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Old 07-10-2008, 08:35 AM
 
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It is hurricane season . . . and for those of us who remember Hugo, this time of year propels us into action. We want to make sure we never go thru/ the traumatic experiences we all endured here in the Charlotte area.

Here is one reporter's short version of what he endured, along w/ some TV video . . .

Covering Hurricane Hugo (http://mason.gmu.edu/~rmellen/HurricaneHugo.html - broken link)

Were you here when Hugo hit? What happened at your home?

We were without power for almost exactly 8 days. No grocery stores open . . . no hot water for bathing . . . food rotting in freezers and refrigerators . . . gaping holes in roofs . . . no gas could be pumped . . . Miserable.

What happened to you when Hugo hit???
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Old 07-10-2008, 08:38 AM
 
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Wow. I didn't know Charlotte was hit.
We plan on moving to NC.
We have lived in SE FLorida since 1988, so I battered down for Andrew,
and our lovely 2004-2005 season (Wilma, etc).
BUt I didn't realize Charlotte, so inland, was hit so hard.
Wow.
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Old 07-10-2008, 08:39 AM
 
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Wow. I didn't know Charlotte was hit.
We plan on moving to NC.
We have lived in SE FLorida since 1988, so I battered down for Andrew,
and our lovely 2004-2005 season (Wilma, etc).
BUt I didn't realize Charlotte, so inland, was hit so hard.
Wow.
ohmygosh - were we hit...if I can find the time I'll post the memories - what a night!
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Old 07-10-2008, 08:41 AM
 
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Wilma was actually worse for us than Andrew.
No power, no water AT ALL, and no phone service.
And my son had Croup. It was awful. I don't want to go through
THAT again. We left and drove to Orlando, filled my son's prescription, and stayed until
our power went back on.
Less than 3 weeks later I was pregnant with our daughter.
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Old 07-10-2008, 08:42 AM
 
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I've only heard stories from those who lived here through it all. I was still living in CA and although we did hears news reports it's nothing like being here in the actual storm. I'm hoping this was a rare storm. I love the rain and even the thunder and lightening storms but can do without the problems accoiciated with a Hugo type storm!!
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Old 07-10-2008, 08:42 AM
 
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It is hurricane season . . . and for those of us who remember Hugo, this time of year propels us into action. We want to make sure we never go thru/ the traumatic experiences we all endured here in the Charlotte area.

Here is one reporter's short version of what he endured, along w/ some TV video . . .

Covering Hurricane Hugo (http://mason.gmu.edu/~rmellen/HurricaneHugo.html - broken link)

Were you here when Hugo hit? What happened at your home?

We were without power for almost exactly 8 days. No grocery stores open . . . no hot water for bathing . . . food rotting in freezers and refrigerators . . . gaping holes in roofs . . . no gas could be pumped . . . Miserable.

What happened to you when Hugo hit???

Ani, as I am SUPPOSED to be working, I am taking the lazy way out, lol! I remembered discussing this before and went and found the old thread. People might enjoy reading what others wrote previously about their Hugo experiences here:

Hurricane Hugo
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Old 07-10-2008, 08:46 AM
 
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I was in Savannah GA for Hugo, so my family and I went to Macon, and it totally missed GA and went into SC/NC... Guess we got lucky, only a few trees down.
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Old 07-10-2008, 08:46 AM
 
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Thanx, Loves! I knew there was a thread out there in the archives - hopefully others will read it . . . and also we will get some new posts from those who didn't join in earlier.

I also want to remind everyone - No, this was not typical at all. However, it can happen and it could happen again . . . so be prepared for a weather emergency. That means - water, non-perishable food, first aid, batteries, etc. Waiting til the weather channel advises we are gonna have problems is already TOO LATE.

And if you are advised to evacuate, DO IT. Not likely for here in CLT, but . . . it isn't impossible, either.
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Old 07-10-2008, 08:46 AM
 
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I grew up in the foothills of NC and we were hit hard from Hugo also. A tornado went through our neighborhood and no power for 7 days. The funny part is I slept through the actual storm (I was in middle school).
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Old 07-10-2008, 08:48 AM
 
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I was only a kid when this happened but I remember it well. We were without power for seven days. I remember waking up in the middle of the night to a tree branch crashing through my window. I also remember thinking "wow that sure is a powerfull thunderstorm."
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