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Re: Rita.....needing to vent.

That's what I do here when we get high winds or twirly things in the
neighborhood. Lightweight stuff gets brought in, potted stuff get clustered
for protection. Put up hoses, sprinklers, empty pots etc. Make sure any
trellises are secured well and all that. Fixin' to go feed birdies and make
a mental note of what I need to put up here. Looks like we may get more than
we bargained for.
Noreen, hang in there and I hope Scottie's boat weathers the storm OK. Glad
they're headed to Arlington, but it may get bad up here too. Not as bad as
the coast though.

 On 9/21/05, james singer <islandjim1@verizon.net> wrote:
> My experience, Noreen, is limited to the only hurricane I was ever
> in--in 1952 or 53--and what I've seen from Charley, which was a
> powerful but narrowly constrained storm. Speaking about the wind, the
> main thing, I think, is that stuff close to the ground doesn't move
> much. The farther up you go, the greater the wind influence. So
> minimize potential missiles; take everything down [hanging baskets,
> wind chimes, doo-dads] that could become airborne and put them on the
> ground.
> Plants are you best protection from wind damage. Check the satellites
> and the local radar [http://snipurl.com/hur5] and figure where the wind
> will be coming from. Remember these babies rotate counter clockwise, so
> your initial impact is going to be on the southeast. If you have
> shrubs, hedges, trees on that angle, you may be sufficiently protected.
> If you don't, try to block those windows from flying debris.
> Landfall should be sufficiently west of you to keep you on the good
> side of the storm--minimal worry about storm surge and flooding and
> such; any damage will likely be from wind and rain. Hope you have
> batteries and a radio and water. I've got my fingers crossed.
> On Sep 21, 2005, at 4:17 PM, TeichFlora@aol.com wrote:
> > It's official, it's a Cat. 5 storm now.
> > Just as a bit of interest to the general population, they have shut
> > down all
> > the refineries here in Houston. Two main areas of the US where oil is
> > refined into gas is here and New Orleans. That means 75% of all gas
> > production
> > for the US has been shut down. I'm assuming this can only mean that
> > gasoline
> > prices will increase again.
> >
> > Considering evacuating, since they pointed out that Meridian,
> > Mississippi is
> > much further inland than even north Houston....and that town was
> > flattened
> > by Hurricane force winds. However, pointless now, all highways are
> > literal
> > parking lots....and they are saying that those that absolutely need to
> > evacuate should do so first...makes sense to me. So we are staying
> > put. Not sure
> > what to expect. Freeze warnings you can cover things and put them
> > inside.
> > Flood warnings and rain, you can put things up high. But when you
> > are told to
> > expect floods, tornados, 110+ winds....where do you protect things,
> > how do
> > you protect things?? Neither outside or inside is totally safe.
> > They tell
> > people to evacuate north, but then say that as far north as Dallas
> > will sustain
> > hurricane force winds. Very overwhelming.
> >
> > Thanks ya'll for letting me vent. Jim, any advice? I could use it.
> > Thanks
> > to everyone sending prayers too, I think Texas could use it right now.
> > Noreen
> >
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> Southwest Florida
> 27.0 N, 82.4 W
> Hardiness Zone 10
> Heat Zone 10
> Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
> Maximum 100 F [38 C]
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