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Old 06-27-2010, 10:10 PM
 
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Just curious, but I understand that hurricanes can do some serious destruction just from watching news stories. I live here in Indiana and plan on moving to Florida hopefully very soon.

With that said, I'm interested in living from the shoreline...to be exact, I would like to be 30 minutes away from the shoreline.

However, being 30 minutes away from the shoreline, is that a safe "buffer" from the rising waters and dangerous winds of a hurricane or do you have to be more inland (like an hour or two) to be away from the strongest parts of the storm?

Thanks!

Ryan
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Old 06-28-2010, 03:10 AM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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You can be in the middle of the state and still get hurricane force winds.
Of course it will not happen as often.

If you use this search page you can input zip codes or other criteria and see all storms for an area over a certain amount of time.
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Old 06-28-2010, 04:54 AM
 
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Depending on the strength of the hurricane living 5-10 miles away from the coast will probably spare you from the potential storm surge but not from 12+ hours of 100mph winds and torrential rains,
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Old 06-28-2010, 06:34 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Orlando got hit pretty hard back in 2005 by Charley. A storm the size of Katrina would encompass the entire state of Florida. As for rising waters, Florida has many rivers, lakes, etc. Simply moving further inland may protect you from storm surge but you could still be at risk from flooding caused by the rivers, lakes, retention basins, etc. which can't hold the deluge of water that comes with the rains from these storms.
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Old 06-28-2010, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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^ So did Ocala, and lets not forget about tornadoes spawned by hurricanes.
We had some serious flooding issues during the 2004 hurricanes, and Tropical Storm Fay in 08.
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Old 06-28-2010, 03:47 PM
 
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Depending on the strength of the hurricane living 5-10 miles away from the coast will probably spare you from the potential storm surge but not from 12+ hours of 100mph winds and torrential rains,
Just to add,weather forecasting is quite accurate these days and if a storm is big enough they will suggest evacuation of certain areas,if you are in one of these areas it would be wise to heed the evacuation advisory and take a drive out of the area for a few days,that way if your house gets blown away you wont be in it..
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Old 06-28-2010, 05:42 PM
 
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'Inland' breeds tornadoes so 6 of one... half a dozen of another.
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Old 06-28-2010, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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A Cat 1 or 2 hurricane a home on the shoreline is probably safe. 3-4 3-4 miles. 5 5-6 miles. I dont see the need to ever need to move more then 5-6 miles away from the shoreline. Florida is not flood prone like Lousisana and other areas. The water goes into the ground rather quickly and there are a lot of swamps, canalas and lakes. So as long as you live in a safe strong home if you live 5-6 miles from the shore you should not have a problem.
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Old 06-28-2010, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Arctic Tundra, MA
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'Inland' breeds tornadoes so 6 of one... half a dozen of another.
Exactly. I would rather the hurricane winds, rain, etc. over the tornadoes... It's the northeastern side of a hurricane you don't want to be in, that is the worst part.
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Old 06-28-2010, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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A Cat 1 or 2 hurricane a home on the shoreline is probably safe. 3-4 3-4 miles. 5 5-6 miles. I dont see the need to ever need to move more then 5-6 miles away from the shoreline. Florida is not flood prone like Lousisana and other areas. The water goes into the ground rather quickly and there are a lot of swamps, canalas and lakes. So as long as you live in a safe strong home if you live 5-6 miles from the shore you should not have a problem.
Um, sorry, but thats erroneous info.
We had roofs ripped off and homes destroyed 60 miles inland during the 04 hurricanes. Most of the homes here are new construction.
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