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Old Today, 06:07 AM
 
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tornadoes and earthquakes, yes.


winter storms, no. They can be and are tracked. I've lived in NY and PA all my life. Spent 35 or so years working at hospitals . Winter storm predictions are actually pretty accurate.

To each their own and I'm sure not pushing the NE to those who like to live in ovens. Just want to clarify the prediction issue.
I grew up in New England. Generally speaking you do not have a week or two to prepare for severe winter storms as with a typical hurricane. That was really my point.
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Old Today, 06:10 AM
 
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Hurricaneóthatís it, Florida is off the list. As a New Yorker Iíve always placed Florida on the top of my retirement home search list. In fact I have a another visit to Tampa area already planned in a couple months. But with this major hurricane headed to Florida I can only think living there is too much of a stress and hassle. Time to look for less greener pastures, I guess. Hard to give up the dream. These more frequent and stronger storms I believe are the result of climate change...and I donít see that issue being addressed. Any advice as to where to move that doesnít require hurricane shutters, evacuations and weeks with electricity?
I live in upstate NY. The area is on 2 rivers, with another tributary river nearby.

In '05, '06, '11 we had floods due to heavy rains.

In '11, a nearby town, the county seat, 1300 of 1600 homes in town flooded.

We lived in a trailer park at the time, high and dry ( besides flood waters have to come up at least 3' before the waters could possibly ebter the house), we were without electricity for 8 days, due to the electric power substation flooding.
We lost electric more than the 3 major floods listed, because minor flooding that encroaches upon the substation causes outages.
Two elementary schools were razed and new ones built....both absolutely destroyed by the flooding in '11.

My point IS. Florida may have hurricanes and all, but you dont have to be in hurricane alley to experience flooding and power outages!

We also had hurricane Agnes in '72 hit and flood the area.
We also had 35" of snow fall in just 16 hours two winters ago, which i realize you may be trying to get away from. Nothing quite like the 100" Erie Pa got last winter in just 4 days.
But point here IS anyplace has its faults.

Good luck with your search.

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Old Today, 06:24 AM
 
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Hurricaneóthatís it, Florida is off the list. As a New Yorker Iíve always placed Florida on the top of my retirement home search list. In fact I have a another visit to Tampa area already planned in a couple months. But with this major hurricane headed to Florida I can only think living there is too much of a stress and hassle. Time to look for less greener pastures, I guess. Hard to give up the dream. These more frequent and stronger storms I believe are the result of climate change...and I donít see that issue being addressed. Any advice as to where to move that doesnít require hurricane shutters, evacuations and weeks with electricity?
You are right, better move to Western Kansas.
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Old Today, 06:30 AM
 
Location: annandale, va & slidell, la
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You are right, better move to Western Kansas.
Tornadoes!
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Old Today, 07:00 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I think Dusty was being facetious.
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Old Today, 07:04 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I lived in Florida for 50 years as a kid and an adult.

As far as poisonous snakes, had a meeting with a water moccasin once and a rattlesnake once. Both times when I was a kid and fishing in a canal near where I lived. Had a coral snake in my backyard once. Did not come close to getting bit any of those times.

Never had any problem with a gator or a poisonous spider or a bacterial disease.

For most people, Florida drivers are probably more of a menace.
Including the snowbirds.
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Old Today, 07:09 AM
 
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Hurricaneóthatís it, Florida is off the list. As a New Yorker Iíve always placed Florida on the top of my retirement home search list. In fact I have a another visit to Tampa area already planned in a couple months. But with this major hurricane headed to Florida I can only think living there is too much of a stress and hassle. Time to look for less greener pastures, I guess. Hard to give up the dream. These more frequent and stronger storms I believe are the result of climate change...and I donít see that issue being addressed. Any advice as to where to move that doesnít require hurricane shutters, evacuations and weeks with electricity?
Get an RV and move with the seasons.
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Old Today, 07:26 AM
 
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I grew up in New England. Generally speaking you do not have a week or two to prepare for severe winter storms as with a typical hurricane. That was really my point.

What's to prepare for a winter storm? That's a powder day. I'm in the ski area parking lot for first chair.
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Old Today, 07:45 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I forgot to mention when I was talking about central NY and snow and cold temperatures.

Those who have lived here all of their lives know how to deal with it. It's part of the "charm" of living here. We all know what's coming. Plenty of plows are out doing the roads. Kids enjoy their snow days off. Good hot meals (stews, soups, etc._ and hot cocoa and coffee. We've come a long way in living in this neck of the woods. People helping each other. You get stuck in a snow bank and before you know it you have one or three guys helping to push you out.

Different strokes for different folks, I guess. But I realize that this is where I belong.
I think the same is true for long time residents anywhere. They learn to adapt to, and find ways to mitigate the effects of the less desirable events ( such as natural disasters, unrelenting extremes in weather, temperatures) for both themselves and their neighbors.

I don't think I ever was more proud to be a Floridian than the time after Hurricane Andrew ( 1992) in Miami. As miserable as it was with all the destruction, and lack of the amenities we're all too used to, there were countless examples of people helping each other, working together to make things a little better for those around them. I recall neighbors sharing their generators, dividing up the power so that one neighbor hooked up a communal coffee pot, another hooked up his washer for neighborhood use ( this area was without power for a month after Andrew), phone lines were shared as having a working phone line was sporadic at best. Grocery stores near us gave away the meat and frozen items in their freezers, as they had no way of preserving the food, and neighbors cooked the meat on their grills for a communal barbecue/hot meal. I'll never forget the police officers, and volunteers who spent countless hot, humid hours at busy highway and street intersections directing traffic when the signals were out/ or destroyed, and the folks who would hand them bottles of cold water or drinks as they went by.

One of our neighbors' baby developed severe diarrhea, and her pediatrician recommended Pedialyte, there was none to be had, and after searching everywhere, they asked me to see if the staff at the Children's hospital where I worked might suggest a source where they could find some Pedialyte. When I asked the Director of Nursing about this, she gave me ( free of charge), an entire case of Pedialyte for our neighbors' baby.

There were so many similar incidents like this. And I know the same thing happens in areas ravaged by tornadoes and flooding in the midwest, those folks are resilient and self-starting "get 'er done" folks so we don't hear much about it- as I believe, from what I've seen and heard ( my brother lives up near your neck of the woods in upstate NY) the folks where you are that way as well.
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Old Today, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in deep in Maine
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Hurricane Michael, last year, was a strong Cat 4, if not a Cat 5 when it hit Mexico Beach, FL. I think that is both above a Cat 3 and within the last 9 years.
Sorry. One in 12 years. And yes it was a Cat 4. 140 mph winds. ONE.

Thatís not a sign of increasingly dangerous hurricanes.
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