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Old 07-14-2008, 08:21 AM
 
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I just moved here and am a little surprised to see all the hurricane preparedness information on print and TV. I guess I didn't realize they were that big of a threat here. (Maybe dumb on my part.) Especially since none of the homes we looked at had basements to shelter in and no interior spaces that were suitable for shelter.

Anyone willing to share their experiences of dealing with this in Williamsburg or surrounding areas?

Thanks.
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Old 07-14-2008, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Northern VA (for now)
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I just moved here and am a little surprised to see all the hurricane preparedness information on print and TV. I guess I didn't realize they were that big of a threat here. (Maybe dumb on my part.) Especially since none of the homes we looked at had basements to shelter in and no interior spaces that were suitable for shelter.

Anyone willing to share their experiences of dealing with this in Williamsburg or surrounding areas?

Thanks.
To give you my experience, hurricanes and preparedness are a fact of life in Hampton Roads. I would say that HR gets a direct hit or close from a hurricane on average every four to five years. Usually they are not the the big ones like Katrina, Ivan, Rita, Charley. The more common ones are Tropical Storms and Catergory 1 hurricanes like Isabel back in 03. The local governments/media do a pretty good job with dealing with them and give you ample time to evacuate and get prepared.

Tornados are very rare in HR. Just earlier this year a big one hit Suffolk and (thank God!!) no one was killed but it whipped Suffolk's behind badly. Tornados are even more rare than Hurricanes here. Look for homes with crawl spaces which is as close to a basement as you'll get around here.
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Old 07-14-2008, 02:07 PM
 
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Yep, we prepare all year long. We certainly aren't "stupid" when it comes to hurricanes!
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Old 07-14-2008, 10:32 PM
 
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Hurricanes and tornados do not happen that often in the area. That being said, right now seems to be a different story for most places. Most meteorologist have spoken out and done reports about why tornados all over are occurring earlier and stronger than in the past. There was a recent report done by Dateline or 20/20 talking about how most tornados start in March and end in September and this year many of the tornados started in February. I think after Suffolk was hit and demolished in many areas, more and more news channels and people are taking precautions.
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Old 07-15-2008, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Hampton Roads, Virginia
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I hear the tornado warning/sirens on the radio all the time now. We are very cautious now.

Even though I am a relative newcomer to the area (5 years), every summer I gather my hurricane supplies. I moved here weeks after Isabell and my inlaws were out of power for 10 days. I need to be prepared for that situation.
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Old 07-17-2008, 08:41 AM
 
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My new neighbors tell me during Isabelle they were without power for 10 days as well. Also so many trees were down the community was completely cut off for a while.

I am definately gathering my hurricane supplies and keeping an eye on the weather channel!
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Old 07-17-2008, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Va Beach
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My new neighbors tell me during Isabelle they were without power for 10 days as well. Also so many trees were down the community was completely cut off for a while.

I am definately gathering my hurricane supplies and keeping an eye on the weather channel!
Isabelle tore us up! We were fortunate that our home didn't suffer any damage, but without power and sewage, it was not the greatest of living conditions. The Salvation Army provided portable showers and hot meals and the Red Cross had water and sandwiches. I had the kids make believe they were camping, so we did cookouts with the food we had to eat before it spoiled. I made a make-shift toilet with a 5 gal. pail and bag inserts to dispose of the pail products.

Ernesto in 2006 flooded most of our neighborhoods and roads that were low lying.
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Old 07-17-2008, 09:16 AM
 
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We have hurricane scare once every couple of years, but they usually skirt the coast and the weaker left side of the hurricane brushes our area. What made Isabelle different is that it made landfall south of Hampton Roads, but travelled NE, thus we were hit with the much stronger right side. This was the first time that we were impacted this hard by a hurricane in decades, and it reflected in the damage that we experienced. Isabelle was a cat 1 when it came near Hampton Roads, had it been a 3 or even a strong 2, it really would have walloped us.
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Old 07-17-2008, 10:55 AM
 
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We have hurricane scare once every couple of years, but they usually skirt the coast and the weaker left side of the hurricane brushes our area. What made Isabelle different is that it made landfall south of Hampton Roads, but travelled NE, thus we were hit with the much stronger right side. This was the first time that we were impacted this hard by a hurricane in decades, and it reflected in the damage that we experienced. Isabelle was a cat 1 when it came near Hampton Roads, had it been a 3 or even a strong 2, it really would have walloped us.
Yep and OBX got it bad. It actually went all the way up thru the Jersey Shore! Inland had tornadoes and quite the damage. Quite a bit of flooding. Back when Bonnie hit us, we lost power for a couple days and there was beach errosion, but that was all we experienced.
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Old 07-17-2008, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Miramar Beach, FL
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My new neighbors tell me during Isabelle they were without power for 10 days as well. Also so many trees were down the community was completely cut off for a while.

I am definately gathering my hurricane supplies and keeping an eye on the weather channel!
In Norfolk when I lived there during Isabelle we had it pretty bad. We were without power for almost two weeks! We lived right next to the Chrysler Museum and our area flooded pretty bad. We thought with EVMS right down the street that our area would have electricity pretty quickly...that was not the case. That was a rough few weeks and hearing our neighbor's generators did not help either! ha

The Outer Banks usually gets hit the hardest though if coming up the Coast, especially Hatteras. You just have to be prepared during Hurricane season but like the other poster stated Tornados are very rare and was surpised when I had heard about the one in Suffolk a few months back.

We moved to Florida on the Gulf Coast last year so now we have to really be prepared for hurricane season....we have an evacutaion route planned, our hurricane box and cat carriers ready to go if need be! Hopefully we will get spared this year but we will be keeping a close eye on the Tropics!
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