Thanks Jim, this is great info. That's what they kept saying that the
smallest item could become a missile and do serious damage....so I'm thinking my
entire yard is an artillery.
So if it is on the ground it is fine??? What about benches?? I brought in
all the bonsai pots, and took down all the orchids and bromeliads in the
trees that were not anchored and brought them in. Heavier hanging baskets I just
set below the trees. I'm so glad to hear that I don't have to bring in
every single pot. Geesh. If you think of anything else, please let me know. I
hate to do things that are unnecessary when so much needs to be done.
My back yard faces due south. Right now all the computer models bring the
storm right into the gulf area directly under us. I live SSE of Katy, Tx. in
the line of the path. Matagorda is the closest beach to us, where we always
go fishing. Poor folks, that is such a pretty area, but at least not as
populated as Galveston. They still say there will be a serious storm surge going
through all the coast east of Matagorda though. All of Houston is on the
dirty side of the storm either way.
On a good note, they showed earlier that there were trucks at Pet stores,
etc. evacuating the pets at Vet offices and pet stores. Was glad to see that.
Thanks Jim for the advice and the info, much appreciate it. Our local
stations have been bringing information non-stop all day with updates and advice
on a constant basis, but all was too vague about someone with a garden.
Texas Gulf Coast
In a message dated 9/21/2005 4:04:02 PM Central Standard Time,
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
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.
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