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Old 08-24-2007, 09:06 PM   #16
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I was still living on Florida's west coast during Andrew. That'd have to be it.
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Old 08-24-2007, 09:06 PM   #17
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Shoot, Isabel hit Richmond HARD.


Most of my friends were without power for 1-2 weeks, and the city alone lost 100,000 trees. One house down the street from me had 8 trees leaning on it.

Interesting how much storms weaken once they hit land.
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Damn, sorry to hear that. Isabel died once it reached West Virginia. It may have still been a tropical storm once it hit Maryland, but I've seen many supercell thunderstorms that were much more damaging.
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Old 08-24-2007, 09:14 PM   #19
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Nothing too terrible, fortunately!! We had tornadoes on our wedding day which delayed our leaving, but they weren't in the city so nothing major was destroyed. I've been in other areas of the country during storms spawning tornadoes that destroyed and killed. I won't even get into the winter weather...

I think the worst to happen to me locally was the Southern Great Lakes Derecho of 1998. That was some insane shit! We knew it was coming and we knew we were doomed. I slept over at my friend's house b/c I knew everything the next day would be canceled. The storm system basically classified as a Category 3 hurricane based on wind speeds, ground speeds, and barometric pressure readings. It produced a storm surge on the Lake. Wind speeds were 130mph (that's straight line, I don't think this storm spawned actual funnels, just straight line winds and down bursts). It was a Federal disaster area or whatever. The same storm system had already killed people and left millions without power.

http://www.spc.noaa.gov/misc/AbtDere...311998page.htm
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We're lucky because we're on the same power grid as a water treatment plant, so we had to get our power going. Even so, we went almost 3 days with no power.

I got out of a full week of school though, that was nice
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Oh and then about 4 days after Isabel hit, 7 tornadoes ripped through Richmond. Talk about adding salt to a wound.
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Oh, we also went through this:

http://www.waterfordva-wca.org/gener...3-big-snow.htm

3 feet of snow!
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Old 08-24-2007, 09:33 PM   #23
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Summer '04 when 4 hurricanes hit Central Florida in a period of about a month. No a/c and electricity for a week is absolutely brutal, I hope you guys never have to go through it. Thankfully our house wasn't damages too badly, just some shingles blown away.
Yes, that sucked. And where I live (Tampa) we got off easy. We had no power for a few days, but that was it.

Where were you living then LemonMacPhisto?

The worst part of it was how it was handled at work. We kept getting called in at weird times (middle of the night), the told to go home, then come back (spent one night sleeping on the floor of my office), go home, etc. because the building where I worked was designated a shelter for city employees (basically it was where all the "on call" people like firemen came to eat & sleep, and since I worked in that building I was on call too). It felt like no one knew what the plan was. God forbid if we had actually gotten hit bad.

Like I said, really minor compared to what other people went threw though. We were really lucky.
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Old 08-24-2007, 09:44 PM   #24
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The 1971 Sylmar (Los Angeles) earthquake hit on my 17th birthday on 2/9/71. That was a bad one.

I know, I know, a lot of people on this board weren't even born yet.
I was 20 and living in Torrance...knocked the hell outta us down there, too!
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Gotta be the San Fran quake of 89.
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the pine lake tornado back in July 2000 or the one i watched like 2 months ago or any tornado really(ive seen a few shh).
my friends love to go tornado hunting..i love my friends
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Yes, that sucked. And where I live (Tampa) we got off easy. We had no power for a few days, but that was it.

Where were you living then LemonMacPhisto?

The worst part of it was how it was handled at work. We kept getting called in at weird times (middle of the night), the told to go home, then come back (spent one night sleeping on the floor of my office), go home, etc. because the building where I worked was designated a shelter for city employees (basically it was where all the "on call" people like firemen came to eat & sleep, and since I worked in that building I was on call too). It felt like no one knew what the plan was. God forbid if we had actually gotten hit bad.

Like I said, really minor compared to what other people went threw though. We were really lucky.
Good thing you were okay.

I was in Lake Mary, parts of it got pretty rough, more towards Sanford though. School was particularly crazy that year; I think I missed about a 3-4 weeks that year.

Most of my dad's side of the family was in Miami during Andrew. Thankfully they were fine, but had tons of property damage.
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Various tornadoes, we get plenty every year. I'm basically used to it, and don't let it phase me, but every once in a while, one gets pretty scary. The worst one for me personally, occurred while I was sick with a stomach bug or something. I'd fallen asleep in the afternoon, and when I woke up, it was pitch black and thundering, and hail was hitting my window, and I was still feverish, so I was extra disoriented, and I had no idea what was going on.
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Old 08-24-2007, 10:18 PM   #29
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Blizzard of 1978. link here

I live in fucking Ohio -- we're not supposed to get crap like this.

I lived on a main road at the time and it was closed for days because of the drifting. Less than half a mile away there was a dip in the road. That filled in completely so the road was under approx 20 ft of snow. The electricity was out for several days (I don't remember exactly how long) and because our water came from a well via electric pumps in the house, we had no water in the house either. Luckily we did have a hand pump connected to the well outside, so we were able to get water for drinking and such, for the horses, and for flushing the toilet. And living out in the boonies we always had food, medicine (my mum had a chronic condition and required perscription meds), and candles handy (power outages were not uncommon) and we did have a coal stove for heat. Mostly we just bundled up and waited it out. I remember being very pleased I didn't have school for several days.

A lot of people weren't so lucky. Many had to be airlifted or snowmobiled out of their homes, and 51 people died -- many stranded in their cars.
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I've had the luck of experience earthquakes and tornados. All the earthquakes I can remember were always cool, because I was a kid and nothing in the house got damaged (Northridge earthquake is the biggest one I can remember feeling).

Tornados to me are a helluva lot scarier than earthquakes. I had an F5 tornado pass within 5-10 miles of campus when I was at the university of Oklahoma on the last week of school in 1999. The whole campus was on lockdown, and all we could do is watch the news and see this HUGE mile-wide twisting mass barreling down. For a while it looked like it might hit campus, but then it twisted north. On the drive home after finals you could see this huge scar across the land, and entire neighborhoods were just completely obliterated - down to the foundations:







and yet a block away the houses were fine. A few of my friends lost their houses. A few of them were lucky to be on the side of the street that was relatively untouched, when right across the street houses were leveled. It was absolutely surreal. Luckily my family was north of all the damage in Oklahoma City.

I also got to clean up the aftermath of an F2 tornado that skimmed alongside the Six Flags park I worked at in the summer freshman year of college. That was fun.
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