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Have You Been Through a Hurricane?

As Tropical Storm Gustav makes its way toward the Gulf Coast, practically three years to the day after Hurricane Katrina hit (which I myself experienced firsthand), I'm feeling pretty uneasy. The storm has already killed 11 people in the Caribbean and is projected to hit Louisiana and the Gulf Coast on Monday. Yikes. I'm sure plenty of you have been through one hurricane, if not several. Have you? How do you prepare your home for an impending storm? Do you pack up and leave, or do you stick it out? Has anyone been affected by a storm this year?

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Cucucita Cucucita 9 years
i am also from florida miami in-fact and i dont know if you all remember Hurricane Andrew in 1992 that DESTROYED miami i was only 9 but i remember hiding in the bathroom with my mom dad 2 cousins and 4 fam friends ready to tie ourselves to concert pillars in my house because we thought it was going to fall its was one scary storm luck nothing happened just 2 broken windows and we lost all of our trees roof tiles after that i have been through a countless number or hurricanes even one that followed me to washington DC when i was in school there and one earthquake but the scaryes i must say was when i got stuck in a hurricane a few years ago on a boat in the middle of the ocean between miami and the bahamas
bento-barista bento-barista 9 years
So. Fla. is like hurricane central. We get em all, pretty much.
devils devils 9 years
I live on the shore in New Jersey, and we tend to not get hurricanes head on. However, there are a few times we get some nasty remains of tropical storms. I think the last one we had, that concerned the area a lot was Floyd a couple of years ago. I think about 6 years ago? Other than that, we haven't had anything major hit us thank goodness ^_^
HelenKeller HelenKeller 9 years
I went through many hurricanes. OHKATE A hurricane can go through tiny islands, just ask the The difference between a typhoon and a hurricane is one is in the Pacific and the other is in the Atlantic. Same kind of storm though.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I have never been through a real hurricane but the remnants of one since I live in the northeast. Just that is horrible so I couldn't imagine going through a real one.
nolasiren nolasiren 9 years
From New Orleans and have lived here forever. It's home. I'm evacuating Saturday morning and spending the time up till then working and then packing up the office and then my apartment. Besides the clothing, water, flashlight, canned goods, radio etc necessities, the general rule here is: pack like you are never coming back. Take what means the very most to you (pictures, your or your kid's artwork, your wedding or prom dress, scrapbooks, anything special that can't be replaced) and what you need for insurance and living purposes (policies, birth certificate, mortgage or rent paperwork, resume, social security card etc). Take what you can't live without or what you would need to start living elsewhere and kiss the rest goodbye. Oh and if you have a pet take it with you! Or me and the rest of the world will hate you.
thelorax thelorax 9 years
I was staying at Rehoboth Beach in Delaware when Hurricane Dennis made its way up the coast. Our curtains spent the night plastered to the ceiling, and when we woke up, the waves were crashing INTO the exterior wall of our hotel. Time to go!!
Gatito Gatito 9 years
I'm in New Orleans now(and was for Katrina) and as Gustav potentially approaches the Lousiana coast, it's all that anyone can talk about. Everyone is out preparing. Most of us have both an evacuation plan and a "ride-it-out" plan. Post-Katrina preparation is certainly much different than the steps we took before that day and the days after that ruined so many lives. Everyone takes approaching storms much more seriously than before. Of course, the flood that came after the storm was what caused the lion's shares of the damage. We're all praying that the levees hold this time around.
baltimoregal baltimoregal 9 years
I was in Gloria and we lost power for weeks. We were well away from any water so stayed put but I don't think riding out a major hurricane is a good idea, especially if you have pets. Tha major thing is water, water water. Filling bathtubs & sinks so you can flush the toilets, and having plenty of jugs to drink. Also packing the extra space in the freezer with bags of ice will help food last longer- you can put some in the fridge if the power stays off and you can also melt it for drinking.
jspeed jspeed 9 years
Hugo in Myrtle Beach (but I was only 9 so all I rembmer is hiding under a table while my parents and grandparents boarded up the windows). Also practically drove through a tornado a couple years ago in MD. There's nothing like cowering in your car watching it cross the road in front of you! I actually wished I had a camera!
aoitenshi aoitenshi 9 years
Living in the Philippines means I experience several hurricanes in a year, unfortunately. I'm pretty used to it, but I hate it, especially when it gets scary.
nv27 nv27 9 years
No, but I watched one on the Real World. haha.
