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I'm in the middle of trying to get packed for our move and get the house in order to be shown, and now a tropical storm is headed right for us. DH is coming home in a few minutes so we can batten down the hatches. This is my first experience with a tropical storm, so I don't really know what to expect. I just know this is not what I wanted to be doing today!
 

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Sorry to hear that!!! Moving is stressful enough without having to worry about all of that.<br><br>
I've been through a few tropical storms growing up in Florida. They're not too bad but you don't want to be outside. Lots of wind and rain. They're very loud! There's always a chance of flying debris too. Be careful driving afterward. Areas can be flooded and your car could stall or worse. My brother killed my mom's car trying to drive through a flooded area after a storm!!
 

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Ack! We're getting wind from it up here in the Houston area already, and we're to expect rain in the next few days (it's been dry for about two weeks now).<br><br>
Stacey's right, Tropical Storms aren't really *that* big of a deal. How far inland are you? There can be some storm surge (so get away from the immediate coast), definitely wind and rain, and possibly tornadoes. I know they're worried about flooding because of all the rain we had in July, especially.<br><br>
So, I'd say, get what you need to be comfy in the house for a day or two - and some extra batteries and flashlights in case of power outage - and then just sit back and enjoy the rain! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Hopefully this will pass without too much fanfare.
 

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2bluefish, try not to worry about this one. I am a weather forecaster and Tropical Storm Erin is really nothing to worry about, although it never hurts to do some small things in preparation. The max winds asociated with this tropical are only forecasted to reach 45 knots, something similar to a strong to very strong thunderstorm. If you would like to see the latest storm track, click on this link: <a href="http://www.nlmoc.navy.mil/cgi-bin/main.pl?tropical" target="_blank">http://www.nlmoc.navy.mil/cgi-bin/main.pl?tropical</a>. Also the National Hurricane Center has some very good tips on how to prepare for a hurricane, you can check it out here: <a href="http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/HAW2/english/disaster_prevention.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/HAW2/english...evention.shtml</a>. They have a very thorough checklist. You can also check their main page for public advisories and forecasts: <a href="http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/" target="_blank">http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/</a>. All those sites have some great info and keeping yourself aware of the tracks can help to ease your mind. Not to start a panic here or anything, but it would be advised that you keep an eye out on Tropical Storm Dean, depending on your location. It is still pretty far out in the Atlantic, but headed towards the southern coast.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">2bluefish, try not to worry about this one. I am a weather forecaster and Tropical Storm Erin is really nothing to worry about, although it never hurts to do some small things in preparation. The max winds asociated with this tropical are only forecasted to reach 45 knots, something similar to a strong to very strong thunderstorm. If you would like to see the latest storm track, click on this link: <a href="http://www.nlmoc.navy.mil/cgi-bin/main.pl?tropical" target="_blank">http://www.nlmoc.navy.mil/cgi-bin/main.pl?tropical</a>. Also the National Hurricane Center has some very good tips on how to prepare for a hurricane, you can check it out here: <a href="http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/HAW2/english/disaster_prevention.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/HAW2/english...evention.shtml</a>. They have a very thorough checklist. You can also check their main page for public advisories and forecasts: <a href="http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/" target="_blank">http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/</a>. All those sites have some great info and keeping yourself aware of the tracks can help to ease your mind. Not to start a panic here or anything, but it would be advised that you keep an eye out on Tropical Storm Dean, depending on your location. It is still pretty far out in the Atlantic, but headed towards the southern coast.</div>
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How totally cool to have a weather forecaster amongst us! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> Dean is definitely the one I want to keep an eye on... It's got plenty of time to decide what to do. I'm quite glad that Erin is so close to land that it won't be much of a threat!<br><br>
We were right in the path of Rita at one point two years ago, and that was awful to sit through (it went north of us and we were fine, but the stress was almost unbearable!). Last year was nice and quiet here on the Gulf Coast, and I'm certainly hoping and praying it will be again, especially given the impending birth of a fall baby! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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HeatherB, yeah, definitely keep an eye on Dean. The latest track will only forecast it out to Monday, so by this weekend there should be a better idea of where it will head and it will all depend on how much it dissipates going through the islands and if the high pressure ridge stays in place, shifts to the west or east, etc. 2005 was definitely a busy year for the Gulf Coast, I am in southern MS and when Katrina hit we evacuated to my in-laws in Orange, TX and then when Rita hit they evacuated to where we live, crazy! Being pregnant now causes me more worry during the hurricane season. Aug/Sept are usually the most active months.
 

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Wow, in Illinois we just have tornadoes(corncobs falling from the sky, Wizard of Oz kind of thing)! We get a lot of them though. Good luck to all of you that are braving the tropical storms and such!!
 

