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Here comes Fay!

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Any of Floridians gearing up for Fay? Im in central florida and people are way overreacting in my opinion. I checked my local publix and water is already sold out! It's still a tropical storm at this point. All the schools around here are closed tomorrow including the colleges.
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yeah they are overreacting. We didn't even buy water.....

I have training the next 3 days and I just found out it's still on. At least I-4 won't be busy
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Originally Posted by Jokerama View Post
Any of Floridians gearing up for Fay? Im in central florida and people are way overreacting in my opinion. I checked my local publix and water is already sold out! It's still a tropical storm at this point. All the schools around here are closed tomorrow including the colleges.
Famous last words!

I don't live anywhere near Florida..but the whole hurricane/tropical storm thing is fascinating to me. We don't get anything like that where I am.
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Famous last words!
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We never batted an eyelash at a tropical storm when we lived in FL until 2004 when two hurricanes and a tropical storm hit our house. After that, we had our supplies ready and if there was any chance of loosing power, it was off to grandma's house in Tampa!
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The thing that's always amazed me is, why would people live there? I mean..you guys get these storms every year right? There's even a "hurricane season".

Maybe it's because they make them sound soo horrible on the news when they're probably not, but if I was looking to move, I definitely would not be heading somewhere that got a lot of tornadoes/hurricanes.

But again, I'm from a place where the worst we've had was the ZOMG ICE STORM '98! or whenever. Really was not that scary Maybe people who don't get blizzards would think it was though?
post #6 of 64
All of our stuff is in a storage unit in FL, but we're in California. Tropical storms were never a huge deal...even Cat 1's weren't so bad. We're not really worried about our stuff there.
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The thing that's always amazed me is, why would people live there? I mean..you guys get these storms every year right? There's even a "hurricane season".
We lived there for dh's job, which is the only reason we live anywhere

It was an awesome place to be, minus the hurricanes. We had minimal damage to our home but we did see so many people suffer severe damage and that was very sad. I would probably move back someday but I sure would miss having a basement
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Originally Posted by maliceinwonderland View Post
The thing that's always amazed me is, why would people live there? I mean..you guys get these storms every year right? There's even a "hurricane season".

Maybe it's because they make them sound soo horrible on the news when they're probably not, but if I was looking to move, I definitely would not be heading somewhere that got a lot of tornadoes/hurricanes.

But again, I'm from a place where the worst we've had was the ZOMG ICE STORM '98! or whenever. Really was not that scary Maybe people who don't get blizzards would think it was though?

Usually the coastal areas get hit the hardest and everyone else just gets lots of rain and power outtages here and there for less than a week. I guess people live on the coast because it's so pretty. The news definitely hypes it up. Most of the newer homes are pretty solid, but mobile homes have a tough time.
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There's a storm rolling in here too..here's the warning from the weather network..

A SHARP COLD FRONT APPROACHING FROM NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO WILL SWEEP ACROSS SOUTHERN ONTARIO THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. AS THE COLD FRONT LIFTS THE HOT AND UNSTABLE AIR AHEAD OF IT SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL FORM THIS AFTERNOON AND PROGRESS SOUTHWARD TOWARDS THE LOWER LAKES AND THE ST LAWRENCE RIVER THIS EVENING. MAIN THREATS WITH THESE SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WIND GUSTS..FURTHERMORE..AN ISOLATED TORNADO CANNOT BE RULED OUT. SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO WILL ALSO SEE SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS FORM AHEAD OF THE COLD FRONT THIS AFTERNOON. SOME OF THESE STORMS HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BE SEVERE WITH THE MAIN THREAT BEING LARGE HAIL AND STRONG WIND GUSTS. THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH WILL MOST LIKELY BE EXTENDED TO OTHER REGIONS ACROSS SOUTHERN ONTARIO LATER TODAY. ENVIRONMENT CANADA WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE DEVELOPING CONDITIONS.



