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I wish I had more info on the Fredericksburg storm. It was BAD. I heard that winds had been up to 70 MPH, I personally know a guy who was blown off his balcony and is now in a wheelchair and has neurological damage. Trees were uprooted, branches in the street, patio furniture blown away, etc. It had all the appearance of a hurricane or tornado. Oh, there were rumors of tornadoes, too.<br><br>
We were 3-4 hrs inland, so I don't know how we'd have gotten a hurricane, but whatever....<br><br>
Oh, there was also hail. I've never seen so much HAIL in my life!
 

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Glad to see the costal people have faired well, the power of mother nature is sometimes unbelievable. With Dean projected to come into the Gulf, I highly recommend you gulf coast mamas take a look at that checklist link I posted earlier. If Dean heads up this way, it should be late next week sometime and getting prepared for that can be time-consuming, especially if you have to evacuate. Just something to keep in the back of your mind. Grrrrrr...peak hurricane season on the gulf coast while pregnant!<br>
Justthatgirl, strong hurricanes can come inland and travel several hundreds of miles with destructive force winds. Tornados can become imbedded inside hurricanes and cause just as much damage. Katrina spawned 11 tornados just in MS. Talk about a double dose of whooping!
 

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Seems like most storms miss the valley. DH is 30 years old, and there has only been one hurricane to hit the valley in that time - and they didn't evacuate. It's the only one his grandparents remember either.<br><br>
Well, Dean or no Dean, we are trying to get moved to Tyler at the end of next week. I'm ready to go! I guess it will just be a matter of whether or not dh has to board the windows before we go or not...
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Justthatgirl, strong hurricanes can come inland and travel several hundreds of miles with destructive force winds. Tornados can become imbedded inside hurricanes and cause just as much damage.</div>
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Wow. I didn't know that! It totally struck me as hurricane-like, but I couldn't get an answer from ANYONE for some reason. Like it was nothing.<br><br>
The last time I witnessed a hurricane I was about 14 and it wasn't too bad. The first hurricane I remember I was about 6 and it was hurricane Gloria up in CT.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Wow. I didn't know that! It totally struck me as hurricane-like, but I couldn't get an answer from ANYONE for some reason. Like it was nothing.<br><br>
The last time I witnessed a hurricane I was about 14 and it wasn't too bad. The first hurricane I remember I was about 6 and it was hurricane Gloria up in CT.</div>
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Funny huricane story<br><br>
I grew up in S Fl so I've been through a lot of them.<br>
The first memory I have of one was when i was 2-3 and I still had my yellow training potty. My mom who was pregneat at the time(she had my sis in Dec) used my potty b/c we couldn't use ours.<br><br>
I guess I thought this was the coolest ever.<br><br>
Ah the things that amuse a 2 year old.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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LOL, I bet that was pretty cool Candy!<br><br>
I tell you living in TX is never dull - I got bit by a fire ant last night - in the bathtub - on the breast!! Only in TX...<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;">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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Oh, you so shouldn't have told us that! I've been looking for you since March! My home was destroyed in the March 1 tornado in south AL and I've been super freaked since that happed. I'm actually awake waiting for this huge storm to pass over us right now. My brain won't let me sleep when the weather gets bad. What do you think the liklihood is of getting hit by a tornado more than once?
 

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I remember Gloria! I was little and living in NJ! It hit us too!<br><br>
I've lived in FL since I was 10, so between the hurricanes there and the Typhoons here, we're pretty used to it.<br><br>
Though 2004 sucked in FL. We had our windows boarded up for weeks with that string of hurricanes and I hated not being able to see outside. Here everyone has storm shutters, the best weather invention for houses in tropical storm lanes ever!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I remember Gloria! I was little and living in NJ! It hit us too!<br><br>
I've lived in FL since I was 10, so between the hurricanes there and the Typhoons here, we're pretty used to it.<br><br>
Though 2004 sucked in FL. We had our windows boarded up for weeks with that string of hurricanes and I hated not being able to see outside. Here everyone has storm shutters, the best weather invention for houses in tropical storm lanes ever!</div>
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Windy, it's too bad you don't have an inside track on what Dean WILL do! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> My 5yo is asking and a bit anxious, and I'm trying not to get too anxious lest I encourage him to do so. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> My DH is certain we wouldn't evacuate no matter what, ever, pretty much - and we're not in an evacuation zone (I checked! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">), but it's stressful to think about the possibility of a major hurricane hitting us here, soon, while pregnant, with small kids, etc., etc., etc. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: Guess I better get to cleaning that bathroom that's our storm shelter! <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;">I remember Gloria! I was little and living in NJ! It hit us too!<br><br>
I've lived in FL since I was 10, so between the hurricanes there and the Typhoons here, we're pretty used to it.<br><br>
Though 2004 sucked in FL. We had our windows boarded up for weeks with that string of hurricanes and I hated not being able to see outside. Here everyone has storm shutters, the best weather invention for houses in tropical storm lanes ever!</div>
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I was living in CT! How funny!<br><br><br>
When Hurricane Hugo ripped through the entire stinking coast my brothers and I were at the beach with my aunt & her ex-dh. I was 2 mos from my 12th bday. They went for a beach walk one night and I was TERRIFIED that they were gonna get sucked into the waves and I was going through different scenarios in my mind of how to get help. Panic attack, anyone? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
That same weekend I got sucked in the water by the undertow, fully underwater and scared to death. I could only think of the previews for that movie The Abyss and that my uncle told us he used to be able to hold his breath for over a minute because when he lived in Hawaii he surfed and some of the waves were so huge you'd be underwater for that long.<br><br>
And then before that my brother had nearly drowned in a pool on his 4th bday. He was hospitalized for a week. I was 5 and right there, never saw him go down. My dad ripped open the fence around the pool (above ground) and rescued my bro.<br><br>
I have a massive fear of drowning but I love the water and I love the ocean.
 

