candles and maybe an oil lamp and flashlight, make a lot of ice in the freezer now, while you still have electricity. Make sure you have canned food that you dont' have to cook and you can eat it at room temp. Non-perishable foods are key.



don't forget the can opener heh. actually during the blackout one thing we did was fill up jugs of tap water because we knew the pumps would stop working eventually and we'd have no water. this stuff wasn't to drink though, it was coming out yellow because the filter system was offline obviously, so this was only for washing and for flushing the toilet if necessary, and if the outage lasted a week like they said it might, we could boil it for cooking and drinking if need be (on the bbq)

so i'd maybe do the same now for those who could lose power.



it's still clear skies here by the way, anyone getting any bad weather yet?

I'm singin' here to get rid of fear
Hope it disappears right here with the rain
But I know life is pain, not like a fairytale
Meaningless to pray, so just goin' on my way
~Miyavi "Torture"
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Yeah. It's really windy here in Ohio this morning. Don't know if that has anything to do with the hurricane though. They say we should see rain tomorrow and storms tomorrow night. I'm going to the library and borrow some movies today. The satellite tends to go out in really bad electrical storms.
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Skies are getting dark here in Maryland today and winds are getting a little heavier. There are no C or D batteries to be found anywhere, and trust me I've looked. A trip to the liquor store and the library are in order on the way home. I have family on the Outerbanks right now. They are year round dwellers and have the house tied down as well as everything else. Everything I've seen so far says Isabel was downgraded to a 2 but still, 110 MPH winds are heavy. We're concerned about the storm surges on the water in MD because all of our resevoirs are topped off because of all of the rain this summer. The rivers are up and the water tables are high now. Flooding is the big concern. All schools are out, Federal Gov't closed, etc. They're planning for major power outages.
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I'm in Europe, so I might be wrong, but these huricane things happen "regularly", so wouldn't it be sensible to have rechargable batteries in the home?
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In places like the Outerbanks of North Carolina, and other places regularly hit by hurricanes, or threatened by them, they're prepared most of the time. Here though, further north on the Chesapeake Bay, these kinds of storms are possible, but not as likely and not as "regular" of an occurrence, so we're a little more lax about preparation. Kind of like when there's a major snow event and the stores get raided for everything.
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i was debating driving to the obx last night and watching all the glory today but i guess that wouldnt be the wisest thing to do. hurricanes intrigue me.



i've seen tornadoes now i wanna see hurricanes, dammit! tornado took off our roof one year, and we got to live in a hotel for 6 months. yeehaw.





isabel was originally a 4 but last i heard it got pushed back to a 2...that probablyhas changed again though.
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I'M SO BORED!!! *yawns*
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i havent seen yall mention filling up your bathtubs



ya know, so you can flush the toilet in case you lose water for a while



other than that, we just tape windows or board them up, buy some bottled water, canned food, keep flashlights and batteries and candles, cell phone charged, good rain gear (for going outside venturing), and a bunch of alcohol



i was kinda jealous... its hurricane season and we arent seeing any in new orleans



hurricane parties are fun!

and so is walking around in all the water



just gotta watch out for manhole covers and stuff
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I heard today that the Coast Guard issued a request that anyone that stayed behind write their name on the inside of their arm in permanent marker (in case they need to identify them later). Creepy...let's hope there aren't any deaths.
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I heard today that the Coast Guard issued a request that anyone that stayed behind write their name on the inside of their arm in permanent marker (in case they need to identify them later). Creepy...let's hope there aren't any deaths.



Well so far all we've gotten is a lot of rain and some wind gusts but the brunt will reach us later this afternoon or tonight I think. Here's a funny writeup that I've borrowed from another board, but oh it rings so true . . .



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LAST MINUTE HURRICANE TIPS

You're going to turn on the TV and see a weather person pointing to a

radar blob out in the Atlantic and making two basic meteorological points:



(1) There is no need to panic.

(2) We could all be killed.



Yes, hurricane season is an exciting time to be in North Carolina. If

you're new to the area, you're probably wondering what you need to do to

prepare for the possibility that we'll get hit by "the big one." Based

on experience, we recommend that you follow this simple three-step

hurricane preparedness plan:



STEP 1. Buy enough food, beer, and bottled water to last your family for

at least three days. STEP 2. Put these supplies into your car. STEP 3.

Drive to Nebraska and remain there until Halloween.



Unfortunately, statistics show that most people will not follow this

sensible plan. Most people will foolishly stay here in North Carolina.



We'll start with one of the most important hurricane preparedness items:



HOMEOWNERS' INSURANCE: If you own a home, you must have hurricane

insurance. Fortunately, this insurance is cheap and easy to get, as long

as your home meets two basic requirements:



(1) It is reasonably well-built, and

(2) It is located in Nebraska.



Unfortunately, if your home is located in North Carolina, or any other

area that might actually be hit by a hurricane, most insurance companies

would prefer not to sell you hurricane insurance, because then they

might be required to pay YOU money, and that is certainly not why they

got into the insurance business in the first place. So you'll have to

scrounge around for an insurance company, which will charge you an

annual premium roughly equal to the replacement value of your house. At

any moment, this company can drop you like used dental floss. Since

Hurricane Hugo, I have had an estimated 27 different home-insurance

companies.