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Don't worry about tropical storms (easier said then done right?)<br>
I think the media tends to dramatize them so that more people will watch their programs.<br>
I live in FL, we get them yearly, it is just a bad rainstorm, if there are old limbs on trees they could fall, I wouldn't worry about flying debris into your windows though, just make sure that you have things that wind could blow in your yard like a garbage can, secured.<br><br>
Don't worry about preparing for the end of society, I think the worse part about these storms IS when everyone panicks and then all the unperishable items dissapear from the shelves or even worse... when their are long long lines at gas pumps!!!! Then the storm comes and you realize at the end... it was not THAT big of a deal... it VERY RARELY is
 

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Well, ok, they are saying that it is not coming as close to us as they originally thought. We live 15 miles off the coast, so close, but not way close.<br><br>
MIL and DH brought up Dean and told me to pack all our photographs - just throw them in a box and bring them to MILs house (central TX) just in case - uh, you seriously think I can throw all my photographs in *One Box*!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I was all prepared to stay calm and just take a few albums with us to the temporary move - now I'm probably going to have to pack all our pictures or I will worry to death about leaving them.<br><br>
Well, just a couple weeks of stress and then I can chill out in the nice temporary housing.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Windy, the weather forcaster - that's pretty cool! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Sorry Fish...<br><br>
But I think it so cool we have a metrologist!
 

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I'm in awe of Windy too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I hope everyone stays safe during these storms! Good thing we have big tummies to keep us from blowing away! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> (too bad the tummy is not at the top of the body, it could sheild me from rain soon to begin!)
 

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Nifty! Our own Weather Person!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:<br><br>
You coastal girls feel free to come stay with us during a storm if you need to! We're in San Antonio. After Katrina & Rita I just can't imagine not offering a place to stay for ppl fleeing. You know?
 

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Well, it's bright sunny and not a hint of rain, so I guess this one isn't going to effect us at all. That's good - we've had so much rain this year already!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Nifty! Our own Weather Person!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:<br><br>
You coastal girls feel free to come stay with us during a storm if you need to! We're in San Antonio. After Katrina & Rita I just can't imagine not offering a place to stay for ppl fleeing. You know?</div>
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Oh, I LOVE San Antonio! I was there years ago for a business conference, and am still longing to go back. Honestly, if we didn't have so much family around here, I might have been able to talk dh into moving to TX back then!<br><br>
Anyone who wants would be more than welcome up here in WA too, though I know it is a little out of the way. We are so lucky not to get tropical storms here, though you would think we got yearly blizzards given the way the news guys play up the two or three snowflakes that fall every January.<br><br>
Hope all of your stay safe and dry during this season!
 

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2bluefish, glad you guys got off without a problem! We've had non-stop thunderstorms since last night, and have lots of flooding now. I can't even get my cell phone to work right now to make a call, which I can only guess is related. Sigh. At least I won't need to water my lawn! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Oh, I LOVE San Antonio! I was there years ago for a business conference, and am still longing to go back. Honestly, if we didn't have so much family around here, I might have been able to talk dh into moving to TX back then!<br><br>
Anyone who wants would be more than welcome up here in WA too, though I know it is a little out of the way. We are so lucky not to get tropical storms here, though you would think we got yearly blizzards given the way the news guys play up the two or three snowflakes that fall every January.<br><br>
Hope all of your stay safe and dry during this season!</div>
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Aww, and I love Washington! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Tim and I both love it. I was up there for 2 weeks 8 years ago (nanny for a family I knew back in CT) and I just fell in LOVE with it. It's gorgeous!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">2bluefish, glad you guys got off without a problem! We've had non-stop thunderstorms since last night, and have lots of flooding now. I can't even get my cell phone to work right now to make a call, which I can only guess is related. Sigh. At least I won't need to water my lawn! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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We've got heavy rain and some strong wind (though nothing like whatever blew through Fredericksburg, TX a couple years ago that was so bad it blew ppl off their balconies!) but that's it. And my cell phone works. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We've got heavy rain and some strong wind (though nothing like whatever blew through Fredericksburg, TX a couple years ago that was so bad it blew ppl off their balconies!) but that's it. And my cell phone works. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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Whoa, didn't hear about that in Fredricksburg! My cell phone is at least kinda-working now. Gonna have to throw a fit if it doesn't start working entirely soon! (It's not the network at this point..)<br><br>
I just heard that a grocery store's roof collapsed from all the rain! And a ton of intersections we use regularly are underwater. My stepdad is up north near the airport since my mom flew out this AM, and has been calling to find out how to get home because of all the water.<br><br>
Hope SA and everywhere else gets off a little better!
 

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Wow, so there *was* a storm - I was beginning to think they just made the whole thing up - LOL. It is just as sunny and hot and calm as can be. That stinks though about the flooding for you all!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Wow, so there *was* a storm - I was beginning to think they just made the whole thing up - LOL. It is just as sunny and hot and calm as can be. That stinks though about the flooding for you all!</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Yeah, apparently there was one! Now you know what it's like to be on the lee side of a storm! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> We got really lucky with Rita because it also went to the north of us - being on the south of a storm is great; north, not so great!<br><br>
And can I just say I do NOT like the current paths projected for Dean? Eep!
 
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