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Old 02-25-2007, 09:59 AM
 
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yeah the time I spent in AL, I loved it, of course i wasn't in any large citys and dont want to be. in and out of mobile for the airport and over to pensacola now and again. I remember driving north through Mississippi and thinking I could live here.there is just something i find attractive about the so called deep south for raising a family. the hurricanes are a concern to the wife!
It's all about elevation. The two most damaging things about hurricanes are the initial storm surge - which is only a problem right on the coast, and the post-hurricane flooding. You can be 100 miles inland on low ground and sustain flood damage, and you could live 5 miles inland on high ground, and be perfectly fine.

If you look at a map of any southern coastal city, the wealthiest areas were built on the highest ground, and the poorest areas are built on low ground. In fact, I was just looking at a Digital Terrain Model of Wilmington, NC the other day, and comparing it to an aerial photograph. The highest ground in the city was the oldest, the wealthiest, and had the most old-growth vegetation (Live oak trees, etc.). The lowland areas are just being developed for incoming transplants, and they are all covered with short, scrubby pine trees. Those low areas are going to be under water if a category 4 hits. Just ask someone from New Orleans

Of course, the people buying those houses probably don't know that..
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Old 02-25-2007, 06:53 PM
 
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It's all about elevation. The two most damaging things about hurricanes are the initial storm surge - which is only a problem right on the coast, and the post-hurricane flooding. You can be 100 miles inland on low ground and sustain flood damage, and you could live 5 miles inland on high ground, and be perfectly fine.

If you look at a map of any southern coastal city, the wealthiest areas were built on the highest ground, and the poorest areas are built on low ground. In fact, I was just looking at a Digital Terrain Model of Wilmington, NC the other day, and comparing it to an aerial photograph. The highest ground in the city was the oldest, the wealthiest, and had the most old-growth vegetation (Live oak trees, etc.). The lowland areas are just being developed for incoming transplants, and they are all covered with short, scrubby pine trees. Those low areas are going to be under water if a category 4 hits. Just ask someone from New Orleans

Of course, the people buying those houses probably don't know that..
Thanks, thats good info, I think I am actually more concerned with tornadoes in the south than hurricanes !
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Old 03-10-2007, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Ocean Springs, Mississippi
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yeah the time I spent in AL, I loved it, of course i wasn't in any large citys and dont want to be. in and out of mobile for the airport and over to pensacola now and again. I remember driving north through Mississippi and thinking I could live here.there is just something i find attractive about the so called deep south for raising a family. the hurricanes are a concern to the wife!
I would live in North AL. The Florence area is nice as is Huntsville. You have the rolling hills and you could get a little snow now and again. I live on the coast, but I'm not fond of it. I would rather live up north.

If you live in Miss. the Biloxi area would be nice. You have a small town with the casinos which as the shows, gambling, and food.
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Old 03-11-2007, 02:48 PM
 
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I live in Huntsville and I have not heard anyone talking about the Civil War. Isn't it funny how people believe these old stereotypes! The only time I have heard any mention of it was when I took a walking tour of the historic homes downtown. The guide told some really fascinating stories. Other than that never heard anything about the CW. As a matter of fact, what is in the news now is fund raising efforts to take WWII veterans up to DC to view the WWII monument. I am a southerner born in Atlanta and never lived outside the south, but I am much more interested in WWII history.
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