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Old 08-18-2009, 06:58 PM
 
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I just moved here and this is the first time, I live close to natural catastrophe zones (like a hurricane).

Do we feel the effects of hurricanes?
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Old 08-18-2009, 07:01 PM
 
Location: SATX
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Not hurricanes...way too far from the gulf for that. When there are hurricanes or tropical storms in the gulf, the most we have ever had is a bad storm with high winds (not hurrican speed winds though).

We do occasionally have tornados here though.
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Old 08-18-2009, 07:01 PM
 
Location: SoCal-So Proud!
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I just moved here and this is the first time, I live close to natural catastrophe zones (like a hurricane).

Do we feel the effects of hurricanes?
Rarely, but it does happen.
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Old 08-18-2009, 07:01 PM
 
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Directly? No.

Indirectly? Yes but very rarely.

By indirectly, I mean, we're so far inland that even with a big Hurricane if it hit the coast between Corpus and Freeport we'd get the outer bands of rain and winds but by the time it got on land and moved in the directs of SA it's be downgraded to a Tropical Storm or Depression. We'd just get winds and rain but mostly rain.

However, even that is rare, maybe once or twice a decade.
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Old 08-18-2009, 07:09 PM
 
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Thanks guys! I was expecting the rain and winds...I just have never been in a tornado area.

This can get interesting!

Thanks for the help!
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Old 08-18-2009, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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most thunderstorms I have expereinced have been in the midwest.

last summer there was a hurricaine that hit around south padre (I think it may have been ike) we did get the outer bands and it was different to me, because the wind came out of nowhere, and it was all one direction (storms where I was, the wind was more circular). It was like a blast of constant wind, and then a short downpour of rain. And that was it....but the downpour was significant. I had to pull off the road.
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Old 08-18-2009, 07:22 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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The natural catastrophes to watch out for in San Antonio (besides the traffic) are flash floods! We can get torrential downpours that cause rapid flooding of otherwise drive creek beds, many of which cross over secondary roads. Heck, sometimes they cross over highways, I've seen 90 West just outside of 1604 completely flooded over! In 2007 we had heavy summer rains and numerous incidents of people getting caught in flood zones, at least one instance I recall was fatal. It isn't that hard to recognize where the dangers are, and most if not all crossings have signs marking the depths of the water at them. It is smart to remember where those are before the heavy rains com so you can avoid those locations!
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Old 08-18-2009, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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If you are lucky enough to be in an area that gets struck my an outer rain band it can be horrible and cause some pretty bad flooding. That usually happens when we get the "wet" side of the storm. I think that's the northwest side of the storm (AnthonySA correct me if I'm wrong..which I probably am).

If we miss out on the rain (catch the east side of the storm) we'll actually get really hot and windy.
That happened with Rita.

There was some storm in the 90s that caused a tornado on the northwest side of town..but that I think was the last tropical tornado we've gotten. We have had tornadoes, small ones, but even those are infrequent..whether they are from tropical weather storms or just plain old thunderstorms.
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Old 08-18-2009, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Universal City, Texas
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If we were to have had Hurricane Ike land around Corpus instead of Galveston we might have felt some hurricane force winds here. Ike created a swath that went up to Arkansas and even Indiana and some of those towns and cities had hurricane force winds above 75 mph. Ike was an exception to the rule.
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Old 08-18-2009, 08:29 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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San Antonio is far enough inland that the chances of experiencing "hurricane force" winds are much less than coastal areas. We do occasionally get some heavy rain and, as M2 mentioned, flash flooding. For this reason, San Antonio is the focal point of Texas' hurricane emergency management activity. The Texas Governor's Division of Emergency Management has established San Antonio as the location for all Heavy Task Force (approximately 500 first responders) action.

--Dim
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