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0 posted 08-13-2004 01:40 AM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

Where are a million plus people supposed to evacuate to in the face of a hurricane?
Won't they all be stuck in one horrible snarling traffic jam as they try to get away from mother nature?
Guess they can all go to N'awlins?  
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1 posted 08-13-2004 06:14 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Well, the weather here is beautiful right now.
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2 posted 08-13-2004 06:45 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Actually Kacy? You deserve a better answer than that. Where I live (just outside of New Orleans, which is called the Westbank but actually located EAST) there is never a mandatory evacuation issued for the simple reason that it would create panic and the situation you described would result.

So yes, by the time we know we absolutely have to leave, it's already too late.

It's always a recommendation. But there are few who can actually afford to pick up and move inland days in advance--so we try to build well and prepare.  

As well as one can on an island.

I figure it's like living anywhere tho.

There are earthquakes, wildfires, tornadoes, blizzards, and the flooding? That usually happens to those who that ain't prepared for such a thing.

My hugs, prayers and kisses to Fla. with my gratitude for our good weather. I wish we could return the favor sometime, but it only happens to the left of these things and it ain't geographically possible.

Stay safe good friends.
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3 posted 08-13-2004 06:57 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

quote:
Earthquakes, wildfires, tornadoes, blizzards, and the flooding


Actually, all of these things can occur inland, as well.  I've been in middle of the USA states that experienced earthquakes [although not to the degree I've felt in CA] and most assuredly the other four happen right here in Kansas.

I've often wondered where the evacuees go.  All I can truly imagine, though, is a deep, overwhelming sense of everything being bigger than us, and most definitely not being in control of anything.  I've been fortunate and have never had to "run from" anything, although we've gone through some precautionary measures when it comes to high winds and tornadic activity.

It's a good question, Kacy.  And I'll ditto Karen...stay safe, friends.
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4 posted 08-13-2004 09:09 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

grin...actually, I never meant to imply

"earthquakes, wildfires, tornadoes, blizzards,"

are the norm in New Orleans.

(Not outside of my livingroom anyway.)

I was just saying no matter where you live--it's always something!
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LOL...I know.  And it doesn't even have to stem from nature's mighty hand!  LOL...

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6 posted 08-13-2004 11:22 AM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

I wanted to run from my messy kitchen yesterday, it LOOKED like a 'cane had hit. LOL. I hunkered down/battened down/rolled up my sleeves..plunged right in!
Karilea, I'm stayin outta the midwest, you have TOO much nature. Karen, I've been to N'awlins once or twice, remember some tunes attacking me. LOL, a welcome attack.
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7 posted 08-13-2004 02:08 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

I have been watching as I am so concerned about all our Florida friends down there.  Sharon (PoetdeVine) told me her employer had a special building that her and her family can go to if necessary, so I am hoping she headed there because I can't get a answer on the phone.  

I took this from B.C. Tel today, as it's hard to find what is going on up here in Canada, and it is sure a worry about friends down there.



Traffic in the north bound lanes of Interstate 275 on the Howard Franklin Bridge is bumper-to-bumper, Thursday. (AP/St. Petersburg Times, Dirk Shadd)

2 million warned off west Florida coast as storm approaches

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Hurricane Charley zeroed in on Florida's west coast Friday as a major Category 3 storm packing 200 kilometres per hour winds. State officials urged almost two million tourists and residents to evacuate as this city's downtown and neighbouring areas could be submerged under water pushing ashore.
Charley strengthened to a major hurricane with winds estimated at 200 km/h at its core, said Max Mayfield, director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami. The projected track moved slightly to the south, indicating the eye could hit in the Sarasota-Charlotte county area, south of the more heavily populated Tampa Bay area, meteorologist Daniel Brown said.

Gov. Jeb Bush urged residents who hadn't left home yet to stay put.

"This is not the time to be getting on the Interstate. It is time to seek a safe place to be with family and friends inside of your region," Bush said.

Let's all just pray in whatever fashion we can that all will be okay.

For the life of me, I still can't figure out why they build cities where natural disasters occur, I truly can't?  Why?


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That's exactly the photo, the scenario that I think might actually be MORE dangerous than the one MOM will hand out. But if I were there in FL I think I'd be tempted to do the same, unless I had a really well fortified bunker. To stay in a mobile home?
no way! and what exactly is a vehicle, but a 'mobile' home for many of us?  What if they all get stuck on the road?
you know what they say, damned if you do or don't

Good luck to all, whichever choice you make, to stay or go.
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9 posted 08-13-2004 03:54 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

http://www.cnn.com/2004/WEATHER/08/13/storms/index.html

Geez Louise, it is scheduled to hit there around 4:00 p.m. it says, at least CNN is doing up to the minute reporting with e-mail alerts anyway.

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10 posted 08-13-2004 04:10 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

It looks like the force of it has veered towards Ft Myers and Sanibel Island, away from Tampa.
according to a news flash, it hit Ft Meyers with over 60mph winds and then hit Sanibel Island
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11 posted 08-13-2004 09:03 PM       View Profile for Duncan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Duncan

One of my oldest & best friends lives in Ft. Myers.  Of course, I've gotten no answer, either by email or phone.  And so, guess I will wait for him to call me...  
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12 posted 08-13-2004 09:13 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

keep trying, Duncan
good luck!
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13 posted 08-13-2004 09:49 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

All we got today were some thunderstorms and lots of rain. My employer(God bless him) let us out of work at 3:30...but if necessary, I'll have to go to work tomorrow. We'll see...all in all, we didn't get hit badly...though there have been tornado warnings all day. And it's only 10pm here so we still have lots of hours til dawn...


and....there's another storm coming from the east...not sure how that will develop...

Don't worry...phones are working sporadically...but we're ok.

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Whew, thanks for checking in Sharon, I guess a lot of phone lines are out because of the storms?  Hang in there, and just stay safe.  I am not familiar with these things so I hope it passes over soon, and doesn't do too much damage to people's homes, etc.  Very scary from what I saw on our t.v. here so take care.
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15 posted 08-14-2004 12:53 AM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

THANK YOU, MsDevine! I was worried about you.
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I was talking to Susan Caldwell as it was about to hit Jacksonville last night, haven't heard from her since, so I imagine they're without power.  
Yo Myrtle.....you out there????  
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17 posted 08-14-2004 04:46 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

CALLING all hurricane-pathway poets! please check in as soon as you can, so we don't stay up all night worrying.
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Well, if lines are down, and it looks like there are many down...and if all they have is dial-up connection, it could be a day or two before we hear from our Floridians...so...our thoughts continue to be with you all!
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Ya know, I have spent a good part of my life living somewhere on the east coast.  

In, I think it was '86, I was in Newport, RI when Gloria was coming.  We left, and the thing hit right where we went.  We were driving in a hurricane.  That was an experience.  

I grew up in Indiana and have been through a tornado.  They are much worse as you just don't get the forewarning...

Then when I lived in CA. I got to feel an earthquake.  Was only a 5.7, but made me realize, you just don't get warning with them at all.  And its over so fast you hardly have time to find cover.  

If I have to have something, give me a hurricane...

*smiles with glee that everyone seems to be okay*
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20 posted 08-16-2004 12:55 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

LOL, I've lived in the Middle East, Florida, Alaska, Texas, California, Colorado, now Oregon. I'd have to agree with you, we never got any warnings from MOM when those dreadful shakers hit!
Good to read you are OK, Susan!
 
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