Taking Precautions

 Posted by at 1:00 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 092018

All of the weather forecasters are saying that tropical storm Florence is more than likely going to blow up into a category four hurricane and hit the Carolinas sometime this coming week. None of the models show it making landfall here in Florida, but we are going to see high surf and some heavy rain.

Besides Florence, we have two other storms far in the Atlantic that don’t look like they’re going to be a problem for us, but you never know. And we still have a few weeks left before the end of hurricane season.

Just in case, we are taking some precautions. We are well-stocked up on bottled water, we have our two Honda generators, nonperishable foods, and today we are going to go down and fill our four 5 gallon gas cans. In addition, all of our vehicles are full of fuel and the 20 gallon tank on my pontoon boat is also full. So if power was to go out for an extended period of time we can siphon from them if necessary.

This is our third hurricane season here in Florida. In October of 2016, while our house was in escrow, Hurricane Matthew came through. And then in September of last year we had Hurricane Irma. Both times we evacuated, but I guess we are becoming real Floridians now because unless something looks really dire we don’t plan to do anything. Most people around here laugh at folks that flee from a category two or even a category three storm.

We will just stay home and ride out the storm. There is something to be said for having a barrier island and the mangroves of Mosquito Lagoon between us and the ocean.

Of course, if things change and something major is headed directly at us, all bets are off. I’d run from a fight with a 12-year-old girl so there’s no way I’m gonna stick around and try to do duke it out with a big hurricane.

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Thought For The Day – Sure, there were times I questioned my parenting. But on the other hand, there were times when I questioned my kids’ childing.

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  3 Responses to “Taking Precautions”

  1. Hurricanes are very unpredictable. Last year, we made the wrong decision to stay in place for Irma and it came right over us. We stayed because it was supposed to go across the east coast. I went into Cape Coral with a cleanup crew in 2004 after Charlie. It was baring down on us, and then went east following the Peace River.

    But if you’re in an evacuation zone, go. Early. At least out of the zone.

    The one thing I look for is the staging area for the emergency workers. The Florida emergency team is really good about determining where it expects to be safe, and stages its people and equipment at hotels. I don’t understand the process, but when I see the trucks in my area, someone with much more knowledge of hurricanes has weighed in and I feel safer where I am.

  2. A few weeks left until the end of hurricane season? I looked & it’s only September.
    I though that season ran until December.

  3. Rob, the hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th each year, which is the period of time the ocean waters are warm enough to feed the tropical disturbances. Right now, the first half of September, we are in the most active time for development of tropical storms and hurricanes!

    I feel compelled to add something to this discussion. I’ve been in the Houston area all my life. I know that we must pay attention to where the eye comes ashore, the potential storm surge, and how fast the winds are, but we also have to consider how quickly a system moves through. If it sits on us and stalls, we can be in big trouble. I’ve learned that we don’t have to have a full-fledged “hurricane” to suffer terrible damage.

    In 2001, Tropical Storm Allison dumped rain on Houston for five days, with nearly 37″ recorded at the Port of Houston. Allison never made hurricane status, and yet it caused about $8.5 billion in damage in 2001 dollars.

    Of course, 2017’s Hurricane Harvey is the most recent example of a stalled-out weather system here in the Houston area, where it just sat on us. While its winds were downgraded to “only” a tropical storm here in Houston, it continuously rotated moisture in off the Gulf of Mexico over several days, feeding into rains that drowned much of our region. Harvey was the wettest “tropical cyclone” on record in the United States, killed 106 people, and caused about $125 billion in damages.

    My point is that we have many variables to consider besides the CATEGORY of storm headed at us that will help us decide whether to hunker down and wait it out, or evacuate. Please just stay safe whatever you do.

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