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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-13-2004, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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anyone been in a hurricane?

hurricane is hitting near me, wondering if anyone experienced it, i don't want anything to happen to my ride


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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-13-2004, 02:09 PM
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anyone been in a hurricane?

I've been in a hurricane...they're cool...unless it's a 4 or 5...then you need to drive your happy ass inland...probably to GA or AL...depending where you're at. If the winds are up to like 108 or higher...I'd leave.
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post #3 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-13-2004, 02:19 PM
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How far are you from the projected path? Close to the shore? Inland?

In my somewhat limited experience with hurricanes (NC, VA, New England--nothing "hurricane strength" but close), the two biggest problems you'll encounter are flooding and falling limbs.

If you're in a flood prone area or anywhere near the FL west coast (say up to 20 miles), Get Out! Otherwise, if you've seen standing water during past rainstorms in your area or have had localized floodings in the past...8-10 inches of rain is going to make it a helluva lot worse. This seems like common sense, but I see morons stuck in floods up to their car roofs on the news all the time because they didn't follow basic flood safety warnings.

As for limbs, well, you'll run that risk no matter where you are. Depending on how close you are to the path, there will be A LOT of flying stuff through the air, branches, street flotsam, etc... Plus, don't park near a tree on the street. Saturated ground+winds=fallen tree. Even in Northern VA (where I live) during Isabell last year, there were numerous people who had minor damage to their cars from falling limbs and the like. The wind blew over a couple trees in my neighborhood and a power line landed on someone's Benz. And that was a weak tropical storm by that point.

So, cover your car (if you can), find a garage, or just hope and pray. Scratches can be fixed (relatively) inexpensively or a tree falling on your car will be covered under comprehensive (Geico sends out notices to their subscribers in the hurricane path about what is and isn't covered). But floods....BAD. And I don't think your insurance will pay for that.

Either way, a car cover (even a crappy one) would probably be in order.

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post #4 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-13-2004, 03:28 PM
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Cat 4 hurricane. Hopefully he won't reply to us.
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post #5 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-13-2004, 03:47 PM
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anyone been in a hurricane?

I'm in Sarasota....6-7 miles from the coast. We're going to ride this one out. Looks like it's hitting Ft. Myers in Cat.4 status and should go to a 3 inland. Peace.
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anyone been in a hurricane?

I'm in Miami so I'm relativley safe. I went through Andrew though and that was definetly not fun.

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anyone been in a hurricane?

i'm up in nc...its suppose to hit us tomorrow, but my bets are that it will be a tropical storm by the time it hits us...good luck guys in fl...
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post #8 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-14-2004, 12:00 AM
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missed me!

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post #10 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-14-2004, 02:17 PM
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here in miami i went through andrew.. definately not fun.... and then went thru a couple of smaller ones, ,thank god this one missed us down here
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