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
Yes a couple, the only name i can remember though is Hurricane Bob
chancleta chancleta 9 years
Be in Florida for 28 of my 32 years So I've been through to many to count or remember names
steen steen 9 years
I'm another Floridian (born and raised) and the only really bad ones I've dealt with were the four in 2004. Thankfully, we were in an apartment at the time with relatively few windows so we didn't do much preparation beyond buying some necessities. (Flashlights, batteries, candles, gallon jugs of water, ready-to-eat stuff.) We didn't have power for about two weeks, most of that due to a transformer that was blown. The rest of the city was wrecked. Sadly, my hometown of Fort Myers was hit pretty hard. A lot of the nearby islands were flattened, blue tarps were on virtually every roof, a lot of places were flooded, and, of course, a lot of the woody areas caused damage to nearby neighborhoods. My in-laws, who live near us, have the boards for windows sitting in their garage, as well as a generator and tons of canned and bottled drinks and foods.
LoveSarah LoveSarah 9 years
I went through 4 hurricanes in 2004, and my area was really affected by Fay. Pretty much everyone's house flooded and we are all still trying to put everything back together.
thehappywaftic thehappywaftic 9 years
I have been through 6 but the most notable were camille and katrina. camille made katrina look like a spring breeze.
gemsera gemsera 9 years
Yeah back home in AU there were a couple when I was a kid. Once at our new house when i was 8/9 years old a porta potty flew down the street from the wind and smashed into someones house LOL we thought it was funny. And some tiles came off the roof of our patio (outside) and some poor lady drove around to tell us the roof came off our house. We had to politely thank her and advise it wasnt the house - it was just the patio LOL
amofoz amofoz 9 years
I live in California so thankfully no hurricanes for me!
Ellenora Ellenora 9 years
Nope, I thankfully don't live aaaaaaaaanywhere near hurricane alley. I did live in tornado alley though. Lived through hundreds of tornadoes, no hurricanes. I'm scared of hurricanes actually. I wouldn't know whether to go up to escape the water or down to avoid the winds!
kia kia 9 years
I lived in Miami for 3.5 years. I was seeking shelter from Francis the first week I got there. Katrina damaged my apartment enough that I had to move by time Wilma hit us. I spent a lot of time on campus during both of those events to take care of critters in the labs while power was out. It is weird not being there anymore. The National Hurricane Center is on my old campus, I volunteered with the Red Cross to deal with communities following hurricanes, and I find myself still keeping track of the storms. The big benefit of living there for such a short time period is that my disaster preparedness is still top notch and I owe my hurricane paranoia for that.
robinesque robinesque 9 years
Yes, when I lived in the "hurricane capital of the world" Florida. The aftermath were "good times" in the house, but my youngest son was absolutly terrified.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
My bf was in Jamaica during Ivan, and was injured pretty seriously. Scary times. I live in Ca, so I've only experienced floods and earthquakes...
suziryder suziryder 9 years
Wow, I'm surprised to me in the minority by never having been through a hurricane. Although I was in PA when Hurricane Ivan - by that point it was Tropical Storm Ivan - hit us. We had a 500 year flood, I think it's called; a really bad one, anyway. The Lehigh and Delaware rivers flooded the whole downtown of Easton. But I slept through the actual storm!
Home Home 9 years
Sarabel, you were zip-lining during a hurricane?
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