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Old 06-05-2020, 12:47 PM
 
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Hi, fairly recent transplant to Florida currently living in Clearwater.
Question to those who have been through hurricanes- about how far inland would one need to evacuate to be safe during a hurricane?

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Old 06-05-2020, 01:49 PM
 
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There is no one answer to that. It'll depend on ferocity of the storm, direction, speed.

For example, my inlaws evacuated to where they thought they would be safe based on predictions 4 days out from landfall. 2 days later the storm took a turn and where they thought they would be safe was now in the direct path.

Telling you now anything to do with some future hypothetical storm is useless.
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Old 06-05-2020, 02:01 PM
 
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Hurricanes are all different and very unpredictable. We were here in Clearwater for Irma and had no damage ourselves, although there was some in the area. The center went through Lakeland and did some damage there.

We have lived in Florida for a total of 33 years and Irma was the only one that actually touched us. We have been threatened 2 other times, but it didn't happen.

My sister lives near Melbourne and got hit twice in one summer.

I believe high ground is more important than being inland.
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Old 06-05-2020, 04:51 PM
 
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They can tear up the state all the way across nate. Look at what Charlie did in 04. And that was a tiny core system with the strongest winds only about 30 miles from the center.
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Old 06-05-2020, 06:27 PM
 
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Pretty much what everyone has said.

I had a coworker who's wife is totally freaked about hurricanes. When Irma came, they left the state and went to Alabama. The storm headed that way, so they headed east to the Carolinas.

Point being, hurricanes are unpredictable, and their path and size can be difficult at best to forecast.

In almost 25 years of living in this area I've found it's best to just hunker down and batten down the hatches.

I would agree that high grounds far better than being inland.

RM
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Old 06-05-2020, 06:52 PM
 
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Pretty much what everyone has said.

I had a coworker who's wife is totally freaked about hurricanes. When Irma came, they left the state and went to Alabama. The storm headed that way, so they headed east to the Carolinas.

Point being, hurricanes are unpredictable, and their path and size can be difficult at best to forecast.

In almost 25 years of living in this area I've found it's best to just hunker down and batten down the hatches.

I would agree that high grounds far better than being inland.

RM
We moved to Lakeland (from Sarasota) and are now inland AND on high ground. Lakeland is 197 ft above sea level - practically the mountains compared to the coastal cities. And our particular lot is set up on a hill with the house on a raised foundation. For Florida, this is as good as it gets!!!
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Old 06-06-2020, 06:28 AM
 
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We moved to Lakeland (from Sarasota) and are now inland AND on high ground. Lakeland is 197 ft above sea level - practically the mountains compared to the coastal cities. And our particular lot is set up on a hill with the house on a raised foundation. For Florida, this is as good as it gets!!!
I'm not sure I would want to be projecting upwards too much because of the wind exposure. The last house I lived in was surrounded by fairly tall trees which seemed to shield us from a lot of wind during Irma. On at least one side it was heavily wooded, and that seemed to break up the effects of the winds.

In a much stronger hurricane I presume this could be a liability, but based on that experience as well as previous ones that weren't as powerful it appeared to help.

RM
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Old 06-06-2020, 06:34 AM
 
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Thank you everyone for your responses, I really appreciate it. This definitely helps. Being higher ground makes sense.

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Old 06-06-2020, 07:41 AM
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Check your flood plain map and your evacuation zone.
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Old 06-06-2020, 10:16 AM
 
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I remember people trying to escape Charlie by going inland and ran right into it.
Better to hunker down and ride it out scout.
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