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Old 03-09-2007, 12:36 PM
 
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We are from MA and have been looking in the Carolinas. But family considerations and the prices coming down in FL make St. Augustine appealing. We have three small kids. Honestly, if you are not from there would you not move there because of the hurricanes? My family's safety is #1 to me. How does the St. Auggies area fare?

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Dave

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Old 03-09-2007, 12:48 PM
 
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I just googled and found a website showing the statistics for that city - the statistics show it is brushed or affected every 3.68 years, direct hits average every 12.36 years, and will be affected next before 2009. That is according to this site:

http://www.hurricanecity.com/city/saintaugustine.htm

Of course, it's a crapshoot anywhere in Florida when it comes to hurricanes, we just have to take our chances and be prepared. So far that town has escaped anything major but it is a coastal town and just as vulnerable as anywhere here.
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Old 03-09-2007, 12:59 PM
 
Location: New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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NE Florida has about a 1 in 100 chance of a direct impact by a landfalling hurricane.

To put a few things in perspective for St. Augustine, it is American's oldest city, and I've never seen any historical documentation or stories of a hurricane ever making landfall there. There are buildings in the historic district that have been there for hundreds of years.

In all honesty, the odds are probably greater that your house would be ransacked by 18th century pirates, then mowed over by a hurricane in St. Augustine.
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Old 03-09-2007, 01:45 PM
 
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Thank you both. Very helpful info.

Dave
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Old 03-09-2007, 01:58 PM
 
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LOL....Florida Impressions thanks for the visual on the pirates!!!!
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Old 03-09-2007, 02:07 PM
 
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LOL....Florida Impressions thanks for the visual on the pirates!!!!
Yes. I did not express my appreciation for that analogy. It was brilliant.
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Old 03-09-2007, 02:22 PM
 
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I hope people new to Florida understand how much warning there is with a hurricane. You will have a lot of time to go ahead and leave. If you have family up north you certainly could make plans to head up there a few days before it hits land. If it changes course and misses, great. If not, you come back after the power is back and clean up. Your kids get to see Grandma and not the hurricane.

I would much rather live in a hurricane area than tornado alley. The prep time is night and day different.
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Old 03-09-2007, 02:26 PM
 
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Well, I live in tornado alley - Oklahoma. We do have lots of warning in the cities, but there is still much to be desired as warning for little communities. I visited St. Augustine for a week with my granddaughter. If I could live there, I probably would. It was a great place to visit and very friendly people.
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