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Old 08-15-2014, 07:51 PM
 
Location: St. Petersburg, FL
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our airline was very insistent we get out while they were still flying,
Not sure I'd want to fly with an airline that tells me to get out before they safely land the plane.







j/k.....I know what you meant
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Old 08-17-2014, 11:29 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Our family evacuated when hurricane Elena hit in '85. We had a house on the water near Shore Acres. My father took us to a luxury resort in Orlando to wait it out. We had a nice vacation.
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Old 08-18-2014, 06:15 AM
 
Location: Historic Gulfport
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We're newbies to FL. Re: evacuation plans....ours is to leave if something major is predicted coming our way, but my q. is: where to go?? I'm a weather nut, so I've watched plenty of hurricane path predictions go wildly wrong.

We have relatives in Ormond Beach (nr. Daytona) and we've mutually agreed that if either of our homes is in a projected path of a hurricane, that we'll head to the other family's house. BUT, after visiting them last month, the midday weekend traffic around Orlando (I-4) was awful and I can't imagine what'd it be like if there were evacuation orders on either coast.
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Old 08-18-2014, 07:37 AM
 
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I am a FL native, having lived in Tampa, Dade City, Lakeland and the longest in Sarasota/Bradenton. I have never had to evactuate. The neighborhood I live in now is waterfront, and I have asked neighbors who have lived here for decades, and they have never had to evacuate. Of course, there is always a first time, but it would have to be serious to leave, because so many people get stuck on the road, roads shut down, rain/wind too hard to drive, stations out of gas, hotels fill up, etc. Almost better to stick it out at home.
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Old 08-18-2014, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Tampa, Fl
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We're newbies to FL. Re: evacuation plans....ours is to leave if something major is predicted coming our way, but my q. is: where to go?? I'm a weather nut, so I've watched plenty of hurricane path predictions go wildly wrong.
There was one year that a hurricane was predicted to hit Tampa directly and hard. My grandparents and uncle loaded up their car and headed over to the east coast to avoid the hurricane. The hurricane never came to Tampa. It did, however, hit the east coast pretty hard.

The one thing people should be aware of when the news reports hurricanes is the "sponsored by" portion right before. "This hurricane weather report is sponsored by Lowe's." "This hurricane weather report is brought to you by Home Depot."
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Old 08-18-2014, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Historic Gulfport
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Yeah, that's my fear: bug out based on the forecast, and end up where it really lands. My husband's already bought a generator, so my guess is we'll stay put unless it's a Katrina strength storm with a bulls-eye on us.
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Old 08-19-2014, 12:34 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Twenty-eight years in FL, never evacuated.
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Old 08-25-2014, 12:23 PM
 
Location: mad beach fl
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Yes we have I am on the gulf... the only thing I did not like is that I must take my entire family and my pets to another location with cages for pets, food its just impossible... unless its a catgory 4 or 5 then I will stay... my house is steel... its not that great we have not had a bad one since 1984 Charlie.
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