What are you supposed to do in the event of a tornado?
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Maybe it's because they make them sound soo horrible on the news when they're probably not, but if I was looking to move, I definitely would not be heading somewhere that got a lot of tornadoes/hurricanes.
Tornadoes don't hit a large geographical area like hurricanes do. Like with hurricanes, "little tornadoes" are more common and those will just take a few shingles off of your roof.

I lived my whole life in tornado alley and have never been in danger nor have I ever lost anything to a tornado. They aren't really a big deal..unless there is a big one and those are rare.

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What are you supposed to do in the event of a tornado?
Just get in the middle of your house, away from windows.
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Tornadoes don't hit a large geographical area like hurricanes do. Like with hurricanes, "little tornadoes" are more common and those will just take a few shingles off of your roof.

I lived my whole life in tornado alley and have never been in danger nor have I ever lost anything to a tornado.



Just get in the middle of your house, away from windows.
I live in a small apartment on the third floor..should I uh, go to the first floor if I see something coming?

On the bright side, our building is basically a huge slab of concrete..so that would be pretty solid, right?
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I live in a small apartment on the third floor..should I uh, go to the first floor if I see something coming?

On the bright side, our building is basically a huge slab of concrete..so that would be pretty solid, right?
Well, it probably wouldn't be a big one so it wouldn't be a big deal but usually they say to go the bottom floor, preferably a basement if there is one
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Yeah, I got a bit of extra water and canned goods...I live in that lovely area that got nailed by a couple hurricanes in a row a few years back and killed power for awhile so I keep stuff on hand.

Loads of fun.
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Last night I was getting pretty annoyed with the every 15 minute updates on the tv showing Fay another mile closer. Really. Every 15 minutes. As if in that time it was going to careen across the state with no notice. Arg.

To answer your question, no we didn't do much. We're pretty much in the dead center of the state and on high ground so at most we will get lots of rain and maybe lose power for a bit.
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every 15 minute updates on the tv showing Fay another mile closer. Really. Every 15 minutes. As if in that time it was going to careen across the state with no notice. Arg.
: I'm sorry but that just gave me this mental image of a hurricane just peeking around then scooting across the map as fast as it could get it! I think it should be a new smiley or something!
Yeah, the updates every five seconds are annoying, though.
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Fluff? Check
Peanut butter? Check
Red wine? Check
Dog food? Check



All set.
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we haven't done anything. i am just hoping school doesn't get cancelled :

eta: oh we did move some stuff aroung in the garage so the cars could fit in cause dh was a bit concerned about falling pine trees
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I'm in Orlando. We already have supplies -- just ones we get at the beginning of the season so we don't have to think about it all season -- but I am so not worried at all.

I know Bob Opsal would LOVE it if the central florida region was devastated (the newscasters get so giddy it seems at any chance of a big story) but I feel it will be just some rain, little wind gusts.

DD is a charlie baby though -- we were without power for 9 days so there wasn't much else to do but... ya know...
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I know Bob Opsal would LOVE it if the central florida region was devastated (the newscasters get so giddy it seems at any chance of a big story) but I feel it will be just some rain, little wind gusts.
: That is so true....he does seem giddy. This will just be some bad rain I think. I really should get more prepared though in case something big hits.

To PP about why we live here....if you don't live on the coast, it's pretty rare something serious will happen. I do agree that I don't get some people like in the keys where the roof gets blown off on average once every 5 years. That is annoying.
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To prepare for this rain storm I...

Mowed, because I wont have a chance for a few days because of the rain
Put up my deck furniture
Did laundry.

I was stuck w/o power for 4 days during a snow storm years ago. I hadn't done laundry in weeks because I was working so much and finally got a day off to do it. The power went out half way through the first load. So whenever there is a hint of storms, I go into laundry mode.


I think the news media is going crazy with this one because it's the first of the season. Tomorrow WAS to be the first day of school for my kidlets, they've been homeschooled the past couple of years and are going back this year. They've waited for this day all summer, and then it gets canceled. LOL they were so bummed.
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