I have seen no discussion here on the hurricane/TS hitting the east coast. Any one out there affected by this?
You'd think a site where preparedness in case of disaster is discussed often there would be.
With my rejuvenated role as head of the household, this weekend for me was one (well, after a Halloween party) of preparation.
I made a checklist based on ones I saw online and made sure I hit all the bases. I recruited my daughters in the effort and of course my wife help out immensely.
The storm at this writing is going to mostly a wind/power loss event for us, but I feel confident we can handle any turns this storm may make.
Just curious if I'm the only guy in this group affected, and what are other men who are in Sandy's path doing, aside from watching the weather channel.
Being in the thick of it right now... I can say...
I am lucky to have power, and the rate the winds are kicking up I will likely be lucky to have windows by morning.
Sunny, with an expected high of 80 today in California. Kids went to school in shorts and tees. Wife is likely tanning in the yard.
Listening to the news, with its East Coast-centric bent, you would think the world was coming to an end.
Keep us posted if anything exciting happens!
East-centric?? As is should be, lol.
Bastard, that's your weather?? (more lol)
The media always cover more heavily when they're in the middle of it. As expected. On the Texas coast, we get hit by a big storm every few years. Once you get 50-miles or so off the coast -- out of reach of the surge -- its never as bad as it looks. Rain. Mild flooding. Wind will blow some shingles off the roof and knock a tree or two over. Power will be out for a few days.
We may be better prepared for it down here, though. We build stuff with the expectation of getting hit by a hurricane every now and then.
Sunny, 68 high in Texas.
Yeah, its already mid-60's at 10:00. Going home at lunch to check on wife. She may be working on an 'all over' tan in the back yard! May have to cancel my afternoon appointments...
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Ah, to have natural disasters you can see coming...
It looks like one advantage to having to be prepared at all times is they teach disaster preparedness in schools here. You don't look silly for preparing for the Big One whenever when it could come whenever, not just the week the NWS says, so we wrap it into lessons on "stop, drop, and roll" and turning the water off while you brush your teeth.
I'm glad it's this week and not next week. I've got lots of company coming from the East soon. (!!!) Even SFO is a mess today, according to the papers.
After a sunny weekend, the fog is back and weather.com says it's 54 degrees out.
I grew up in tornado alley and now live on the Gulf Coast. I almost prefer the tornados because they come up so quickly and then they are gone. You go to school and come home and it looks like you might get some rain. Next thing you know the sky turns green, cows are being blown across the pasture and you realize this is not just a typical thunderstorm. Usually the tornado is over by midnight or 2a.m. at the latest. I guess I would also prefer a tornado over an earth quaqe, mudslide or other California natural disaster.
Hurricanes are much different. You know long in advance so you prepare, get supplies and clean up all the projectiles from the yard. Then you wait and wait and wait. Like standing with your eyes closed and your stomach muscles flexed waiting to get punched in the gut. You just don't know who the punch is coming from, it could be a professional boxer or a child; it could be a direct hit or a glancing blow.
Yeah, I do have sympathy for those looking at 100-year and 500-year floods. You can't live day-to-day prepared for 100-year floods the way you can for 100-year earthquakes. And you can't evacuate all first floors of valuable things no matter how much warning the NWS gives you.
That reminds me of the time I lived in Livermore, California. Folks here in North Carolina still look at me like I am crazy when I tell them about the drills we kids took in the 4th grade in the event of a nuclear strike.