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  1. #1
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    Hurricane Matthew

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    Hoping everyone in the path of Matthew is okay!! Pax, Sheila, anyone else in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas -- thinking of you and hoping you're on high ground!

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    sheila evacuated and is in a hotel.....praying all are safe
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    As above for all our friends in the path of that thing. Prayers for you all.

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    The news from Haiti is terrible, and I haven't seen anything yet today about the Bahamas but they got hit hard.

    I remember Hurricane Andrew, back in the '90s. My job at the time involved managing direct mail campaigns. I got a phone call from the person who handled our list processing to tell me he was getting ready to fax me a list of all the ZIP Codes in Florida that had been wiped out so we could suppress them from upcoming mailings. A lot of homes and businesses were destroyed. These storms can be so powerful.

    I'm glad Sheila evacuated, not glad that it was necessary but glad she heeded the warnings.

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    Don't know how I missed this. Thanks NY, we are safe and sound and living back in Illinois now. Our condo in FL is up for sale and survived the storm, but the carports are trashed and the docks are under water.

    Glad the other TE'ers are safe and sound... but man NC is a mess right now.

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    Thanks everyone, it was a long week, evacuating with the dogs and worrying about what I would go back to. The storm went through as a Cat 2. I had little damage, a leak around an exhaust fan port, probably created by high winds under the shingles of the roof. A lot of branches and debris in the yard, but no real damage. There was a lot of destruction in my city, though. Mainly giant Live Oak trees falling on houses. Trees in the yard of the people behind me fell on the house and shed next to them. It's like that everywhere. I live in an area with a higher number of trees even for our area. There was some flooding of houses, but only those at very low elevations who lived on the marsh, etc. Houses a block from me were flooded because of that. I got back Tuesday at 6 pm, and the power came on at 8 pm, but had been off since Friday morning. The crew were working on that pole when I arrived. The power pole in front of my house had snapped in two, and lines were down, and still are down, all over the county. Not everyone has power even now.

    Glad you are okay, Pax. Hope it doesn't make it take longer to sell.
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    Phew, Murienn, it sounds bad, but not horrific. Where did you evacuate to?
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    I'm glad you both got through it without major damage. I didn't realize you had already moved, Pax -- I hope your lungs are happier now! Best of luck with the condo sale.

    Sheila, the situation you describe reminds of my hometown after Hurricane Sandy. I was there a few weeks after the storm, so the cleanup had progressed more, but you could still see where there had been trees and power lines knocked down. And the waiting and worrying about damage during the storm and immediate aftermath were terrible.

    Hopefully things will get back to normal soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crankin View Post
    Phew, Murienn, it sounds bad, but not horrific. Where did you evacuate to?
    Smyrna, outside of Atlanta. (Or maybe Buckhead? Hard to tell where one stops, and the next begins). The wealth represented by the many square miles of mansions was shocking. Seriously.

    They've done a great job cleaning up. I shake my head at the people complaining who couldn't get back in before the evacuation order was lifted. There are two ways into the islands. One from the south, one from the north. We were hit by a category 2 storm, and our elevation is exceedingly low. Plus, the presence of massive oak trees and pine trees guarantees damage, downed power lines, and impassable roads. Of course people were not allowed in. The 1800 number for the county gave specific details, and was updated several times per day. There were many shelters to use for evacuation if people didn't have access to a hotel for a week, or relatives to stay with. And still, people came back early, and actually got into riots when they had to sit outside the checkpoints. When people did come in, they slowed the clean-up by at least 20%, and made it more dangerous for those helping with the restoration. Grrr.
    Last edited by Muirenn; 10-13-2016 at 12:06 PM.
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    Well, the stupidity of people doesn't surprise me. From the damage we had after Sandy, I get what you mean about the trees. And we weren't even in the worst area for damage. My street had no damage and I only lost power for 2 hours. But, it was about 2-3 weeks until i could take my normal routes home from work. It was annoying, but I understood.
    I have been to Buckhead, in the 80s. We almost moved to Atlanta (twice). It would not have been a good fit!
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    Sheila, glad you and your property are okay. I missed where you live. Is it St. Simon's Island, by any chance? I have a cousin there who evacuated and returned to minor damage, but nothing too bad, fortunately. My brother in Wilmington, NC fared well. He's been through a lot of storms so everything that's gonna fall in his yard already has! Farther inland was actually hit harder than many areas along the coast with all the river flooding in NC.

    We were safe and sound in the midwest so missed all the "fun".
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    Quote Originally Posted by emily_in_nc View Post
    Sheila, glad you and your property are okay. I missed where you live. Is it St. Simon's Island, by any chance? I have a cousin there who evacuated and returned to minor damage, but nothing too bad, fortunately. My brother in Wilmington, NC fared well. He's been through a lot of storms so everything that's gonna fall in his yard already has! Farther inland was actually hit harder than many areas along the coast with all the river flooding in NC.

    We were safe and sound in the midwest so missed all the "fun".
    Wilmington is in the path of a lot of storms, I'm in Beaufort, SC. Hilton Head got it worse, since it's a barrier island, but our neighborhood sustained a lot of tree damage. Some flooding. I was lucky, had to patch my roof, but my neighbor did it for me. Many downed small (relatively) branches and debris in my yard. The people behind me had 3 huge of their trees fall on the house next to them. Not much has been done, there, though I think the trees fell only on their shed, privacy fence, and the yard itself. Missed the house, I think. Still a huge, expensive mess.

    As an aside, most roads have too much debris on the shoulders for road tires, so I'm sticking to my cx and SS MB. Haven't really seen anyone riding around, either. Just two today, but none before. (One with road tires, one with hybrid or MB tires).

    Have to give kudos to the Mormons. They cut up a giant live oak tree that fell in my other neighbor's yard and hauled it to the curb. They've done this for a lot of people. She is retired on limited income. Probably saved her 2 grand. They cleaned up the small debris in her yard, too.
    Last edited by Muirenn; 10-19-2016 at 07:12 AM.
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