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We looked up Gilbert, since they've been saying this storm is acting like Gilbert - Gilbert is the only hurricane that has come this way in dh's memory. He said "it was a very mild hurricane; we didn't evacuate". LOL, looked it up, it was a HUGE storm! The really ironic thing is the most damage it did in TX is it spawned tornados in San Antonio - right where we would be heading if we evacuated!<br><br>
At any rate, they still haven't told us where we will be living, but I'm getting too stressed out. So my plan is to leave with ds on Monday and go up to my MIL and FIL's place to wait to be relocated - dd has been there for a week already. DH will stay and finish things up, or come up if evacuation is an issue. I just have no stress tolerance during the 3rd trimester!
 

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Hey Mamas try not to worry too much, I know easier said than done. If anyone wants to see an extended forecast on where Dean might go, you can click on this link <a href="http://www.crownweather.com/tropical.html#AL04" target="_blank">http://www.crownweather.com/tropical.html#AL04</a> and scroll down to where you see "Model Track Forecast" There are 15 different models there that give an extended forecasted track. 14 out of the 15 are saying northern Mexico/southern Texas, so it looks like we might be safe, but will probably still see rain bands associated with Dean.<br>
funkygranolamama, we are out of tornado season now, but that's not to say we can't have one. Most of the severe weather occurs in the Spring time. It's highly unlikely a tornado strikes the same place twice, but it has been known to happen. Do have a NOAA radio? I highly recommend buying one of you don't, it will broadcast if your area is under a tornado watch or warning and that way you can get prepared and find shelter. I think they are around $20-25. Sorry to hear about your house. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I am sorry that you are going through this.
 

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Jumping in late on this thread... We live down the street from the Randall's where the roof collapsed. I didn't realize how MUCH rain had fallen until I went out (HUGE mistake) on the road.<br><br>
NOW our gas tanks are full and we've stocked up on food. If anything even looks like it's coming this way I'm headed to College Station or Dallas... my biggest fear is that I'll go into labor and have a hurricane hit the coast. We ARE in the 2nd evac zone<br><br>
This makes me miss Dallas.
 

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We are 30 min from the boarder <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> The further south it goes the better for us. Thank God we had bought plywood months ago when it was $3.50 a sheet - they are selling it now for $18 a sheet!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: Anyway, not going to think about it - I'm leaving Monday to save my sanity and leaving it to God to protect my house and my livestock (who are already under the care of friends and family). The most likely outcome is everything will be fine - right?
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> to everyone!! I keep watching those models and forecasts and am glad as it inches away (so far) from Houston. I'm anticipating that we'll deal with a lot of rain, no matter, but probably not any major storm issues like wind damage. At the least, it's keeping my DS sane as he worries about the possibility.<br><br>
QuestionGal, so glad you guys are okay with the latest round of flooding! We were just out on the south west side of 610 and there's still tons of water on roads that belies what happened a few days ago. I can't believe how much must've come in your area! I'm glad you've got evac plans in place, given your location. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
2bluefish, I think your plan sounds great! Getting inland EARLY is the very best thing you can do, should it actually come to necessary evacuations. It's funny how your DH remembers Gilbert! I was going to say that there was at least one hurricane that went down there in MY memory, and we nearly evacuated from here before it stayed south. Turned out the friends of friends we were going to in Waco got hit by the brunt of it! So we were glad to stay home and I have distinct memories of playing in the showers after any danger had passed. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Will you have internet access to keep us posted once you head out?
 

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2bluefish, I do think everything will be alright as long as the high pressure stays in place the hurricane will hit northern Mexico. Keep an eye out on the latest track, they are updated every 6 hours. Good thing you already bought some plywood, buying supplies when a hurricane is headed your way can be very costly! Also, don't forget to keep your gas tanks full. There should be less stress for you since you are leaving early. It was a nightmare for folks evacuating in the path of Rita-a 5 hour drive took my in-laws over 24 hours. Good luck to you and will keep you in my prayers, same for you HeatherB!
 

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I'm glad you all don't think I'm crazy! - dh and FIL are laughing at me saying I'm from the midwest and overreacting. And the officials asking us to voluntarily evacuate are just covering their butts. I told dh if he has to sit in traffic, because he just had to stay a little longer and go in to work 1 more day then I don't want to hear about it (his 2 weeks are officially over, but they are begging him to work as long as he can). My in laws have internet, so I'll still be online. Even if it is nothing but a lot of rain, our property will be a muddy mess - I'd just as soon go for a visit since there is nothing to hold me here. DD has been with my in laws a week, and I think that is pushing it - I certainly don't want to bring her down here, because she hates thunder - screams bloody murder every time she hears thunder!
 
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