Yes, I only pointed out the assessment was done w/ the enhanced rating
system in the assessment of damage. I tried but wasn't able to find the
particular radar image I had seen once; it was large enough and close
enough to the NWS radar site the eye was clearly visible for quite a
while--that's pretty unusual if not unique.
Sorta', yeah... :)
In my defense... :) --
I was speaking of the case where you don't know/can't see but there's an
active warning in the area in that covers your location--better take
On the other hand, in that instance I saw it form and could tell it was
moving away from us and was sufficiently distant as to not present an
imminent threat to us. It was, in fact, only partly cloudy locally at
the time the sun was still out on us.
Ah,I went through three hurricanes in a month and a half in 2004.
Charlie was the first and worst. (Orlando area,not near a coast)
In an apartment.(on the 2nd of 3 floors.) No real damage to building,me or
No power for 7 days,in 90plus weather.
there really wasn't anywhere TO go to avoid the hurricane,it came right up
the length of Florida.You could end up worse off then if you stayed
home,unless you live near the coast.
I suppose I could have gone to one of the school shelters....YUK.
Was it Charlie that took a hard right turn and didn't go where it was
expected? We only went about 5 mi from coast, higher elevation, first
floor of motel (in case the roof came off), quart of Jack Daniels.
Hubby wouldn't evacuate, and that kind of took the edge off trying to
save much of my "stuff"...girlfriend, terrified of hurricanes, supplied
the refreshments. Learned during that storm who, of my neighbors, were
all balls and no brains :o) Since I'd seen stuff blowing around at 70
mph, I didn't want to wait around for 15' (or more) storm surges with
100 mph wind...hubby wanted to save his boat, and I didn't want to watch
him get crushed to death or drown. 15' storm surge where I lived would
flood the upstairs neighbor. 20' waves? Why do some people need to have
ya' draw a picture?
Depends on what you're used to.
Visitors or recent immigrants to the Gulf Coast have a completely different
conception of hurricanes. Generally, when a storm enters the Gulf, these new
arrivals look down and say: "Feet, make tracks!"*
The rest of us stock up on strawberry pop-tarts and beer, then plan our
* One of the more amusing incidents occurred during Hurricane Rita. Hundreds
of thousands (literally) tried to leave the area, clogging the highways
beyond description. They rode out the resulting tropical storm in their
automobiles, some no more than 20 miles from home.
higher elevation) about 5 mi. Our neighbor went all the way to east of
Tampa and got smashed .. Hurricane Charlie?
The thought of any major relocation, such as the terr'ists nuking a
city, is really, really scary. There'd be lots more of "us" killing
"us" than terr'ists killing us. Only have to shop for bread and milk
during a blizzard warning to figure that one out :o)
I think our water table is far too high for that. ...at least on this street.
Our tub has a huge glass window over it. We hang out in a closet in the
center of the house, with the hallway closed off at each entrance. Again, the
idea is to get out of the way of flying debris. A direct hit is Oz time.
I gotta get one. I haven't liked any I've seen, for various reasons. The
last couple of times I was in Frys, they had none. No one carries them around
here. ...at least I haven't found them.
A tornado, or straight-line winds? That's pretty narrow for a tornado, though
anything is possible.
On 7/5/2011 7:22 PM, email@example.com wrote:
It was a tornado, about 4 or 5 blocks (narrow end) wide here. Next block
toward the center trees were mostly OK.
Last year (or year before) there was an unusual tornado with
temperatures in the 50s or 60s that was about a short block wide. It did
a good job of taking down trees (little damage to houses unless they
were hit by a tree), and was headed for downtown and pretty near before
A number of years ago the warning system sucked. The tornado, if there even
was one, could be three counties over. Very recently, they've vastly improved
the system such that the warnings can be isolated very narrowly, based on the
Doppler radar returns. The first year we were down here ('08) we had sirens
go off every couple of nights for a while; likely two dozen times that spring.
Last year, none. This year, once, the night of the Tuscaloosa, Birmingham,
Huntsville, and Lake Martin (the one close to us) tornadoes. Like I said,
things changed, very recently. If they go off now, I'm not farting around!
On Sun, 3 Jul 2011 13:33:30 -0700 (PDT), internaughtfull
Only hottubs or amazingly big bathtubs can hold two people. Even the
bathtub in my 1930 luxury apartment building would not have been able
to hold two people and lower the plywood to the top of the tub.
It's hard enough for me to tuck my 5'8" body totally into a tub.
Plus what Larry and Norminn said.
On Sun, 3 Jul 2011 13:33:30 -0700 (PDT), internaughtfull
Although the news is often talking about people who protect themselves
in the bathtub. I think they are just lucky,. and they're near the
wall on two or three sides. Just like a door way is safer than the
middle of the room.
Not Me. Underground!
We live 60 miles from Joplin and our three regional TV stations are
from the Joplin area. I believe present death toll is 156. We hear
from all stations that a lot of the folks, who didn't have underground
shelter, did everything right. They got into interior rooms,
bathrooms, closets, bathtubs, etc. Many of these people did not have
a chance with the magnitude of that tornado. Bathtub and plywood
would have been little protection. One of KOAM TV's news anchors went
to his small utility room and squeezed himself between the washer and
a closet wall. He survived but is still under medical care.
A cast iron bathtub - without the lid you mention - is a pretty good shelter
for random neighborhood gunfire.
Depending on where you live, gunfire may be more prevalent than tornadoes,
e.g., Chicago vs. Kansas.
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