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Old 05-06-2006, 07:03 PM
 
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I was born and raised in the Cleveland, Ohio area. I did several years in Kansas, tornado alley.
I've seen snow and tornadoes do a lot more damage and uproot your life for longer than most hurricanes.
What happened in New orleans was more man-made (levees) than hurricane, but the rest of the Gulf did get devastated. There's no happy ending to a Cat. 4 or 5 storm, of course.
What you;ll find is that new construction in FL is built perfectly safe. So is a lot of old construction. I'd go for an older concrete home.
The ROOF is the key factor. I'd have a really good contactor or roof specialist look it over well before buying a new house.
Second big factor is windows. I'd spring for the hurricane resistant glass - it's reinforced and sold as to be hurricane safe.
Third factor, go for an enclosed garage, if possible. You want room for an air mattress and a cooler...just kidding. Enclosed, attached garages saves a lot of lives here in Miami during Andrew in '92. It was a good safe zone. One friend, the rest of her house was roofless, but that garage - where she huddled with 4 kids, includinf a 6 week old infant - held up.
I made it through a couple rough ones last summer with Wilma and Katrina (people forget it hit here first and caused a lot of less dramatic damage). It was kind of like the old snow days up in Ohio for about a week.
After seeing what the Gulf Coast went through, I was ready for anything with Wilma. I live in a 3 story condo. I had mapped out a way to get to the roof, if needed. I had my supplies. Put my kid in a walk-in closet with his mattress and a flashlight. What I did not count on is nearly losing the sliding glass door and having to throw a bunch of furniture in front and back to hold it in place.
No matter how well you plan, there will be complications, of course.
You ride it out or get out of Dodge, if it's too much drama for you.
I'm looking to leave Miami right now, but for quality of life issues, not hurricanes. I'll resettle elsewhere in FL.
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Old 05-07-2006, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Johnson's Neck-O'Neil, FL
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More severe cat 4-5 storms have hit New York City since 1900 than have hit the northeastern quadrant of Florida. This is a little known fact. However, we in the NE part of the state have still been repeatedly buffeted and grazed by storms that are a big nuisance and some cost mainly on powerline repair and tree removal. We are taking down (before summer) a humongous water oak in our yard that is totally dead. the cost? $4200!!! (A big crane will be necessary to get this mother out!)
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