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Re: storms


I used to have jalousie windows - the narrow glass louvers on my front storm
door.

On a CSI repeat this week they covered a Florida hurricane and discussed
some of the science of it.  One thing they illustrated was that something
flat to the ground won't be picked up.  Admittedly your potted plants aren't
flat, but I think you're right about the shrubbery breaking the wind
(farting?) around the pots.  Unfortunately, in the CSI show, all the rose
bushes were ripped out of the ground or flattened and destroyed by the
storm - except for the one under the victim who was attacked before the
storm.

I know it is rare to find a house with a basement in Florida.  I just
thought it was a possibility because of your elevation.

Kitty

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "james singer" <jsinger@igc.org>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, August 13, 2004 9:41 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] storms


> 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.
>
>
> On Friday, August 13, 2004, at 10:32 AM, Kitty wrote:
>
> > Well, Jim, judging from all the comments you've made about Charley and
> > your
> > location, it sounds like staying may not be such a bad idea.  Still,
> > winds
> > could be rough, so hopefully you have a specific location in your house
> > (basement?) to go to when things get especially rough.  Good luck.
> >
> > Kitty
> >
> Island Jim
> Southwest Florida
> 27.0 N, 82.4 W
> Zone 10a
> Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
>
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