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Old 08-29-2006, 05:03 AM
 
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Moving to Kissimmee area in a dozen days.... Coming from Southern California. My Brother and I have been hired as Disney Imagineers, Cg art department. We love water sports of all kinds and everything Disney. All seems quite perfect, and Central Florida a perfect fit, but along comes Ernesto........... ....Now what?

We know all to well about earthquakes,but this is all totally new to us. My question to you veterans of hurricanes is how many Ernesto type hurricanes threaten the orlando/Kissimmee area in a year on average?

We are quite excited about coming out to Kissimmee the Bellalago area on West Toho lake, but this puts a damper on things a bit. I hope you can educate me a bit on this please. Thanks.
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Old 08-29-2006, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Florida but not for long :) :)
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Orlando got hit with Hurricane Charley back in 04. There was damage but when you are inland it isn't as severe as on the coast. You just have to be prepared and watch your local news for changing info. Ernesto is changing by the hour, going west, then going north, then back west. Just keep yourself informed with the weather channel and local channels. Always have batteries, water, a generator and plenty of gas incase!!
Welcome to Florida, hope you love it as we do!
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Old 08-29-2006, 11:12 AM
 
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does anyone know if the Ft Myers International airport will likely be open for landings around 5 pm today or is the weather going to likely shut down the airport?
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Old 08-29-2006, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Florida but not for long :) :)
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Default Good question

I haven't heard anything on the noon news about closing the airport. If I hear anything I will let you know. I am sure they are still operating as of now.
The storm isn't suppose to hit until late tonight, early tomm. morning.
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Old 08-29-2006, 11:22 AM
 
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thanks Bamboosmom. I appreciate any follow-up info since a family member is scheduled to fly in there a little after 5 today. Weather Channel indicates there will be scattered thunderstorms late this afternoon and on into this evening.
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Old 08-29-2006, 11:30 AM
 
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thanks Bamboosmom. I appreciate any follow-up info since a family member is scheduled to fly in there a little after 5 today. Weather Channel indicates there will be scattered thunderstorms late this afternoon and on into this evening.
I would just call the airline.

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Old 08-29-2006, 12:41 PM
 
Location: New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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Relatively speaking Kissimmee (make sure you pronounce it kuh-SIM-me when you get here) is a pretty safe area as far as hurricanes go. While all of Florida has the potential to be affected by a storm from time to time, the center of the state typically sees weather a fair bit milder then what is received on the coast. As a matter of fact, the few times I have evacuated the coast I have always evacuated to Central Florida to stay with family.
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Old 09-12-2006, 09:23 PM
 
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Red face hurricanes....

Nothing is guaranteed in life, no matter where you live. Some hurricane seasons are active and some are not.....but the biggie is if ONE hits YOU! ................................ The best you can do anywhere is prepare. They have storm basements in tornado country..... ............. If you buy a home in Florida, get a solid cement block (exterior) home. I lived in Puerto Rico with hurricanes and that is the ONLY way to go....I don't care what others say. No self respecting Puerto Rican would turn down a cement house if he could afford it......... Try to get a good roof.....they say the best are built in four directions like a pyramid..... Roof tie downs can be used--we did in Puerto Rico--though most Floridians think I am nuts. Get a high and dry house that says it is a non-flood, non-evacuation zone. Hey, you don't need flood insurance and that can get pricey.............. Make sure you budget for some kind of window and glass door protection. Hurricane roll-ups and shutters are expensive.... Hurricane panels are medium priced..... And 3/4 inch exterior plywood properly installed usually works real good........ I would NOT be without my window protection even if I may use it once or twice in several years..... Prepare with food, water, medicine, etc. when you get a serious warning--usually 3 days or less before it hits....do not wait until the day before..... There are even more suggestions on reinforcing your roof, preparing and so on in government pamphlets, newspapers, and on the internet. ....................................I leave it to others and other posts to give you all the juicy on the $%#$ hurricanes, but planning and preparation is very important. New Orleans is lower than sea level for $%$# sakes! Peace.
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