(Closed) Hurricane Irene : Update

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Post # 3
1363 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Praying for you and anyone affected. I hope it veers to where the least possible damage can occur or better yet, I hope it dies!

Post # 4
5788 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

So… most Floridians are not going to think this is a huge deal. Looking at the path right now theres no guarantee its going to hit Florida. Do you live in a flood zone? Pay attention to any evacuation notices. Just put up hurricane shutters if you have them, fill up your tank early and buy some water. The worst part about hurricanes is that it can take days for them to restore electricity (no AC in August = hell on Earth). Do you have any friends in northern or western florida? If you are really concerned (you shouldn’t be yet) you may just want to stay with them. If you wait too long 95 is going to be a nightmare.

Post # 6
7770 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I wish I could help with some advice.  My sister lived in Key West for years and had a lot of stuff ruined!  She moved to New York!  I know she had friends in Miami she would stay with, or Atlanta if things were bad.

Post # 7
1022 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Hey girl, 

It’ll be OK. I’ve lived in South Fl my whole life, and lived through COUNTLESS Hurricanes. All of which sucked…but you get used to it.

My advice would be to fill up your bath tubs full of water before the storm hits. If it does hit you, most likely your power and water will go out- and after a few days of that, you’ll be glad you have water to at least get a sponge bath!  And of course, get food that doesn’t require electricity to prepare (just in case).

I’m sure we’ll be OK though. Just stock up on card games and board games, because you sure go stir crazy after awhile!

ETA: Just saw that you have a generator. You’ll be great then! πŸ™‚

Post # 8
118 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Ditto most of what the other ladies have said! I’ve lived in Florida all my life, so I’ve battled with plenty of hurricanes. (Including Hurricane Andrew, when my house got hit by the eye, and a hurricane that came through, can’t remember the name, as I was driving up the state to move to college). The key is to be prepared, with supplies and knowledge. Have basic supplies on hand (best to do that during the summer before everyone rushes to the stores now when there’s a threat) and just keep an eye on things. Forecasts now a days are pretty good, if it says there’s a good chance it’ll hit it probably will and you need to prepare, same if it says you’ll only get tropical like storm weather and not a hurricane. But if you’re keeping tabs on things you’d have several days notice. Best of luck!

Post # 9
145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’ve lived in Florida all my life and honestly…I’m not too worried. I live in central FL now but I grew up on the west coast. I filled my gas tank and bought bottled water today just in case, and that’s about all I’m going to do. Really it’s just a waiting game now, no point in getting worried or stressed because it’s just too soon to tell where it will go. 

Post # 12
118 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@Eva Peron: So long as you actually prepare and watch out in case it does hit you’ll be fine. It’s the people that “wait it out” in their homes, with no supplies, and no precautions that really have the most problems when things actually happen. I know it’s really hard, especially when you’re just waiting to see what happens. If it makes you feel any better while there tend to be a lot of storms throughout the season very few actually get strong (cat 2 or higher) or hit Florida. Wink

Edit: I didn’t mean to scare you about our house having been in the eye of Andrew. I just meant that’s kind of worst case scenario and we made it. And “hurricane” sounds way scarier than “intense storm”, depending on how strong Irene gets you may not even realize it’s a “hurricane”. When a hurricane hits it can be more difficult to deal with the after affects of a storm (no power, low supplies, damage etc.) than the storm itself.

Post # 13
735 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I live on the Gulf Coast – so I’m not a Florida Bee, but we get hurricanes too.

Being a displaced Yankee, I understand your apprehension.  The good news is that the weather people (while, not known for their accuracy, especially when predicting day-to-day weather) ARE pretty good about issuing warnings and evacuation orders well enough in advance that residents who are in danger areas have time to evacuate.  So if it’s going to be bad, you should have plenty of time to get out of there!

If you’re that worried, give your friends or family who are in the West or North a call now – just to confirm that you CAN stay with them if the need arises. 

But, if you’re going to hunker down; buy bottled water now.  Do not wait, it WILL be sold out – and you’re not going to want to drink your tub water.  Use that for flushing the commode…  Remember that once power is restored you still may not be able to drink your tap water (watch/listen to the news) – if a pumping station lost power, the water may not be safe unless boiled.  Make or buy plenty of ice to fill coolers, the new 3-day coolers will keep food safe as long (or longer than) an older freezer once the power is out. – But neither works well if they are opened repeatedly, so sort your food – things you won’t need often in one cooler/freezer.  Drinks in the other.

Once the storm passes – make friends with/hang out with neighbors.  A lot of people will have perishables in their freezers, it’s better to grill them in a big neighborhood picnic and let everyone enjoy and share them than to let them spoil.  Plus, “Hurricane Parties” can help ease the tensions.  Trees are probably down, it’ll be a while before business are open and services are restored, so make the best of it.  Try to pull together to get some basic clean up done and some of the manageable size branches out of the streets near your house (but double check to makes sure they aren’t touching any power lines.  Safety first!)

If you do decide to head out of town, there’s no shame in that.  I left Houston and drove to Phillidelphia when I heard my first hurricane was coming.  πŸ˜‰  I waited too long, and because of the evacuation traffic it took 42 hours.  21 of those were getting to Baton Rouge!  (I had 2 people, 2 dogs and 1 cat in an extended cab pick up… it was nuts! πŸ˜‰ )  I’ve since, successfully weathered several storms.

Post # 14
2025 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’ve lived in Central FL my whole life. When a hurricane is approaching, we typically just plan a party. “Hurricane parties” are pretty common around here. 

That said, if it looks like one might be heading straight into us, we might pull out a generator and get some gas and some ice, but that’s about it. 

I think people in south FL and the coast typically have to be more prepared than we do. 

Post # 16
1474 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

If you’re even thinking about evacuating, make sure you have a list of all the important things you want to take with you. This way you aren’t scrambling last-minute to pack those photo albums you forgot about.

Tips if you decide to stay:

  • Fill up your car with gas NOW (whether you’re staying or not, this is probably a smart move)
  • Buy bottled water NOW
  • If you’re in a coastal area or live on the water, buy a couple brand new trash cans and fill them both up with water (for bathing, flushing toilet, etc.)
  • If gas is short after the storm, try waking up at 3 or 4 in the morning to go get gas. This was the only way we got gas without waiting for hours
  • If there is a lot of damage in your area after the storm, don’t go outside unless you must. I think I heard somewhere that most storm deaths happen after the storm because of downed powerlines and other dangerous things
  • If the eye goes right over you: don’t go outside in the eye of the storm. it may seem all calm and over, but the back end will hit soon

Ugh. Well, it looks like we might not be getting our hurricane day this year. (We have hurricane days like snow days… if no hurricanes hit we get a day off! πŸ™‚

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