SHUTTERS: Your house should have hurricane shutters on all the windows,

all the doors, and -- if it's a major hurricane -- all the toilets.

There are several types of shutters, with advantages and disadvantages:



Plywood shutters: The advantage is that, because you make them yourself,

they're cheap. The disadvantage is that, because you make them yourself,

they will fall off.



Sheet-metal shutters: The advantage is that these work well, once you

get them all up. The disadvantage is that once you get them all up, your

hands will be useless bleeding stumps, and it will be December.



Roll-down shutters: The advantages are that they're very easy to use,

and will definitely protect your house. The disadvantage is that you

will have to sell your house to pay for them.



Hurricane-proof windows: These are the newest wrinkle in hurricane

protection: They look like ordinary windows, but they can withstand

hurricane winds! You can be sure of this, because the salesman says so.

He lives in Nebraska.



Hurricane Proofing Your Property: As the hurricane approaches, check

your yard for movable objects like barbecue grills, planters, patio

furniture, visiting relatives, etc.. You should, as a precaution, throw

these items into your swimming pool (if you don't have a swimming pool,

you should have one built immediately). Otherwise, the hurricane winds

will turn these objects into deadly missiles.



EVACUATION ROUTE: If you live in a low-lying area, you should have an

evacuation route planned out. (To determine whether you live in a

low-lying area, look at your driver's license; if it says "Coastal North

Carolina," you live in a low-lying area.) The purpose of having an

evacuation route is to avoid being trapped in your home when a major

storm hits.



Instead, you will be trapped in a gigantic traffic jam several miles

from your home, along with two hundred thousand other evacuees. So, as a

bonus, you will not be lonely.



HURRICANE SUPPLIES: If you don't evacuate, you will need a mess of

supplies. Do not buy them now! North Carolina tradition requires that

you wait until the last possible minute, then go to the supermarket and

get into vicious fights with strangers over who gets the last can of SPAM.



In addition to food and water, you will need the following supplies:



23 flashlights, at least $167 worth of batteries that turn out, when the

power goes off, to be the wrong size for the flashlights.



Bleach. (No, I don't know what the bleach is for. NOBODY knows what the

bleach is for, but it's traditional, so GET some!)



A 55-gallon drum of underarm deodorant.



A big knife that you can strap to your leg. (This will be useless in a

hurricane, but it looks cool.)



A large quantity of raw chicken, to placate the alligators. (Ask anybody

who went through Hugo. After the hurricane, there WILL be irate alligators.)



$35,000 in cash or diamonds so that, after the hurricane passes, you can

buy a generator from a man with no discernible teeth.



Of course these are just basic precautions. As the hurricane draws near,

it is vitally important that you keep abreast of the situation by

turning on your television and watching TV reporters in rain slickers

stand right next to the ocean and tell you over and over how vitally

important it is for everybody to stay away from the ocean.



Good luck, and remember: It's great living in Paradise.



These hints are also applicable to Florida, coastal Texas as well as the entire east coast! Just change the names to fool the innocent!



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A hurricane in catergory 2 is minor and should just be about the hurricane party.. woohoo!



seriously, everyone in the areas affected, take care and be safe...
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LMAO, Bankruptor!
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i think it's sick the feds closed down. freakin' lame. wimps. actually, NY is supposed to get some storm winds and because of all the tall bldgs, the tunnel effect could get to be hurricane force winds up there.
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I live in Delaware, I nearly got swept away on Monday when there was flooding. I'm a little prepared, we do have TP, but not too much food.

I heard there's already some power outages because a tree fell onto some power lines on Kirkwood highway!
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Really? I heard that West Chester is without power, but I haven't heard anything around here. It's kinda eerie out, the wind is picking up quite a bit. We went to Newark on Monday night to go to the co-op, and got stuck in traffic on 95 for an hour. Max, are you well stocked on beer?
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cause you gotta look out for what's important



it was a bit blustery on my walk home today. a 30 minute walk with all my hair in front of my eyes was fun. it was still sunny though. now the sky's pretty grey and it's slightly more blustery looking.



*really wishing for those splashpants*



gonna have to leave for work earlier than usual if it's raining so i can change clothes when i get there. pfft what an inconvenience



but seriously that writing the name on the arm thing is seriously creepy, and i hope everyone gets through it ok

I'm singin' here to get rid of fear
Hope it disappears right here with the rain
But I know life is pain, not like a fairytale
Meaningless to pray, so just goin' on my way
~Miyavi "Torture"
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Arrghhhh!! I am experiencing acute, inexplicable deja vu!



Anyway, I'm in Augusta, which is just far enough away from the coast to escape any serious damages. We usually get some bad thunderstorms when hurricanes hit the coast, nothing more.



Be careful, all of you on the coasts!
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I hope everyone's doing well, our news says the hurricane hit about 2am our time today...



We keep getting told every year that this is the year for big cyclones (hurricanes) but so far we seem to be avoiding them... I've never been in a cyclone and I live in a region that is supposed to attract them! Weird... update when you can peoples!
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