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Old 08-26-2007, 01:13 AM   #46
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I mean 30 million dollars, not 30 billion. Sorry!
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Old 08-26-2007, 01:18 AM   #47
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I have a friend who is a teacher in Orlando and he was out of work for a few weeks. It was weird that the middle of the state got it worse that we did on the coast for some of the storms.
I remember being in the eye of one of the hurricanes for a solid 20-30 minutes.

What a surreal experience.
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Old 08-26-2007, 01:31 AM   #48
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Do tell! Everything....what does it look like, sound like, etc.

Bug...LOL!! I wish it was all that boring! I take it you live in the Southwest?

I've been to Canada a few times and all I remember is the cold in the winter..and I thought the Adirondacks and Lake Effect Detroit were cold! You guys actually had a tsunami in '29? I take it there was a quake then?

And AngelorDevil, it must take special courage to live in Cali these days. What with you folks pretty much going through everything under the sun! And they say you're overdue for the Big One....along that nifty shallow Subduction Zone that runs directly umder the Hollywood Sign, like, only 5 miles below or something?

(Geez, not to exactly joke around here, but if Hollywood were destroyed by a quake whose fault line ran under the Hollywood sign, the Fox News crowd would go bonkers.


Not that I wish any of this of course. The beautiful parts of Cali must be wonderful indeed if you keep living there, in the face of so many disasters. It must take patience these days.
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There are times when I think it's FYM....

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Old 08-26-2007, 02:59 AM   #50
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Hurricane Wilma
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Old 08-26-2007, 03:17 AM   #51
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Probably the ice storm of '98. We didn't get it near as bad as Quebec did, but we were still without power for three days and the roads were blocked with fallen telephone poles. It was a rather surreal thing.
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You guys actually had a tsunami in '29? I take it there was a quake then?

And AngelorDevil, it must take special courage to live in Cali these days.
Teta, I'm actually in Canada! But, yes, the tsunami was from an underwater quake. It was also a rather large one...over 7 on the Richter scale.
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Do tell! Everything....what does it look like, sound like, etc.
It's like a vacuum of sound. You can see rain and horrible storms in the distance, but it's dead silent by you and completely overcast. The grayest possible gray you can get.

Basically, it's the scene in the horror movie where the music reaches a crescendo, stops, and you know some crazy shit is about to go down.
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well... if we get 2 inches of snow new yorkers act as if it's a natural disaster

i guess hurricaine gloria back when i was a wee lad, but even that wasn't that bad.

i did get 30 inches of snow dumped on me while i was at college... wasn't really a disaster, got 3 days off from class.
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http://www.spc.noaa.gov/misc/AbtDere...311998page.htm
In WI ~ we were part of the 110 mph straighline winds here.....
I can remember running to the basement and hiding out there. Afterwards, I can remember hearing firetruck, ambulance, police car, sirens for hours. We lost electricity for 12 hours on our side of the street..........the houses on the other side of the street were without electricity until mid-afternoon the next day......I can remember extension cords running across the street from houses with electricity to houses without electricity.
We have had a 4.1 earthquake here in 2004. Strange sensation
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either the bushfires of the 93-94 summer, or this drought we're currently in have been the worst.
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[url]In WI ~ we were part of the 110 mph straighline winds here.....
I read through that link ... I don't remember that, even though I was living in southern Wisconsin at the time! Maybe I just chalked it up to another bad storm. Weird!
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Hurricane Fran in 96 & Hurricane Floyd in 99 - although, truth be told, the worst of Floyd's flooding was for folks further up the coast. Still, the NE Cape Fear River crested at something like 10-12 feet above normal if I remember right. Funny, you can drive through Pender County even now, along homes near the river & immediately tell those who rebuilt after Floyd... their houses sit about 15 feet above ground now.

The bad news for the Wilmington area is this, though: we're due for our own Andrew or Katrina. I hope I never see it in my lifetime, but the chances are actually pretty good (to my simple mind) that we'll catch our own Category 4 or 5 storm in the next 10-15 years. I just hope I'm not still in working insurance when it happens.
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Hurricane Fran in 96 & Hurricane Floyd in 99 - although, truth be told, the worst of Floyd's flooding was for folks further up the coast. Still, the NE Cape Fear River crested at something like 10-12 feet above normal if I remember right. Funny, you can drive through Pender County even now, along homes near the river & immediately tell those who rebuilt after Floyd... their houses sit about 15 feet above ground now.

The bad news for the Wilmington area is this, though: we're due for our own Andrew or Katrina. I hope I never see it in my lifetime, but the chances are actually pretty good (to my simple mind) that we'll catch our own Category 4 or 5 storm in the next 10-15 years. I just hope I'm not still in working insurance when it happens.
I thought you'd say that $400 restaurant tab from New York!!!
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I'm surprised Varitek is not on here. His office is literally right around the corner from where that huge pothole explosion was in NYC recently....with that and the subway floods/tornado in Brooklyn last month....interesting place these days!

PS Angelor Devil, sorry I got you mixed up with someone else....anyway, for someone in CA, that must have been scary as heck.

What all this means to me is to NEVER be complacent about the power of Nature. We humans think we are in control with our awesome technological power but really we know nothing. Primative Man just naturally accepted his role in the scheme of things and were alot more humble, even as they were a lot more defenceless. But we must learn that somethings will remian outside our control and we have to live with it if we choose to settle there.

Speaking of natural disasters....on the tail of the hurricanes this past month, and the Peruvian earthquake, Greece is now on fire!?!?! Check out http://www.drudgereport.com
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