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Old 04-07-2012, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Murphy, NC
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Living how close to the ocean do people have to evacuate?
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Old 04-07-2012, 04:57 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Living how close to the ocean do people have to evacuate?

You won't like this answer:
It depends.

If a hurricane is going to come ashore the people in the target area evacuate, that can extend miles inland and miles on either side.

A tropical storm is a little harder to call, a nor'easter even harder.

Be Prepared

Couldn't link to NC Emergency management.

One thing to remember is that your safety is your responsibility. If you're told to leave, do so. Don't wait for the government at any level to come get you. They won't.
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:16 PM
 
Location: Surf City, NC
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People have complained about the cold winter winds off the ocean. Wet cold does seem more penetrating, however, the ocean is actually a moderating infuence on the weather. That big body of water keeps us warmer in winter and cooler in the summer than areas further west of us.
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Old 04-08-2012, 06:29 AM
 
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grew up on NC coast so will offer some info.
First true outerbankers never ever by on the ocean front. Those are the homes you hear about on the news after a hurricane passes by that are washing away. Plus they are the very expensive ones. SO stay away from ocean front per se. Insurance is astronomical if you live anywhere within what insurance companies deem hurricane zone of coastal counties. It can add upwards of 1000 to a monthly house payment depending on location and size just for insurance.

Salt will ruin everything. It will rust galvanized fences even. Wood same! Plus termites ar ebad down east so if you move make sure to have routine inspections and treatments.

weatherwise, ehh it is not as bad as folks make it, yes you get cold winds off the ocean but I have walked around n 70dg weather in Jan also, quite routinely.

The areas you mention I would stick to Wilmington area, wrightsville beach carolina beach. Topsail and hampstead are nice but really are mostly vacation homes and travel trailer parks for folks from inland nc and not as much to offerin those areas.

Hurricanes, how far you evacuate depends n size of storm, and its path. If a storm sweeps inland and dumps loads of rain not much coastal damage but loads of flooding, so that one is hard to say as so many variable there Just have a plan and you should be ok, usually plenty of notice. good luck
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Old 04-08-2012, 11:21 AM
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Location: Upstairs closet
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RIght much of New Bern flooded during the hurricane last fall and we are 45 minutes to an hour from coast. That was a function of wind pushing water up the Neuse for an extended period of time. Folks are right, it just depends where you are, and nature of the storm. Storms passing offshore will have much different effects than those passing inland. Both can, have, and will happen again.

The bottom line is that if you want to live on the coast, I would not let fear of what "might" happen in a hurricane impact disproportionately my decision. I have been in earthquakes in Cali, very near tornados in Iowa, in typhoons in Philippines, and in hurricanes on the east coast. Stuff happens.
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Old 04-08-2012, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Morehead City, NC
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In 2004 the North Carolina mountains got 2 feet of rain from a hurricane that came up out of the Gulf. The NC coast remained untouched.
In 1989 Charlotte got whacked by Hurricane Hugo.
Where (and when) to evacuate? As North Beach Person so accurately posted:
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You won't like this answer:
It depends.
No two storms are alike. A Cat 1 could create more damage than a Cat 2 or 3.
Welcome to the beach!
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Old 04-08-2012, 01:35 PM
 
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well said Bill. Heck remember Floyd,, it was what a Cat 1 or 2 but had loads of rain so floods but no wind damage. Point folks are sayings is hurricanes are fickle beasts and you have enough warning to prep accordingly. Don't let the aspect of a hurricane deter you. It is just a part of it like quakes are in Cali etc.
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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Cold winter winds off the water.
Aforementioned storms and their associated costs.
Hey, what are you doing in my forum? I always invade yours....

BTW, the wind blowing off of the ocean in the winter are always warmer than those that blow off of the Chesapeake. Decent snowfalls right along the coast are rare because of this.
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:10 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Hey, what are you doing in my forum? I always invade yours....

BTW, the wind blowing off of the ocean in the winter are always warmer than those that blow off of the Chesapeake. Decent snowfalls right along the coast are rare because of this.
The question about waterfront living drew me in. And then the hurricane question.

I'll take your word for it but ocean winds always seem damn cold, too.
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:10 AM
 
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Biggest downside is the people. I do not care for the people here, especially all the tourists, retirees, and older transplants.
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