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Old 04-09-2010, 11:28 AM
 
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My husband and I recently moved our family to Reston from Salt Lake City. Salt Lake is situated on a major earthquake fault that is "due" pretty much any day, so I grew up very aware of the earthquake threat and I have always been relatively prepared for it (with 72-hour-kits, water, food storage, etc.). Now that we're here, I'm just wondering what I need so I can feel prepared for natural disasters. Are hurricanes a possibility? Has there EVER been an earthquake here? Tornadoes?
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Old 04-09-2010, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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Since we're close to DC, we get too much hot air from politicians.
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Old 04-09-2010, 11:41 AM
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Tornadoes, yes.

2+ ft of snow...
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Old 04-09-2010, 11:47 AM
 
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Hurricanes/tornadoes/Earthquakes are a possibility, but they don't often occur. Also quakes are barely felt around here.

We got record snowfall this past winter, but we normally get only a few inches and around 2-3 "storms" in the winter.

Don't forget the nuclear fallout considering we're so close to DC...
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Old 04-09-2010, 11:56 AM
 
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OK, now for a serious answer...

IMO, this area isn't prone to anything really harsh. But, we do have weather problems from time to time, especially wind storms.

Wind storms: Sometimes we get strong winds. We've had a few tornadoes, but this is not Kansas. You won't see cows flying around in the air or anything dramatic like that. Still, there have been a few storms that have caused a bit of damage. Trees falling over, and such. This is probably our greatest problem.

Floods: After wind storms, I'd say flooding is the next biggest threat. The winter storms in the WV mountains sometimes means the Potomac will flood in the spring. As a result, they don't allow buildings right along the river. The exception is Old Town Alexandria which was built in the colonial era, before people thought about such things. Old Town is about the only area that really has a problem with flooding. By the way, this also means we have beautiful parkland all along the rivers.

Snow: We usually get a few inches of snow in the winter. Some winters we get no snow at all. This past winter we had a record breaking blizzard. That was very rare, but it happens.

Earthquakes: Not a problem here.

Quicksand: Not a problem here.

Hurricanes: Sometimes the last little bit of a hurricane will blow through. Isabel came through 5-6 years ago. By the time it came through it was barely strong enough to be called a hurricane. However, it did cause some minor damage.

Fires: I can't recall any big fires here, but there probably have been some. I don't think this is a big problem here. Not like what you have in the west.

Mudslides: Not a problem here.

Lightning: We don't get the frequent dramatic storms like they have in Florida, but we do get thunder and lightning here.

Acid Rain: You'll see some evidence of acid rain in the western parts of the blue ridge. I haven't seen any of it east of the mountains, however.

Smog: Our air quality is pretty good compared to most other cities in the US. We don't have any mountains close enough to cause "brown clouds." We get a fair amount of windy days and rainy days, which keeps the air pretty clean.

Tsunami: hasn't happened yet.

Flying Cows: You only see those in the movie Twister.

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Old 04-09-2010, 12:27 PM
 
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Thanks, Normie.
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Old 04-09-2010, 01:27 PM
 
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Unless the weather patterns have changed significantly since I moved out of the area, things to worry about possibly are:
flooding,
tornadoes,
hail storms

Once in 1996 a tornado went closed to were we were staying in Fairfax, though I don't think it went right there, there were several down limbs and damaged cars.

In 1999 a hail storm damaged the house my parents bought in Springfield, they still live there, but now the siding is off-white instead of green, and the roof is only 10 years old, instead of 30 as it would be otherwise.
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Old 04-09-2010, 01:57 PM
 
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Thanks, Normie.
You're welcome. And BTW if you've already moved here this year then you've already experienced most of the disasters we get. The wind last night is typical of most of the wind storms we can get. We had the flooding last week. And you've already seen the worst winter we've ever had.
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Old 04-09-2010, 02:01 PM
 
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Unless the weather patterns have changed significantly since I moved out of the area, things to worry about possibly are:
flooding,
tornadoes,
hail storms

Once in 1996 a tornado went closed to were we were staying in Fairfax, though I don't think it went right there, there were several down limbs and damaged cars.

In 1999 a hail storm damaged the house my parents bought in Springfield, they still live there, but now the siding is off-white instead of green, and the roof is only 10 years old, instead of 30 as it would be otherwise.
My home was hit by the same hail storm. Roof, siding and gutters all replaced.
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Old 04-13-2010, 02:10 PM
 
Location: East Pittsburgh suburb
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This is not natural made, but I think you should also put a nuclear strike as another catastrophic event on your list - this is DC after all, a place some ennemy would surely love to blow up if able to do such a stupid thing.

The nuclear blast zone goes pretty far; Winchester, VA is safe (which is why the FBI moved part of their facility there).
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