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Re: storms

Hi, Auralie.

First hurricane I witnessed was one in New Orleans circa 1991. Next was a biggie in Apalachicola in 1992 ["C" something, maybe Camille]. And you're right. Most NATURAL DISASTERS are not. I grew up in SoCal; when I was 6 months old, my mother took with her when she went shopping in Compton, California. According to her, when we were in a shoe store, an earthquake leveled about half of Compton's downtown [which is on the San Andrea's fault line.

As a teenager--and weary of that family retelling--I remember telling her "and Compton's the better for it."

On Friday, August 13, 2004, at 12:00 PM, Aplfgcnys@aol.com wrote:

Jim, I weathered (pun intended) several hurricanes in my Florida youth. In
those days we
didn't have warning systems like today, and nobody told us to evacuate. I
remember one
in Pensacola about 1950 that blew pretty hard and messed things up a bit -
the biggest
problem was being without power. And another a few years earlier than that
when a
whole row of houses at Jacksonville Beach just toppled over on their fronts
the sand had been washed out in front of them. But mainly people just did
what you
are doing - picked up anything loose like planters and outdoor furniture. I
that at Pensacola Air Station where I worked the bus-stop shelters all had
large cement
blocks at each end, with a big metal hook set in each block. When a big blow
threatened, they had cables like huge bungee cords that looped over the tops
of the
shelters and attached to the hooks. But the big difference between now and
then is
the sheer number of people involved, the places they have built, and the sort
of buildings
they have put up. The potential for damage is much greater than 50 years
ago, but
I wonder if the number of traffic accidents caused by a panicky evacuation
could be
less than the storm damage. It sounds to me as if you have things pretty well
under control. Hang in there!

In a message dated 08/13/2004 10:42:42 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
jsinger@igc.org writes:
What's a basement?

Seriously, our house has small jalousie windows [jealous widows, we
call them] that the wind can throw a tree limb or something through but
probably not bow enough to break. And then, we have planted a jungle
around the house, so that will be something of a windbreak and barrier
to flying objects.

The only thing I find somewhat worrisome is that Ms. Fatma likes to
grow things in pots and hanging baskets, so we've tried to set most of
these on the ground amongst the shrubberies [with a tip of the hat to
Monty Python] on the theory that the wind will be so broken up at
ground level that it can't do much damage. And we put a new roof on the
house a couple of months ago, so that's not likely to suffer damage.

And this morning, I picked all the remaining avocados from the tree,
thereby reducing the number of potential missiles.

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Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.0 N, 82.4 W
Zone 10a
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]

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