Originally Posted by Glad2bhere
Has it been that bad on the South Shore during the hurricane season? I have family that live there (south of Merrick) and never heard much of anything from them about the "weather".
The usual/normal weather here is no problem. It's the prospect of what would/will happen to the South Shore due to a future BIG storm that makes me nervous.
After being through Gloria and the resultant damage, anything worse is something I really don't want to have to deal with. Damage then was less than it could have been, because the floodwaters stopped literally 20 feet from my house and luckily that house was on a slab - no basement to fill up. Another lucky break was although the 2 very big trees on our 1/3 acre backyard both came down in the first 1/2 hour, they both fell AWAY from the house instead of toward it! Destroyed the back fence and the neighbor's backyard shed on the way down, as well as crushing all the smaller shrubs and trees underneath.
Trust me, when you're looking out one of your few unboarded-up windows and you see a 40-ft tall weeping willow starting to tip over FROM THE ROOTS in slow motion and you're not sure exactly whether it's going to end up crashing into your roof or not, and there's nothing you can do about it.... lots of choice words start going through your mind and out your mouth!
We do usually have stronger winds (off the bay) here in summer but that's all to the good usually. It took me a little while to get used to it when I first moved here from East Meadow, back in the early 70s. After a little while you don't even notice it, though sometimes people who visit say "It's so windy here most of the time!"
The weather 'plus' for the South Shore is that we're always cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter (because the bay hasn't frozen over in who knows how many years). I love it here except for those 2 months when I start having to keep an eye on those tropical storms on the NOAA site, hoping one doesn't start moving north of the Carolinas and taking aim at my backyard!