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Old 12-10-2012, 07:50 PM
 
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Yet the most costly natural disasters are always hurricanes, not tornadoes or earthquakes. It makes little difference if you have advanced warning. You cannot move your house. All you can do is stock up on supplies and put shutters up, and hope for the best. Besides, hurricanes spawn off tons of tornadoes. You don't get advanced warning about those.
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Old 07-29-2017, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Native Floridian, USA
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I know this is an old and I came to it through a google search.


After reading some of the posts, I was struck by the remarks made by some and the casual way they blew off, sorry for the pun, how much damage can result from hurricanes. I am a native and have lived 73 years in Cental Florida, just south of Orlando.


Destruction at dawn: What Hurricane Andrew did to South Florida 24 years ago | Miami Herald


I had clients who had lived in Florida City and had businesses in and around Homestead AF Base (Andrew leveled the airbase). They said it was the most terrifying experience of their lives. My son, who at that time was in the Florida Nat'l Guard, was sent down to try and control looting and burglaries. He said it looked like a war zone and it did, according to the pictures he took.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Donna Thirteen deaths in Florida alone.......
When Hurricane Donna went through around 1960 or so, it went right up the middle of state. The eye of the storm passed over our house in Central Fl around midnight. If you have never been in the eye after being in the wind noise for sometimes hours before hand, it is eerie. You can hear a leaf fall. Then the noise starts to pick up again and becomes a full throated roar, trees uprooted, shingles ripped off. It is an experience but only if you do not suffer your house being demolished or the roof torn off and wind and rain pouring in and your belongings damaged. Then the fight starts with the insurance companies.


Hard Lessons: Hurricane Charley, 10 Years Later


Category 4:
We, at our home in Central Fl, only experienced a small amount of damage after Hurricane Charlie but as it came up the state from the south, areas that had been settled for 150 years were gone, Arcadia, for one. Punta Gorda suffered greatly because of the plethora of mobile homes and over 55 communities. Emergency workers said it was gut wrenching to hear older people calling in and begging to be rescued and it was too late for workers to go out in the storm. I saw standing water in communities that had built up in the last 50 years that were built on 100 year floodplains and it took weeks, sometimes months for the water to recede.


We left right after Charley to go to PA on a planned vacation. We were in VA when we heard there was another storm approaching, then another.......


We lost 2 freezers of food stuff that year due to power loss. We didn't have a generator. But we were lucky.


OUr yard waste from downed trees and shrubbery wasn't picked up for almost 5 months. It was a mess.


Orlando didn't get some roofs repaired for months afterward. It was a sea of blue tarps when went over overpasses.


I just hate for people to be lulled into complacency and think it is all a big lark. Not every one has the where withal to put up hurricane shutters, evacuate, take a vacation, etc. Just take precautions as best you can and don't take anything for granted. I've seen the forecast turn on a dime.......


And don't forget the tornadoes. They have leveled areas in a matter of minutes.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...rida/78929310/


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1998_K...rnado_outbreak this was the most frightening.


List: 10 deadliest tornadoes in Florida history


Florida is not always a picnic, just use some common sense and stay safe. Come on down, ya'll.....lol
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Old 07-31-2017, 06:15 PM
 
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From another native south Floridian, great post, AnnieA.
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Old 08-08-2017, 03:00 PM
 
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Default Power Outages During Hurricanes

Flooding is becoming a problem in low lying South Florida even without a hurricane bringing a storm surge of sea water into the coastal areas here. The rain, especially during the summer months, often comes down so fast and sudden and in such large amounts that we are seeing more and more flooding because the rainwater can't get down the drains when the drains are partially filled with water in them from high tides or surrounding waterways or are clogged with leaves and other street debris.

The land is so flat here that there are no hills for the rainwater to drain off into nearby waterways. The rainwater just sits where it comes down and accumulates when the storm water drains fill up if the rain is coming down fast and heavy.

South Beach just got flooded again because the pumps that were installed to pump rainwater into Biscayne Bay failed because the electricity went off during the rainstorm and as there were no back up generators in place to pump out the rainwater that didn't drain off because the high tide kept the street drains full of water backing up from Biscayne Bay, some of the streets flooded again.

Even the areas out west away from the shorelines are having issues with flooding, which is a real mess when your car stalls and you're sitting in a couple of feet of water with the water leaking into your car around the doors. The news reports advise people not to walk around in standing water because live electrical lines can get blown down during storms into that water but most people aren't going to just sit in their stalled cars as the water level rises around their feet.

The streets in downtown Miami also flooded during the storm that the pumps on South Beach failed. Those heavy rains didn't hit Fort Lauderdale this time around but last month there was a lot of street flooding here because we got hit by a lot of rain.
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Old 08-08-2017, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Weston, FL
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cool story
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