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Old 02-16-2012, 03:21 PM
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In 2004 during a hurricane our neighbors put on their motorcycle helmets, went in their master closet and drank wine.
9 months later....nothing happened.
Yeah... we forgot to come out of the closet.

wait.. wut?
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Old 02-16-2012, 03:26 PM
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As a Florida native, I've been through several hurricanes in Florida (Andrew was by far the worst), the Bahamas, Belize and North Carolina.

You should not fear these storms, but conversely they shouldn't be taken lightly either. The nice thing about hurricanes (as opposed to tornados, earthquakes, tsunamis, etc.) is that with modern technology it is possible to start preparing for storms well in advance. Simple things like having an evacuation bag packed (with prescriptions, important documents, extra cash if the ATMs are out), plenty of supplies on hand (such as batteries, flashlights, canned goods, botled water,gas cans with gas, portable radio, extra ice in the freezer in case power is out for a few days, etc.), and an understanding of where the safest point in your house is located (no or few windows) can all make hurricanes tolerable. If you can afford a small generator (make sure you have gas too in case the pumps are out) it will make you more comfortable.

When I lived in the Keys we used to load up on canned goods (I remember lots of Spam!) during the winter so that we were prepared for hurricane season in the summer/fall. Usually we wouldn't get hit, so we ended up eating lots of canned foods all through late fall/winter/spring.

Give them a healthy respect and hurricanes are nothing to worry about here (New orleans is a different story!).

As far as lightning storms, no need to stress about them. Unplug your appliances, computers and TVs, and relax. When I lived in Panama we lived on a small island that was 90% rainforest. We received over 200 inches of rainfall annually and lightning storms that put any Florida storms to shame. We would close the windows, open the blinds, and witness nature's beauty--lightning displays are beautiful.
Good advice, I know we kept ourselves prepared in the same manner. Oh boy...what a year 2004 was. I'll never forget it. And sitting in the lanai, not a good idea with lightning; you have windows in it or not, you've got metal and you can get struck. Take precautions when it comes to lightning. I almost got struck twice when I lived in FL.
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The last thing I would do is put headphones on! In order to hear whatever one is listening to, the headphones would have to be plugged into something electronic. We unplug ALL of our electronics when lightning threatens. I can't imagine what might happen if the house took a close or direct hit from lightning. What we DO do is leave an inexpensive television on so that we can follow the storm's path. We have a surge protector on the main electrical box and others on some appliances, etc. But, we have been told that should our house take a direct hit by lightning none of these will protect us totally. We know of several people who have lost appliances and electronics because they didn't unplug them during thunderstorms. I suppose you COULD have headphones plugged into a device that is battery-powered. We all have our own ways of dealing with the severe weather here and what seems to work for one person may not for someone else.

I agree wholeheartedly about NOT sitting in a lanai during these storms. They say that lightning can hit from 15 miles away and there is NO protection in a screened lanai. It just amazes us to look out our sliders and watch people teeing off with thunder and lightning near.....we will never risk our lives to get a golf game in. People die down here on golf courses all the time.
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I unplug the expensive electronics and plug in the cheap TV to hear the latest news. If there is a power surge and cooks the cheap TV, well, there is my excuse to throw it away
If the power goes out, I have a portable radio that is solar powered with battery backup.
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Old 02-16-2012, 06:13 PM
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Avoiding the brunt of hurricanes moving across our penensulla (east to west or west to east) was a major factor in my decision to live here in beautiful north central Florida.
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I unplug the expensive electronics and plug in the cheap TV to hear the latest news. If there is a power surge and cooks the cheap TV, well, there is my excuse to throw it away
If the power goes out, I have a portable radio that is solar powered with battery backup.
We think alike, George!
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In 2004 during a hurricane our neighbors put on their motorcycle helmets, went in their master closet and drank wine.
9 months later....nothing happened.
I guess it was not a "happy ending"
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Debjim I am still waiting for you reply as to where in central pa you live I told you in the past I was born and raised there I find yourposting to be related to weather are you trying to convince everyone that central has great weather what about the wind and storms and lets now forget about the snow and ice. Get a hold of yourself or do you live in one of the old iron ore mines. Pa isn't the best weather.
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